I’m trying to discern what it is about Linda Cardellini that makes her impenetrable to cynicism. Or rather, makes her so good at penetrating it, the kind that accumulates in the brains or hearts (or wherever cynicism metaphorically builds up) in even the most seasoned consumer of culture. Because, it’s like a super power for her. She deploys it in every role, not to mention real life, too. It’s a part of her identity. She appears, and you suddenly, you’ve fallen for her.
To get it out of the way: yes, it’s partly that she’s beautiful. And, she’s nice. But to say that what makes Linda Cardellini so powerful is that, gosh, she seems so pretty and so nice, is to miss the point. That would be too condescending, and cloying. Plus, her characters aren’t always nice. Her super power is more nuanced. I’ll explain.
Photography by Karl Simone
Shot on location at: The Hudson Hotel