Every day some random thing pops into my mind – a person, a tv show, a movie, a flavor. And I realize that I have changed my mind about it, one way or the other.
I used to hate the actress Kim Dickens to the point that when I knew she was in a movie, it would discourage me from watching it. There was something nagging and annoying about her back in the late 1990s – not sure what exactly she was in that I would have wanted to see (Truth or Consequences, N.M.? Mercury Rising? Hollow Man?). I saw these and other things and was always disappointed to see her on the screen (or her name in the opening credits).
When did this start to change? I remember when she showed up in Deadwood, feeling that sinking disappointment but then slowly coming around to her performance as Joanie Stubbs, whorehouse madame.
Next, when she showed up in Friday Night Lights, I remained skeptical but she won me over in much the same way as her character won over her estranged son, Matt Saracen.
Kim Dickens finally won me over completely as Janette Desautel in the sauntering, ever-underrated drama Treme.
The cherry on top is her performance as yet another escort-service proprietor, Colette, in Sons of Anarchy.
Somehow she has grown into herself to offer an elegant, intelligent screen presence.
Considered, reconsidered – Kim Dickens is proof that some things get much, much better with age.