Alia Shawkat may be known for playing Maeby Funke on "Arrested Development" but as she expressed in a recent interview she is much more than that project. She is an extremely talented actress who has the reputation as being one who provides scene stealing performances as illustrated by her acting in movies such as Cedar Rapids, Whip It and in Amreeka.
She is earning rave reviews for her performance in "The Moment", a movie that is currently in the theaters and shows her in a different light than many are accustomed to seeing her.
In the movie "The Moment", she plays Jessie, a photographer whose mother Lee played by Jennifer Jason Lee, a war photographer who is recovering from trauma in a mental hospital because of the disappearance of a writer with whom she had an affair. She and the mother throughout the movie connect with the man who has played such an important role in their lives.
The role shows Alia Shawkat playing a tough, emotionally flawed character who hides her weaknesses and has earned her the attention of entertainment insiders for her ability to show a different aspect of her acting ability.
The talented "Arrested Development" alum admits to wanting to play lead characters but she finds herself more drawn to characters, especially those who are "working through something" even if they are not necessarily the lead in the project.
Her ability to be both smart and sarcastic and still not be the center of attention makes her special but her performance in "The Moment" is so impressive that it is very likely that this talented actress will soon be seen in a movie as the leading lady.