Claire Forlani is an example of a talented actress whose ability to work in both the United States and Europe has actually hurt her career rather than helped it. Claire Forlani earned big screen fame or her role in the film "Meet Joe Black" but she never took advantage of how it enhanced her profile and seemed to pursue a number of quality supporting roles but after her role with Brad Pitt she has not been a dominant screen presence as she was in that film.
Claire Forlani has worked consistently in Hollywood and in Europe in various movies and television series since 1998 but stardom has avoided her or maybe she has avoided it but fortunately she still has the opportunity to become a leading lady in Hollywood.
Claire Forlani is in some respects a model for young actresses about how fame can be fleeting and the opportunity to be a leading lady in demand can disappear quickly if you don't respect the accolades that are accorded and build on those opportunities. Claire Forlani never seemed to pursue the major roles despite being an acting talent similar to Jodie Foster.
When fans and entertainment insiders now talk about Claire Forlani the discussion usually focuses on how she should be a major star and whether the opportunity to be a major star in North America has passed her by. There is one silver lining for Claire Forlani and that is she can look at the career of another star from England who has become a Hollywood star later in her career and that is Helen Mirren.
Helen Mirren has become known to the American viewer much later in her career and she has embraced the opportunity to be a central figure in Hollywood film. Claire Forlani has the ability to reconnect with the American audience and become a leading actress on the big screen and she has a distinct advantage in that many television and movie fans know her from her television roles on CSI-NY and NCIS:
Los Angeles which is something Helen Mirren did not have. What both Helen Mirren and Claire Forlani have in common is talent but now Claire Forlani must put that acting talent to work consistently in roles that challenge her if she ever wants to become a consistent presence on the big screen in Hollywood.