Archive for May 2012
The birthday girl for May 31 is Archie Panjabi.
I’m starting to think that there was an astrologer present at the casting sessions for “The Good Wife.” First Matt Czuchry, now Archie Panjabi . . .
What makes Panjabi’s character so interesting on the show is that it’s difficult for both the other characters and the audience itself to get a grip on Kalinda Sharma’s motivations. If there’s anything that distinguishes a Gemini, it’s that. Their motives change on a dime, so they can be impossible to read.
Panjabi plays my favorite character on any scripted television show. I should give kudos to the actress for putting on such a compelling performance. Now that I know she’s a Gemini, however, I’m not sure if the role is such a stretch for her.
The birthday boy for May 30 is Howard Hawks.
I’ve never really thought about it before, but I associate Hawks with two films: the screwball comedy “Bringing Up Baby” and the Marilyn Monroe classic “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The former film has a sort of ADD quality to it that makes it seem like a Gemini film, delightfully flitting from screwball scene to screwball scene. The latter film stars the most iconic Gemini actress in the history of cinema.
Hawks, however, didn’t work in a single genre. In fact, there are very few directors who worked successfully in as many genres as Hawks. Yes, Gemini can be the ADD sign, but their lack of a focus can also become one of their greatest strengths. Hawks is proof of that. Besides Sagittarius native Steven Spielberg, I can’t name another film director who has a wider repertoire than Hawks. And while Sagittarians thrive on expanding their horizons, Geminis just can’t stay in one place for too long. It all makes sense, doesn’t it?
The birthday girl for May 29 is Mel B.
My favorite Spice Girls were the two Mels. Mel C is a Capricorn, like me. Mel B is a Gemini. I usually get along with Geminis because I applaud their ability to embrace their awfulness. On the other hand, I don’t always gel with individuals born under the other three signs represented by the remaining Spice Girls: Aries, Leo and Aquarius.
Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham bugged the hell out of me as a Spice Girl, but I do believe that she’s a tremendously talented fashion designer. She actually bugs me a lot less than most Aries natives do. Ginger Spice drove me crazy with her big ego, as almost all Leo natives do. I found her to be very entertaining, but when she left the group to go solo I could barely believe it because I thought that she was tied with Posh as the worst singer of the bunch. Baby Spice, the Aquarius, also rubbed me the wrong way because I’m sort of grossed-out by women who infantalize themselves. But taking a time-honored cliche and turning it into a non-threatening, mass-market caricature is something an Aquarius would do. Everything about the character of Baby Spice rang false with me. I often discuss how Jennifer Aniston’s public persona seems so contrived. Contriving a public persona is the Aquarius way, though. I shoudn’t be surprised that people liked Baby Spice when saw right through her schtick. I hated her guts.
Mel B, on the other hand, was a good singer, a good dancer and a good entertainer. I adored her on “Dancing with the Stars,” but once again she was paired with a Capricorn: professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. There’s really not a lot in common between these two signs, but in some ways they kind of bring out the worst in each other in a very entertaining way. Geminis aren’t afraid to reveal their bad side and Capricorns are thrilled to play along with someone who doesn’t always stand on decorum. Together, they’re sort of rotten, but in the most delightful way.
I don’t know if Mel B and Mel C actually got along as Spice Girls, but I can imagine that they would have enjoyed each other’s company in small, infrequent doses. I can also imagine them knowing that they had all the talent in the group but never actually saying it to the others. They would probably just smile slyly at each other and it would be understood. That’s sort of how these two signs work together. Still, they don’t really work together for very long. That’s just the way it goes.
The birthday girl for May 28 is Carey Mulligan.
I’ve already discussed how well short hair suits most Gemini women, but I have to go there again. Carey Mulligan, like Ginnifer Goodwin, is also a Gemini. It’s funny that the two most “of-the-moment’ short haircuts in show business are on the heads of Gemini actresses. It just proves to you all that I’m right about everything I say. There are other people in the world who have attempted to steal my crown as “the world’s foremost expert on fashion astrology,” but as you’ve probably figured out, they all suck.
Without even knowing their signs, I already had both of these young women figured-out. I could do this stuff in my sleep . . .
The birthday boy for May 27 is Chris Colfer.
I’m never home to watch “Glee.” I read that’s it’s moving to Thursdays in fall, which means I might see an episode every now and then.
Anyway, it’s not a surprise to learn that Chris Colfer is a Gemini. I would be surprised if Colfer is able to make much out of his career as he grows older unless he’s able to maintain the youthful spirit of Gemini that he currently exudes. I can’t imagine him playing bitter and jaded. Very few Gemini natives are able to get away with that, and those who do just come off as crazy.
On that note, maybe he can play “crazy.” His fellow Gemini Angelina Jolie won her Oscar doing just that!
The birthday boy for May 26 is Henry Holland.
A couple of posts back I mentioned that I couldn’t recall a single major fashion designer born under the sign of Gemini. I wouldn’t call Henry Holland a major designer, but I would call him a textbook Gemini. There’s something perfectly mercurial about his label “House of Holland” that puts a smile on my face every time I watch one of his shows. He epitomizes the fickle nature of fashion with his trend-inspiring designs, and he works in exactly the medium that he should be working in. I often dismiss trendy designer who are elevated to lofty positions at luxury labels because luxury should never be throwaway. Holland, however, doesn’t pretend to be anything else but the voice of the coolest young girls in the UK. Considering his zodiac sign, it’s exactly what he should be doing.
The birthday girl for May 25 is Anne Heche.
I first became familiar with Heche when she played identical twins on the soap opera “Another World.” She was terrific in both roles, winning a daytime Emmy before she left the show to pursue bigger and better things. Of course, it was a Gemini who brought those roles to life. Who else could have played twins with such aplomb?
Nevertheless, it’s Heche’s personal life that truly identifies her as a textbook Gemini. She’s been through a lot of changes, and changeability defines this zodiac sign more than any other quality. I’m usually surprised by Gemini natives who don’t undergo revolutionary changes. In fact, they make me sort of suspicious because I always feel as if the other shoe is about to drop.
As far as style goes, Heche belongs in the “Short Hair Hall of Fame” for her pixie cut. A couple of posts back I mentioned Ginnifer Goodwin’s haircut as being representative of her astrological sign. When Heche had short hair, she was also perceived as a short-hair icon. I can imagine a lot of women went to hair salons with a photo of Heche in their hands when she first cut her hair. It was a terrific cut and perfectly in tune with her sun sign. I’ve read that she sometimes hears voices in her head. Maybe it’s the universe telling her that she should keep her hair short.