Actors who sing, singers who act… there are plenty of them, and there always have been. The latter category is interesting because, while most singers aren’t the greatest actors, they bring a certain personality and star wattage to the screen. In that category, we’ve recently seen Norah Jones try her hand at acting in My Blueberry Nights, and while her acting chops weren’t anything to write home about, her melancholy presence was instrumental in the film’s mood. Another actress, Chan Marshall, made an impression in just a few minutes of screen time.
In the former category, two young actresses decided to let us hear their singing voices. Scarlett Johansson just unveiled Anywhere I Lay My Head, an album of Tom Waits covers produced by Dave Sitek, and last March, Zooey Deshanel’s voice could be heard on the album she made with M.Ward under the wonderfully simple name “She & Him”.