Which photo shows who wore it best between Jennifer Lawrence and Rebecca Romijn as Mystique
It’s a difficult comparison, as the two actresses played the character at two different times in their lives. Jennifer Lawrence gets the most complex opportunity as an actress. She embodies the character who goes from a naive innocent to a jaded aggressor. Rebecca Romijn’s responsibility was to play the character once she was fully formed. Rebecca didn’t really have a character arc to tackle.
I think they’re both the right people for the role they’re playing. Jennifer is the most accomplished and talented actress. But Rebecca’s experience as a professional model gives her the skills to better represent body language. The adult Mystic, in addition to having a modulated voice, has a reptilian style of body movement. Rebecca plays her like another socialite – distant and dangerous.
While Rebecca’s acting excels from the neck down, Jennifer’s performance is almost entirely from the neck up. Even masked in blue latex and applied and wearing colored contact lenses, she manages to move. Mystique’s feelings of betrayal, fear and anger radiate from her eyes. But Jennifer has yet to learn to act with her body.
In the end, I find the Mystic that Rebecca plays the most intriguing. She, through her body, matches Lawrence by radiating danger.