first impressions: MICHELLE WILLIAMS
Before she was gracing the melodramatic scenes of Dawson’s Creek and receiving an Oscar nomination for Brokeback Mountain, Michelle Williams took a stab at the brainless beach phenomenon that is Baywatch. In her very first role on screen, Williams was, unfortunately, relegated to a tiny minute-long part as David Hasselhoff‘s son’s crush. The worst part? This minute-long scene was in the very beginning of the episode, and I had know idea Ms. Williams would not be appearing later. So I watched the entire episode. And a few cut-off denim shirts, slow-motion running scenes, pieces of over-emotional lifeguard poetry, and one ridiculous plane crash later, she was still the best part of the episode. Granted, Just Shoot Me‘s Wendie Malick had a guest stint as Hasselhoff’s ex-wife, but the 13-year-old was clearly the highlight. Thank god she avoided a recurring role and was able to make a decent career for herself (see: Brokeback and Wendy and Lucy).
Second Impression: She played April Porter in the 1994 big-screen interpretation of Lassie alongside The Sandlot‘s Tom Guiry.