“She can’t act, she can’t sing, and she can’t dance. A triple threat”
Lina Lamont gets a lot of shit in Singin’ in the Rain. She is the villain of the movie, mostly because she is a beautiful, talented silent movie actress who can’t seem to make the transition to sound because of her voice and because of her generally unpleasant personality. It’s so easy to hate Lina: she’s annoying, flamboyant, exaggerated, and dramatic. She schemes to keep her job and is willing to sacrifice others in her way.
She dares to dream that her working relationship with Don Lockwood could become a real relationship. She plays second fiddle to him during early red carpet interviews because it’s easier for him to speak for them. (It should be noted that when the reporter at the beginning of the movie asks, “You’ve come a long way together Don. Won’t you tell us how it happened?” Don follows this with a full 10 minutes of his own back story including a FULL SONG NUMBER without really ever mentioning Lina.)
Here are some reasons to love Lina.
- Lina is adaptable to situations, when it suits her needs.
- Lina looks great in costume.
- Lina looks great in her “regular” clothes.
- Lina is a consummate professional.
- Lina isn’t afraid to drive a hard bargain.
Sure, Lina might be a little “dumb or somethin’,” and she might be a little oblivious to some things around her. But she isn’t afraid to fight for herself and her career, and for a woman in Hollywood, that’s pretty damn impressive, even if sometimes she says things that are super obvious.