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10 Actresses Who Would Slay As Poison Ivy

Everyone remembers Uma Thurman’s 1997 Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin, but with Harley Quinn finally making her live-action debut in the form of Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad we can’t help but wonder who might pick up the green spandex next. With a confirmed Harley Quinn standalone it may only be a matter of time before Ivy gets her next — and well overdue — incarnation. Here are just a few of the women I think could fill the sultry siren’s shoes. We’re waiting, Hollywood.

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1. Jessica Chastain

A common fan favorite to pick up the plant-loving Gotham siren’s mantle, Jessica Chastain is an obvious contender. Not only does she have the acting chops and the look to be Ivy, she really wants to be in a superhero movie! In a 2014 interview with the Guardian she said, “A couple of times I’ve gotten really close. The problem is, if I do a superhero movie, I don’t want to be the girlfriend. I don’t want to be the daughter. I want to wear a fucking cool costume with a scar on my face, with fight scenes. That’s what I’d love.” Poison Ivy isn’t anyone’s girlfriend (except sometimes Harley’s) and she’s certainly not one to shy away from a fight.

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2. Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood is probably best known for playing an unforgiving, spoiled vampire queen on the dark fantasy horror show True Blood. Like Ivy, she pulls off red hair flawlessly and she is openly bisexual. She also has a black belt in taekwondo!

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3. Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett is no stranger to playing the seductive viper. In American Horror Story: Hotel  she played opposite Lady Gaga as her revenge-obsessed ex-lover. She absolutely oozes power and sexuality. And let’s be real, Angela Bassett could be literally anybody and I would be stoked to watch her.

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4. Alexandra Breckenridge

Another American Horror Story alum! You probably remember Breckenridge as the young maid in AHS: Murder House. She also briefly portrayed Jessie Anderson on The Walking Dead.

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5. Hannah Simone

Best known for portraying Cece Parekh on New Girl, Simone is also a British-Canadian television host and former model.

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6. Jessica Parker Kennedy

Probably one of the lesser-known names on this list, Jessica Parker Kennedy stars in Black Sails as a strong-willed prostitute-turned-Madam who isn’t afraid to do what is necessary. One of the most dangerous people in Nassau and well-versed in playing up her sexuality, I imagine her Ivy going toe-to-toe with Joker and Batman alike to keep Harley out of harm’s way.

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7. Keke Palmer

She’s not just that girl who used to be on Nickelodeon! Actress, musician, philanthropist, style icon, and now author with her upcoming guide for young women I Don’t Belong to You, Keke Palmer is truly a multi-talented human being and champion of women. Her message in many ways is parallel to Poison Ivy’s to Harley Quinn, one of strength and women’s empowerment. You can see her most recently in Scream Queens.

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8. Jackie Cruz

Known for her role as Marisol “Flaca” Gonzales on Orange is the New Black, Jackie Cruz is all about girl power. Before being cast in the Netflix series, she was a part of an all girl group called Krush Velvet, made appearances on Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, and modeled. In a recent interview with AfterEllen.com she said about her sexuality: “I like the person whether it’s a woman—we don’t like to be labeled. I’m in a relationship with a man right now, but I’ve liked women in the past. So I guess we don’t want to be labeled. We don’t really talk about it, but the actions speak louder than words, am I right? So you’re seeing it. You’re living it.”

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9. Sonequa Martin-Green

We all know Sasha Williams from The Walking Dead! With her acting chops (did you see the Season 7 premiere?) and general badassery, Sonequa Martin-Green would be able to deliver both the scientist and the siren.

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10. Holland Roden

Much like our favorite Gotham siren, Teen Wolf’s Lydia Martin is more than what meets the eye! Before becoming an actress full-time Roden majored in molecular biology and women’s studies at UCLA, and spent three years in pre-med. Another fan cast favorite, Holland Roden has all the attributes to become our next big screen Ivy.

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Who is on your list of Poison Ivy hopefuls? Let us know in the comments!

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