Do you tune into a show religiously, even though you know it's horrendous? Have you ever been captivated by an actress who isn't particularly talented or attractive? Here at TVGS, we feel your pain. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the tube, and Irina D's new regular Monday feature will attempt to come to terms with these unresolved feelings. We present... Love/Hate
For my inaugural Love/Hate column, I'd like to address my relationship with little-known actress Vanessa Ferlito.
Miss Vanessa Ferlito is currently co-starring in the very dull procedural drama "CSI: New York," and was previously seen as Claudia on "24" and was seen topless and acting rather unconvincingly in "Undefeated," an unfortunate HBO movie starring John Leguizamo.
Miss Ferlito and I went to elementary school together in Brooklyn-- her mother owns a hair salon on Court Street in Carroll Gardens. We were friends in sixth grade, until we moved on to different junior high schools and Miss Ferlito began referring to herself as Daquaisha and wearing enormous door-knocker earrings. She was, by all accounts, kind of a bitch. I lost track of her, although I had heard she was "acting," or "modeling" or something since when I got my hair done once she was hanging out in the salon, looking hungover and being lectured by her mother about getting a job. A year or so later, she appeared in a small part on "The Sopranos" as a slutty girl yelling at her boyfriend, and her acting career seemed to take off.
I don't quite begrudge Miss Ferlito her success, even though she was rude to me the last few times I saw her and despite the fact that she seemed to be passing herself off as a Latina-- much like she did in junior high-- even though she is an Italian girl from Park Slope. But I'm not happy for her either, since she was rude to me and an Italian girl should not get nominated for an NAACP Image Award, goddamnit.
So Love/Hate: Miss Vanessa Ferlito.