From Effie White with her amazing voice and personality that arrested everyone in the room in Dream Girls (2006) to Imperator Furiosa with her willingness to put her life on the line to protect the Five Wives in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), aren’t we all glad to have strong female role models across pop culture to inspire young ladies growing up?
With more women at the helm of productions in recent years, more of these girl power-focused narratives have come to life — with their stories of individuality, resilience, strength, and womanhood front and center.
HBO GO celebrates Women’s Month by spotlighting some of these heroines and their inspiring journeys. From Gossip Girl’s misunderstood queen bee to Batwoman’s self-effacing medic, meet strong, relatable women and discover their stories only on HBO GO — powered by PLDT Home’s fastest connections. For only P149 a month or P299 for three months, access HBO GO’s library of award-winning series and blockbusters conveniently charged to your monthly bill!
Get to know and maybe learn a few life lessons along the way from these female icons.
Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!
1. Gossip Girl’s Julien Calloway
She’s as moneyed as an Upper East Sider as she’s influential as an Instagram celeb. (She’s the girl Louis Vuitton sends free stuff to post!) Played by Jordan Alexander wearing that skinhead and supermodel bod combo, Julien rocks as the new Queen Bee of Constance in this Gossip Girl reboot.
Make no mistake, though: While usually nice, JC uses her Serena van der Woodsen-esque charm and Blair Waldorf-trademarked sense of authority to her advantage. In the recently concluded first season, she shows off a backbone of steel — defying her father’s wishes to connect with her half-sister Zoya and then confronting him about his sexual abuse allegations. In contrast to the OG GG queens though, Julien exhibits more accountability — something influencers in real life should put in their playbook when it comes to dealing with cancel culture. In one episode, right at Zoya’s birthday party, she realizes she has gone too far in bullying her sister that she asks everyone in the crowd to record her unexpected “I’m a bully” admission. We love good character growth!
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2. And Just Like That…’s Seema Patel
As the overdue follow-up series to the iconic Sex and the City, And Just Like That… proves that women can hold their own — no matter the decade or phase in life.
The show may have its original leads in Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, but no one translates this message more than 50-something realtor Seema (Sarita Choudhury). A new addition to the series, Seema is a breath of fresh air, playing a major role in showing the recently-widowed Carrie that there is still more to life after Mr. Big’s death. She even helps her find a new apartment! Unabashed and opinionated, Seema isn’t afraid to point out Carrie’s mistakes. Sure, she can be insensitive (unintentionally), but sometimes you just gotta hear the cold, hard truth. Everyone needs a woman like Seema in their lives.
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3. KIMI’s Angela Childs
Trauma affects people in different ways. Angela (Zoë Kravitz), a sexual assault victim too scarred to step out of her Seattle loft, knows this too well.
Angela works from home as a data monitor for Amygdala, a tech firm whose products include a smart speaker that uses human monitoring to improve its search algorithm called Kimi (think Amazon’s Alexa). It’s the perfect job for her until she hears a terrifying voice recording that has her suspect someone is being assaulted.
Angela reports the incident to her superiors, but none believe her — an experience too familiar. When Angela had reported her own assault, her assailant was set free, and instead, she was put on trial for making false claims. In this new scenario, she finally musters the courage to check out what’s beyond her front door and tries gathering enough evidence to make a case. Even as she discovers that the higher-ups at work are involved, there is no stopping her.
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4. The Girl Before’s Jane Cavendish
Like KIMI’s Angela, Jane (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) also struggles with her own trauma — a 39-week-old stillbirth that has left her broken. Wanting to escape her pain by running away, Jane rents a gorgeous home in One Folgate Street owned by an eccentric architect, Edward (David Oyelowo).
Despite some red flags (strict rules, cameras everywhere, no personal possessions inside), Jane decides this is the perfect place for her to heal. She even develops a romantic relationship with Edward. But everything changes upon learning about Emma, the previous tenant who has more than a passing resemblance to Jane, had mysteriously died. Feeling a connection and wanting to find answers, a suspicious, justice-seeking Jane is led down a dangerous rabbit hole.
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5. Land’s Edee Holzer
Feeling extremely guilty after losing her family in a theater shooting, sole survivor Edee Holzer (Robin Wright) physically isolates herself in the mountains of Alberta, Canada. It’s as if Edee came to the mountains to die, as she leans on her pain and lives off-grid with no survival know-how.
Yet another tragedy strikes as a bad snowstorm destroys Edee’s new home. It’s when she meets Miguel (Demián Bichir), a hunter who teaches her how to hunt and rebuild her home. Edee finds solace in her new friend, who also lost his family. Edee finally lets herself grieve for her own loss as she navigates her way back to the life she had left.
Stream Land on HBO GO from March 19.
6. Batwoman’s Mary Hamilton
In Gotham City where people meet their gruesome end in its alleys, the Batwomen of the city — Ryan Wilder and Kate Kane — have made it their mission to rid its villains. On the other side of the coin is the cheerful Dr. Hamilton (Nicole Kang), who supports Kate upon learning of the latter’s identity as the female caped crusader.
Underneath all that cheer, however, Mary’s darkness looms — something that has stemmed from feeling under-appreciated and having no superpowers. She unleashes that by becoming Poison Ivy — turning on her friends, wreaking havoc, and even revealing Ryan Wilder’s identity as Batwoman!
But Mary proves that strong women can do what’s right to help others. In one episode, Mary stops supervillain Alice from blowing up the Gotham Dam and saves thousands in the city.
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