The casting of Catherine Howard was fun and very easy. I was actually amazed at how easy it was. I have quite a few choices for her and I am going to share them all!
Catherine Howard was Henry VIII’s fifth wife. She had quite an unsupervised type of adolescence which ultimately led to her execution.
Henry fell hard for the young Catherine in the last remaining days of his marriage to Anne of Cleves. He thought she was everything he could possibly hope for in a wife. Unfortunately, the King would find out he was terribly wrong in this assumption. She was small and slender, with auburn hair, and was said to be kind yet frivolous and empty headed.
Here is an actual pic/painting of Catherine Howard:
Here are the actresses I picked to portray Catherine Howard.
My first choice is Erika Christensen. I have seen her play a wide variety of roles and believe that she could play this role quite well. She has played the out of control teenager before, in the movie, “Traffic,” and I really believe she would do Catherine justice.
My second choice is Mena Suvari. I have also seen her play the rebellious teenager well onscreen. Her role in “American Beauty” is what really leads me to believe she could play the seductive young girl and really capture that sexual essence that Catherine had even as young as she was.
My third choice is Amanda Detmer. She has a very sunny, youthful appearance and I think she would make a good Catherine.
I have two other actresses who I had given some thought to, and although I am not entirely sure they would be right for the role, I will post their pics anyway. They are Rachel McAdams and Dakota Fanning.
When Henry married Catherine, he had a medal struck to commemorate the occasion. He quickly dubbed her his “Rose without a thorn.” Little did he know at the time how much he would come to regret calling her that! The young girl had absolutely no idea how to be a Queen of England and it was very apparent to everyone that the only thing she did know how to do was to “make merry and dance.” She broke the king’s heart when he learned of her adultery and she became the second of Henry’s wives to lose her head.
Catherine’s motto was “No other will but his,” and her badge was a crowned Tudor rose. She was only a mere 17 years old when she was executed for treason at the Tower of London.