There are many actors and actresses have a certain stereotyped role that follows them around. There are two main ways that they get put into a stereotype. This stereotype is hard to shake off.
There are certain films that are seen as classic films, they are hits at the box office. The Twilight saga, the Harry Potter series, Avatar, and the list could go on. These films gave the ‘big break’ to the lead actors and actresses. Robert Patterson, Kristen Stewart, Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint were unknown names before Twilight and Harry Potter. They became famous instantaneously and now will forever be seen as those characters. Daniel Radcliff will always be thought of as Harry Potter, no matter what role he plays.
The other way an actor or actress can become stereotyped is by continuingly doing the same sort of roles. For example, Hugh Grant is always in romantic comedies and he is usually a bit of a womaniser who falls in love and ends his promiscuous ways. His movies have become so predictable, but I still can’t stop myself from admiring his boyish good looks and sexy accent.
Then there are the actresses who always go for the romantic comedy roles: Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson and Reese Witherspoon to name a few. Other actors get caught in the comedy stereotype, the action stereotype, the horror stereotype or the dramatic stereotype.
Once an actor or actress has fallen into the dark hole of being cast in a stereotypical role it is hard for them to escape as we only see them in that one type of role and don’t even give them a chance when they try branch out. A good actor will be able to do any role and will challenge themselves to continuingly changing the roles they play and not get too comfortable in their ways.