Mia Goth Filmography

British actress Mia Goth is one of the most recognizable faces in horror. Goth burst onto the screen in 2013 with Nymphomaniac and continued to shine in the films that followed. Most recently, she starred in the back-to-back slasher films X and Pearl and the sci-fi film High Life. With her shrill screams and naturally high-pitched voice, Goth has become the modern day horror movie scream queen.

X

Mia Goth first made waves in the industry back in 2013 with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. The film was just the beginning of what would be a spectacularly diverse career, with Goth starring in everything from post-apocalyptic thrillers to slick sci-fi fare. But what really got Goth noticed was her burgeoning love of horror. Whether monologuing the inner thoughts of a psychopathic farmhand in Ti West’s X or terrifying her family in Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, Goth seems to be a natural in the genre that everyone loves to hate.

Her upcoming project MaXXXine looks like it’ll be another horror showcase for the actress, who will play both her current character Maxine as well as Pearl, an elderly assassin with more secrets than anyone knows. Goth will be joined by Halsey, Giancarlo Esposito (who will play an agent for adult film actors), Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Michelle Monaghan, Bobby Cannavale and Lily Collins.

Pearl

In this dark, moody psychological thriller, Goth turns in another of her finest performances. She stars as Pearl, a young woman who auditions for talent scouts in a church and feels devastated when she’s rejected because she isn’t blonde or all-American. She goes home to her mother Mitsy and reveals her inner turmoil to her.

While the film may be more subdued than her previous work, it boasts some of Goth’s best cinematography and atmosphere. Her singsong English timbre is a welcome departure from the throaty American tones she adopts in X and the recent sci-fi drama High Life.

This film marks a departure from the overtly violent and gory horrors of Goth’s earlier work, but it also demonstrates her ability to elevate genre material without becoming a modern-day scream queen. She’s eerie and tense as she helps Dane DeHaan uncover the mysteries behind the health spa in the Swiss Alps, while also adding an extra dimension to the story with her nuanced performance. It’s a perfect showcase for her talents and marks the ascent of a new horror icon.

Suspiria

Since her acting debut in Lars von Trier’s erotic drama Nymphomaniac, Mia Goth has cemented herself as a go-to actress for arthouse thrillers, sci-fi flicks, and horror movies. Her ability to channel both syrupy sweetness and malevolent darkness makes her an intuitive addition to any look movie film, traits that made her perfect for Ti West’s X and its prequel Pearl in 2022.

In Suspiria, Guadagnino’s adaptation of the 1977 Dario Argento classic, Goth stars as a young American dancer who enrolls at the Berlin dance academy run by Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). Soon enough, she begins to suspect that the school is hiding a witchy secret. The movie’s elegant production design and gruesome body horror make for an experience that will leave you squirming.

Though the plot of this movie is convoluted, it ultimately never makes sense as its various pieces shuffle around without ever fully forming an engaging whole. Despite a compelling cast and the impressively gory makeup work, this movie is a failure to the core. The only reason it’s on this list is because of Goth’s powerful performance.

High Life

Following a brief career as a model, Goth made her acting debut in 2013 with Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. Since then, she’s gone on to star in a hefty amount of arthouse drama, thriller and horror. She’s proven herself to be a natural in the genre, and her intuition for picking the right projects has led to her appearing in films that explore both syrupy sweetness and malevolent darkness.

One of her finest turns came in X, a Seventies-set slasher about a group of pornographers living on the outskirts of society. This bleak film set the stage for the far more savage Pearl, its prequel, which is a riotously unhinged saga of an elderly woman who can’t process the falsity of her daydreams and spirals into murderous madness.

High Life, a contemplative science fiction thriller from French director Claire Denis, is another genre exercise that showcases the actress’ acrobatic range. It’s a visually striking work that sees the film flooded with urine, blood and breast milk, each liquid serving to highlight the messiness of human existence in the face of an all-encompassing sterility.

Emma

One of Hollywood’s most hard-working actresses, Mia Goth can do it all. She’s been a staple in arthouse drama, thriller, and horror since she debuted in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac. But, the London native has also embraced her dark side with movies like X and Pearl. Her ability to channel both syrupy sweetness and malevolent darkness has made her a favorite of genre film fans.

In Emma, Goth is one of the stars that make this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic work special. Directed by Autumn de Wilde and starring Anya Taylor-Joy as Emma Woodhouse, the movie follows the rich socialite who loves nothing better than meddling in her companions’ love lives. However, the games she plays often backfire in her face.

The film is co-written by Eleanor Catton and produced by Focus Features and Working Title. Bill Nighy, Callum Turner, Gemma Whelan, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, and Rupert Graves round out the rest of the cast. Production is currently underway. The release date has not yet been set. Stay tuned for more details.

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