When you think of Kim Kardashian, you instantly think of her career as a socialite and general influencer. There’s no doubt that she’s one of the biggest celebrities in the world, but she isn’t really known for acting or singing like a lot of other megastars. However, that doesn’t mean that Kardashian hasn’t tried her hand at acting.
Kardashian’s megastar status has landed her a few roles over the years, though they haven’t exactly been met with critical acclaim. If you’re struggling to remember the times when Kardashian acted (and not as herself), let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember some of those roles in film and television.
There have been a lot of spoof movies over the year, with some of them being hailed as comedy classics like “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun”. Then, there are those which are considered the bottom of the barrel, including ones that have been rated among the worst movies ever made. Unfortunately for Kim Kardashian, she starred in one of those spoof films that falls into the latter category: “Disaster Movie”.
The 2009 comedy was actually the acting debut for Kardashian, with the reality star taking on the role of Lisa Taylor. Despite being universally panned (including Kardashian’s performance), the movie did make a profit at the box office. The budget was $20 million while ticket sales added up to $34.8 million. “Disaster Movie” being, well, a disaster, didn’t hurt Kardashian’s career.
Deep in the Valley
If you want a movie that pretty much went to the bottom of the bargain bin upon release but featured some eventual A-list stars, then “Deep in the Valley” is your movie. Released in 2009, “Deep in the Valley” is a comedy that stars Brendan Hines and Chris Pratt. Hines would go on to star in the hit series “Lie to Me” while Pratt became one of Hollywood’s biggest actors.
As for Kardashian, she took on the role of Summa Eve, which was a small part that didn’t have a lot of screen time. The movie didn’t make any money in theaters as it was released straight to DVD and ended up being a footnote in the careers of Hines, Pratt, and Kardashian. The rated-R comedy didn’t even receive a single Rotten Tomatoes review, that’s how obscure it was.
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
Tyler Perry has released a lot of movies throughout his career, and one of the more forgettable films was “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor”. The film was released in 2013 while Perry was on a hot streak in Hollywood, which is why the film was given a $37 million budget. Though it made a profit, it came up well short of his previous entries.
Kim Kardashian had one of the lead roles in the movie, playing Ava, the co-worker of the lead character Judith (played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell). Kardashian wasn’t given positive reviews for her performance and was even given a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. The film also received just a 17% rating from critics.
Drop Dead Diva
We now turn our attention to the small screen with a television series that had a lot of success. “Drop Dead Diva” debuted on Lifetime in 2009, and lasted for six seasons with nearly 80 episodes. Four of those episodes featured Kim Kardashian, who was playing the part of Nikki LePree. Kardashian’s character appeared during an arc of the fourth season and wound up in jail for theft.
Unlike some of the previous roles on the list, Kardashian wasn’t really panned by critics for her performance. Many felt that she was well cast for the role and played well off of some of the other stars including Brooke Elliott and April Bowlby. You have to go back quite a ways to find these episodes as they aired in 2012.
Beyond the Break
If you don’t remember “Beyond the Break”, it’s likely that you didn’t have the channel it aired on. The coming-of-age drama series was part of The N, which was the adolescent programming block for the Noggin network. The series starred four young women, airing from 2006 to 2009 over three seasons.
Kardashian found herself with a recurring role in “Beyond the Break”, playing the role of Elle. Just like “Drop Dead Diva”, Kardashian appeared in a total of four episodes. “The most challenging part of playing the role of Elle was just trying to be the mean girl,” Kardashian said of her role. “I’ve never really been that outspoken girl. It’s the confrontation that I’m not used to, so I think doing that was really kind of refreshing in a weird, sick way.