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  • You might remember Elisha Cuthbert from movies like The Girl Next Door and House of Wax,

  • but for most, that's about it.

  • With a rising career just ten years ago, Cuthbert was predicted to be one of Hollywood's hottest

  • up and coming actresses.

  • Now fans are left to wonder what she's been up to these days.

  • So, why won't Hollywood cast Elisha Cuthbert anymore?

  • TV trap

  • Cuthbert's acting career began at the age of 14 with her breakout role as Megan on Nickelodeon's

  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?

  • She played the same character steadily from 1996-2000, which resulted in her earning lead

  • roles in small movies like Dancing on the Moon and Time at the Top.

  • While none of these films were received very well by audiences or critics, the added experience

  • helped pave the way for her to grab her most recognizable role as Kim Bauer on the hit

  • television show 24.

  • Cuthbert probably couldn't have foreseen it would still be her most recognizable role

  • ten years later, especially once she ditched the series after three seasons to focus on

  • her film career and was met with middling results.

  • Girl Next Door

  • In 2004, Cuthbert played Danielle in The Girl Next Door, a young retired porn star who moves

  • in next door to an average high school senior, ultimately changing his life forever.

  • The studio hoped it would be a huge hit, somewhere in the vein of Pretty Woman and American Pie,

  • but thatwasn't the case.

  • The movie didn't exactly flop, but it wasn't the breakout hit Cuthbert might've hoped for

  • to catapult her into big screen relevance.

  • Then House of Wax happened.

  • In the humdrum horror movie, Cuthbert starred as one of a half dozen teens trapped in a

  • wax museum that turns real people into statues.

  • The film wasn't a flop, but like The Girl Next Door, it wasn't anything to write home

  • about and didn't help to establish Cuthbert as a must-have for movie roles.

  • Bad company

  • Paris Hilton, who also starred in House of Wax, was the very definition of Famous for

  • Being Famous and hobnobbed with a host of celebs whose reputations she'd sully with

  • her notorious nightlife antics, and that included Elisha Cuthbert.

  • The two bonded on the set of their movie and Cuthbert joined Hilton's party entourage,

  • even appearing in the music video for Paris Hilton's song "Nothing in this World."

  • Given Hilton's reputation for ranking tabloid presence above her resume, though, that wasn't

  • the kind of kinship that would help Cuthbert advance in the biz.

  • The flops

  • Soon after House of Wax was released, Cuthbert's next film The Quiet hit theatres.

  • In this dramatic thriller she played a cheerleader whose social life was ruined by her parent's

  • decision to adopt her deaf cousin, bringing to light some dark family secrets.

  • While the role was certainly far from the typical hot-girl persona she was used to playing,

  • critics and audiences dismissed the pic, and it made back just one third of its low production

  • budget upon release.

  • Her next film, Captivity, received even worse reviews.

  • In the little-seen pic, Cuthbert played a model, stalked and kidnapped by a sadistic psychopath.

  • The movie tanked at the box office, was labeled "torture porn" by critics and was nominated

  • for a Razzie in three categories that year including worst horror movie and worst director

  • and Cuthbert was nominated for worst actress.

  • "Thanks for the lesson."

  • Cuthbert eventually went back to taking roles on television and found that the small screen

  • scene wasn't as welcoming to her as it was in the 24 days.

  • Unhappy endings

  • In 2011, Cuthbert was cast as a ditzy runaway bride on ABC's Happy Endings.

  • With several similar comedies premiering on other networks around the same time, the show

  • wasn't exactly a starmaker.

  • While it did earn a cult following, the show was cancelled after just three seasons.

  • She was then cast as a young lesbian who decided to have a baby with her male best friend in

  • NBC's One Big Happy.

  • But the show was panned as a Three's Company rip-off that delivered too many damaging stereotypes

  • to survive.

  • "How would I do in the lesbian market?

  • I don't think I've ever been appraised."

  • "You'd do good.

  • You'd bereally really good."

  • The program was cancelled after only six episodes were aired.

  • Leaving Los Angeles

  • After Cuthbert spent time frequenting the club scene with Paris Hilton, she expressed

  • her feelings toward being young in Hollywood in an interview with Women's Health Magazine

  • and said she didn't feel like she quite fit in.

  • She told the magazine, "For a long time I was naïve about who I was surrounded by.

  • I got caught up in the L.A. scene.

  • Not that they were bad people, I just couldn't ask any of them to drive me to the airport."

  • She notably started focusing on her personal life, spending more time with her then boyfriend,

  • Canadian hockey player Dion Phaneuf.

  • The two married in 2013 and now choose to split their time between L.A. and Toronto.

  • While being away from the spotlight has its health benefits, it's also had a negative

  • effect on her exposure.

  • How she can turn it around

  • She has done a couple of Canadian films including Goon: Last of the Enforcersthe sequel

  • to the well-received 2012 hockey comedy Goonand she stars as Ashton Kutcher's adorable

  • ex on Netflix's The Ranch.

  • She's hardly earning placement on producers' speed dials these days, thanks to her series

  • of letdowns and separation from the limelight.

  • But these new developments might just mark the start of a new direction for the Girl

  • Next Door.

  • Here's hoping she can turn it around soon!

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