Who is Katherine Waterston? You may not think you know the Alien: Covenant actress, but you probably do. Unless you only watch Alien movies. In which case you probably don't. But if that's the case, what gives? You're weird. For the love all things sacred, didn't you even bother seeing Katherine Waterston in Fantastic Beasts? Then you've got your Katherine Waterston TV shows... okay, look, anyway, the point is, if you're here reading this, you're probably asking yourself, "What has Katherine Waterston been in?", and unless you mean that in a ontological sense, this list will answer your questions.
For starters, K-Wat is the first person you see in the second trailer for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant, and, despite wearing what appears to be a leftover wig from Newsies, she charms you with her open face and kind eyes. She's also the first to cry in the trailer, and the first to regret accidentally unleashing a terrifying, murderous alien species. So big up Katherine Waterston Alien: Covenant edition - she seems to be the moral center of the story, or least the audience proxy.
But let's get down to brass tacks. Who is this K-Wat person? What's the 411 on Katherine Waterston credits? How am I not myself? Well, so glad you asked. Waterston is a talented actor with excellent pedigree. You might know her father, Sam Waterston, from Law & Order (or Grace and Frankie if you're a Netflix junkie too young for Law & Order). And K-Wat isn't just a great actor, she's about to be a major star - she's got two franchises going in Alien and Fantastic Beasts, and is trusted by great directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Danny Boyle, and Ridley Scott. Can't go wrong with that combo.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
Waterston was eminently watchable as the heroic female lead in Fantastic Beasts, a spinoff of the Harry Potter series and her first prominent role in a studio tentpole. Her Tina (short for "Porpentina," natch) was desperate to get her job back (she lost it, it's a whole thing, just see the movie if you want to know the entire plot), but governed by a powerful moral compass. She also kicked a$$. Considering that J.K. Rowling signed on to write four (!) more movies for the franchise, you're bound to see a lot more of Waterston.
Waterston had a four episode arc as Emma Harrow, twin sister of disfigured war veteran-turned-gangster Richard Harrow, in season four of Boardwalk Empire. Richard talked about his relationship with his sister throughout the course of the show, but viewers didn't meet her until the season four premiere.
In the clip above, the two kill an injured dog; the scene kind of makes you hate both of them and feel really bad for the dog (unless you hate dogs and like people who take themselves really seriously). To Waterston's credit, she's great at reserved, mercurial coldness.
Steve Jobs (2015)
In Steve Jobs, Waterston plays the titular Esteban's ex-girlfriend and baby mama Chrisann Brennan, whom Jobs refused to support until he bonds with Lisa, his five-year-old daughter, over one of his own products (because of course Steve Jobs would need his ego stroked in order to love his own daughter). Waterston delivers her Aaron Sorkin-penned lines with authority and heartbreak. Her depressed character, a writer and painter, falls on hard times, but the actress's fire and charisma left an indelible mark on viewers.
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Waterston's feature film debut came in the form of a character named Third Year in Oscar-nominated legal thriller Michael Clayton. Do you remember her? It's okay, no one else does either. It's definitely her in the still, so she was most certainly in the film, but, like, what did she do again? Does Third Year mean she was in law school? Or was her character's surname Year and her crackhead mom named her Third as a joke? Do crackheads have a sense of humor?
There are also characters named First Year, Fourth Year, and Fifth Year, which begs the question, "WTF happened to Second Year?"