Nelly Furtado Cast As Murder Suspect On CSI:NY
Her lack of acting experience, CSI's established willingness to cast without regard to acting skill and the character's glam-name lead me to speculate that Ava Grant may be a musician or actor. It may not be a matter of making the role less of a stretch for Furtado. CSI: NY might want their murder suspect to be endearing, and have thought the way Furtado captures the role of herself was just right for the part.
She recently portrayed herself on Floribella, a Portuguese soap opera which may be my new favorite show, largely based on their entertaining use of wacky musical sound effects (1:14 in. Gold.) It's particularly helpful since I don't understand a word anyone is saying.
If Furtado seems like a pro in her Floribella scene, maybe it's because the starstruck-fan scene/singing scene is old hat to her. Way back in 2001, she appeared as herself and performed "I'm Like A Bird" on Roswell.
Furtado In Late 2006:
Furtado In 2001:
In Furtado's Floribella appearance, dig the way she's suddenly illuminated, before lightning zips around... there are a lot of kooky effects. Was there once an American kids show that used visual effects that were somewhat reminiscent of those? Goodness knows more shows should use visual imagery like that, and a CSI show won't come through for us with cool, fun effects... ones that don't involve corpses.