The #2 STARmeter ranking is a popularity measure based solely upon who had the most IMDb profile views in a given week. Movie openings, DVD releases, news stories, trade magazine attention, and gossip columns can dramatically shift rankings from week to week. While not a measure of enduring “star power” or name recognition, it does give an idea of who is in the public eye each week.
For the week of 5/15 Jenn came in #2 just behind actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and just ahead of 2011 Academy Award-winner Natalie Postman.
Jenn’s husband Chris woke her with the news on the morning of her birthday:
My first reaction was WHATTTT?!!… you gotta be kidding me, this is insane! We were both super stunned and shocked. I’m still shocked.”
After minor roles in ‘Frost/Nixon,’ ‘The Hulk,’ and ‘Role Models,’ Jenn landed the lead in the feature film ‘Doonby‘ currently making the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival. The controversial film features real life Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey in a pro-life role, and highlights the depth of Jenn’s acting talent.
Jenn pointed to the blessing of being in ‘Doonby’ and the buzz it is generating:
“What a birthday gift to have my breakout feature film role garner so much attention at Cannes. I truly hope this story really continues to impact viewers across the world.”
According the Jenn’s manager Scotty Dugan Jenn’s increased notoriety began with a full-page article on ‘Doonby’ in The Hollywood Reporter’s Cannes issue. The Hollywood Reporter’s additional article on the marketing of Doonby, and a new trailer for Jenn’s mystery drama helped create a ‘perfect storm’ of interest in the bright new talent. So has the fact that Jenn has four films in which she stars due out this fall and winter.
Jenn was prepared for ‘Doonby’s’ Cannes buzz to give her ratings somewhat of a bump, but nothing like this!
“We were just excited to see ‘Doonby’ develop huge buzz, raising last week’s Starmeter rating all the way to #196! (Laugh). Neither of us would have ever imagined that this week’s result would be #2.”
Acting careers are notoriously meteoric–‘hot’ one week to ‘not’ the next–but for now, Jenn Gotzon’s star is up. Way up. Still, Jenn confided: “I’m a bit about nervous next week’s rankings, because I have no idea what to expect. I know I should anticipate a few zeros behind this weeks #2. (Laughter)”
Scotty Dugan acknowledges that Jenn’s #2 rating won’t last forever, but is confident that it is the first step in launching her career to a new level:
“Jenn may be knocked off by ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ lead Penélope Cruz. But STARmeter or no STARmeter, Jenn Gotzon’s ship has the wind in its sail.”
Jenn’s Two Handed Warriors report on the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) and Faith ‘n Film Summit.
 IMDb’s description: “STARmeter rankings provide a snapshot of who’s popular based on the searches of millions of IMDb users. Updated weekly, these rankings also graph the popularity of people over time and determine which events affect public awareness.”