Over the years, clients have occasionally asked me who they think represents an ideal woman in the movies. Women have also sometimes asked me who I think an ideal woman is to strive to be like in a relationship and who represents the ideal. Men have also sometimes asked if an ideal woman exists in the movies as well to help them know what to look for and who to choose. I have thought about it and out of all of the women I have seen in the movies, one woman to me represents the ideal woman, wife, and girlfriend. Her name is Iris Gaines in the classic 1984 movie The Natural. Iris is played by Glenn Close and her character represents the classic “girl next door” character about as well as I have ever seen it played. If you have not seen the movie The Natural, I highly recommend that you watch it to see pure feminine love and beauty in action. She is about the closest thing to a perfect woman I have ever seen in a movie.
In The Natural, Robert Redford plays “Roy Hobbs”, a professional major league baseball player for the fictional New York team “the Knights”. In the beginning of the movie, Roy and Iris are neighbors who grow up together and fall in love as teenagers. Instead of staying with Iris, Roy chooses to chase after his childhood dream to become a professional baseball player. He even says at one point in the movie that he dreamed people would see him someday and say, “there goes Roy Hobbs, the best who ever played in this game”. The movie follows Roy and Iris through their off and on relationship until their final reunification. Along their rocky journey and throughout the entire movie, Iris shows strongly why she is such an ideal woman.
Read more about Dr. Christ's thoughts on Iris in the Natural here.