These next couple weeks are looking a bit quieter on the birthday front...but we're fond of our dozen for this week, so let's get to it. We begin on January 3 with a 40th birthday for Canadian actress Chasty Ballesteros, who's had a few DiD scenes, the best of which arguably involves her character almost getting burned at the stake in One of Us. Also celebrating on that day is Nicole Beharie, who hasn't been on the right end of a gag scene (yet) but is looking good in medical restraints in an episode of Sleepy Hollow.
January 4 belongs to Chelsey Reist and Maddie Hasson. We're frankly not in a rush to edit Reist's (extremely bloody) ball gag scene from Mon Ami, but we can offer you the scene from The 100 in which she's cleave gagged and tied in a large, coed group. Meanwhile, Hasson has a striking guest role on Grimm in she's tape gagged and suspended in, well, a well. Let's hear it for creative places to stash one's damsel!
Diane Keaton is turning 75 on January 5, and if you've never encountered her immortal scene in Sleeper, why wait a moment longer? January Jones celebrates today as well; we should probably quit wondering if she just missed being named December and simply recommend her performance in Seeking Justice. Rounding out the day is English actress Suki Waterhouse, whose scene in The Bad Batch sets up the rest of the movie effectively but is not for the faint of heart.
As far as we're concerned, Kate McKinnon's inspired silliness on SNL went beyond the call of duty in a year that desperately needed it, so we're just gonna declare January 6 Kate McKinnon Day and remind you that she was fun in The Spy Who Dumped Me, too. On January 7, let's hear it for Erin Gray, whose best-known DiD scene (thanks to that nice cleave gag) isn't from her famous lead roles on Silver Spoons or Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, but from a guest role on The Fall Guy.
Genevieve Padalecki is turning 40 on January 8, and while she has only a single scene in Brian's database, it's a memorable one: her Supernatural character is strapped down semi-nude and fitted with a leather gag that means business. Meanwhile, Nina Dobrev has featured in a ton of scenes in The Vampire Diaries, though it has to be said that most of them are relatively minor. (Skip to the last 20 seconds of this one if you're mostly in it for the cleave gag!)