What would you do during an emergency? Everyone reading this would react differently in a crisis, but I think 99% of you would likely try and call a loved one during a disaster, especially one of epic proportions. And yet, the fact that this trope has been leaned on so often in movies as of late has us wondering, "What role are these famous actresses signing up for?"

Kate Hudson, this week, plays the wife of Mark Wahlberg's Mike Williams in the oil-rig disaster Deepwater Horizon. Though they get a few lines of dialogue together at the movie's onset, once the proverbial shit hits the fan, Hudson joins a line of actresses who have bee relegated to phone duty in the face of an emergency. Why is this happening? Let's run through some of the most recent ones, and see if we can figure out why bankable stars are taking these thankless roles.

Kate Hudson in Deepwater Horizon

Kate Hudson, Deepwater Horizon

As the wife of a BP oil rig worker, Kate's character Felicia juggles numerous communication devices over the course of the movie. Once Mike lands on Deepwater Horizon, he keeps a Skype conversation going with his wife, seemingly at all times. But after the fire starts, Kate's on the phone (pictured above), checking in with the Coast Guard, and touching base with fellow spouses to see what's what. While Gina Rodriguez helps Wahlberg save lives on the rig, Ms. Hudson's limited to landline duty, and that's too bad.

Laura Linney in Sully

Laura Linney, Sully

Living in the Bay Area, Sully Sullenberg's wife, Lorraine, was a full country away from her husband during the dramatic events that play out in Clint Eastwood's Sully. Unfortunately, that fact leaves actress Laura Linney with very little to do in the movie about the Miracle On The Hudson. The Oscar-nominated actress only has a handful of scenes in the docudrama, all post-disaster, and not only do they all feature the same basic conversation with her character's husband, it all takes place over the phone.

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