5 Hollywood actors under 21 and on the rise
The movie industry's latest youth movement showcases talent from around the world.
By now everyone knows that Jennifer Lawrence is the real deal and that Henry Cavill is one of the biggest stars on the planet. The A-list of the moment is dominated by superheroes and Oscar winners, all world famous names. But we think it's more exciting to try and spot the next big actors, Hollywood's stars-in-the-making who will be on our screens for years to come. Here are five of the bright young talents on the cusp of megastardom.
Arguably, Hailee Steinfeld, 18, is already a star after an Oscar nomination at only 14 years old for her role in the Coen Brothers' modern classic “True Grit.” Steinfeld has yet to find a role that she excels in as much as her early turn in “Grit,” but promising indies “10,000 Saints” and “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” suggest an exciting future for her. As well, she had a strong supporting role in “Begin Again” and one of the leads in this summer's box-office smash “Pitch Perfect 2." It would be great to see the actress in a proper blockbuster, too – perhaps there is a superhero film out there for her. What's immediately noticeable about the American-born Steinfeld is the way she always seems to be enjoying herself. She recalls something she was taught when she was 13: “The one piece of advice that sticks with me, which also happens to be the most simple, is to have fun,” she says. This tip is probably why she has just released her first pop single, too, the insanely catchy “Love Myself.”
It won't be long before Odeya Rush's name will be plastered over billboards and ads everywhere you look. The Israeli actress has just been cast in “Holding Patterns,” a coming-of-age relationship drama, and will next be seen in “Goosebumps” with Jack Black. Rush is only 18 but has already worked with A-listers like Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in the young adult adaptation “The Giver.” Her other co-star in that film? Pop sensation Taylor Swift, who Rush describes as being like “an older sister.” Rush has natural movie-star looks (think a younger version of the stunning Mila Kunis) and also has the talent to back it up. She's appeared in family dramas for Disney along with Sundance-friendly indies, proving that she can do just about anything she's cast in.
The bright-eyed child from “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” has grown up, and is quietly making a name for himself as one of the most talented young actors around. Martin Scorsese must think so, as the director cast him as the lead role in 2011's award winning film-about-film “Hugo.” Since then, he was the lead in “Ender's Game” and in the charming indie “A Brilliant Young Mind.” Butterfield's boyish face means that he'll probably be playing high school students for quite a long time, but the good news is he can manage that in any accent. With several lead roles under his belt already, great things are certainly in store for the prodigious 18-year-old British actor. Look out for him next in the sci-fi “Out of This World,” and in “10,000 Saints” with his “Ender's Game” co-star Hailee Steinfeld.
If you haven't heard of Shameik Moore, that hopefully won't last long. The 20-year-old Atlanta native is the star of “Dope,” one of the biggest hits from this year's Sundance Film festival. It's a snappy, clever comedy about being geeks in a deprived area of Los Angeles, and trying to get into Harvard when seemingly everything is working against you. Although the script and direction give the film its lively energy, at the center of “Dope” is Moore's charming performance. The film was a modest hit at the box office but very popular with critics, who picked up on Moore's shy and sweetly disarming central performance. Someone this charismatic and good-looking is almost guaranteed to go far in Hollywood.
The most talented cast member of the TV behemoth that is “Game of Thrones” is probably 18-year-old British actress Maisie Williams, the plucky fan-favorite Arya Stark. She fights, kills, seeks revenge and generally owns every episode she appears in. Not only is she talented, but she's also been making some clever choices about what she stars in outside of her "Thrones" work. You may have missed British drama “The Falling,” a semi-supernatural story about fainting fits at a boarding school, but Williams was electric in the lead role. It had a small release in the U.K,. but those who saw it certainly found the strange tone and Williams' performance to be unforgettable. Irish road-trip movie “Gold” and the upcoming “The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,” where she plays a homeless teen, show her eye for unpredictable projects. Someone of her star power could be aiming for blockbusters, but it's the smaller, acclaimed dramas that allow her to show her impressive acting range.
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