7 scene-stealing actors to keep your eye on
From TV to movies, these breakout thespians are thrilling audiences from the spotlight.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of watching a movie or TV series is seeing someone new who just takes over whatever scene he or she is in. Sure, it's great to see Billy Bob Thornton menace people on "Fargo," or Ethan Hawke age in the movie "Boyhood," but it's more intriguing to see that unknown actor light up the screen.
That person could be a teen ingenue or someone who's been toiling in the acting trenches for years; the fact that they came out of nowhere and were able to forge a presence in one of their first big roles makes the viewing experience all the more satisfying.
These six actors are among the latest group who are making waves on screen despite being so new to the big and little screen, for most viewers this may be the first time they encounter their faces. How much you'll see of them in the future is, of course, up to the critics, but the possibilities for these young stars are endless.
1. Odeya Rush
Even though it would seem to be intimidating to be just 17 and sharing the screen with two Oscar winners, Odeya Rush holds her own opposite Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep in "The Giver." It's hard to believe that a few years ago, the talented Israeli actress wasn't getting any roles. "There are times when a part of your head tells you, 'Maybe this is not what you're meant for. Maybe there's a reason you're getting so many no's,'" she told USA Today. Like her other Israeli compatriot Gal Gadot, the tide seems to have turned for Rush; in addition to "The Giver," she stars opposite Jack Black in the movie version of "Goosebumps," scheduled for release in 2015.
2. Ellar Coltrane
Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is getting a lot of attention. Linklater shot the movie over the span of 12 years, meaning the film's star, Ellar Coltrane, has offered a realistic and nuanced performance in a story that follows him from age 7 to age 19. There's already talk of an Oscar nomination, but we may have to wait a while before we see Coltrane perform again, and for very valid reasons. "I really want to go to school. That’s probably the first thing," he told Bustle. "Hopefully I can find more projects to work on, but first, going to school."
3. Allison Tolman
Before she beat out 600 hopefuls for the role of Molly Solverson in television's "Fargo," based on the Coen brothers movie, Allison Tolman was a struggling Chicago actress and comedian. "I think while I was making the show I pursued it in a very Molly-like fashion: with very little sense of the wide implications. I just put my head down and went for the role," she told Backstage.com. Her confident, soulful performance earned her an Emmy nomination, and, while "Fargo" will move on without her, this is definitely not the last time we'll see her in a major project.
4. Morgan Saylor
Even though Dana Brody was one of the most divisive characters on "Homeland," there's no denying the power of Morgan Saylor's performance. The 19-year-old took charge of the emotionally conflicted role in the Showtime hit's first three seasons, showing a maturity and presence that allowed her to more than hold her own in scenes with Emmy winners Damian Lewis and Claire Danes. Dana isn't coming back to "Homeland," but Saylor is now starring in a couple of off-Broadway productions, and will be in the upcoming movie "McFarland," starring with Kevin Costner and Maria Bello.
5. Cristin Milioti
Until she played "The Mother" in the final season of "How I Met Your Mother," Milioti was mostly known for her Broadway roles, especially as one of the stars of the Tony-winning musical "Once." But her charming turn in such a highly-anticipated role brought new life to the series and made people take notice. This fall, the New Jersey native will star opposite Ben Feldman in the NBC romantic comedy series "A to Z," where she'll charm a whole new set of fans.
6. Nicola Peltz
You may know Nicola Peltz from "The Last Airbender" or the series "Bates Motel," but when Michael Bay tapped her to be in a "Transformers" movie, her profile skyrocketed. She starred as Mark Wahlberg's daughter Tessa in "Transformers: Age of Extinction," while also playing a role in the indie movie "Affluenza." Peltz will be acting for some time to come, and doesn't think she's missing anything by doing this instead of going to school. "When you have your passion, you never even think about other things. It's tunnel vision. You go until you get it. Or maybe that's just me," she told Interview magazine.
7. Dakota Johnson
So few people watched her short-lived FOX series "Ben and Kate" that it seemed like Dakota Johnson came out of nowhere when she was cast as Anastasia Steele in the movie adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." But the 24-year-old daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson will be all over screens in the next year, and not just in the steamy "Fifty Shades"; she has two additional movies that are in the pipeline and is shooting "A Bigger Splash," opposite Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.
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