25 Hottest Actors Under 25

1. Megan Fox
Age: 22

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She’s Done: Besides heating up the screen in ‘Transformers,’ Fox has positioned herself as a saucy sex symbol — her Maxim cover was a scorcher.

What’s Next: This fall’s comedy ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’; ‘Whore’ (really), ‘Jennifer’s Body’ (a comedy horror penned by ‘Juno’ scribe Diablo Cody); and ‘Transformers 2.’

Industry Buzz: “I honestly believe that Megan is here to stay,” says Robert Weide, director of ‘How to Lose Friends.’ “She’ll constantly surprise people by her range.  Anyone who thinks she’s just a pretty face is going to be surprised in the same way they were when Michelle Pfeiffer proved she really was an actress.”

2. Michael Cera
Age: 20

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What He’s Done: Cera made the leap from TV star (‘Arrested Development’) to box office draw with the raunch-fest ‘Superbad’ and the Oscar-nominated ‘Juno’ in ’07.

What’s Next: He’ll follow up October’s ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ with starring roles in ‘Year One,’ ‘Youth in Revolt’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.’

Industry Buzz: “With ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Superbad’ and ‘Juno,’ he always came across as an appealing, funny kid,” says Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger. “But in ‘Nick & Norah,’ he’s really emerging as a young man, and a very likable one.”

3. Emma Watson
Age: 18

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: As Hermione in five ‘Harry Potter’ pics, Watson has blossomed in front of eyes, from cute kid to — dare we say it — hot young adult.

What’s Next: She’ll voice Princess Pea in this winter’s ‘The Tale of Desperaux,’ then really break out of the ‘Potter’ mold in ’09’s ‘Napoleon and Betsy.’ Of course she also has three more ‘Potter’ hits on the way.

Industry Buzz: “She is one of the brightest people I have ever met, with a razor-sharp mind,” says ‘Harry Potter’ producer David Heyman. “After seeing her work in ‘Half-Blood Prince,’ I can assuredly say she can do it all. She is a great comedienne, and brings real gravitas to the dramatic scenes.”

4. Dakota Fanning
Age: 14

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: The mature-beyond-her-years teen has done blockbusters (‘War of the Worlds’), Oscar bait (‘I Am Sam’) and edgy indie fare (‘Hounddog’).

What’s Next: She appears in fall’s ‘Secret Life of Bees’ before next year starring in (and swearing in!) the sci-fi thriller ‘Push’ and voicing the title character in Henry Selick’s stop-motion animated ‘Coraline.’

Industry Buzz: “Dakota’s talent is limitless,” ‘Secret Life of Bees’ director Gina Prince-Bythewood tells us. “She has crazy chops, great instincts, a ridiculous work ethic, a true love of acting and a great family. There will be no missteps. She will be one of the great ones — Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster, Dakota Fanning.”

5. Amanda Seyfried
Age: 23

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: Made polygamy palatable in HBO’s ‘Big Love’ and ABBA au courant as the lead in this summer’s ‘Mamma Mia!’

What’s Next: She co-stars with Megan Fox in ‘Jennifer’s Body’ and just landed opposite Channing Tatum in Lasse Hallstrom’s adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, ‘Dear John.’

Industry Buzz: “This doe-eyed lovely whose singing voice was one of the surprising joys of ‘Mamma Mia!’ seems to be on her way, headlining as a high school avenger in the girl-power horror comedy ‘Jennifer’s Body,'” says Susan Wloszczyna, film reporter for USA Today.

6. Shia LaBeouf
Age: 22

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What He’s Done: The Beef made the leap from Disney tween (‘Even Stevens,’ ‘Holes’) to blockbuster action star (‘Transformers,’ ‘Indiana Jones’) in what seemed like a week (actuality: four years).

What’s Next: He reunites with ‘Disturbia’ director D.J. Caruso in this month’s thriller ‘Eagle Eye’ while filming next summer’s ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.’

Industry Buzz: “Shia is genuine, and very real,” says Caruso. “He’s the good-looking guy next door, he’s your best friend next door, he’s a little bit of everything. He’s been blessed with that.”

7. Keira Knightley
Age: 23

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She’s Done: She’s equally adept at action flicks (the ‘Pirates’ series) and period dramas (including an Oscar-nominated turn in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and stunning leads in ‘Atonement’ and her latest, ‘The Duchess’).

What’s Next: She continues to be the go-to gal for highbrow drama with ‘King Lear.’

Industry Buzz: “She’s accomplished so much already that it’s easy to forget that she’s only 23,” says Dave Karger of Entertainment Weekly. “‘The Duchess’ requires her to age from 17 to 27 and she’s equally believable at both ages.”

8. Daniel Radcliffe
Age: 19

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What He’s Done: Best known as the beloved boy wizard from the ‘Harry Potter’ films, he’s also made headlines by going full frontal for the London stage revival of ‘Equus.’

What’s Next: ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ is due in theaters next summer, and — after putting his “wand” on display in the Broadway run of ‘Equus’ — he’ll return to London to begin filming the two-part ‘Potter’ finale, ‘The Deathly Hallows.’

Industry Buzz: “As you can see by the work he has done outside of ‘Potter,’ he embraces challenges,” says ‘Potter’ producer David Heyman. “He is a remarkably curious young man who is eager to be the very best at whatever he does, yet retains great humility and decency.”

9. Kristen Stewart
Age: 18

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She’s Done: Since first landing praise for nearly upstaging screen mom Jodie Foster in ‘Panic Room,’ Stewart’s continued to shine in both critical faves (‘Into the Wild’) and duds (”Jumper’).

What’s Next: She’s Bella in ‘Twilight,’ the teen vampire flick widely touted to be the next ‘Harry Potter.’

Industry Buzz: “Kristen has a depth and dedication and toughness that I’ve rarely encountered,” ‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke tells us. “Her career could be an amazing collection of characters. She has no limits … If the stars line up, Kristen could be winning the highest of accolades.”

10. Ellen Page
Age: 21

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She’s Done: She played Kitty Pride in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ but her turn as a pregnant teen in ‘Juno’ made her a household name (and scored her an Oscar nod).

What’s Next: She’ll star in the thriller ‘Peacock,’ play a roller derby skater in Drew Barrymore’s ‘Whip It!’ and take the title role in a new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre.’

Industry Buzz: “The amazing thing about Ellen is how sophisticated her tastes are,” says EW’s Dave Karger. “We will probably never see her take on a typical starlet role. She’s so strongly associated with her ‘Juno’ character, but I’m sure we’ll soon see there’s a lot more to her than that.”

11. Saoirse Ronan
Age: 14

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: Hard to believe that before her Oscar nom for ‘Atonement,’ this lass was primarily working on Brit TV.

What’s Next: Most notably, she headlines Peter Jackson’s anticipated adaptation of ‘The Lovely Bones’; learn how to say her name (“Sir-sha”), you’ll hear it come awards time next year.

Industry Buzz: “Because she is not your traditional ‘cute’ girl, she is able to avoid being put in that category and can be looked at strictly for her talent, which seems formidable,” says Michael Lawson, head of MPRM PR. “If she chooses her roles smartly she should be able to mature into a fine, bankable actress.”

12. Anton Yelchin
Age: 19

Years on List: 2008

What He’s Done: Long called a “next big thing,” he’s impressed in movies that had trouble finding audiences (‘Alpha Dog,’ ‘Fierce People,’ ‘Charlie Bartlett’).

What’s Next: The actor’s next two projects — ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Terminator Salvation’ — should have no such trouble. Both are slated for a summer 2009 release.

Industry Buzz: “He may not be a name that many people know, but he’s already delivered very impressive performances in ‘Charlie Bartlett,’ where he really carried the entire film, and ‘Alpha Dog,'” says Dave Karger of EW.

13. Brandon T. Jackson
Age: 24

Years on List: 2008

What He’s Done: After roles in the sleeper hits ‘Roll Bounce’ and ‘This Christmas,’ Jackson emerged as a comic force playing Alpa Chino in the summer blockbuster ‘Tropic Thunder.’

What’s Next: Jackson continues his string of great character names as Lil 1 in the ‘Crash’-like ensemble drama ‘Days of Wrath.’

Industry Buzz: “He’s very talented,” says ‘Roll Bounce’ director Malcolm D. Lee. “He can do anything. He can do the comedic roles, he can do the buddy comedy, he can do the dramatic stuff. He has to just not want it too soon. It’s gotta come in a natural and organic way, where he can learn from people and then eventually become a leading man. But he’s definitely leading man material, without a doubt.”

14. Emma Stone
Age: 19

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: Her resume’s heavy on comedy — from the super hit ‘Superbad’ to lesser films ‘The Rocker’ and ‘The House Bunny.’

What’s Next: She’ll play to her strengths — she’s next up in the Matthew McConaughey rom-com ‘The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,’ by ‘Mean Girls’ director Mark Waters.

Industry Buzz: Says L.A. Daily News and LA.com film critic Bob Strauss, “This summer’s ‘Rocker’ and ‘House Bunny’ weren’t up there with last year’s hysterical ‘Superbad.’ But Emma Stone maintained her sweet and natural quality through all three no matter how outrageous or unfunny matters got. She’s the most superb straightwoman of her age group, and that’s a rare talent in any generation.”

15. Zac Efron
Age: 20

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What He’s Done: The pinup’s made a smooth transition from small screen (‘High School Musical’) to big (‘Hairspray’).

What’s Next: He brings singing jock Troy Bolton to multiplexes in October’s ‘HSM 3,’ plays a young Matthew Perry in the ‘Big’-like fantasy ‘Seventeen Again’ and gets dramatic (but still croons!) in ‘Me and Orson Welles.’

Industry Buzz: “Success with a few demanding, very different roles that will surprise people will help get the attention of a demographic that will ensure he has longevity,” says MPRM PR’s Michael Lawson. “He needs to take some risks, like Daniel Radcliffe.”

16. Olivia Thirlby
Age: 21

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: With credits like ‘Juno,’ ‘Snow Angels,’ and ‘The Wackness’ under her belt, she’s the closest thing to an Indie It-Girl (honest to blog).

What’s Next: After early ’09’s ‘New York I Love You,’ she’ll co-star with Anna Paquin and Matt Damon in ‘Margaret’ and Hilary Duff and Steve Coogan in ‘Safety Glass.’

Industry Buzz: “We’ve only had small tastes of Thirlby so far, but she’s made them all as satisfying as full-course meals,” L.A. Daily News critic Bob Strauss tells us. “If she keeps choosing challenging, original roles, Thirlby could become one of the most respected actresses of her generation.”

17. Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Age: 19

Years on List: 2008

What He’s Done: Otherwise known as McLovin, he earned a permanent place in the Movie Nerd Hall of Fame in last year’s ‘Superbad.’

What’s Next: He stars in the fall comedy ‘Role Models’ with Paul Rudd. In 2009, he’ll reunite with Michael Cera in ‘Year One’ and co-star with Nic Cage in ‘Kick-Ass.’

Industry Buzz: “The kid’s got the goods! He’s got amazing improv skills,” says ‘Role Models’ director David Wain. “He’ll be doing all different genres of movies, I hope, and maybe he’ll take a break sooner or later and go to college.”

18. Blake Lively
Age: 21

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: She’s starred in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ and its sequel and played Justin Long’s girlfriend in ‘Accepted,’ but she’s best known for playing oversexed teen Serena on TV’s ‘Gossip Girl.’

What’s Next: She’s in for more sex and high school intrigue on ‘GG’ season 2, and she’ll return to the big screen in ‘The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,’ playing a teenaged version of Robin Wright Penn.

Industry Buzz: “She’s lovely and spunky. But now that she is established, she needs to focus on finding opportunities that can show her range, probably a good role in an independent film or two, or something in the theater,” says MPRM PR’s Michael Lawson. “If she wants to be taken seriously as an actress this is the way to go.”

19. Josh Peck
Age: 22

Years on List: 2008

What He’s Done: He got good notices for ‘Mean Creek,’ but up till ‘The Wackness,’ he was still better known to the Nickelodeon set as one-half of ‘Drake and Josh.’

What’s Next: More indies to build his acting cred, ‘American Primitive’ and ‘Safety Glass,’ while he continues his day job as a tween every-boy.

Industry Buzz: “First off, he has a unique charisma,” says ‘Wackness’ director Jonathan Levine. “He has an edge to him, both in the choices he makes and in his commitment to those choices. Beyond all, he is fearless. And that’s what separates him from everyone else.”

20. Kat Dennings
Age: 22

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: She was Catherine Keener’s not-quite-sexually-active daughter in ’40-Year-Old Virgin’; played a goth girl who gets an Anna Faris makeover in ‘The House Bunny.’

What’s Next: She plays Michael Cera’s possible soul mate in ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,’ then stars in Robert Rodriguez’s kid-friendly ‘Shorts’ and the college football flick ‘End Zone.’

Industry Buzz: “Kat is a refreshing and remarkable actress,” says ‘Nick and Norah’ director Peter Sollett. “She’s unbound by what she thinks a director might be expecting of her, instead favoring unique interpretation of her character. She’s an independent-minded artist who is here to stay.”

21. Keke Palmer
Age: 15

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: The actress/singer first drew audiences under her spell in ‘Akeelah and the Bee,’ and has since starred in ‘Madea’s Family Reunion’ and ‘The Longshots.’

What’s Next: She’ll reteam with Tyler Perry in 2009’s ‘Madea Goes to Jail’ before co-starring with Kevin Spacey in ‘Shrink’ and playing rap pioneer Roxanne Shante in ‘Vapors.’

Industry Buzz: “[She’s] in Dakota Fanning and Flora Cross territory, and there’s something about her poise and self-possession that hints she will grow up to be a considerable actress,” Roger Ebert wrote in his review of ‘Akeelah and the Bee.’ “The movie depends on her, and she deserves its trust.”

22. Miley Cyrus
Age: 15

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: The ubiquitous teen’s ‘Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds’ concert flick shocked the movie industry with a $31 million opening weekend.

What’s Next: She lends her voice to fall’s animated Disney flick ‘Bolt’; ‘Hannah Montana’ continues its Hollywood takeover in April ’09; and Nicholas Sparks is tailor-making a script for her.

Industry Buzz: “She has great talent and family values,” says Falco Ink. publicist Janice Roland. “Her talent will take her to the next level. I think she has staying power if she stays with her fans. As her fans grow up, she should be there with them.”

23. Robert Pattinson
Age: 22

Years on List: 2008

What He’s Done: The Londoner was Hufflepuff Quidditch stud Cedric Diggory in two installments of ‘Harry Potter’ (‘Goblet of Fire’ and ‘Order of the Phoenix’).

What’s Next: Hopefully ‘Potter’ hysteria prepared him well for playing vampire dreamboat Edward Cullen in the next page-to-screen phenomenon, ‘Twilight.’

Industry Buzz: “His career could be extremely unique,” director Catherine Hardwicke (‘Twilight’) tells us. “He’s a powerful, sexy leading man and slips incredibly well into different periods and styles. I’d also love to see him work on Tim Burton-esque films where he has the opportunity to create completely wild, original characters that become classics.”

24. Gemma Arterton
Age: 22

Years on List: 2008

What She’s Done: The new Brit on the block is bursting on the scene with a pivotal role in this year’s Bond, ‘Quantum of Solace,’ and a part in Guy Ritchie’s ‘Rocknrolla.’

What’s Next: You may catch her in the English comedy ‘The Boat That Rocked,’ but you’re sure to see her in the epic actioner ‘The Prince of Persia.’

Industry Buzz: “Gemma is an extraordinary talent,” says ‘Solace’ director Marc Forster. “I told her when I first met her on the first day: ‘You will work until you’re very, very old.’ Because I think she’s extraordinarily gifted and she has incredible timing. Her comedic timing is brilliant, and her dramatic quality as well.”

25. Scarlett Johansson
Age: 23

Years on List: 2007, 2008

What She’s Done: Since capturing moviegoers’ attention in ‘The Horse Whisperer’ at age 14, she’s earned raves for ‘Lost in Translation,’ been Woody Allen’s muse in a trifecta of films and generally made men swoon.

What’s Next: She’ll star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore in ‘He’s Just Not That Into You,’ play a comic-book vixen in ‘The Spirit’ and get married to Ryan Reynolds (sorry, guys).

Industry Buzz: “Being Woody Allen’s muse isn’t a bad gig,” says USA Today’s Susan Wloszczyna. “But at 23, the experienced-beyond-her-years Johansson deserves to appear in high-caliber movies like ‘Lost in Translation,’ not splashed on more magazine covers.”



~ by pipsqueak08 on 26 September 2008.

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