Young Actors to Watch

In no real order, Actors/Actresses that are impressive in their individual roles and parts. Should produce some excellent material in future projects.
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Chloë Grace Moretz
Actress, Kick-Ass
Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English. Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the series The Guardian...
“ Just watched two movies with Chloe Moretz in them, Let Me In and Kickass.
Spoilers
Never thought a movie could make me feel so sorry for a murderous, blood sucking vampire as I did for Abby (Chloe Moretz) in "Let Me In." Miss Moretz acting ability played off of the equal talent of Kodi Smit-Mcphee made for a very intense, scary and entertaining production.
Equally entertaining (and intense) was Miss Moretz part in "Kickass." Although somewhat slapstick and of the genre that you would expect from a comic book production, Chloe stole the show as "Hit Girl," a trained assassin battling an organized crime empire alongside her father and a bumbling super hero.
Look for many great things to come from this extremely talented actress. ” - starphoto
 
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Kodi Smit-McPhee
Actor, The Road
Kodi was born on June 13, 1996 in Adelaide, Australia, to Sonja Smit and Andy McPhee, who is an actor and professional wrestler. His sister is actress Sianoa Smit-McPhee. In 2014, Kodi starred in Twentieth Century Fox's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opposite Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman...
“ I am anticipating more excellent acting from Kodi Smit-Mcphee. His intense portrayal of Owen in Let Me In, added to the equally intense acting of Chloe Moretz made for an extremely intense, scary and entertaining production.
I am hoping that future productions work with his somewhat unique and endearing characteristics. ” - starphoto
 
3.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Everywhere you look, Mila Kunis this and Mila Kunis that. Is she really that good??
Well yes, she is!!
From her portrayal of Jackie on That 70's Show to her current parts in The Book of Eli (Solara) and Black Swan (Lily), she has steadily progressed toward perfection in her craft.
With a lot of the other young actresses gaining much notoriety for their non-acting escapades, Mila Kunis seams to be maintaining her sanity and focusing on her acting ability and projects.
If she stays on the straight and narrow in her career, you will see her in top roles for many years to come. ” - starphoto
 
4.
“ OK, so who in Sofia Vassilieva?
Her main claim to fame has been as Ariel Dubois on the TV series Medium. As I watched this show from the beginning, her character has grown from a clumsy, awkward young teenages into a beautiful young lady. Her acting ability has also slowly progressed into something to be admired.
When I watched My Sister's Keeper last year, I kept wondering who this marvelous actress was that portrayed Kate Fitzgerald, a wonderful teenager, full of life, despite her battle with Leukemia. Part way through the film, it dawned on me that this was Sofia Vassilieva, the young lady who had grown up with us on Medium. Her part was so different, unique and endearing that she was not readily recognized.
In looking over her IMDB profile, I see that there are no new projects in the works. I hope that this is just a temporary condition. ” - starphoto
 
5.
AnnaSophia Robb
AnnaSophia Robb was born on the 8th December 1993 in Denver, Colorado, USA, to Janet, an interior designer, and Dave Robb, an architect. She has Danish, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish ancestry. Robb started off life with a dream to act, and began by performing on a church stage in her home town in front of 500 people when she was just 5 years old...
“ AnnaSophia Robb is a mixed bag of talent. From her portrayal of Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to the heartbreaking and complex role of Leslie Burke in Bridge to Terabithia, she has proven that she can play anything that is given to her.
From snotty, bratty child to beautiful young lady, nothing is beyond her reach.
Will be interesting to see where her ambitions take her. ” - starphoto
 
6.
Miley Cyrus
Actress, Bolt
Miley Cyrus was born in Franklin, Tennessee, the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Letitia Jean "Tish" (Finley). She has 5 siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister and a younger brother and sister. Her birth name is Destiny Hope, given to her by her parents who hoped she would achieve greatness...
“ OK, so here's me going out on a limb.
Despite all of the criticism of Miley Cyrus (by her "haters"), she can actually act well and sings extremely well.
As Hanna Montana, she built an empire that can hold it's own against all others. Her acting was very "Disney" and fell under the Disney motif. She was acting to kids, which is what the job required. This has brought in billions for Disney and is nothing to be scoffed at.
In her last Hannah Montana movie, she portrayed that Hannah was just a normal girl, caught up in a big Entertainment whirlwind. How art does imitate life or visa versa.
In The Last Song, she gave a notable performance.
With all of the sensationalism about every little misdeed that this talented artist has instigated, I have to think way back to when I was a teenager and how perfect I was (not). Everyone who had no problems with growing pains, please stand up. (silence overtakes the room).
Best wishes to this talented artist and a bright future. ” - starphoto
 
7.
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
 
8.
Amanda Seyfried
Actress, Mamma Mia!
Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scottish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons...
 
9.
Saoirse Ronan
Actress, Atonement
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in its County Carlow. Saoirse made her first TV appearance with a small role in a few episodes of the TV series...
 
10.
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe . His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
 
11.
Elle Fanning
Actress, Maleficent
Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
 
12.
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
 
13.
Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne is an English actor, model and singer. Brought up in Westminster, Redmayne attended Eton College and began his professional acting career as a youth in London theatre before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest appearances on television. He made his feature film debut in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd and went on to appear in films such as Savage Grace (2007)...
 
14.
Hailee Steinfeld
Actress, True Grit
Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and her mother's ancestry includes Filipino...
 
15.
Ginnifer Goodwin
Ginnifer Goodwin was born Jennifer Michelle Goodwin on May 22, 1978, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Linda (Kantor), who worked at FedEx and Apple, and Tim Goodwin, who had a recording studio. Bright and talented, Ginnifer carried her love for theater and acting through her high school years. She graduated...
 
17.
Daveigh Chase
Actress, Donnie Darko
Daveigh Chase was born on July 24, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was raised in the small town of Albany, Oregon; where she continues to spend much of her time. She began singing and dancing in her hometown and other local areas at community events and shows starting at age 3. After visiting Los Angeles...
 
18.
Tina Majorino
Tina Majorino is clearly one of the most talented young actresses to come out of the early 1990s. She starred in three feature films that opened within three months of each other. She began her career by appearing in national television commercials before playing Sophie in the ABC television series...
 
19.
Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is a movie actor, known for The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Karate Kid (2010) and After Earth (2013). In addition to being an actor he is also a dancer, songwriter and rapper who won an MTV award for his performance in The Pursuit of Happyness. He co-starred with his father Will Smith in both The Pursuit of Happyness and in the 2013 science fiction film After Earth...
 
20.
Abigail Breslin
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, "Scream Queens" opposite Emma Roberts...
 
21.
Josh Hutcherson
Joshua Ryan Hutcherson was born on October 12, 1992 in Union, Kentucky to Michelle Fightmaster Hutcherson, who worked for Delta Air Lines, and Chris Hutcherson, an EPA analyst. He has one younger brother, Connor Hutcherson. From the age of four, Josh knew that he wanted to be an actor. In order to pursue his goal, Josh and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was nine-years-old...
 
22.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson...
 
23.
Shia LaBeouf
Shia Saide LaBeouf was born in Los Angeles, California, to Shayna (Saide) and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, and is an only child. His mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while his father has Cajun (French) ancestry. His parents are divorced. He started his career by doing stand-up comedy around places in his neighborhood...
 
24.
Michael Cera
Actor, Juno
Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. His mother, Linda, who is from Quebec, has English, Irish, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry, and his father, Luigi Cera, is Sicilian. Michael is the middle child between two sisters. He was educated at Conestoga Public School...
 
25.
Emily Osment
Emily Jordan Osment was born in Los Angeles on March 10th, 1992. She is the younger sister of The Sixth Sense star, Haley Joel Osment. Her father is also an actor of some renown. Following in their footsteps, Emily started her acting career performing in several commercials, including a radio spot with Dick Van Dyke...
 
26.
Emily Browning
Actress, Sucker Punch
Australian actress Emily Browning was born in 1988 in Melbourne, Australia, to Shelley and Andrew Browning. She has two younger brothers. Her start in acting came after a classmate's father, involved in the acting business, noticed her "acting all ditsy" in a school play. Emily found an agent and was soon filming on location for the Hallmark TV-movie...
 
27.
Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke is a British actress. She was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Her father is a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age of 3...
 
29.
Tamsin Egerton
Actress, Love, Rosie
Egerton attended Ditcham Park School near Petersfield in Hampshire, where she says she was bullied. She also states she truanted, preferring to go to modeling shoots. After finishing school at 16 with nine A-grade GCSEs, Egerton decided to pursue acting rather than going to university. She had a brief job as a babysitter for three children...
 
30.
Jamie Campbell Bower
Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, England, to Anne Elizabeth (Roseberry), a music manager, and David Bower, who works for Gibson Guitar Co. His 4 times maternal great-grandfather was Sir John Campbell, the 7th Baronet of Ardnamurchan and Airds. Bower has a love for performing and for being in the spotlight and is an ex-member of the National Youth Music Theatre...