The 2011 Popcorn N Roses Rising Stars List

This is PNR's sixth annual list of the hottest Rising Stars in the biz, as originally presented on PNR's podcast "Subject:CINEMA" in July 2011, with comments as originally presented on our site's announcement.The list is ranked 1-10 in order by gender - 2011 Male list is 1-10, females 11-20 in order.

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“ Alex completely captured our hearts with his debut performance in “Win Win”, and knowing that he is now going to focus on an acting career makes us think that the sky’s the limit for him. His natural charm comes across whether he’s acting or being interviewed, and we know he’s got a bright future as an actor. ” - TCKirkham
“ When your first major role is as intense as that which James played in the Aussie crime thriller “Animal Kingdom”, the sky’s the limit. James made an indelible impression on anyone who saw that film, and he’ll take that impression to any role he will play in the future, be it drama, comedy, or a mix of the two. Looks and talent go a long way in entertainment, and James has both going for him. ” - TCKirkham
Vincent Caso
Actor, The Guild
Vincent Caso was born in Massachusetts and raised in Los Angeles. He attended a school for the Arts and, with his training in front and behind the camera, he decided at the age of 13 to pursue acting. Within a year he booked a lead in his first feature film, American Fork, from the producer of Napoleon Dynamite, Jeremy Coon.
“ Although Vincent hasn’t yet had a major feature film role, it’s only a matter of time. As the hunky if somewhat sex-obsessed heartthrob of the smash hit web series “The Guild”, Vincent steals every scene he’s in. And in addition to being a top notch performer, Vincent has also turned his talents to helping others, as a motivational speaker and writer, and for someone so young, that’s a pretty amazing thing. ” - TCKirkham
“ Something about Jones just screams “STAR” to us. From his somewhat terrifying turn in “The Last Exorcism” to his work as Banshee in “X-Men First Class” , Jones shows his ability to morph from one type of role to another. With nearly half a dozen films in the works, as well as making music with his band Robert Jones, Caleb stands to break loose as a major force in the movies and music in the next couple of years, and his electric presence will make sure we’ll be following everything he does. ” - TCKirkham
“ Although he’s had mostly small roles up to this point, Owen jumped out at us playing Hillary Swank’s youngest son in “Conviction” and his small but pivotal role in the indie film “Bitter Feast”. He has an incredible intensity for someone his age, and given the right role and the chance to really shine, we think he will have what it takes to make it to the “A List” in this business. ” - TCKirkham
Ryan Lee
Actor, Super 8
“ If you can take a small supporting role and make yourself stand out amongst your peers, you’ve got it made, and that’s exactly what Ryan did in “Super 8″. As the hilarious young aspiring pyromaniac Carey, Ryan took his role and made himself unforgettable, and that’s why Ryan jumped to the head of his comedic class and right into this year’s PNR Rising Stars list. ” - TCKirkham
Thomas Mann
Actor, Project X
Thomas Mann is an American actor. He is best known for Project X (2012), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015), Brain on Fire (2016) , and Kong: Skull Island (2017). Mann also appeared in TV Series like The Middle and Fargo. His film debut was It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010).
“ Although his role in TC’s best picture of 2010, “It’s Kind Of A Funny Story”, is small, Thomas makes it memorable. As the best friend to Keir Gilchrist’s suicidal teen, Thomas was able to convey both the goofy buddy side and the compassionate and caring side of his character, displaying emotions a lot of actors his age aren’t always convincing at. Thomas was, and it made him one of the standouts of that film, and with a real chance at stardom looming in 2011′s “Project X”, we think Thomas is on the way to the top. ” - TCKirkham
“ We often pick someone off the wall for this list, and Jon happens to be that person this year. As one of the writers, one of the directors and the star of the brilliant low-budget indie festival fave “The Beast Pageant”, Jon is on screen 80% of the time, playing two different roles at the same time and making them worm their way into your heart. We’ll be watching ALL of his future projects, and we think he’s going to be an indie superstar in the not too distant future.. ” - TCKirkham
Sam Claflin
English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level and Norfolk county level...
“ Sam has already found success on UK television, and now he’s moving into the big leagues with his co-starring role in the latest “Pirates Of The Caribbean” feature opposite Johnny Depp and Ian McShane, and he makes the most of it. Kim went completely ga-ga for him, and being able to charm the ladies like that never hurts either. Good looks, charm and real talent is a winning combination, and without a doubt, Sam definitely has it. ” - TCKirkham
“ Glenn is another one of those performers who already knows what he wants. A producer, a writer, a director, and an actor, Glenn stands out as the lead in the hilariously scary Norwegian film “TrollHunter” and makes you believe in both his character AND the completely incredulous premise of this incredible fun “found footage” film, and that puts him high on our list as someone we’ll be keeping a very close eye on in the future. ” - TCKirkham
Britt Robertson
Actress, Tomorrowland
Brittany Leanna Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurateur. She was raised in South Carolina, the oldest of seven children. Her mother's worries about the public school system led to Robertson being home-schooled. She began acting at the Greenville Little Theater in South Carolina...
“ Britt’s star is DEFINITELY on the rise. From her pivotal role in the hilarious and poignant indie comedy “Cherry” to her forthcoming lead role in “The Secret Circle” television series, Britt shines in whatever she does. I still find it hard to believe she was 18 playing 14 in “Cherry”; she made us believe 100% in her character, and we’ll be keeping a VERY close eye on her from this point on… ” - TCKirkham
AJ Michalka
Actress, Super 8
Amanda was born in Torrance, California, to Carrie (Begley), a musician, and Mark Michalka, who owns a contracting company. She has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, ancestry. She began seriously studying acting at the age of 9, landing a lead role in a church musical, "Jailhouse Rock"...
“ Whether doing television or films, Amanda – who sometimes goes by “A.J.” – is equally comfortable. As the star of the CW series “Hellcats”, and in pivotal roles in “Secretariat” and “Super 8″, Amanda shows off that when she steps in front of the camera, she commands attention… ” - TCKirkham
Jennifer Lawrence
The highest-paid actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, 1990 in Louisville...
“ A true ingeniue on the rise, Jennifer shows off that she can handle any kind of role with diverse turns in movies like “Winter’s Bone” (which landed her an Oscar nomination), “X-Men First Class” and Sundance favorite “Like Crazy”. And now she’s got a huge task in front of her – bringing “The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen to life in the film version of the runaway bestseller. We’re betting she can do it..with absolutely NO problem. ” - TCKirkham
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...
“ The first sibling of a prior Rising Star alumni to make the list, Elle may have a slight resemblance to older sister Dakota (Rising Stars 2007), and she has the same kind of talent, but believe me, her work is her own. Stepping up big with her featured role in “Super 8″, Elle is showing that she’s NOT just Dakota’s younger sister…she’s got talent all her own… ” - TCKirkham
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model and as a movie actress. She has appeared in five Victoria's Secret Fashion shows from 2006 through 2010 and became a Victoria's Secret Angel in November 2009. She has appeared on the cover of international fashion magazines including Vogue...
“ From the pages of Victoria’s Secret, Rosie makes her acting debut in “Transformers: Dark Of The Moon” playing Shia LeBeouf’s new love interest. And she hit it out of the ball park with ease, making people realize that she’s not just another pretty face. We think Rosie’s got a big future in acting, and we hope people will give her a chance and forget that old catalog from …um..whatzit’sname? Heh heh heh.. ” - TCKirkham
Elizabeth Olsen
Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films, Silent House, Liberal Arts, Godzilla, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene, she was nominated for numerous awards...
“ WIth a pedigree that’s been visible since her older sisters Mary Kate and Ashley have been around, you can bet Elizabeth has a lot to live up to. And she did just that at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where she had several films in evidence, and she got raves for every single one of them. When “Martha Marcy May Marlene” goes national this fall, the sky will be the limit, and she might leave her older sisters in the dust… ” - TCKirkham
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey
Astrid Bergès-Frisbey was born in Barcelona, Spain. Her father is Spanish, and her mother, who is American, is of English and French descent. She is fluent in French, Castilian (commonly called Spanish), and Catalan. Astrid Bergès-Frisbey made her acting debut in 2007 on French television. In 2008,...
“ Although she’s been visible in her native France on television and in films for the past couple of years, Astrid learned English for her debut as a captive mermaid in the latest “Pirates of The Caribbean” film. And you’d never know she’s still not completely comfortable with the language, because her character is one of the standouts of the film. And when future roles of both languages come her way, you can bet she will take the challenge head on and succeed… ” - TCKirkham
Clare Foley
Actress, Gotham
“ Clare is the youngest performer to ever be featured on the Rising Stars list, and it’s because as Paul Giamatti’s young daughter in “Win Win” she positively steals the show. With her track record in tv, features, and commericals (you might know her from the Ally Bank commericals) she is bound to take her career straight to the top. ” - TCKirkham
Haley Bennett
A natural talent, with a striking presence, Haley Bennett is quickly establishing herself as one of Hollywood's most dynamic actresses. Bennett will next star in Thank You For Your Service opposite Miles Teller, which is the directorial debut of Academy Award nominated writer Jason Hall (American Sniper)...
“ An all around talent to be reckoned with, Haley combines her classic screen beauty with business savvy. A successful songwriter, screenwriter, and actress, Haley is already on her way to becoming a power player in Hollywood. Her role in “Kaboom” was spot on, and in other vehicles she’s also proven very adept at adapting to any size or shape of character, and what more could you ask from such a talented young actress? ” - TCKirkham
Danielle Campbell
Actress, The Originals
Danielle Campbell (born January 30, 1995) is an American actress known for her role as Jessica Olson in the Disney Channel Original Movie StarStruck and as Simone Daniels in the Disney film Prom. She currently stars on the television series The Originals as Davina Claire. Campbell is from Hinsdale...
“ Danielle is the latest Disney princess to take the entertainment world by storm. As one of the stars of the feature film “Prom” earlier this year, Danielle really showed off her skills, and she’s also been honing said skills on Disney TV as well. Now poised for a major leap forward, we bet that her talent and her drive will shoot her straight out of the starting gate in top gear,,, ” - TCKirkham