The 2007 Popcorn N Roses Rising Stars List

This is PNR's second annual list of the hottest Rising Stars in the biz, as originally presented on PNR's podcast "Subject:CINEMA" in July 2007, with comments as originally presented on our site's announcement. Honorees are in alphabetical order.

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Ivana Baquero
Ivana was born on June 11th, 1994, in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated High School at The American School of Barcelona in 2012. She got her big break in 2006 when Guillermo Del Toro cast her as the lead in his critically acclaimed fantasy thriller "Pan's Labyrinth." The role of Ofelia was originally intended for an eight-year-old girl...
“ The lovely Miss Baquero shot to stardom this year in the Oscar nominated smash Pan’s Labyrinth, but she’s been acting for a while now, starring in a number of Spanish and Italian language projects over the years. She’s poised to star in a number of projects over the next year or two and as this 14 year old continues to grow, not only will she become better known as an actress, but as quite a young beauty as well… ” - TCKirkham
“ Although you may not know her yet, you will. Nikki is starring as Tracey Turnblad in the musical remake of John Waters’ hilarious "Hairspray", hitting theaters in a couple weeks, and it’s going to make this 18 year old a household name. Blessed with a voice like a dynamo, and acting talent to boot, this former employee of her local Cold Stone Creamery is about to step onto the rollercoaster that is Hollywood Fame…and chances are more than good she’s gonna ride it all the way to the top! ” - TCKirkham
Sarah Carter
Fresh out of Canada, Sarah Carter's career in Hollywood took off quickly, landing a string of series regular roles such as "Madeleine Poe", opposite James Woods, on CBS' Shark, and "Maggie", on TNT's Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies. With an education in fine arts and a background in musical theater...
“ A lovely young actress with a resume already a mile long, Sarah is about to break huge. She’s one of the stars of the tongue-in-cheek feature film version of the video game D.O.A., and has also been a regular on the CBS series SHARK for the past couple of years. With several more tv and film projects already lined up, I think Sarah is soon to join the A List of in-demand young actresses out there… ” - TCKirkham
Daniel Craig
Actor, Skyfall
One of the British theatre's most famous faces, Daniel Craig, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, went on to star as James Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig on March 2, 1968...
“ Yes, Daniel Craig is in his late 30s..but lets face it…did anyone REALLY know who he was BEFORE he stepped into the infamous shoes of the most famous spy in the world, James Bond, in CASINO ROYALE? If you did know him before then, kudos to you! Daniel has been in a number of films over the last few years, and is best known for LAYER CAKE. Later this year, he’ll hit theaters in THE INVASION and THE GOLDEN COMPASS, both co-starring Nicole Kidman (and GC also co-stars his CASINO ROYALE Bond Girl, Eva Green). And now that being Bond…James Bond…has brought him up on the attention scale, he’s going to be one of the most fast-rising actors out there. ” - TCKirkham
Chris Evans
Christopher Robert Evans began his acting career in typical fashion: performing in school productions and community theater. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Lisa (Capuano), who worked at the Concord Youth Theater, and G. Robert Evans III, a dentist. His uncle is congressman Mike Capuano...
“ Evans continues to have his rep for choosing very quirky roles and it’s a rep well deserved. In addition to making his rising star "flame on" as Johnny Storm in the FANTASTIC FOUR movies, he’s also careful to choose quality projects. With critically-acclaimed roles in movies like LONDON and CELLULAR already behind him, he’s got a ton more on the horizon, including the forthcoming Griffin Dunne-helmed flick FIERCE PEOPLE and the police drama STREET KINGS about to hit theaters. A local boy, from Middleton MA, we’ll be keeping our eye on Chris and how far his red-hot career continues to grow… ” - TCKirkham
Dakota Fanning
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven 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...
“ What can you say about this charming lass that hasn’t already been said? One of the most natural child actresses ever, Dakota has already starred in a number of popular films, including THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, I AM SAM, THE CAT IN THE HAT and CHARLOTTE’S WEB. She courted controversy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival playing a young Elvis fan who becomes a rape victim in HOUND DOG, and she’s got no less than SEVEN films in her immediate future. And she’s BARELY 13 years old! The sky is the limit for this youngster, and as she moves from kids to teen roles, there appears to be no stopping her! And we don’t want to, either! ” - TCKirkham
Trevor Fehrman
Actor, Clerks II
Trevor grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota and performed in theater at his high school and did local commercial acting and modeling before his first TV break for NBC's Encore! Encore! Both of Trevor's parents were school teachers in the area and he has one older sister. Trevor is currently attending college in Southern California...
“ The natural ability to play comedy is a gift very few people have. Trevor is one of the lucky ones. He moved to Hollywood to give acting a try when he was just 18, and managed to do a few projects here and there. But he was almost ready to get out of the biz, when his old friend Jeff Anderson, who directed and starred with Trevor in NOW YOU KNOW, gave him a call when Kevin Smith was looking for someone to play the teenage space caded Elias Grover in CLERKS 2. The rest, as they say, is history. Trevor more than held his own against old pros at upstaging others, like Jason Mewes and the aforementioned Jeff Anderson. He has some of the funniest lines in the movie, and he earned TC’s Poppy last year for Breakthrough Performance – Male. And it’s only a matter of time before his comedic talents make him a household name. ” - TCKirkham
Megan Fox
Actress, Transformers
Megan Denise Fox was born in Rockwood, Tennessee, to Gloria Darlene (Cisson) and Franklin Thomas Fox, a parole officer. Megan began her training in drama and dance at age 5 and, at age 10, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida where she continued her training and finished school. Megan began acting and modeling...
“ WOW….that’s all I can say….Oh, whoops, waitaminnit…she’s on KIM’s list, isn’t she? Heh heh heh…seriously, though, Megan absolutely KICKS ASS as Michaela in TRANSFORMERS. She and co-star Shia LaBoeuf have an incredible chemistry. Best known for her role in the sitcom HOPE AND FAITH, she’s moving onto the big screen with a vengance. In addition to her role in HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS AND ALIENATE PEOPLE, due next year, she’s bound to show up in the inevitable sequel to TRANSFORMERS, tenatively due in 2ummer 2009….I reinterate…WOW!!! ” - TCKirkham
Nick Frost
Nick Frost is an English actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is known for his work in the series of British comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He also co-starred in Paul (2011), with frequent collaborator and friend Simon Pegg...
“ Although better known in the US for his turn as the goofy, video game obsessed best friend in the cult classic SHAUN OF THE DEAD, Nick has made his mark in half a dozen BritComs over the years. He and longtime partner Simon Pegg have starred together in several, as well as the aformentioned SOTD and this spring’s hilarious buddy-cop sendup, HOT FUZZ. Nick’s comic genius is the kind that can be over the top (see his hit UK comedy SPACED) or low-key, as in HOT FUZZ. Now that his movies are clicking with US audiences, Nick is on the fast track to superstardom… ” - TCKirkham
Patrick Fugit
Actor, Gone Girl
Patrick Fugit was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jan Clark-Fugit, a dance teacher, and Bruce Fugit, an electrical engineer. He has two siblings. He began acting in a summer Theater program through the University of Utah at eleven. He continued on through high school and regional productions. He enjoys biking and skating...
“ Patrick became one of my favorite young actors when he starred in the hit movie ALMOST FAMOUS in 2000, playing a fictionalized version of that films’ writer/director Cameron Crowe. Since then he’s had a number of supporting parts in everything from comedies like SAVED and thrillers like SPUN. Now, Patrick is about to see his star rise among general fans with the release later this summer of the already critically-acclaimed drop-dead-hilarious black comedy WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY, which has already been named as TC’s #3 Pantheon film of all time, and it’s not even out yet! Follow that with another raucous comedy, BICKFORD SCHMEKLER’S COOL IDEAS, and another WRISTCUTTERS like turn in THE GOOD LIFE, and I think you’ll be seeing Patrick everywhere before too long… ” - TCKirkham
Eva Green
Actress, Casino Royale
French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar. Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of Sephardi Jewish heritage (during that time...
“ Ah yes, another in the long line of gorgeous Bond girls! Eva has been around a while, making her debut in the film THE DREAMERS with Michael Pitt, and then bouncing through featured roles in other movies before landing the part of Vesper Lind in CASINO ROYALE. Already in the future, she’s reunited with CASINO ROYALE co-star Daniel Craig in this Christmas’ blockbuster THE GOLDEN COMPASS, and has several more movies on her slate after that. Keep an eye out for this beauty… ” - TCKirkham
“ Harding grabbed my attention with his electric performance as terrorist Ahmed Al Nami in the gut-wrenching UNITED 93, and I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him. This UK native has done various roles before and since that movie, most recently starring in the UK films THE HEART IS A HIDDEN CAMERA, and the 2007 release O JERUSALEM. He’s also concentrated on theater work, where he recieved much of his training. If the right role comes along, watch for Harding’s career to take off to new heights…and remember, you heard it here first! ” - TCKirkham
Freddie Highmore
Freddie Highmore is an English actor who came to prominence for his roles in Five Children and It, Finding Neverland, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He was born Alfred Thomas Highmore in Camden Town, London, England, to Sue (Latimer), a talent agent, and Edward Thomas Highmore, an actor. Highmore has a younger brother...
“ Already an accomplished actor at the age of 14, Highmore has made a mark for himself in a number of critically acclaimed roles in FINDING NEVERLAND, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and the upcoming AUGUST RUSH. You’d never know he was British if he’s playing an American, because his accent is nowhere to be found. Next on tap for him – the highly anticpated movie based on the successful children’s book series THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. When someone as respected as Johnny Depp personally suggested him for CHARLIE after working with him in NEVERLAND…well, that says it ALL… ” - TCKirkham
Emile Hirsch
Emile Davenport Hirsch was born in Palms, California, to Margaret Esther (Davenport), a teacher and visual artist, and David M. Hirsch, an entrepreneur and producer. He grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and having been introduced to acting while still at school, he got his first acting job on TV at the age of 11 in an episode of Kindred: The Embraced...
“ Emile is riding high right now. He’s been around doing tv shows and smaller movies like THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR for about five years, and his star is just starting to break big. He won critical raves for his work as skateboard legend Jay Adams in the far-underrated LORDS OF DOGTOWN in 2005, and took to the screen as scummy, chain-smoking, drug-dealing cokehead Johnny Truelove in Nick Cassavetes’ gritty ALPHA DOG earlier this year. Now poised for a possible Oscar run with his fall film, the Sean Penn-directed INTO THE WILD, and following that, jumping into the title role in the big screen live action version of SPEED RACER due next summer, he is developing into one of the most in-demand young actors in Hollywood. ” - TCKirkham
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...
“ It’s kind of hard to forget someone with such an unusual name – it sticks out in your mind. But it’s Shia’s talent that really shines. Acting since the age of 10, and already a household name with teens who watched his popular Disney channel sitcom EVEN STEVENS for five seasons, he made the move to starring roles in features with movies like the Project Greenlight film THE BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS and the Disney film HOLES a few years ago. Now with two huge hits – his spring sleeper hit DISTURBIA and the juggernaut that is TRANSFORMERS – under his belt, not to mention his voicework in the hilarious and underrated animated feature SURF’S UP, this uber-talented 20 year old has his sights set on bigger things, namely that of co-star in George Lucas’ INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, where he’s rumored to be playing Indy’s son. What more could a young rising actor ask for? ” - TCKirkham
Simon Pegg
English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was educated...
“ Already a very well known comic actor in the UK, Pegg, like his pal Nick Frost, is shooting for US stardom as well. SHAUN OF THE DEAD made him recognizable; now HOT FUZZ has cemented him as someone to keep an eye on. As the always-on-duty Sgt. Nicholas Angel, Pegg was deadpan hilarious in this movie. And this fall, with RUN FAT BOY RUN poised to continue his tradition of winning comedies, he’s got a lot going for him. His stellar track record thus far makes him a fair choice for a superstar of the future. ” - TCKirkham
John Robinson
Likes snowboarding and plays lacrosse for his school. He was chosen out of 3000 children to play in the controversial film by Gus Van Sant which mirrors the Columbine school shootings called Elephant. John took acting classes in Portland years prior to his acting debut in this movie. Coming up...
“ John is the second LORDS OF DOGTOWN alumni to top my list, last year’s topper being his co-star Michael Angarano. John is one of the most underrated young actors in the business today. He’s been preparing for an acting future since his early teens, and got his big break in Gus Van Zant’s chilling take on the Columbine massacre, ELEPHANT. Then he stepped into what amounted to a a no-win role as a physically and sexually abused teen who abused other teens at the behest of his crazy religious fanatic father in Asia Argento’s THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, a truly LOATHSOME movie that I went out of my way to watch because of John and it was John that got the movie’s few good notices. Then came his top-notch role as skateboard legend Stacy Peralta in LORDS OF DOGTOWN, and people started noticing him more. He’s done a critically acclaimed turn in the well thought of, barely seen western SEREPHIM FALLS, and has two absolutely hilarious scene stealing cameo turns in TRANSFORMERS. The sky is the limit for John, and I think he’s going to become a true superstar in the months and years ahead. ” - TCKirkham
Rachael Taylor
Actress, Transformers
Rachael Taylor grew up in Tasmania, Australia, with her parents Nigel and Christine Taylor. She began modelling during her teens, working for the Skye-Jilly International agency. She competed for Miss Teen Tasmania, as well as the Miss Universe/Miss World state finals. She moved to Sydney to further her modeling career as well as to pursue acting...
“ This aussie beauty has great things in store for her. On screen in TRANSFORMERS as computer expert Maggie Madsen, she proves that beautiful and smart can go hand in hand, not bad for someone who got their big break in the horror film SEE NO EVIL starring WWE wrestler Kane. Next up, the wine comedy BOTTLE SHOCK with Alan Rickman and the horror film SHUTTER. And you never know…maybe she’ll show up in the sequel to TRANSFORMERS as well…just hope she ditches the Anthony Anderson character along the way. Keep an eye on Rachael, she’s definately on the rise. ” - TCKirkham
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination...
“ Mary Elizabeth first got my attention as Gwen in last year’s Disney comedy SKY HIGH. And sky high is proving to be the limit for her talent. Already in huge demand, she’s starred in the horror film FINAL DESTINATION III, had a role in the critically-acclaimed BOBBY, was part of the arthouse film FACTORY GIRL, and was the star of the DEATH PROOF segment of GRINDHOUSE. And all that just inside of 18 months – WOW! She just hit screens as Bruce Willis’ daughter in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, and she’s going to continue to wow audiences no matter what movie she’s in, because she’s just electric in whatever she does. ” - TCKirkham
Rudy Youngblood
Actor, Apocalypto
Rudy Youngblood is Native American of Comanche and Cree decent. Growing up, he never called one place home, but went to school and graduated in the small town of Belton,Texas. He is proud of his roots. Prior to making his on-screen debut in Mel Gibson's Oscar nominated film, "Apocalypto"(2006), Youngblood worked as a laborer in a variety of fields...
“ Rudy had the unenviable task of carrying an entire film on his own, and it happened to be his very first feature, MEL GIBSON’S APOCALYPTO. As Jaguar Paw, his character is front and center in nearly every scene, and he manages the task with great aplomb. He was the primary reason the movie made my Top 20 Pantheon list early last month. Now, the future is looking good for Youngblood. Although no committments have been made for future movies as yet, you can bet it won’t be long before this young man continues the splash he started last year. And he definately deserves all the success he’s going to have! ” - TCKirkham