The 2009 Popcorn N Roses Rising Stars List

This is PNR's fourth annual list of the hottest Rising Stars in the biz, as originally presented on PNR's podcast "Subject:CINEMA" in July 2009, with comments as originally presented on our site's announcement. Check out the original list at and! This is the only year we named more than 20 people, and they have been arranged in alphabetical order.

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Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister...
“ It’s no surprise that Ackles is on this list; he’s one of Kim’s favorites thanks to her love for his cult hit TV series Supernatural. But this year, he broke big in films as the star of the box office smash My Bloody Valentine, and his little seen cult movie Ten Inch Hero is now available on DVD. Jensen has what it takes to be one of Tinseltown’s biggest leading men, and if he continues to hit big box office with his films, look out… ” - TCKirkham
Malin Akerman
Actress, Watchmen
Malin was born in Stockholm, Sweden and raised in Toronto, Canada. Her mother, Pia (Sundström), is a model and aerobics instructor, and her father, Magnus Åkerman, is an insurance broker. They moved to Toronto when she was age 2. At age 5, she began appearing in TV commercials. Her parents divorced when she was 6 and her father returned to Sweden...
“ Malin has been around for a few years, with excellent supporting parts in films like The Heartbreak Kid and 27 Dresses. But Kim’s #1 female rising star made a HUGE splash as the Silk Spectre in this spring’s Watchmen, and is on screen again right now in The Proposal. With featured roles upcoming in Couples Retreat and Electra Luxx, the future is looking very bright indeed for Ms. Akerman… ” - TCKirkham
“ Ms. Bloodgood has been on the radar for a couple of years, and we kept hearing her name mentioned, but never really saw her until she kicked an enormous amount of ass in Terminator: Salvation. Now, she’s become one of our favorite rising stars. With several films coming up, including Bedrooms, and her occasional work on the small screen, it looks like she’s reaching for the Moon…and making it… ” - TCKirkham
“ Matt has been around for a number of years, but he’s just starting to break through. He played one of Dylan’s friends in the Michael Angarano movie One Last Thing…, and also recently had a co-starring role in the Sundance comedy hit Adventureland. Matt is perhaps best known as the teenager who hates rollover minutes in a hilarious series of commericals for AT&T cell phones. With his visiblilty rising, the sky is the limit for him… ” - TCKirkham
Thomas Dekker
Thomas Dekker was born to parents who possess very artistic and theatrical characteristics. His mother is an acting coach, actress, singer and concert pianist, while his father was an artist, set designer, opera singer and actor. His maternal grandfather was famed Welsh radio actor Alun Williams. Dekker began acting at age six...
“ Tom is one of those young actors who seems to be in demand everywhere. He began acting when he was in his early teens, and has branched out in recent years into music as well. After two seasons as the star of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, he’s making the leap to films as the lead in the remake of Nightmare On Elm Street, and is currently onscreen in the hit My Sisters Keeper. ” - TCKirkham
“ This young Brit is a scene-stealer extraordinare, which he proved with his hilarious turn as Dev, the lead singer of the queercore band The Jerkoffs in the off the wall comedy Nick And Norah’s Infinate Playlist. Then we got to see his serious side, so to speak, in the film Inkheart. So it’s clear to us that Rafi can handle any kind of role, and we know that real stardom is just around the corner for him…he’s definately one to keep a close eye on in the coming years… ” - TCKirkham
“ Ari got her start in a recurring role on the hit HBO series The Sopranos, and there’s been no looking back for her since. She stole the show as Caroline in Nick And Norah’s Infinate Playlist, and recently has been seen on the hit tv series Fringe. She’ll next be seen in the movies Whip It and Holy Rollers and then later this year she will reteam with Michael Cera in the comedy Youth In Revolt. ” - TCKirkham
Ashley Greene
Ashley Michele Greene was born in Jacksonville, Florida to parents Michele (Tatum), an insurance broker, and Joseph Lacy Greene, US Marine who runs a concrete business. A self-confessed tomboy and "daredevil", Ashley loved to try to keep up with her older brother Joe, taking on activities such as taekwondo and winning several awards...
“ As Alice Cullen, the beautiful vampire with the clairvoyant visions in The Twilight Saga, Ashley launched herself into the hearts and minds of fans of the book series around the world. Now she’s poised to show off what she can really do in diverse roles in the upcoming films Skateland, Summer, and Warrior, and then will return to Forks as Alice in The Twilight Saga‘s second installment New Moon. We think it’s only a matter of time before she is really a household name… ” - TCKirkham
“ This young actor has concentrated primarily on the stage for the last several years, receiving a Tony nomination for his role in the hit musical Spring Awakening. But he’s moving into films in August with a featured role in the new Ang Lee comedy Taking Woodstock. Jonathan has star written all over him, and we think his career is going to explode, both in films and on the stage, in the coming months and years… ” - TCKirkham
Tyler Hilton
Actor, Extant
Tyler Hilton is both an actor and an accomplished singer/songwriter. He began his professional career in music in 2000. In 2004, Hilton released his first major-label album, The Tracks of Tyler Hilton, while making his acting debut as the musically talented, but arrogant 'Chris Keller' on the hit CW series ONE TREE HILL...
“ Tyler first got our attention as bully with a heart of gold Murphy Bivens in the hilarious and criminally underrated Charlie Bartlett. Before that, he got a chance to do something few get the chance to do – play Elvis Presley in a small role in Walk The Line. But in addition to being a rising actor, Tyler is also an accomplished musician, with several albums to his credit, and has been featured on Subject:CINEMA as an artist of the week in November 2008. In both music and acting, Hilton (no relation, incidentally, to that family) has the chops to go all the way… ” - TCKirkham
Julianne Hough
Julianne Alexandra Hough was raised in Salt Lake City, the youngest of 5 children. She is the daughter of Mari Anne (Heaton) and Bruce Robert Hough, twice chairman of the Utah Republican Party. Her parents met in college when both were part of a ballroom dancing team. Her parents divorced, and she has 9 step-siblings from their second marriages...
“ Julianne is a dynamo who is going for more than just a Mirror Ball trophy. A two-time winner as the professional dancer on ABC’s huge hit Dancing With The Stars, with Apolo Anton Ohno and Helio Castroneves, and a singer whose debut album released last year was a huge hit on the country charts, now she’s moving into acting in the musical remake of Footloose. Julianne is conquering every medium she’s trying, and it’s proof that she’s destined to be a huge star… ” - TCKirkham
Taylor Kitsch
Best known for his portrayal of troubled high school football star "Tim Riggins" on NBC's acclaimed television series, Friday Night Lights, actor Taylor Kitsch has scored big with audiences and critics on both the big and small screens. Taylor Kitsch was born on April 8, 1981 in Kelowna, British Columbia...
“ This native Canadian hunk has been making girls swoon for several seasons on NBC’s critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights, and is now getting noticed for his film work as well. After roles in Snakes On A Plane and The Covenant, Taylor hit the big-time in films this year as Remy Lebeau AKA Gambit, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and will next be seen in The Bang Bang Club opposite fellow 2009 Rising Star Malin Akerman, and in the title role in the film adaptation of the legendary Edgar Rice Burroughs character John Carter Of Mars. ” - TCKirkham
Taylor Lautner
Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents, Deborah, a software company worker, and Daniel Lautner, a pilot for Midwest Airlines. He, and younger sister Makena, were raised in a well-mannered, Roman Catholic household in Hudsonville, Michigan. At the age of six, Taylor began studying martial arts at Fabiano's Karate School and he...
“ Taylor got his first big break as Shark Boy in the film The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl a few years ago. But like everyone else associated with The Twilight Saga, Taylor’s star is brighter than ever. As Jacob Black, the werewolf with the crush on Bella Swan, Taylor is really turning heads, and his role is much bigger in the next installment, New Moon. He also had a featured role as Christian Slater’s son in the short lived TV series My Own Worst Enemy, which is now out on DVD. ” - TCKirkham
Zach Mills
Actor, Super 8
Zach was born in Lakewood, Ohio. At a young age he displayed a desire to perform. While on a trip to California with his parents, Zach was discovered by casting agent Fern Orenstein, who got him meetings with some of the top child agencies in Los Angeles. Zach signed with The Savage Agency. Not long after, the family packed up and moved to Los Angeles to pursue Zach's love of acting...
“ Zach came to our attention as the scene-stealing Eric Applebaum in the family comedy Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, and he just missed my list last year. Now with featured roles in the films Kit Kittredge and the forthcoming Raspberry Magic, this 13 year old looks to become the next big teen on the scene. His natural abilities are proof that there’s nowhere to go but up for him… ” - TCKirkham
Jared Padalecki
Jared Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Sherri (Kammer), a teacher of English, and Gerald Padalecki, a tax accountant. He is of Polish (father) and German, English, Scottish, and French (mother) descent. Jared started to take acting lessons when he was 12. Then, he won the "Claim to Fame" Contest in 1999 and got to appear on the Teen Choice awards...
“ Already known for his turn as Sam Winchester on the cult TV hit Supernatural, Kim’s #1 male rising star this year took his popularity to the big screen this spring, starring in the hit remake of the original slasher flick, Friday The 13th. With at least one more season of Supernatural, and a possible Supernatural film still to come, and more film roles no doubt destined to come his way in the future, the tall and lanky 26 year old is looking to a future that is going to hold film stardom for him as well… ” - TCKirkham
Chris Pine
Actor, Star Trek
Chris Pine was born in Los Angeles. His parents are actors Robert Pine and Gwynne Gilford, and his maternal grandparents were Max M. Gilford, a president of the Hollywood Bar Association, and actress Anne Gwynne. His sister, Katherine Pine, has also acted. Chris's ancestry is Russian Jewish (from his maternal grandfather)...
“ Already known for his role in the cult hit Smokin’ Aces in 2008, Pine had the unenviable task of stepping into some big shoes in 2009 – those of Captain James T. Kirk in JJ Abrams’ reworking of Star Trek. And he filled those shoes admirably. With four movies on the horizon, including Carriers and Unstoppable, Pine has the talent, the looks, and the charisma to become the next big leading man in Hollywood. ” - TCKirkham
Zachary Quinto
Actor, Star Trek
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award...
“ As the tortured bad guy you love to hate, Sylar on TV’s Heroes, Zachary was already making a name for himself. But since taking to the big screen as Commander Spock in JJ Abrams’ retelling of Star Trek, Zachary’s future has really been in warp drive. Stepping into Leonard Nimoy’s shoes as if they were born to fit him, Quinto quickly made the iconic part his own, and his future adventures in the role will no doubt prove to be as huge as the first one. He’ll next be seen on the big screen in the indie film Boutinerre, and then it’s back to Heroes for another season. Here’s a suggestion to JJ Abrams…how about having Quinto play Nimoy’s old series part of Paris in the next Mission:Impossible film? Heh heh heh…. ” - TCKirkham
“ Victor is the sole member of the original Lords Of Dogtown quartet we haven’t honored as yet, and its my shame that we haven’t. He’s become well known and well thought of for a series of smaller roles in movies like I’m Reed Fish and Stop-Loss, but now is poised to breakout as one of the stars of the ensemble piece Life Is Hot In Cracktown. And he’s already following that up with four more roles. Victor, like his Dogtown co-stars Emile Hirsch, John Robinson, and Michael Angarano, has only grown since his time on that film, and now is poised for the really big time. ” - TCKirkham
Zoe Saldana
Actress, Avatar
Zoe Saldana was born on June 19, 1978 in Passaic, New Jersey, to Asalia Nazario and Aridio Saldaña. Her father was Dominican and her mother is Puerto Rican. She was raised in Queens, New York. When she was 10 years old, she and her family moved to the Dominican Republic where they would live for the next seven years...
“ Stepping into a well-known role like that of Nyota Uhura, as she did in the JJ Abrams’ reworking of Star Trek, and doing it so well, proves that Zoe is ready to rock in the acting world. A veteran of 10 years in the business, she’s soon to really explode as one of the stars of the James Cameron epic Avatar hitting theaters this Christmas, and then will move on to the American remake of Death At A Funeral. And she’ll no doubt be keeping hailing frequencies open for a return in the next Star Trek film as well… ” - TCKirkham
“ What the hell is Sheckler doing on this list? He’s an untested commodity, you say? Well, no, he’s not. The 19 year old skateboarding superstar made his acting debut in the film Grind a few years back in a bit role, and now, with growing legions of fans turning out at every Dew Tour and X Games competition, Hollywood has taken notice. He’s got a featured role in his buddy Paul Rodriguez’ critically acclaimed indie film Street Dreams, which is grounded in his natural skateboarding environment. But he’s really positioned himself to explode in his first non-skate starring role opposite Dwayne Johnson in the family comedy Tooth Fairy, which hits theaters in Febuuary 2010 If the movie is the hit I think it will be, Sheckler could find himself torn between two worlds that can both offer him the moon…. ” - TCKirkham
Kristen Stewart
Actress, Twilight
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian...
“ It was only a matter of time, and we knew it. My #1 female rising star this year has been on our radar for about five years now, with great performances in the TV movie Speak and the PNR favorite Fierce People. But when she signed on to play Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga, she had to know that her life was about to change forever. Now, her star is going supernova, with roles in the hit comedy Adventureland, the upcoming biopic The Runaways, where she plays rocker Joan Jett, and of course the next two films in the Twilight series, New Moon and Eclipse. Now that’s she’s really on EVERYBODY’S radar, there’s no holding her back… ” - TCKirkham
Juno Temple
Juno was born in England into a showbiz family. Her mother is a producer, Amanda Temple, and her father is the film director, Julien Temple. She was named 'Juno' after her parents took a visit to the Grand Canyon, during pregnancy, and found they were standing on a butte of Cape Final known as Juno Temple. She has English and Scottish ancestry...
“ Wow, what a young beauty Juno is, and what a talented actress she is too. As Ema in the comedy Year One, she’s hilarious, and there’s more on the horizon for this lovely UK native, With four more films – Glorious 39, Mr. Nobody, Cracks, and Greenberg – already in the can, she’s going to be seen a LOT in the future. And with that kind of talent, and with that winning smile of hers, we’ll say that Juno is building her own Temple of followers with each passing day…. ” - TCKirkham
Michael Welch
Actor, Twilight
Michael Welch is a veteran actor of 18 years with nearly 100 film and television credits to his name. He has received tremendous praise throughout his career by fans, critics, and industry insiders alike for the depth and diversity of his work. Michael continues to build his career, as he always has a new project on the horizon...
“ Given his extensive resume and his track record, I think Welch is about to explode. He’s been around since the age of 10, when he co-starred in Star Trek: Insurrection, a role I’m completely embarrassed to say I didn’t even realize was him until last week (duh!). But this year’s #1 male rising star has everything going for him and should break wide open in the next year or so. Best known for his role as funny and friendly high school jock Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga, Michael is also around in a number of indie films, including the much troubled and yet to be seen film All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, the LA Film Festival hit Remember The Daze, Sundance favorite An American Crime, SXSW monster hit My Suicide, and in two ohter forthcoming films, Lost Dream and Unrequited. He’s not only one of the best young actors around, he’s also one of the busiest… ” - TCKirkham
Charlyne Yi
Actress, Knocked Up
Californian Charlyne Yi has many strings to her bow as an actress, comedian, writer, musician and artist. She grew up in the Inland Empire in California. After attending the University of California, Riverside, she left and began a career as a comedian. Her innovative routine includes jokes, music, magic and crowd participation...
“ A fast rising and genuinely funny actress and comedienne, Yi first gained notice in Judd Apatow’s hit Knocked Up, and then moved on to this year’s Sundance darling Paper Heart, which she co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed, as well as starring in it with her real-life beau, actor Michael Cera. The psuedo-documentary hits in August and has already had some of the best buzz of any film this year. Given her short but remarkable track record, I don’t think there’s any doubt that Charlyne is about to hit the big time… ” - TCKirkham
Aaron Yoo
Actor, 21
“ Another true scene-stealer from Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Aaron is a genuinely talented guy with the brains and charisma to go a long way. He’s picking his roles as diverse as they can be from the gay bandmate Thom in Nick And Norah to Chewie in Friday The 13th, and his role as a nerdy gambler in 21 alongside Class of ’08 rising star Jim Sturgess, Aaron is already proving he can play any character he puts his mind to. And straight to the top is where we think he’s headed… ” - TCKirkham