The 100 Coolest Up-And-Coming Actors and Actresses in Hollywood

This is the list of the top 100 coolest up-and-coming actors and actresses who are about to hit big and make their mark in Hollywood. So who's going to be the next Robert Pattinson? Or the next Kristen Stewart? Or the next Taylor Lautner? Or the next Emma Stone? Or the next Amanda Seyfried? Or the next Seth Rogen? Or the next Olivia Wilde?
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Jenna Dewan Tatum
Actress, Step Up
Jenna Dewan is an actress, former model, and dancer. She was born on December 3, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Nancy (Bursch) and Darryll Dewan. Her father is of half Syrian Lebanese and half Polish descent, and her mother has German and English ancestry. Jenna grew up in Grapevine, Texas and discovered a love for dancing at the age of five...
 
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Kat Dennings
Actress, 2 Broke Girls
Kat Dennings was born Katherine Victoria Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly home-schooled...
 
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Allison Miller
Actress, 17 Again
Allison Miller was born in Rome, Italy, to American parents, Margo and John Winn Miller. She grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where her father worked as a journalist. The family eventually settled in Tallahassee, Florida, where she studied dance, piano, acting and singing while still at high school before briefly attending the University of Florida at Gainesville...
 
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David Giuntoli
Actor, Grimm
David Czarra Giuntoli was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Mary and David Giuntoli, and is of Italian (father) and Polish-German (mother) descent. David was educated at St. Louis University High School and moved on to Indiana University Bloomington, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and Finance...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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Chord Overstreet
Actor, Glee
Chord Overstreet was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Julie (Miller), a make-up artist, and Paul Overstreet, a country musician and songwriter whose own father was a pastor. Chord and his five siblings were raised in a creative and music-filled environment, with their father highly involved in the music industry. His brother, Nash Overstreet, is in the band Hot Chelle Rae...
 
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Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
 
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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...
 
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Allison Munn
Allison Munn was born and raised in South Carolina, where she spent her childhood taking voice and dance lessons and performing in local theatre productions. After graduating from the College of Charleston, Munn knew she wanted to pursue acting full time and moved to New York to study. She soon joined...
 
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Ashley Rickards
Actress, Awkward.
Ashley Nicole Rickards is an American actress. She graduated from high school, at age 15, and is currently a member of MENSA. She has been in various films and television shows, portraying a wide variety of characters, most notably Fly Away, in which she portrayed "Mandy", a severely autistic girl...
 
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Mae Whitman
Mae was born in Los Angeles, California to Pat Musick, a voice artist, and Jeffrey Whitman, a personal manager and set construction coordinator. She began her career with a voice-over for a Tyson Chicken commercial. Whitman attended Ribét Academy, a private preparatory school in Los Angeles. She was later transferred to Whitefish Bay High School, where she graduated...
 
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Beau Mirchoff
Actor, Awkward.
Beau Mirchoff was born on Friday the 13th of January, 1989, in Seattle, Washington. Two days later, he moved to his family's home in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on Vancouver Island. His father Bill, is a podiatrist from California and his mother Kelley, is a full-time homemaker from Washington State...
 
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Debby Ryan
Actress, Jessie
Debby can currently be seen starring on The Disney Channel original hit series, Jessie, as "Jessie Prescott". Born May 13, 1993 in Alabama, Debby moved to Texas as a small child and lived there for five years, before moving to Wiesbaden, Germany, with her family, where she lived for three years...
 
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Katie Cassidy
Actress, Arrow
Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy was born on November 25, 1986 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of actor David Cassidy and Sherry Benedon. Her paternal grandparents were actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, and she is the niece of teen idol and television producer Shaun Cassidy and actor Patrick Cassidy...
 
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Phoebe Tonkin
Actress, The Originals
Tonkin was born in Sydney. When she was four, she attended dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later graduated from the Queenwood School for Girls...
 
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Liam Hemsworth
Liam Hemsworth was born on January 13, 1990, in Melbourne, Australia, and is the younger brother of actors Chris Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth. He is the son of Leonie (van Os), a teacher of English, and Craig Hemsworth, a social-services counselor. He is of Dutch (from his immigrant maternal grandfather)...
 
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Brett Davern
Actor, Awkward.
Born and raised in Edmonds, Washington. Brett attended Edmonds-Woodway High School. During his summers, he would travel to Stagedoor Manor Theatrical Training Center in upstate New York. After graduating from AMDA in New York he lived and auditioned in the city until landing a lead role in his first film. After completing work on "Beautiful Ohio" he moved to LA where he has been ever since.
 
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Tyler Posey
Actor, Teen Wolf
Tyler was born in Santa Monica, California and lives in the Los Angeles area. He is the son of Cyndi Garcia and actor John Posey. His heritage is Irish, English (on his father's side) & Mexican (on his mother's side). He developed an early interest in the art and began his acting career performing on stage with his actor/writer dad...
 
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Landon Liboiron
Landon Liboiron stars in the new Eli Roth series, Hemlock Grove, which airs on Netflix. Prior to that, he starred in the Steven Spielberg series for Fox, Terra Nova, as well as recurred on the CW series, Life Unexpected. He has also worked extensively on Canadian productions, including a series regular...
 
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Drew Seeley
Drew Seeley grew up in Toronto where he first fell in love with performing. At age 11, he was cast in Hal Prince's revival of Showboat and stayed with the production for a year. Two years later, he got his first guitar, began writing songs, and hasn't looked back since. In 2005 Drew started working...
 
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Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper, born Elizabeth Claire Kemper on May 2, 1980, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is best-known for her role as "Erin Hannon" in the NBC series, The Office, as well as her supporting roles in the films, Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street). She plays the title role in the Netflix comedy series...
 
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Kelli Garner
Actress, The Aviator
Kelli Garner was born in Bakersfield, grew up in Thousand Oaks, and currently resides in Calabasas, California. She began her career when she was discovered at a friends Bar Mitzvah, and made her film debut at age 16 in director Mike Mills's short Architecture of Reassurance, a Sundance Film Festival entry...
 
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Kayla Ewell
Actress, Lucifer
 
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Jessica Lucas
Actress, Cloverfield
Jessica Lucas (born September 24, 1985[1]) is a Canadian actress and singer. She is known for her roles in television, such as Edgemont, Melrose Place, and Cult, and in the films The Covenant, Cloverfield and the 2013 Evil Dead. She also starred in the music video for Coldplay's 2014 single "True Love"...
 
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David Walton
Actor, Bad Moms
David Walton was born in Boston, MA. His father is John Hunter Walton Jr and his mother is Carolyn K Walton. He has four sisters (Francie Karlen, Jennifer Burke, Hilary Lehman, and Amanda Walton) and two brothers (Will Hovey and Burr Hovey). He began his acting career playing Petruchio in a 9th grade production of "The Taming of the Shrew" and acted in many productions at St...
 
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Ashley Fink
Actress, You Again
Ashley Fink was born in Houston, Texas and began acting at a very early age. By the time she reached the age of 2, she was putting on full productions for her parents: she was no dummy, though - she charged them admission. As luck would have it, her family ended up moving to Los Angeles where Ashley began attending a performing arts high school...
 
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Max Adler
Actor, Sully
Born in Queens, New York and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, Adler knew from an early age that he wanted to become an actor. Upon graduating from Horizon High School in AZ, he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams of working in the entertainment industry. After landing a few guest-star roles on "Ghost Whisperer" and "Cold Case" for CBS...
 
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Colin Egglesfield
Colin Egglesfield (born February 9, 1973) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as "Josh Madden" in the long-running soap opera, All My Children, "Auggie Kirkpatrick" on The CW's short-lived drama series, Melrose Place, and "Evan Parks" on The Client List. He was born in Farmington Hills...
 
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Alan Ritchson
Alan Ritchson has carved a space for himself on both the large and small screens since he made the trek from a small town in Florida to Los Angeles. Alan Michael Ritchson was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Vickie (Harrell), a high school teacher, and David Ritchson, a U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant...
 
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Rachel Boston
Born and raised in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Rachel Boston fell in love with theater at the age of 7 when she was cast in a church play. Growing up she performed in her church, school, and community theaters. At 17, she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. At 19, Boston drove to Los...
 
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Aubrey Plaza
Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation, and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. Plaza began her career as an intern...
 
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Steve Howey
Actor, Reba
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Howey spent several years of his early childhood living on boats with his parents. They eventually settled in a Los Angeles suburb where he attended junior high and most of high school. After moving to Denver to complete his senior year, he earned a basketball scholarship to a junior college in Colorado...
 
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Naturi Naughton
Actress, Fame
Naturi Naughton is an American Singer and Actress best known for her performance as "Lil Kim" in Fox Searchlight's hit film "Notorious", and her role in MGM's remake of the classic film "Fame". Naughton has starred in various other projects such as: Lottery Ticket, The Playboy Club, Mad Men and The Client List...
 
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Erin Cummings
Actress, Bitch Slap
Erin Cummings is a graduate of the University of North Texas, with a degree in Journalism. Cummings began her professional acting career, when she was spotted by an L.A. talent scout, while performing in community theater near Dallas. Cummings later went on to study Shakespeare at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art...
 
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Holland Roden
Actress, Teen Wolf
No stranger to primetime television with roles on hit shows such as Lost, Weeds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, up and coming actress Holland Roden can be seen in her starring role as "Lydia Martin" in MTV Network's most successful scripted series, Teen Wolf. As a lead role, Holland plays the role of the popular girl Lydia Martin...
 
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Odette Annable
Actress, Cloverfield
Odette Annable was born Odette Juliette Yustman on 10 May, 1985, in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Lydia Yustman née Nodarse, is Cuban, and her father, Victor Oscar Yustman, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, of French and Italian descent. Odette started her career with a minor role in the movie Kindergarten Cop as "Rosa"...
 
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Olivia Munn
Lisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her mother, Kimberly Schmid, lived in Vietnam, and is of Chinese ancestry, while her father, Winston Barrett Munn, is from a family with deep roots in the American South. Olivia's parents divorced when she was two years old, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather...
 
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Paul Iacono
Actor, G.B.F.
A graduate of NYC's Professional Performing Arts High School, Iacono is best known for his portrayal of the title character on MTV's, "The Hard Times of RJ Berger." Iacono was first featured on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," after she discovered his unique talents for impersonating Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman, at age 8...
 
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P.J. Byrne
P.J. Byrne A graduate of Boston College with a double major in finance and theatre and an M.F.A. in Acting from the prestigious Theatre School at DePaul University, actor P.J. Byrne has compiled a long list of impressive film and television credits. In 2014, Byrne starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio...
 
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Nicholas D'Agosto
Actor, Gotham
Nicholas D'Agosto was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the son of Deanna Rae (Vellinga) and Alan D'Agosto, who franchises Arby's restaurants. His ancestry includes Italian (from his father) and Dutch (his maternal grandfather). Nicholas was a student when he was cast in Election, which filmed in Omaha...
 
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Miles Fisher
Actor, Mad Men
Born in Dallas, TX and raised in Washington DC, Fisher attended Harvard University where he was chosen by classmates to deliver the "Harvard Oration" speech for his commencement. After graduating, Fisher moved to Los Angeles where he resides. Fisher first became noticed as an actor after several self-produced videos became viral online...
 
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Jana Kramer
Actress, Click
 
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Chris Pratt
Christopher Michael Pratt is an American film and television actor. He came to prominence from his television roles, including Bright Abbott in Everwood, Ché in The O.C., and Andy Dwyer and Parks and Recreation, and notable film roles in Moneyball, The Five-Year Engagement, Zero Dark Thirty, Delivery Man...
 
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Connor Paolo
Connor Paolo was born July 11, 1990 in New York City, New York, to Julia Mendelsohn, a vocal coach and classical pianist, and Colin Paolo, a writer. In 2006, he attended the professional performing arts school featured in the movie Fame. Then he began taking acting classes at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and now studies with Peggy Lewis...
 
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Crystal Reed
Actress, Teen Wolf
Crystal Reed was born in Detroit, Michigan and began to study dance at an early age. She attended Dort Elementary School in Roseville, Michigan, Roseville Junior High and Roseville High School, where she was president of the school's drama club was the dance captain. She also took part in a local community theater and performed in musicals such as Annie and Grease...
 
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Peyton List
Peyton List was born on August 8, 1986, in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up with her older sister Brittany, who works as a model in Germany, and her parents Sherri Anderson and Douglas "Doug" List. Peyton studied at the School of American Ballet in New York City and also played there on stage. She began her career as a model and actress at the age of eight...
 
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Abigail Spencer
Actress, Mad Men
A talented actress, writer and producer on both the big and small screen, Abigail Spencer is quickly making a name for herself in Hollywood. Spencer will next be seen in Sam Raimi's, Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel take on The Wizard of Oz tale. Spencer joins James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. The Disney film will be released on March 8, 2013...
 
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Lucas Neff
Lucas Neff was born in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, IL in 1985. The start of his acting career came about by mistake after he was assigned to the performing arts department at the University of Illinois. It was there that he graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Theatre in 2008....
 
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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...
 
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Tania Raymonde
Actress, Lost
Raised in Los Angeles of French-American descent, Tania Raymonde began her career on "Malcolm in the Middle" and is best known for her portrayal of Alex Rousseau in the J.J. Abrams series LOST. She most recently played the title role of notorious murderer Jodi Arias in the Lifetime original feature...
 
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Bryce Johnson
Bryce Johnson was born on April 18, 1977, and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, where he lived with his mother and two brothers. For a short time his family lived in Denver, Colorado, during his high school years, which is where his dream to become an actor came to life. Similar to his character on Popular...
 
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Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Mitchell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Filipino mother and a father of Irish and Scottish descent. Even as a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Shay began dance lessons at the age of five...
 
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Marshall Allman
Marshall Allman, born April 5th, 1984 in Austin, Texas, realized his talent for acting at the age of seventeen when he was given his first role in a summer production of Clive Barker's "The History of the Devil". Giving up his pursuits in art and athletics, he moved to Hollywood weeks after graduating from Austin High School to focus his pursuits in acting...
 
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Mehcad Brooks
Actor, Supergirl
Mehcad Brooks continues to rise as one of Hollywood's most promising stars. Brooks was in USA's new drama Necessary Roughness, in which he portrayed Terrence "TK" King, the star wide receiver for the Hawks who is becoming notorious for his frequent fumbles -- not to mention his regular run-ins with the law...
 
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Dustin Milligan
Dustin Milligan was born on July 28, 1985 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada as Dustin Wallace Milligan. He is an actor, writer and producer, known for Extract (2009), 90210 (2010), Schitt's Creek (2014), Silicon Valley (2015), Me Him Her (2015) and Dirk Gently (2016). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
 
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Nick Zano
Born in Nutley, NJ, Nick Zano's passion for the movies began when he first watched Goodfellas at the age of 12. He had long dreamed of becoming a Navy Seal, but all that changed in one afternoon at the cinema. Shortly after that, Zano and his family moved south to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he finished his high school education...
 
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Vanessa Marano
Vanessa Marano started acting in the theater when she was seven years old, performing in numerous plays at A.C.T. in Agoura Hills, California. She began her professional career with several national commercials. Marano is most recognized for her roles as "April Nardini", the daughter of "Luke", in the highly popular show...
 
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Daniella Monet
Actress, Victorious
Monet was born in West Hills, California. She has performed on the small screen in numerous television commercials beginning at the age of seven. In 1997, she had a guest appearance in an episode of Pacific Blue. In 2003, she landed recurring roles on the television series American Dreams, The Bernie Mac Show and 8 Simple Rules...
 
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Noah Munck
Noah Munck was born in Orange County, California, to Kymbry (Robinson), a full-time mom, and Greg Munck, an executive pastor at a Mission Viejo church. Noah is the oldest of 5 kids, he has 4 brothers and 1 sister. After seeing how much fun his sister's were having in an improv class, Munck decided that he wanted to be enrolled as well...
 
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Donald Glover
Actor, Community
Donald McKinley Glover was born at the Edwards Air Force Base, California, and was raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia. His mother, Beverly (Smith), ran a daycare center, and his father, Donald Glover, was a postal worker. He is, despite rumors, not related to actor Danny Glover. Donald graduated from New York University with a degree in Dramatic Writing in 2006...
 
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Nathan Kress
Actor, iCarly
Known around the world for his lead role on Nickelodeon's hit show "iCarly", Nathan plays Freddie Benson, Carly's smitten next-door neighbor and technical producer of her web show. Now that iCarly has ended its stellar run, Nathan is breaking out into feature films, as a lead in "Into the Storm," a Steve Quale tornado thriller for New Line Cinema, due to be released in August 2014...
 
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Jareb Dauplaise
Jareb Dauplaise is from a small town where he was raised with his two brothers Adam and Daniel Dauplaise by his mother Myla Bunner-Eckert and step-father Rusty Eckert. Jareb always wanted to be an actor but wasn't sure how to do it. With help from his family including his grandma Patricia Lytton and mostly God he finished school and moved to Hollywood by himself...
 
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Noureen DeWulf
Actress Noureen DeWulf was born in New York and raised in Georgia. Her parents are from Pune, India. She was educated at Boston University's School of the Arts. One of DeWulf's first roles was in the Oscar winning short West Bank Story. Acting success continued with roles in TV hits such as CSI: NY...
 
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Amber Lancaster
Amber grew up as an only child in Tacoma, WA. A dancer and natural performer from the beginning, at the age of 6, she would put on free "talent shows" for her neighborhood and travel to nursing homes to entertain and make friends. Her younger efforts paid off as she later gained a coveted position as a professional dancer for the Seattle Seahawks...
 
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Genevieve Padalecki
Actress, Wildfire
Making her television debut as Kris Furillo, Genevieve is an experienced stage actress. She has performed in regional productions of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Crimes of the Heart" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Genevieve holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in drama and a bachelor of arts in English from the Tisch School of the Arts...
 
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Sean Faris
Sean Hardy Faris was born in Houston, Texas, to Katherine (Miller) and Warren Stephen Faris. His ancestry is English, along with some German, Scottish, and Irish. Faris moved to Ohio at age 12 and has been honing his craft in Los Angeles since moving four years upon his high school graduation. He received an MTV Movie Award for his lead role in Summit Entertainment's hit Never Back Down...
 
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Lyndsy Fonseca
Actress, Kick-Ass
Lyndsy Marie Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, and was raised first in Alameda and then Moraga, California. Lyndsy competed in the International Modeling & Talent Association, where she was recognized as the second runner-up for "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" and was the first runner-up for "Miss Barbizon Young Miss Talent of the Year"...
 
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Eliza Coupe
Actress, Happy Endings
Eliza grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School. She has suffered from dyslexia since childhood. In 2003, she toured France playing a soldier in an all-female version of King Lear. She married Randall Whittinghill an Acting Coach in L.A. She performed as...
 
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Ashton Holmes
Born in Albany, New York, Ashton Holmes was struck by the magic of theater and film at age 4 when his mother took him to see "Peter Pan", and it was clinched by a desire to play Luke Skywalker when he saw Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. He subsequently took acting lessons at age 6 and began appearing in community theater. He also attended the Albany Academy.
 
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Joseph Mazzello
Born in Rhinebeck, New York, he got into acting when he was 5 years old, after his sister had appeared in 30-odd commercials. Since then he has acted opposite some of the best actors in Hollywood as a bright, expressive actor with complexity, sensitivity, and emotion. He attended film school at USC and got a degree in cinema and television production...