Breakout Stars of 2012

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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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Abby Elliott
Abby Elliot is the first second-generation cast member on "Saturday Night Live". Her father is Chris Elliot who was featured on the show during the 1994-1995 season. She is also the granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott from the "Bob and Ray Show". Before coming to "Saturday Night Live", Elliot worked with current SNL cast member Michaela Watkins at LA's Groundling's Theater...
 
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Thomas Horn
Thomas Horn won on "Jeopardy!" during Kids Week with an earning of 31,000 after wagering 12,000 during Final Jeopardy. His acting career kicked off when he was cast in the feature film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which was based on the 2005 novel by Jonathan S. Foer. This drama received a limited release on December 25, 2011 and was widely released on January 20, 2012.
 
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Bella Thorne
Actress, Shake It Up!
Bella Thorne was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida, to Tamara (Beckett) and Delancey Reinaldo "Rey" Thorne. She has three siblings, Remy Thorne, Dani Thorne and Kaili Thorne, all of whom have also acted. She is of Cuban (father) and Irish, Italian, English, German, and Welsh (mother) ancestry...
 
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Zendaya
Actress, Shake It Up!
Zendaya, which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona, was born in Oakland, California. She now lives in Los Angeles, California with her family and her dog, named "Midnight". She was a part of the California Shakespearian Theatre, where her mom worked as a House Manager. She would help out in the theatre and even got to do many plays after...
 
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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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Laura Marano
Actress, Austin & Ally
Laura Marano started acting in the theatre when she was five years old. She has done numerous plays at the Agoura Children's Theatre, and continued her acting in many national commercials. She is now starring in the new Disney Channel pilot, Austin & Ally, where she is playing the title character, "Ally Dawson"...
 
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Shailene Woodley
Actress, Divergent
Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling. Acting roles followed...
 
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Alexandra Daddario
Actress, San Andreas
Alexandra Daddario is an American actress. She is known for playing "Annabeth Chase" in the "Percy Jackson" film series and "Blake Gaines" in San Andreas. She starred in the films, Texas Chainsaw 3D and Hall Pass, and has guest-starred on TV series, including White Collar, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, True Detective, and American Horror Story: Hotel...
 
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China Anne McClain
Actress, A.N.T. Farm
China Anne McClain comes from an artistic family. Her father, Michael McClain, is a music producer, vocalist, writer and sound engineer. His first production was on Beyonce's younger sister, Solange Knowles (Solo Star CD - track no.16 entitled Sky Away). China Anne's mother, Shontell, is also a vocalist and songwriter...
 
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Ross Lynch
Ross Lynch stars as singer 'Austin Moon,' one-half of an internet music duo that has become an overnight sensation, in the Disney Channel hit comedy series "Austin & Ally." This role has earned him 2 Kids Choice Awards for 'Favorite TV Actor' (2013 & 2014), a Teen Choice Award for 'Choice TV Actor: Comedy' (2014) and the Number 1 spot on iTunes for the "Austin & Ally" soundtrack...
 
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Austin Butler
Austin Robert Butler was born in Anaheim, California, to Lori Anne (Howell), an aesthetician, and David Butler. He has always enjoyed movies of all types. When he was 13 he was walking around at the Orange County Fair and was approached by a representative from a background-acting management company...
 
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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...
 
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Ariel Winter
Actress, Modern Family
Ariel Winter is an American actress. She is best-known for portraying "Ellie Layton" in the 2008 film, One Missed Call, and for the character of Alex Dunphy on Modern Family. Winter also had a recurring role in the TV series, ER as "Lucy Moore", the daughter of Hedy Burress's character, "Joanie". She also voices "Gretchen" in Phineas and Ferb...
 
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Debby Ryan
Actress, 16 Wishes
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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Peyton List
Actress, Jessie
Peyton is well-known for her roles on the hit Disney series Jessie and Fox's Diary of a Wimpy Kid film franchise. List most recently wrapped the teen comedy, The Outskirts, for director Peter Hutchings. Her other feature credits include Fox 2000's 27 Dresses and Summit's Remember Me. List has an array of television credits...
 
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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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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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Britt Robertson
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. Dekker began acting at age six, when he received a minor role on The Young and the Restless...
 
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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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Wilson Bethel
Stephen Wilson Bethel born February 24, 1984, professionally known as Wilson Bethel, is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Wade Kinsella on Hart of Dixie and as Ryder Callahan on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. He is also the star and creator of the web series Stupid Hype on the The CW's new online platform CWD...
 
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Audrey Whitby
Audrey is best known for So Random, The Thundermans and Awesomeness TV's Terry The Tomboy and Betch! Born in Tennessee and raised in Northern Indiana, Audrey started acting when she was six in community theatre and started auditioning in Chicago when she was eight. Audrey moved to Los Angeles when she...
 
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Taran Killam
Taran Killam was born on April 1, 1982 in Culver City, California, USA as Taran Hourie Killam. He is an actor, known for Saturday Night Live, The Heat and 12 Years a Slave. He has been married to Cobie Smulders, since September 8, 2012. They have two children.
 
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Chelsea Hobbs
Chelsea Hobbs was born in Vancouver, Canada to her father Richard Hobbs who was in the music industry and her mother Dana Hobbs, an entrepreneur. Chelsea's formal training began at the age of 3 with dancing, and she ended up in an arts program in high school, dancing 5 hours a day, 6 days a week. Her parents...
 
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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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Colton Haynes
Actor, Arrow
American actor and model Colton Lee Haynes was born in Wichita, Kansas, to Dana Denise (Mitchell) and William Clayton Haynes. He began modeling at age 15 and his first success came with an Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. He also modeled for J.C. Penney, Kira Plastinina, and Ralph Lauren. He is best known for his role as Jackson Whittemore on MTV's Teen Wolf...
 
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Max Adler
Actor, Glee
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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Vanessa Lengies
Actress, Stick It
Vanessa Brittany Lengies, born July 21, 1985, Canadian actress, dancer and singer. She is best known for her role on American Dreams and she had a recurring role as Sugar Motta on Glee. Lengies was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to a German father and an Egyptian mother. She speaks French, English and some Arabic. Lengies graduated from Hudson High School in 2002.
 
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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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Stefanie Scott
Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television Stefanie Scott is one of Hollywood's most promising young talents. With the recent release of Focus Features' and Blumhouse Productions' Insidious: Chapter 3, the third installment of the hit horror film franchise, Stefanie completed...
 
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Alexandria DeBerry
Actress, A.N.T. Farm
Alexandria "Allie" DeBerry began modeling at the age of 5 in her hometown of Houston, Texas. After appearing in dozens of campaigns and commercials, such as American Girl, Barbie, and Burger King; she decided to try her luck at acting in Los Angeles. She went on to book roles on ABC's I'm with Her, Nickelodeon's True Jackson VP...
 
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Caroline Sunshine
Actress, Shake It Up!
Tenacious, intelligent, and a triple threat talent, actress Caroline Sunshine has quickly become "one to watch" in the entertainment industry over the years from the captivating characters she has brought to life on screen. In 2015 Caroline can be seen starring as "Emily Jordan" in the "The Outfield" for Fullscreen Films...
 
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Nicholas D'Agosto
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...