20 best young teen stars

by carusopat | created - 30 Nov 2012 | updated - 08 Apr 2013 | Public

1. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Let Me In

Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.

Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the ...

2. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

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 ...

3. Hailee Steinfeld

Actress | True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of ...

4. Elle Fanning

Actress | Super 8

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 ...

5. AnnaSophia Robb

Actress | Bridge to Terabithia

Actress AnnaSophia Robb can next be seen co-starring in Hulu's upcoming anthology series THE ACT, alongside Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny and Joey King. Robb portrays Lacey, Gypsy Blancahrd's only confidant. Lacey knows more than she lets on when law enforcement investigates Dee Dee's murder in ...

6. Blake Michael

Actor | Lemonade Mouth

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Blake Michael is best known for his leading roles in Disney's Dog With a Blog and Lemonade Mouth. He began his career at the age of 3 booking numerous print jobs. When Blake was 5, he enrolled in acting classes with Lisina (Longo) Stoneburner at the Company Acting Studio ...

7. Selena Gomez

Actress | Spring Breakers

Actress and singer Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is the daughter of Mandy Teefey and Ricardo Gomez. Her mother is of part Italian ancestry, and her father is of Mexican descent. She was named after Tejano singer Selena, who died in 1995.

Her first acting role ...

8. Bridgit Mendler

Actress | Kari-gurashi no Arietti

Bridgit Claire Mendler was born in Washington DC, and lived there until she was eight years old. Her family moved to the west coast, just outside of San Francisco, California. This is when she first expressed an interest in acting and began booking local jobs. In 2004, she landed her first role in ...

9. Jake T. Austin

Actor | New Year's Eve

Jake T. Austin was born Jake Austin Szymanski in New York City, to Giny Rodriguez Toranzo and Joe Szymanski. His middle initial is taken from his mother's name Toranzo. He has a younger sister, Ava. His father has Polish, English, and Irish ancestry, and his mother is of Puerto Rican, Argentinian, ...

10. Abigail Breslin

Actress | Little Miss Sunshine

Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.

Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens (2015)...

11. Odeya Rush

Actress | Lady Bird

Odeya Rush was born and raised in Haifa, Israel, along with her six brothers. She began acting at the age of 13 when she played Larry David's childhood friend in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Shortly after that she starred in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She then went on to do "The Giver"...

12. Victory Van Tuyl

Actress | Bedeviled

Victory Van Tuyl was born on September 16, 1995 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Bedeviled (2016), Castle (2009) and Marvin Marvin (2012).

13. Isabelle Fuhrman

Actress | Orphan

Isabelle was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one older sister, Madeline, and her parents are Elina and Nick Fuhrman. Her career began when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her sister and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays. ...

14. Halston Sage

Actress | Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Named to Variety's Top 10 Stars to Watch, Halston Sage continues to gain fame, working alongside notable actors and filmmakers.

She was born Halston Jean Schrage in Los Angeles, California, to Lenny and Tema Schrage, and has two younger siblings, Max and Kate. In addition to her acting credits, Sage...

15. Sasha Pieterse

Actress | Inherent Vice

Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She immigrated over to the United States with her professional dancer parents in 2000. She started acting at the age of four in modeling and commercials and moved to theatrical work starring as "Buffy" in her first TV show, Family Affair (2002)...

16. Jake Short

Actor | Shorts

Jake Short was born on May 30, 1997 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Shorts (2009), A.N.T. Farm (2011) and Dexter (2006).

17. Zendaya

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Zendaya (which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona) is an American actress and singer born in Oakland, California. She began her career appearing as a child model working for Macy's, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was a backup dancer before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on ...

18. Laura Marano

Actress | The Perfect Date

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 (2011), where she is playing the title ...

19. Sierra McCormick

Actress | Ramona and Beezus

Sierra Mccormick was born in Asheville, NC and grew up in Palm Springs, CA. She began performing in film and television at a young age, and had a number of roles on different network TV shows throughout the late 2000s, including Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Criminal Minds, Supernatural, Monk,...

20. China Anne McClain

Actress | Grown Ups

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 ...

21. Bella Thorne

Actress | The Duff

Actress and singer Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne, known for Shake It Up (2010), The Duff (2015), Blended (2014), and Midnight Sun (2018), 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, ...

22. Peyton List

Actress | 27 Dresses

20-year-old media darling is known for her portrayal as Emma Ross on the fan favorite Disney's Jessie and Bunk'd, and made a name for herself on the network's long-running series.

List appeared in the CBS series, Happy Together, executive produced by Ben Winston and Harry Styles, and also starred in...

23. Jake T. Austin

Actor | New Year's Eve

Jake T. Austin was born Jake Austin Szymanski in New York City, to Giny Rodriguez Toranzo and Joe Szymanski. His middle initial is taken from his mother's name Toranzo. He has a younger sister, Ava. His father has Polish, English, and Irish ancestry, and his mother is of Puerto Rican, Argentinian, ...

24. Kenton Duty

Actor | My Name Is Khan

Kenton Duty began his acting career when he was 9 years old in the Dallas Theater Center's stage production of "A Christmas Carol". He began auditioning for roles in Los Angeles after he was discovered at a workshop at the Young Actors Studio in Dallas, Texas by Hollywood talent agent Cindy Osbrink...

25. Noah Centineo

Actor | To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Noah Centineo is an American actor. He portrays Jesus Adams Foster in The Fosters (2013), for which he has been nominated for a Teen Choice Award.

He was born Noah Gregory Centineo on May 9, 1996 in Miami, Florida, to Kellee Janel (Andres) and Gregory Vincent Centineo, a businessman and former ...

26. Stefanie Scott

Actress | Insidious: Chapter 3

Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television Stefanie Scott is one of Hollywood's most promising young talents. Best known with the release of Focus Features' and Blumhouse Productions' Insidious: Chapter 3, Stefanie completed all of her own stunts in the film, which ...



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