Top 10 Movers & Shakers of 2014by IMDb-Editors | created - 03 Dec 2014 | updated - 09 Dec 2014 | Public
The rising stars on this list experienced the largest increase in their best weekly STARmeter ranking in 2014 as compared to 2013.
Actress | Gotham
IMDb users might harbor as much affection for Catwoman as they do for The Bat. It comes as no surprise, then, that the casting of this newcomer as the young Selina Kyle on Fox's hit series "Gotham" brought her a lot of attention in 2014.
Actress | We Are Your Friends
Emily O'Hara Ratajkowski was born in London, England, to American parents, Kathleen (Balgley), a professor, and John David Ratajkowski, a painter. She is of British Isles, German, Polish, and Jewish ancestry. Emily was raised in Encinitas, California, near San Diego. She traveled a lot, and also ...
Prior to 2014, this stunning model was mostly known as “that girl from the “Blurred Lines” video.” That was before she appeared in Gone Girl as Nick Dunne’s college-aged mistress; while she only has a few scenes, she managed to leave quite the impression.
Actress | 12 Years a Slave
Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...
Lupita Nyong'o - #3
More than a new red-carpet knockout, Lupita's emotional acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress was as a fitting tribute to the the cast and crew of 12 Years a Slave. Non-Stop introduced her to a wider movie-going audience, and when Star Wars rumors turn into your actual-real next project, you have fully, completely arrived.
Actor | Guardians of the Galaxy
David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista, a hairdresser. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry.
When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Bautista pushed himself ...
Professional wrestler Dave Bautista has appeared in a handful of movies, including The Man with the Iron Fists and Riddick. But it was his role as the overly literal tough guy Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy which catapulted him to big-screen stardom this year. He’ll be back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but before that look for him in the 24th James Bond movie (recently titled SPECTRE).
Actress | The Flash
Danielle Nicole Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia. Her younger sister, actress Kay Panabaker, starred in the TV series, Summerland (2004)(WB, 2004-05). Panabaker started acting at a summer camp, before joining community theater productions when she was 10-years-old. Panabaker moved to ...
6. Ansel Elgort
Actor | The Fault in Our Stars
Ansel Elgort is an American actor, known for playing Augustus Waters in the romance The Fault in Our Stars (2014) and the title character in the action thriller Baby Driver (2017). He was born in New York City to photographer Arthur Elgort and opera director Grethe Holby. His father is of ...
Prior to 2013, Ansel Elgort only had one credit to his resume – an appearance in last October’s Carrie remake. This year, though, he had two major roles, both opposite Shailene Woodley (our #1 star of the year). In Divergent, he played Caleb – the brother to Woodley’s Tris – then played her love interest Augustus Waters in The Fault in our Stars.
Actress | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Michelle Lynn Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976, in Winthrop, Iowa. She is the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Sharon (Hamel), who ran a day care center, and Robert L. Monaghan, a factory worker and farmer. She is of mostly Irish and German descent. After graduating from high ...
Michelle Monaghan had a meaty role in HBO’s crime drama "True Detective", which was a massive hit earlier this year. In October, Monaghan had one of the starring roles in Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me; while the movie didn’t really gain much traction in theaters, the publicity tour netted her plenty of major exposure.
8. Imogen Poots
Actress | Green Room
British actress Imogen Poots was born in Hammersmith, London, England, the daughter of English-born Fiona (Goodall), a journalist, and Trevor Poots, a Northern Ireland-born television producer. She was educated at Bute House Preparatory School for Girls, Queen's Gate School for Girls and Latymer ...
Clearly well known in her native U.K., Imogen Poots became more familiar to U.S. audiences this year with her role in Need for Speed which, though it underperformed at the box office, had high exposure here and did well worldwide ($200+ million). "Who-is-she?" appearances in That Awkward Moment and Jimi: All Is by My Side, combined with Filth's raunchy previews worked in her favor.
9. Uzo Aduba
Actress | Orange Is the New Black
Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...
As Suzanne 'Crazy Eyes' Warren on "Orange Is the New Black," Aduba quickly became a fan favorite, and her character's prominence in the series expanded during season two. (She also starred in a hilarious audition parody for Funny or Die that went viral.)
10. Dane DeHaan
Actor | Chronicle
Dane DeHaan has made a formidable impression on film and television audiences and is one of the industry's most sought after actors of his generation.
Dane is shooting Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness and will soon begin production starring in Luc Besson's Valerian.
DeHaan has recently finished ...
The scene in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in which Harry Osborne visits his dying father and learns that he too will succumb to the same genetic disease could have started its own spin-off story as far as we're concerned, as Dane DeHaan's performance was the most compelling part of the movie. Also, Life After Beth was better on second viewing.