Future Hollywood Leading Ladies


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The Cupid’s-bow lips, the downy-soft cheeks, the button nose: 27-year-old Abbie Cornish has those Ivory-soap-girl features we’re so familiar with, and yet hers is a face it’s hard to stop staring at—testament to the intelligence, vulnerability, and sensuality she brings to her characters. Her breakthrough for American audiences came with fellow Australian Heath Ledger, as a junkie in 2006’s Candy, free-falling from invincible heroin highs to soul-seizing anguish. Kimberly Peirce’s Stop-Loss saw her fleeing the law with Ryan Phillippe’s character. (Enter some real-life drama: Phillippe, then the husband of Reese Witherspoon, would soon become her boyfriend.) She may have been her loveliest in Jane Campion’s Bright Star, playing John Keats’s muse, the flirty and forthright Fanny Brawne.
With her patrician looks and celebrated pedigree—she is the daughter of American operatic soprano Maria Ewing and legendary British theater director Sir Peter Hall—one might assume that Cambridge-educated Rebecca Hall, 27, waltzed into an acting career on her name alone. Well, O.K., it didn’t hurt in the beginning, when she starred, at the age of 10, in her father’s television adaptation of the British novel The Camomile Lawn, or 10 years later in his production of George Bernard Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession. But her pitch-perfect realization of an indignant, tightly wound American in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) proved she had the chops and the charm, and her sophisticated wit landed her the role of David Frost’s delightfully fabulous girlfriend in Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon. Next up is Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give, and Ben Affleck’s Boston crime drama The Town.

At just 24, Anna Kendrick has already shown impressive range, from Bella Swan’s twit friend Jessica in the Twilight saga to George Clooney’s buttoned-up colleague in Up in the Air. At age 12, the Maine native was nominated for a Tony Award, for her role in the 1998 musical High Society. After she auditioned for the role of Natalie in Up in the Air, she thought she’d tanked, given director Jason Reitman’s utter non-reaction. Turned out he’d written the role for her, after having seen her in the small high-school film Rocket Science. Next, she’ll star with Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Carey Mulligan’s first movie role was as Keira Knightley’s giddy sister in Pride and Prejudice. A moment later, the former Catholic-boarding-school student was the buzz of Sundance, thanks to her exquisite performance as a 1960s English high-school senior in An Education. Big-league directors haven’t wasted any time in filling up the 24-year-old’s dance card. Mark Romanek chose her as the lead in Never Let Me Go, while Oliver Stone cast her in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, as the daughter of Gordon Gekko and the fiancée of trader Shia LaBeouf—who also happens to be her real-life love.

She was more dippy than mean in her 2004 film debut, Mean Girls, announcing vacantly that her breasts could predict the weather. But it took a most unlikely confection—the movie musical Mamma Mia!—for the world to see Amanda Seyfried in her full, dewy, wide-eyed loveliness. Since then she has become the go-to girl for modern fairy tales, including Lasse Hallström’s Dear John and the forthcoming Letters to Juliet. But watch for a 180-degree turn in this month’s Chloe, Atom Egoyan’s artsy sexual thriller, in which 24-year-old Seyfried plays the alluring, troubled complication in a failing marriage.

In an era in which every teen star has a stylist and a bland pop record, 19-year-old Kristen Stewart is the tough-minded, no-frills anomaly. Stewart played Bella Swan not as a cartoon but as anxious and complicated—making the predicament of being torn between a vampire and a werewolf seem … well, almost plausible. The daughter of a television-producer father and an Australian script-supervisor mother, the L.A.-bred Stewart has been consistently drawn to melancholy over flash. Between Twilight installments, her edgy trajectory will continue with Welcome to the Rileys, about the friendship between a stripper and a married businessman, played by James Gandolfini, and The Runaways, about rocker Joan Jett.

Emma Stone, 21, emerged from the Judd Apatow comedy crew, having held her own in Superbad, as Jonah Hill’s way-cool, super-smokin’ home-ec partner, and she struck gold with Zombieland. But her comedy credentials go all the way back to Arizona, where she grew up idolizing Gilda Radner and Molly Shannon and cut her teeth with a local theater troupe. At age 15—after giving her parents a PowerPoint presentation about ditching high school for a career in acting—she left with her mother for Hollywood, where she grew into that alluring raspy voice and the Jessica Rabbit looks.
Mia Wasikowska, 20, is the daughter of a Polish photographer mother and an Australian painter-and-collagist father. Her breakthrough on the HBO series In Treatment, as the fragile and yet fierce gymnast Sophie, suggested a deep intelligence and a reservoir of talent. Director Edward Zwick cast her in Defiance, about a group of Polish Jews banding together to escape the Nazis. Next she will play the title role in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the love interest in Gus Van Sant’s next film, and the daughter of Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, two gay moms, in Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right.

Evan Rachel Wood, 24, got her start locally, playing Helen Keller opposite her mom in a North Carolina production of The Miracle Worker. When her parents divorced, she moved to Los Angeles with her mom and soon mesmerized audiences in Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen, a tour de force of teenage angst. This tightly wound rebel soul attracted the likes of Woody Allen, who cast her in Whatever Works, Julie Taymor, who picked her for the lead in the surreal Across the Universe, and Darren Aronofsky, who chose her as Mickey Rourke’s estranged daughter in The Wrestler—and rocker Marilyn Manson, to whom she is engaged. Given that her interests lie anywhere but on the beaten path, is it any wonder her upcoming superhero project is Spider-Man … the Broadway-musical version, directed by Taymor and set to the music of Bono and the Edge?

From left: Carey Mulligan (dress by J. Mendel, earrings by Lee Angel), Kristen Stewart (dress by Blumarine, shoes by Pedro Garcia, watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre), Abbie Cornish (dress by Dior, shoes by Aldo, earrings by David Yurman, bracelet by Cartier), Mia Wasikowska (dress by Luisa Beccaria, earrings by David Yurman), Amanda Seyfried (dress by Chado Ralph Rucci, earrings by Beladora), Rebecca Hall (dress by Dior, shoes by Vera Wang, earrings by Beladora), Emma Stone (dress by J. Mendel, shoes by Manolo Blahnik, earrings by David Yurman), Evan Rachel Wood (dress by Dior, earrings by Cartier, bracelet by David Yurman), and Anna Kendrick (dress by J. Mendel, shoes by Pedro Garcia, earrings by Beladora, ring by David Yurman).


This is quite a good article , as there is some truth in this.

Carey Mulligan i see becoming The Next Keira Knightley. That British Actress that Hollywood fell in love with. She is good (She was in Doctor Who) and is popular with fans (Again..Doctor Who) , so hopefully she has a bright career ahead of her.

Despite The Twilght Franchise , Kristen Stewart is another actress i really like. Despite her moody personality , she acts really well. I hope after Twilight , she can take more serious drama roles or maybe a comedy once in a while.

Havent seen Abbie Cornish that much so i cant comment but she sounds good.

Mia Wasikowska has had some good roles and has impressed Hollywood. Me however , not so much. Whether its the films she is in or not , i havent been won over by her yet. Maybe 2011 will be the year that she finally impresses me.

Amanda Seyfried i love. But she picks roles more of her looks rather her acting. Dear John & Letters To Juliet were all good films , but Little Red Riding Hood i am not sure was a good career move for her. But hey , she is still awesome.

Rebecca Hall is underrated. She was great in The Town and worthy of Oscar Noms. Lets hope she gets more great roles.

Emma Stone is already arguebly a star. Easy A defined her career and made her a headline act. However 2011 she is journeying back into supporting teritory.

Evan Rachel Wood is a great actress. Saw her in Across The Universe and loved her (As Well as the film). Fingers crossed she keeps the work up and Oscars beckon.

Anna Kendrick i love too. Charming screen prescense who i think has many great works ahead of her.

I'd also include

Anna Sophia Robb
Emma Roberts
Selena Gomez.

Post your comments and thoughts.

hopefully The Spiderman Reboot will take her to higher status. I thought Easy A turned her into a leading lady , even if many people still aren't aware of her.

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She is a future Hollywood leading lady in another decade and a half.

And she's from America.

Kristen Stewart is another actress i really like. Despite her moody personality , she acts really well.

Originally Posted by MovieMad16
Dear John & Letters To Juliet were all good films

Originally Posted by MovieMad16
Easy A defined her career and made her a headline act.

Originally Posted by MovieMad16
I'd also include...
...Selena Gomez.
If I had a dollar for every existential crisis I've ever had, does money really even matter?

I don't but disagree with you about what movies you like but hey people sometimes don't like my choice
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I am not trying to offend you there MM. I just feel that Kristen Stewart is one dimensional, Dear John and Letters to Juliet are both terrible terrible films, the last thing Easy A can do is define someone's career, and Selena Gomez? wtf? The disney chick?

Mia Wasikowska was fantastic in The Kids Are All Right.

Jennifer Lawrence is going to do amazing things.

I recently watched Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, and dude, Elle Fanning was great. Much better than her annoying older sister.

Alia Shawkat

Demi Lovato is a "disney girl" and she's on the fast track...

Don't rule out Selena just yet. I personally really like her, then again, I'm 16 :/

Demi Lovato is a "disney girl" and she's on the fast track...
Dude seriously?

Camp Rock and Princess Protection Program. If that is the fast track, then yeah you make an excellent point.

Greta Gerwig!

Recently in low budget films such as Noah Baumbach's Greenberg and in the Duplass brothers Baghead. She is way capable of taking some major roles.

Mia Wasikowska was fantastic in The Kids Are All Right.

She's also great in In Treatment.

BTW, there was a thread very much like this started recently. One of the mods may want to merge them... Once their hangover finishes.

Kenny, don't paint your sister.
I'm not an Emma Roberts fan. She's never done anything really substancial, and that Unfabulous show bored the hell out of me when I was a twelve year old girl.
Faith doesn't make things easy, just possible.

Demi Lovato i dont see being a long term star. Gomez however has said she wishes to take on more dramatic roles. Dunno what that means , but im intrigued. I havent seen Mia in anything yet, her roles in her films havent been the ones to easily lure me in. And Emma Roberts is really good. She has been in some solid Indie films and is in the new scream film, so hopefully she is on the right road.

Gomez however has said she wishes to take on more dramatic roles. Dunno what that means , but im intrigued.
It means she's going to get her kit off in a low budget, indie film as soon as she's legal/can. If she's a Disney kid, then to gain 'credibilty' asap she needs to been seen as an adult. The same goes for almost any US (female) teen star.