When you’ve had a doll made in your likeness and you’ve been asked to guest-star on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, you must be well on your way to becoming a star of epic proportions. Such is the case for 16-year-old Australian pop singer (and teen heartthrob) Cody Simpson.
He starred alongside Lindsay Lohan in Georgia Rule and Nicolas Cage in National Treasure: Book of Secrets, but it wasn’t until now-15-year-old Zachary Gordon landed the role of Greg Heffley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid that his career started taking off.
If 20-year-old English actor Douglas Booth isn’t yet on your radar, he should be. He gained notoriety across the pond with his portrayal of Boy George in BBC Television's Worried About a Boy, but it’s his casting as Romeo in Carlo Carlei’s upcoming Romeo and Juliet adaptation that has us abuzz.
British actor Will Poulter first caught attention as Lee Carter in Son of Rambow (which, if you haven’t seen, you should). The 20-year-old cemented his status as a major talent with The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and is now filming the screen adaptation of The Maze Runner.
Prior to 2012’s Beasts of the Southern Wild, no one knew Quvenzhané Wallis’ name — much less how to pronounce it. But since becoming the youngest actress ever to receive an Academy Award nomination (for her role as Hushpuppy in the film), the precocious 9-year-old is the talk of the town.
Thirteen-year-old Willow Shields got her start in 2008 narrating the short film Las Vegas New Mexico 1875, but it’s the pretty starlet’s role as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise that has catapulted the New Mexico native into the limelight.
It seems like just yesterday little Dakota Fanning was knocking our socks off as Lucy Dawson in 2001’s I Am Sam, but the actress is now 19 with a string of box-office successes. The new Fanning making waves is Dakota’s 15-year-old sis Elle, who charmed in films like We Bought a Zoo and currently has four movies in post-production.
Hailee Steinfeld wowed critics with her slick portrayal of Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers' 2010 Western remake, True Grit… a role she auditioned for eight times! Clearly, she made an impact, though — the 16-year-old just wrapped Romeo and Juliet, is filming The Keeping Room and has nine other films in the works.
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