This Canadian, a onetime pro-hockey hopeful, hit the big time on Friday Night Lights as the epitome of the good-hearted bad boy we worshipped in high school -- and still do. This month he’s in a movie called (seriously) The Bang Bang Club. We can’t wait to pay our dues.
Seeing this actor for the first time reminds us of discovering Brad Pitt in Thelma & Louise. You just think: Who is that delicious guy? And how can I see more of him? (Next sighting: this month’s Water for Elephants.)
He’s the only guy on this list to be cast (in Slumdog Millionaire) because the director decided the original lead was too good-looking. Never mind. Patel’s appeal is that he made his awkward, determined character beautiful.
When he debuted at 16 in the sleeper hit Holes, we wanted to mother him. Now this hippie-bred child has grown way up, showing his brainy side in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and his brawn in the Transformers movies.
This child TV star took a break from acting, went to Columbia University and reinvented his career by working in quality films like (500) Days of Summer and Inception. That’s growing up in the most appealing possible way.
Everybody rooted for him as a doomed teenage drug dealer on The Wire, but Friday Night Lights did Jordan one better, giving him the spotlight as a boy fighting to become a man. And we’d be happy to help.