Our picks for the most impressive young stars
This Broadway baby (Spring Awakening) and Glee standout, nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe, will ring in 2012 with a star-packed ensemble in New Year's Eve.
Veteran of an amazing 20-plus movies, she’s already shown serious range—from capturing the intensity of a long-dead Twilight villain to rocking out in the Joan Jett pic The Runaways.
Spawn of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet and inheritor of their performing gene, she played a rocker in cable’s Californication and is Angel in the new X-Men prequel.
The younger sister of the Olsen twins inspired half their Elizabeth and James clothing line but went her own way—stage training—and earned Sundance raves in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.
She’s grown from a Harry Potter bookworm to belle of the wizards’ ball. Now, having traded Hogwarts for Brown University, she’s ditching class and appearing in My Week with Marilyn.
Dakota’s little sister stole scenes in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere—and caught the eye of Sofia’s dad, Francis: She’ll soon be seen in his Twixt Now and Sunrise, opposite Val Kilmer.
On the red carpet as a Best Actress Oscar nominee, the Winter’s Bone star gamely said she was practicing her “losing face.” Weeks later she did get a prize: the lead in the futuristic fantasy The Hunger Games.
An 18-month search led the Coen brothers to cast her in True Grit. Her strong, solemn performance scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
The husky-voiced star of Easy A breaks a town’s racial rules as Skeeter, a writer telling the hidden stories of black maids in this summer’s The Help.
Let the critics pound James Franco’s Oscar hosting—Hathaway at least looked great. Now the girl who proved a match for Meryl in The Devil Wears Prada tries on superhero tights as a 2012 Catwoman.
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