Which of These Hot Young Hollywood Actresses Has What It Takes to Be the Next Meryl Streep?
by Jennifer Lafferty
With more than 160 award wins and more than 300 nominations, Meryl Streep is a true Hollywood legend. Who wouldn’t want to have a career like she has? But do any of today’s Hollywood starlets have the chops?
What actress doesn’t aspire to be like Meryl Streep? The modern equivalent of the legendary Sarah Bernhardt or Katharine Hepburn, Streep sets the standard for truly great acting, transforming herself like a chameleon for each amazing performance. It seems that there are only a few exceptionally talented young actresses who have the potential to reach Streep’s level. Here are eight actresses worth of being called “The Next Meryl Streep.”
Scarlett Johansson: She first impressed audiences as a child actor and since then has proved herself both talented and versatile. Johansson delivers acclaimed performances in many different genres from historical dramas like Girl with a Pearl Earring, to her popular turn as superhero Black Widow, and even conquered Broadway in 2009.
Kate Winslet: She’s had plenty of commercial success with films like Titanic, but Kate Winslet has never followed a typical blueprint for Hollywood stardom. Fearless in her choice of material, Winslet’s preference for intellectually compelling projects such as The Reader, combined with her undeniable talent, has made the Oscar-winner a highly respected artist.
Brie Larson: Audiences are just beginning to discover 26-year-old Brie Larson’s impressive range. After acting for years, Larson’s breakthrough in serious film came with her Oscar-winning performance in the acclaimed drama Room. The actress will have many more opportunities to prove herself, with a lineup of challenging movies, including The Glass Castle and Basmati Blues.
Amy Adams: In her two films with Meryl Streep, the versatile five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams definitely held her own, looking like the icon’s heir apparent in the riveting drama Doubt. Adams confessed that she was “overwhelmed” working with Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman on the film, making her subsequent performance that much more impressive.
Emily Blunt: Another frequent Meryl Streep co-star who could reach the status of Streep herself is Emily Blunt. With a gift for losing herself in the roles she plays, this Golden Globe-winning actress has transformed herself into characters as diverse as a 19th century monarch in The Young Victoria, a tough FBI agent in Sicario and Miranda Priestly’s high-strung assistant in The Devil Wears Prada.
Lupita Nyong’O: In her first feature film, the virtually unknown Lupita Nyong’O won an Oscar for her portrayal of Patsey in the highly praised 2013 drama 12 Years a Slave. Within a few short years, the Kenyan-raised Nyong’O has joined the Star Wars franchise and has earned rave reviews for her Broadway debut in the new play Eclipse.
Jessica Chastain: Like Streep, the acclaimed Jessica Chastain is an “actor’s actor”, long-admired by peers for her exceptional talent. Since her breakout role in Zero Dark Thirty, she’s starred in a mix of serious and commercially viable projects. The in-demand star has at least five prominent films debuting through 2017, including WWII drama The Zookeeper’s Wife.
Jennifer Lawrence: Few actors have achieved so much as early in their careers as 25-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, who’s already won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, and starred in the hugely successful Hunger Games franchise. Lawrence’s amazing talent and collaborations with brilliant filmmakers like David O. Russell, promise her a very prestigious career.