By Amanda (23, USA)
By all accounts, 2010 has been a year of comebacks. Classic TV series have been remade. Actors who made their mark on pop culture decades ago have found themselves back in the limelight. Stars who fell out of favor are gradually regaining public approval. It might have felt like the same old thing. But, there is a crop of new talent that made its mark in the entertainment industry this year as well. Quite a few new faces debuted, and some of them are outshining the rest. Here are ten who made it big in 2010.
This pint sized cutie has had one doozy of a year. Before 2010, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who knew her name, but now, at the tender age of 13, she's become one of the most sought after young women in the movie industry. Haven't seen her in action? Don't be too surprised. If you're under the age of seventeen, you might not have even been able to get in to see some of her movies. (Kick Ass and Let Me In are two of her biggest films this year.) She's rapidly gaining a reputation for being the one of the sweetest girls who can take on some of the toughest roles. And we'll be sure to see a ton of her in 2011. She's rumored to be in the running for half a dozen projects, not to mention the seven she's already got in development for the next couple of years.
Logan has had a pretty good acting run up to this year. He's done some television, starred in a couple of movies, but the trouble was, his name wasn't sticking in people's heads. Thanks to a children's fantasy film based on a best selling book series though, that's all changed. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief gained Logan something every actor needs: an audience. Add that to the rumors that he was going to be the next Spider Man that spent months swirling around on the internet, and his being cast in the next big screen adaptation of The Three Musketeers, and Logan became one of the most talked about stars of the year.
One of those people who walks red carpet events and premiers with a quiet smile before moving inside, Carrie might have slipped by the Hollywood radar without much fuss this year. But with two of the years most critically acclaimed films having her name attached to them, and a lot of publicity at the end of 2009, that didn't last for long. Then, she found herself cast in a big budget sequel to the eighties film Wall Street opposite Shia Labeouf, and suddenly she's a big player in the acting scene. Carrie seems to prefer her smaller, and more challenging, pictures though. But even if she decides to make the rounds of the Indie circuit instead of the big studios, she definitely has a bright future ahead of her.
As the son of two of the biggest forces in Hollywood, you might say that Jaden has performing in his blood. But Jaden has gone about acting the right way, auditioning and taking on smaller roles before this year. (You might remember him from his father's film The Pursuit of Happyness or from his guest spot on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody a few years back.) This year, Jaden got to step out of the shadow of his parents and be the lead in his own film, a remake of the 1980s Karate Kid, and he got the critics talking. After his stellar performance opposite Jackie Chan, no one can doubt that he deserves his own turn in the spotlight.
Like her brother Jaden, she's got star power in her blood. But, also like her brother, she didn't get pushed right into the industry as soon as she could walk and talk. She's taken her time and figured out what it is she actually likes doing, and her first official single, and music video, for “Whip My Hair,” had a lot of tongues wagging, in a good way. Even adults have been praising her musicality and the fun she's having with a completely age appropriate track. Her video even made Entertainment Weekly's Must List. She's definitely one of the kids to look to as the younger generation of musicians takes over.
Speaking of the younger generation of musicians, Greyson here has had quite the debut. He was discovered by none other than TV personality, comedian, and actress, Ellen Degeneres. She had him take a trip out to be on her talk show, and his piano rendition of Lady Gaga's “Paparazzi” blew everyone away. Ellen was so impressed with his talent that she made it her mission to get him a record deal, and then, was inspired to try her hand at the music business, helping to develop a record label, just so she could sign him.
When KeSha appeared in the public eye, it wasn't as the pop phenomenon she is now. It was as a party girl who hit up the Hollywood clubs with gusto. And people who remember that might have expected her music to drop quickly and disappear. Ke$ha has spent the last few years honing her skills and writing songs for other artists though, preparing herself for a big debut. And she absolutely got it. Her singles have been burning up the charts over the last year, and she's partially responsible for ushering in a new era of dance-pop that's taking over the radio.
The Girls Of Pretty Little Liars
Though most of the girls in one of the hottest shows of the year have some experience in the industry, prior to landing on the ABC Family drama, none of them had really had a breakout moment. Now, thanks to one addictive teen soap, the five girls (Ashley Benson, Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Lucy Hale) have become regular fixtures on red carpets, and in the mind of the TV addicted. And though they've been absent from television for a couple of months now, with the show returning for the second half of the first season in January, they're sure to climb even further up the Hollywood ladder.
Though at the time I'm writing this, Life UneXpected is in danger of cancellation, I don't think there's any arguing that Britt is one of the best things to come out of the show. She plays Lux with both a believable naiveté, as well as a wisdom beyond her years. And if she doesn't get to spend another season as Lux, at least the series has earned her enough of a presence in Hollywood that she's able to take on some new projects, like the Disney Channel Original Movie Avalon High that premiered last month.
If I could pick a Breakout of the Year based on performance alone, it would have to be this girl. Though she's had a long history of working her way up in Hollywood, she has mastered her craft on the freshman television series Nikita. As a young recruit helping to bring down a corrupt government organization, Lyndsy brings an emotional depth to the show that few others in her position would. She doesn't just make her character a butt kicking action star, but a little girl lost who is trying to be found. She's also finding that quite a few critics are throwing her name into the ring for some of the biggest projects floating around in Hollywood, like the upcoming adaptation of the young adult novel The Hunger Games.