When is the last time you saw a movie and an unknown actor really stole the show? They were funny, charming, convincing. It doesn’t happen often but when it does you can tell that this person is pure magic, they have ‘it’. Sooner or later, they become the biggest celebrities on the planet! Or you know, just get more work so you get to see them more often which is awesome enough. Here are a few of my favorites….
I remember watching Zoe’s big screen debut in Center Stage being completely enamored by her bad girl ballerina Eva when she stubbed out a cigarette with the pointe of her ballet shoe. I also may have watched her in that Britney Spears movie…. Now she is starring in movies like Avatar and Star Trek, yay Zoe!
Now this is a big one for me since I had been saying for years “he’s going to be a big star”. I am so glad for Bradley’s success, just hear him speak french and you will agree. He first really got my attention in 2006 as the jerk in Wedding Crashers and being the only watchable part as the best friend in Failure To Launch. Flash forward a few years and he is on the cover of movie posters like Limitless, The Hangover, The A-Team. Oh, and he was named Sexiest Man Alive for 2011.
In his first movie Paul was the cutest college boy Josh in Clueless. And I still remember my delight when he popped up as a regular on Friends. Now he is a household name because of comedies like Dinner for Schmucks (hilarious and surprisingly touching), Our Idiot Brother and Role Models.
First time away from the small screen Amanda was in Mean Girls as the ditsy Karen. She had some of the best lines in the movie, it takes a lot of smarts to play that dumb. She has gone on to star in Mamma Mia and Jennifers Body. Next she will be Cosette (!) in Les Mis and playing Linda Lovelace in Lovelace.
Who did you KNOW would become a big star?