There are so many talented young actors on TV at the moment. Some of them have been around for a while and others are just breaking into the business now, but they are all amazing and have bright futures in front of them.
So who are the actors that you should be paying attention to? Who will be breaking onto the big screen and who are going to have very successful TV careers? It’s hard to tell.
I have chosen 10 actors that I think will make it big and they are starring in shows on ABC, NBC and the CW. If you haven’t seen anything featuring these fabulous actors, then it’s time you queued up your Netflix, visited Target Ticket, headed out to your nearest Redbox, logon to Hulu or any other way you consume your TV shows and films and start watching them.
They are making waves, being nominated and winning awards, scoring film roles and fans are falling in love with them. These are the stars that you should be paying attention to.
(Detective Erin Lindsay, Chicago P.D.)
Sophia Bush became a huge star on ‘One Tree Hill’ playing Brooke Davis and since then she’s starred in a few big screen roles. She stunned in the film ‘The Hitcher’, a horror film where a hitchhiker is trying to kill her and her boyfriend. She plays a tough girl fighting for her life.
In 2012 she was cast in a series from the creators of Will and Grace, ‘Partners’. The show didn’t last very long, but she’s back on TV yet again in ‘Chicago P.D.’ She is once again playing a tough woman, but this time she’s fighting crime. The show’s second episode tied for number one in the 18-49 demo in the 10p.m. hour, Broadway World reported. The new series received 6.3 million viewers that evening.
If Sophia’s impressive resume isn’t enough to be a fan of hers, she’s also very active on social media and she uses these tools to promote equality and respect. She’s involved in a campaign called “I am that girl saving the world” that is trying to create change and opportunity for women in sports. She also posts interesting and influential articles.
She’s already had a great TV career spending nine years on TV with ‘One Tree Hill’ and it looks like ‘Chicago P.D.’ might be another hit.
(Emily Thorn, Revenge)
This lovely lady has managed to star in three TV shows: ‘Everwood’, which lasted four years, ‘Brothers and Sisters’, which lasted five seasons and she departed from the show at the beginning of the final season, and now she is on her third season of ‘Revenge’. Emily VanCamp has had a pretty successful career so far. She’s even graced the big screen a few times, in 2009 she starred in ‘Carriers’ and in 2005 in ‘The Ring Two’.
It seems she’s barely gotten started. In April she will play Agent 13 in ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider’, alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson and fellow TV star Cobie Smulders. If Emily is planning to really jump start her film career, this movie could do the trick.
She will also be starring in ‘The Girl in the Book’, which is a Kickstarter backed film that is due to be released sometime this year.
Emily has had an amazing TV career so far and it looks like her film career will be very bright as well.
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(Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries)
Ian Somerhalder has actually been around for a while. In 2002 he starred alongside James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel, Kate Bosworth and Shannyn Sossamon in ‘The Rules of Attraction’. This is definitely a cult classic and if you haven’t seen the film it must be added to your list immediately. Ian was only in his early 20s when this film came out and he’s just gotten sexier with age.
Ian also starred in a spin-off of ‘Dawson’s Creek’, ‘Young Americans’, with Kate again.
Young Americans wasn’t the only show he has starred in, he was also in the very popular series, ‘Lost’.
He now stars as Damon on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ playing the bad brother. He’s in the middle of a love triangle and he may or may not be the one that belongs with Elena. Fate says his brother, Stefan, belongs with Elena, but the show certainly goes against fate all the time.
Ian was the favorite to play Christian Grey in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ with tons of people on social media campaigning for him to get the role. He didn’t win the role, but he did film a movie that is scheduled to be released this year, ‘The Anomaly’. He is the lead in the film alongside Alexis Knapp, Brian Cox and Luke Hemsworth.
He’s been around for a while but he’s just starting to heat up now.
(Nolan Ross, Revenge)
If you have been watching ‘Revenge’, you are probably a fan of Emily Thorn’s BFF, Nolan Ross. No mater what he sticks by Emily’s side and has helped her through everything. They would die for each other.
The man who plays Nolan, Gabriel Mann, has been acting a long time. He starred alongside Matt Damon in ‘The Bourne Identity’ and ‘The Bourne Supremacy’. He also starred in a thriller with Katie Holmes, ‘Abandon’.
Unfortunately, he has gotten use to playing the sidekick in most of his roles, but he’s certainly showing is talent every Sunday night on ‘Revenge’. It’s only a matter of time before he snags a leading role.
Gabriel will be on the big screen this March alongside Michael Peña, John Malkovich and Rosario Dawson in ‘Cesar Chavez: An American Hero’. He may not be the leading man in this film, but acting with names like these can only help his career. Plus being in a film portraying an important figure in history is a great thing to add to his resume.
It doesn’t matter if he’s in big films with big stars, he still manages to get noticed no matter how big his part is. He’s someone to keep an eye on.
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(Dr. Jackson Avery, Grey’s Anatomy)
Jesse Williams is sometimes forgotten about in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ with the original cast members like Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Justin Chambers and McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey. But he’s one of the sexy guys too and is a great addition to the cast.
He came in with the interns from Mercy West and it’s taken sometime for the rest of the doctors to respect him. Especially when his mother gave him the hospital. But he’s proved his worth and now we are waiting to see if April will pick him when ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ returns.
In 2012 Jesse was on the big screen in the comedy/horror, ‘The Cabin in the Woods’. This film wasn’t anything special, it had a lot of gore and laughs, but it was good for his budding film career. He had a pretty big role in the movie. His first film role was in 2008 in ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’.
Then last year he starred in the Screen Actor’s Guild Award nominated film, ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’. He played alongside great actors like, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. He hasn’t even been around for that long, so he’s landing some great roles pretty quickly. Plus landing a role on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ was amazing, since ABC has recently announced the show will be around for a while. So if he chooses to stay with show he’ll have a job, but clearly he can start doing more films as well.
When you are watching ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ don’t forget about this hot young guy because he could be a big star someday and you don’t want to miss it.
(Rebekah Mikaelson, The Originals)
Claire Holt seems to be one of the many Australian actors that are coming to the U.S. and finding success. For three years she starred on the Australian soap, ‘H2O: Just Add Water’, alongside her ‘The Originals’ castmate, Phoebe Tonkin. Phoebe stayed on with the show till 2010 though.
Claire first appeared on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ in the fall of 2011 playing Rebekah Mikaelson, a vampire from the original family. According to ET she was only supposed to guest star on three episodes.
Claire said to ET: “It’s so crazy. I signed a three episode deal, packed my suitcase for 10 days and I’m still here.”
It was a combination of her talent and the writers that has kept her around and launched a spin-off based upon her vampire family. It takes a dedicated and talented person to be a reoccurring character on a show for two seasons and then get their own show after only signing a three episode deal.
Hopefully she can see much more success with ‘The Originals’. She could become a big TV star. She’s already done well for herself and her talent and determination can take her anywhere from here.
(Caroline Forbes, The Vampire Diaries)
Candice Accola plays your favorite vampire barbie on ‘The Vampire Diaries’, but before she snagged the role of Caroline, she was a very busy lady. She starred in a horror movie in 2008 that was featured in numerous film festivals. ‘Dead Girl’ was the official selection of the AFI Film Festival and was also featured at the Fantastic Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges Film Festival. She also played small parts from 2007 before she was cast on ‘The Vampire Diaries’ in 2009.
In 2012 Candice starred in a web series, ‘Dating Rules from My Future Self’. That year she also won the Teen Choice Award for Female Scene Stealer for her role on ‘The Vampire Diaries’.
If this lady hasn’t been busy enough, in September she was hired to narrate a young adult paranormal thriller book, ‘Unbreakable’.
The biggest thing she’s been cast in so far is ‘The Vampire Diaries’, but she’s been working hard since 2007 and all that work paid off when she started on ‘TVD’, a very fan fueled show.
I can’t wait to see this talented young lady in more amazing roles.
(Gunnar Scott, Nashville and Stoke, Episodes)
This sexy English lad is currently starring in not just one, but two TV shows. Sam Palladio plays Gunnar on ABC’s hit show ‘Nashville’ and Stoke on the British/American show on Showtime and BBC, ‘Episodes’. That makes this guy very busy. When on earth did he have time to film ‘Runner, Runner’ with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck?
Before he won his two TV show roles, he guest starred on British shows, ‘Doctors’, ‘Little Crackers’ and ‘The Hour’. In 2012 when he started playing Gunnar and Stoke, he also guest starred on more British TV shows: ‘Cardinal Burns’ and ‘Walking and Talking’.
His first role was only in 2010 with ‘Little Crackers’ and he’s managed to snag two roles on TV shows on major networks in that small amount of time. I guess when Sam puts his mind to something, he gets it done.
Lets not forget that this lad can also sing. Sam and Clare Bowen have such great chemistry singing together, but he also does pretty well on his own.
If acting doesn’t work out he could launch a singing career, but his acting career is in high gear at the moment. I’m sure more film roles will come too.
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Patrick John Flueger
(Officer Adam Ruzek, Chicago P.D)
You probably don’t know his name, you might recognize his face, and so you should. He’s been in a lot of things, even if they weren’t leading roles. He’s guest starred on many TV shows, starred in ‘4400’ from 2004-2007 on the USA network, starred in ‘Spin’ alongside Katie Cassidy, ‘Footloose’ with Julianne Hough and Andie MacDowell and ‘Brothers’ with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire.
He’s been pretty busy and now he’s really starting to break through. He now stars on ‘Chicago P.D.’ and ratings so far are doing well. Plus he has two films that are scheduled to come out this year. He’s starring alongside Rose McGowan on an Edgar Allan Poe inspired film, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’. He will also star in ‘San Patricios’ with Kris Kristofferson, Austin Nichols, and Beau Bridges.
His new series on NBC is just heating up, but keep an eye on the box office for his new films. All of his previous small roles are starting to produce some great roles that could really transform his career. I think this is just the beginning of a great career for Patrick.
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(Juliette Barnes, Nashville)
You know her very well, but you may not have paid to much attention to her until she became Juliette Barnes on ‘Nashville’. A lot of people are really starting to pay attention to Hayden Panettiere now. Two years in a row she has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Juliette. This role is more grown up than the other roles she’s played. She’s played the teenager, now she’s an adult.
You probably know Hayden best for her role as Claire Bennet in ‘Heroes’. She was the high school cheerleader that could heal herself. But did you know that in 2002 she was in multiple episodes of ‘Ally McBeal’?
She’s graced the big screen a few times too. She’s starred in ‘Raising Helen’, ‘Ice Princess’, ‘I Love You Beth Cooper’ and ‘Scream 4’. She had pretty big roles in all of these films as well. All of these film were playing the teenager though, so maybe future film roles will show her talent as an adult, like ‘Nashville’ is doing.
Hayden plays a complex character on ‘Nashville’. Juliette grew up in a trailer park with a mother that was never there and died from a drug overdose. She now has a lot of money and a successful career until bad choices have threatened her dreams. Juliette is a more challenging role for her and she’s pulling it off well.
She’s seen good success so far and she’s showing she’s here to stay and she wants more challenging roles.
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