Oh, to be young and famous. As we enter the new year, it has become clear that the circle of actors and actresses who currently rule Hollywood is beginning to shrink as a new age of up-and-coming performers prepare to take center stage. While actors like Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Jennifer Aniston continue to exist as household names, there is a rising platform of young entertainers who are realizing their potential. With that said, enjoy this list of the 17 under 25, a slew of actors who haven’t reached their 25th birthday just yet, who will one day rule Hollywood.
Although this list is not a ranking of skill or measurement of fame, it’s impossible not to give Tom Holland the imaginative number one spot. Educated under mentors at The Brit School, films like THE IMPOSSIBLE (2012), IN THE HEART OF THE SEA (2015), DOLITTLE (2020),and CHERRY (2021) have given Holland a firm foundation, but his work as Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is what undoubtedly catapulted him into superstardom.
Singer, musician, and most notably a performer, K.J. Appa, star of the hit Netflix show RIVERDALE (2017-2021)has earned his spot on this list. While his films have not awarded him a platform as distinguished as Holland, his work in A DOG’S PURPOSE (2017), THE HATE U GIVE (2018), and THE LAST SUMMER (2019) cement his brilliance as an up-and-coming star.
Known for her role in ABC’s drama, THIS IS US (2016-2021), 15-year-old Eris Baker is sure to step into the spotlight in the coming years. Her reoccurring appearance on Disney Channel’s KC UNDERCOVER (2017-2018)sets her on a trajectory of success that often follows stints with Disney Channel.
Millie Bobby Brown, proud holder of almost 40 million followers on Instagram, and boasting roles in Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS (2016-2021), the2019 film GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (2019), a starring role in the Netflix feature ENOLA HOLMES (2020)and MODERN FAMILY (2009-2020), This 16-year-old is well on her way to becoming a household name.
Perhaps the most coveted actor on the list, Timothee Chalamet is one pace to become one of the biggest names in Hollywood. From smaller roles in films like INTERSTELLAR (2014)and LADY BIRD (2017),to a significant appearance in the acclaimed movie CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017), Chalamet has had a wildly successful past few years, and the future is set to bring more of the same with starring roles in the upcoming features DUNE (2021) and THE FRENCH DISPATCH (2021).
Starring in the fifth most profitable R – rated movie of all time, Jaeden Martell’s work in IT (2017) brought him to the forefront of Hollywood. Pair that with his remarkable performance in the Apple TV+ miniseries, DEFENDING JACOB (2020), and it’s clear that he’s an actor on the rise.
Also starring in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, Finn Wolfhard snagged the hearts of viewers everywhere with his innocent vulgarity and knack for standing up for his friends. He additionally has won an award for his work in STRANGER THINGS, the immensely popular Netflix series.
The multitalented son of one of the greatest actors of our generation, Jaden Smith has rapped, sung, acted, and written his way into the light of Hollywood like few have ever done. Perhaps his biggest roles to date THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006), THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (2008) and THE KARATE KID (2010) have proven that Jaden has the chops to perform on the big stage.
As the new age of superheroes comes to fruition, remade characters are being portrayed by younger stars, as is the case with Tye Sheridan, aka Cyclops in the X-MEN series. Also staring in the immensely popular READY PLAYER ONE (2018)and acting alongside Matthew McConaughey in the 2012 drama MUD (2012), Tye Sheridan is on the fast track to considerable fame.
Already having been nominated for Best Young Supporting Actor in a TV Series for his work in GAME OF THRONES (2011-2019),21-year-old Isaac Hempstead Wright is undoubtedly a fan favorite. He also voiced Eggs in the 2014 animated film, THE BOXTROLLS (2014).
Admittedly one of the lesser-known performers on this list, Nicholas Hamilton got his big break starring in the 2013 short film, Time, and has since had reoccurring roles in IT and IT: CHAPTER TWO (2019). With multiple award nominations and plenty of potential on the horizon, Hamilton is a dark horse for a household name in the coming years.
Angourie Rice, with roles in SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017), SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (2019), and THE NICE GUYS (2016), is one of the youngest and most underrated stars we’ve included. Born in Australia and starring in a plethora of short films and commercials, she came to industry attention at 11 years old. Be expecting to hear more about Rice as time goes on.
With a knack for playing unique and lovable characters, Karan Brar of DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (2012)and more has shown time and again that he has what it takes to capture the hearts of audiences everywhere. Best known for his role as Ravi Ross on the hit Disney Channel show JESSIE (2011-2015), Brar is breaking cultural barriers down and is sure to be spotted on the big screen again soon.
Teen heartthrob and owner of some of the best hair in Hollywood, Joel Courtney starred in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster hit, SUPER 8 (2011), as well as one of the most popular movies on Netflix, THE KISSING BOOTH (2018). At 24 years old, he just makes the list, but with more than enough talent and a warm smile, he’ll be a consistent face for film fans everywhere to see.
Arguably the most talented performer on this list, Elle Fanning already has an abundance of box office successes to her name, including THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON (2008), WE BOUGHT A ZOO (2011), MALEFICENT (2014), THE NEON DEMON (2016), SUPER 8, and ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES (2020). Shall we go on? Fanning is known for her emotional range and thoughtfulness, and often played older characters in her pre-teen years because of her tall stature.
While half of her fame comes from her successful singing career, Sabrina Carpenter’s acting record has been nothing short of phenomenal. With a co-starring role on Disney’s GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014-2017), and a powerful voice in the films THE HATE U GIVE and Netflix’s WORK IT (2020), Carpenter has truly made a name for herself.
Saving the best for last? We’ll leave that up to you, but established superstar Chloë Grace Moretz cannot go unmentioned. The list of blockbuster hits with her name in the cast is quite extensive, but we’ll name a few here: KICK-ASS (2010), HUGO (2011), CARRIE (2013), THE EQUALIZER (2014), GRETA (2018)and SHADOW IN THE CLOUD (2020). Her acting ability is unquestionable, and at only 23 years of age, Moretz has the potential to be one of the greats.
Few people can claim the success that these actors and actresses have, and at such a young age. From the superheroes to social activists, the comedians to the quirky fan favorites, these 17 performers, although already well known, will soon all become household names and will take Hollywood by storm before we can blink our eyes. Be ready for it, look forward to it, there is a new age of superstar actors on the rise.