Hollywood has always had a double standard when it comes to aging starlets, with leading men keeping roles into their elder years while their female counterparts are laid out to pasture at the first hint of a wrinkle. There are a few celebrities that have been able to prolong their career in the entertainment industry, but it is inevitable that a younger actress will come along to fill their spot in Hollywood.
In recent years, audiences have noticed how similar up-and-coming actresses are looking, with many remarking on how difficult it can be to tell theses actresses apart from one another. Isla Fisher and Amy Adams look virtually identical, and the same can be said for Shay Mitchell and Naya Rivera. However, these actresses aren’t really helping their cause in regard to becoming the next big thing, since many can’t tell them apart.
The true way to solidify a space in Hollywood for an up-and-coming actress is to take over the place of an aging starlet. Just as celebrities all seem to want to personify “Old Hollywood” starlets like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, there is now a whole new catalog of celebrities that are reaching their golden years in the entertainment industry. With the film world always obsessing over the newest fresh-faced women, there are already some starlets that are vying for their spot in the limelight. Check out our list of the 15 young starlets positioning to be the next hottest Hollywood leading lady, and see how the next generation of actresses will be transforming future films on the silver screen.
15. Rosamund Pike
While Charlize Theron is still getting leading roles in Hollywood, it’s inevitable that her time will eventually come before she won’t be receiving those roles of “fairest of them all.” In the meantime, Rosamund Pike is an actress that has long been named the new “It” girl in Hollywood. Her career had a bit of a setback when she was 21 years old and she starred as a Bond girl in Die Another Day. While other actresses are able to prolong the aging process by playing younger roles in their 20’s, Pike hurt her career by taking on an older character in the film. Turning things around in her portrayal in Gone Girl, Pike’s star has once again begun to rise and she will undoubtedly be a staple in future films.
14. Emilia Clarke
When an actress plays a role as memorable as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, it’s difficult to imagine her as anyone other than the silver haired dragon queen. Yet, Emilia Clarke has proven to be a fighter when it comes to pursuing her acting career, and she’s not going to let her character keep her down. Instead, offscreen she looks very much like Evangeline Lilly, who hasn’t quite been able to shake her TV past on the hit show Lost. While Lilly seems to have to wear elf ears to get her roles on the silver screen, Clarke is starring as the leading lady in the new hit film, Me Before You.
13. Chloe Grace Moretz
Although Julia Stiles starred in a number of films early on in her career, sometimes quantity doesn’t trump quality in regards to film roles. While there have been some standout films like The Bourne series and 10 Things I Hate About You, it seems her star has fizzled out before it could truly peak. An actress that isn’t wasting her fifteen minutes of fame is Chloe Grace Moretz. Starring in hit films like the Kick-Ass film series and Dark Shadows, Moretz is just now starting to be recognized as leading lady potential. Her recent role in Neighbors 2: Sorority Uprising proved she isn’t afraid to show off her bikini-ready body and she certainly looks all grown up.
12. Lizzy Caplan
Zooey Deschanel is an actress that has had a number of film successes, but then chose true fame through her television role in the hit series, New Girl. Lizzy Caplan has taken the opposite approach, since she was able to leverage her success on TV to a budding film career. Introduced to audiences through her provocative roles in HBO’s True Blood and Masters of Sex, her most recent endeavor has been on the silver screen. Starring alongside A-list actors like Woody Harrelson and Morgan Freeman, Caplan’s star has already begun to rise as more than just a highly sexualized TV actor.
11. Mia Wasikowska
While many actresses have no qualms about exploiting their appearance to gain acclaim and acting roles, Mia Wasikowska isn’t like all the other aspiring actresses in the entertainment industry. Embracing the unusual and going for substance in the roles, she has quickly become a Tim Burton favorite and a force to be reckoned with. With a look similar to Tilda Swinton, the actresses have a lot in common in regards to depth in character roles. While Swinton had a few memorable roles on the big screen, Wasikowska seems to have already superseded the aging actress due to commercial appeal in film.
10. Ari Graynor
Ari Graynor started off in television, but not many of her roles have been super memorable. While some remember her dancing in her underwear on an episode of The Sopranos, it’s her roles on the big screen that really stand out for fans. Often steering towards the provocative, she can be compared to a young Ali Larter in her ability to embrace more of the raunchier roles like in For a Good Time, Call… film in 2012. Larter has also starred in some provocative scenes herself, but she can’t exactly pull off the whipped cream scenes from her Varsity Blues days any longer. With an attempt to fill that spot in Hollywood, the public should expect to see more of Ari Graynor.
9. Katherine Waterston
British-born actress, Katherine Waterston didn’t go the conventional route when it came to picking her movie roles. Yet, you might be surprised at how long the list is in her acting portrayals. Starring in films that stray from the commercial blockbuster hits that have hit the theaters over the years, Waterston proved that it was substance that drew her to many of her films. From The Babysitters to Inherent Vice, Waterston is quickly gaining popularity and esteem from her peers. Often compared to Catherine Zeta-Jones in her hard edge appearance, she can definitely pass as a younger version of the Welsh starlet. Only time will tell what her future roles will unleash, but things are looking pretty good thus far.
8. Alexandra Daddario
There was a time when Megan Fox was all the rage, and seemed like a younger replacement actress for Angelina Jolie. With the same smoldering look and ultra glam appeal, it seemed like the world had its new “It” girl. Yet, it’s not just looks that can maintain a promising film career, and Fox learned this firsthand when she started making off-color remarks that offended the Jewish community. With her being pretty much blacklisted in Hollywood, there is a new spot to fill and Alexandra Daddario is slated to fill that role. Starting slowly in the Percy Jackson film series, she has since moved on to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the 2015 film San Andreas.
7. Lana Condor
Breaking into the entertainment industry is hard for everyone, but can be especially difficult for Asian actresses since there aren’t many roles to choose from. While Asian actresses can play a small part on TV and film, it’s rare for any of them to reach Lucy Liu status. From being one of Charlie’s Angels to playing a female Dr. Watson, Liu has been able to reach beyond the Asian stereotype in Hollywood. An up-and-coming starlet who hopes to follow her footsteps is Lana Condor, who recently played the role of Jubilee in the latest film in the X-Men series. Hopes are high for this budding starlet, and starting off with a role in a major motion picture is pretty good for getting the ball rolling.
6. Alexandra Shipp
When it comes to A-list actresses, it doesn’t get any better than Halle Berry. Breaking milestones as the first African American woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, Berry is what many aspiring actresses of color look to when considering a certain level of celebrity. Alexandra Shipp knows this all too well since she was chosen to play a younger version of Berry in the latest X-Men film. While Shipp made headlines for her television appearance playing the role of Aaliyah, her Storm character is proving she can hold her own weight on the big screen. After receiving no advice from Berry, Shipp told Yahoo!, “People aren’t going to want to see you be Halle Berry.” While she did her own thing, it’s hard not to compare.
5. Emma Watson
Although Jennifer Garner was once considered one of Hollywood’s favorite leading ladies, she took a hiatus from her acting career during the peak of her fame. Choosing to focus on her family life and become a doting wife and mother, Garner left a void in the film industry that was just waiting to be filled. While Emma Watson was considered just another child actress through her portrayal in the Harry Potter film series, she has since grown up in the public eye and has started to blossom in her film portrayals. Her upcoming role in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast is set to be the deciding factor in what opportunities are afforded her in the future.
4. Katie McGrath
Rachel Weisz is an actress that has a distinct look about her that differentiates herself from other Hollywood starlets. Although the dark features and sparkling eyes give her the look of Old Hollywood glamour, she also has an accessibility about her that other actresses don’t possess. Recently starring alongside Colin Farrell in The Lobster, Weisz is still able to maintain her leading lady status but another is seeking to take her spot. Katie McGrath is quickly starting to gain attention in Hollywood, even though many of her roles have been small. Yet, people are already starting to make the comparison between her and Weisz, and it seems like only a matter of time before she will inevitably surpass the aging starlet.
3. Margot Robbie
Nicole Kidman wasn’t the first Australian actress to make the journey to the U.S., but she is one of the most famous A-listers of Australian heritage to don the silver screen. Holding onto the accent, marrying some of the biggest names in Hollywood, and creating a true presence in the entertainment industry, it will be hard for any actress to surpass Nicole Kidman. Yet, Margot Robbie is making a hard go of it, with a number of memorable performances already under her belt. Australian, stunningly beautiful, and diverse in her acting ability, Margot Robbie is a rising star in Hollywood that doesn’t seem to be slowing in her progress any time soon.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
Oftentimes, Hollywood starlets exude a sense of untouchable glamour that can be both appealing and off-putting. While there is a place for the Angelina Jolie’s of the world, sometimes fans like to see a celebrity that is more down-to-Earth. Cameron Diaz used to fill that void with ease, often burping during interviews and giving the public a more in-depth look at her accessible personality through the MTV show, Trippin’. However, Diaz is no longer that fresh-faced actress that was able to play a high school student in There’s Something About Mary, and now Jennifer Lawrence has filled her spot as the Hollywood starlet that hasn’t seemed to change one iota from her humble beginnings.
1. Sophie Turner
When Sophie Turner was first introduced to audiences as a young Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, no one would have guessed she would be able to transition so quickly onto the silver screen. Yet, not only has her character grown up before our eyes on TV, but she has also matured into a beautiful young actress with star qualities. Recently starring in the X-Men: Apocalypse film as a young Jean Grey, Turner seems to be on the road to stardom on the big screen. Looking like a young Jessica Chastain, Turner is definitely an actress to watch for future films and leading roles.