Our new It Girl: Vanessa Hudgens

Coming soon to an arthouse theatre near you

The fabulous Vanessa Hudgens is hardly the up-and-coming actor you'd expect to find in this column. She’s already a platinum-selling recording artist and has had several enviable roles in major studio productions. Hudgens, who’s less than thirty, has also been profiled by Forbes Magazine as part of their highest-earning young stars ranking. But her upcoming appearance in a movie currently being ... more >

Lizzy Caplan

Our actor to watch in early 2012

You probably first heard about her in Cloverfield and later in Hot Tub Time Machine. Then, after watching her on the Starz T.V. series Party Down you made up your mind: Lizzy Caplan has all the attributes of a star: good looks and comedic flair (very important, America—look at the previous rise of Jennifer Aniston). With her television series coming to an end in 2010, Caplan has been keeping ... more >

Mia Wasikowska

Aussie ingenue slated for bigger and better roles we hope

Mia Wasikowska, whose career was launched loud and clear in 2010 for playing Alice in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland isn't so much a person to watch as she is a person to follow. And by that I don't mean follow her on Twitter but rather keep tabs. Her career is basically ongoing by now, it remains to be seen which roles she will be picking in the next few years and whether all her choices will ... more >

Nicola Peltz

Promising young actress to appear in 2012's Eye of the Hurricane

Now that Dakota Fanning is all grown up who's going to be America’s next sweetheart? We present for your consideration Nicola Peltz. In 2010’s live-action film The Last Airbender, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Peltz played Katara, a gutsy princess warrior. Airbender was based on a Nickelodeon original programming that was extremely popular with viewers. Her interpretation had fans gushing ... more >

Elizabeth Olsen

Third Olsen sister an actress in her own right (and passionate about her craft)

Elizabeth Olsen (a.k.a Lizzie Holsen), the third Olsen sister, is emerging as the new Hollywood It Girl according to a recent Nylon magazine interview. What sets her apart from her business-savvy, television-star sisters, is her love of, and early involvement in, theatre. An actor who comes from a theatre background is going to have a broader frame of reference, and overall be better, than one who ... more >

Katie Cassidy

This week's PEOPLE TO WATCH thesp is a natural

Whoever knocks Abercrombie & Fitch is going to have to deal with me so don’t badmouth them, especially not in front of actress Katie Cassidy: she used to model for them--one look at her headshot and you'll understand why. All-American beauty Katie Cassidy has made Screen Comment's PEOPLE TO WATCH section and we’re thrilled to be able to talk about this fine young thesp. Cassidy appeared ... more >

Kat Dennings

The Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist actress is our person to watch

Who can forget Kat Dennings in 2008’s Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist? Wasn’t she every young man’s fantasy, with that non-conformist appeal and those big, dark eyes? Twenty-five year-old Kat Dennings is our actress to watch. The Bryn Mawr, Pa., native has been consistently showing up on the big and small screen since first appearing in 2000’s Sex And the City. More recently she was credited ... more >