Chicago has long been known for its vibrant, diverse acting community, which also is the largest talent pool away from New York and Los Angeles.
Many of Chicago's native sons and daughters have returned home to produce, shoot or act after they've made their mark in Hollywood.
Illinois boasts select institutions that offer technical and artistic education in theater, film and media.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
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Thanks to his breakout Fox hit "Glee," Ryan Murphy not only has his finger on the pulse of the youth market -- he has it firmly by the throat, so to speak. The exuberant song-and-dance comedy…
Texas teens, including Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Mitchel Musso, Johnny Simmons, Hunter Parrish, Kenny Baumann, Madison Pettis and Debby Ryan have agent Jennifer Patredis to thank for getting their…
Assembling a hit boy band is tough enough. Small wonder that it took 18 months and a nationwide search to find four teen guys who could not only sing but also act for Nickelodeon's new comedy series…
Ten-year-old Bailee Madison doesn't remember her acting debut, which is excusable, since she was only 2 weeks old at the time. "My big break was 'Bridge to Terabithia,' but the first thing I did was…
Jennifer Lawrence always wanted to be a doctor. Luckily for Hollywood -- "and maybe also the medical profession," she jokes -- the Louisville, Ky., native quickly abandoned that notion after being…
Los Angeles native Logan Lerman began acting at age 5 and got his big break at 7 playing Mel Gibson's youngest son in "The Patriot."