At the age of 5, Anthony started his acting career in “It’s Complicated” starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. His film success continues in Jon Favreau’s “Chef,” starring Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman. The 11-year-old is a scene-stealer playing Favreau’s son Percy. Anthony has also joined the cast of “Insurgent,” the second film in the “Divergent” franchise, playing the young soldier Hector, and will be in Universal’s thriller “Incarnate” in 2015.
Ellar Coltrane and LorelEi Linklater
There’s no “Boyhood” without Coltrane, now 19, who participated across 12 years to help realize Richard Linklater’s groundbreaking film. As Mason, Coltrane’s at the center of the film, starting at the age of 6 through the age of 18, while Linklater’s daughter Lorelei plays his sister, Samantha, across the same time span. The two star opposite Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as their parents in the critically-acclaimed film. Both young actors hold their own from start to finish, showing range and generating old-school charisma.
The 19-year-old actress began her career on Disney’s original series “The Suite Life on Deck” and had a recurring role on the CW’s “Ringer.” Deutch then moved on to the bigscreen with a role in the 2013 fantasy-romance-drama “Beautiful Creatures.” She was most recently seen starring as a lead in the film adaptation of bestselling novel “Vampire Academy.”
Dever has been one to watch since her performance as the troubled teen Jayden in the critically acclaimed indie drama “Short Term 12.” Since then, the 17-year-old has been cast in “Laggies,” starring Keira Knightley; Jason Reitman’s upcoming comedy “Men, Women & Children”; and Kyle Wilamowski’s “Grass Stains.” Dever has had television success as a series regular on Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” and in a recurring role on the FX series “Justified.” She’s also filming the dysfunctional family indie drama “The Greens Are Gone,” starring Cary Elwes, Catherine Keener and Riley Keough.
Elgort made his screen debut in 2013’s remake of “Carrie,” and then starred alongside Shailene Woodley in the popular young adult franchise “Divergent” as her brother, Caleb. But Elgort is making waves — and teenage girls cry — in his performance as Augustus Waters in the film adaptation of John Green’s YA novel “The Fault in Our Stars.” Elgort is shooting and will reprise his role as Caleb in the follow-up “Insurgent” set to release in March. The 20-year-old can also be seen in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children” opposite Adam Sandler.
Producer Godfrey may be most famous for producing the “Twilight Saga” film series, based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels under his Temple Hill Entertainment banner. The production company recently released another popular YA adaptation, “The Fault in Our Stars,” starring Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley. Staying on the YA trend, Temple Hill wrapped production on “The Maze Runner,” based on the first book of the bestselling series by James Dashner. Godfrey has also worked with Nicholas Sparks on the film adaptations of “Dear John,” “Safe Haven” and is in production on Sparks’ latest, “The Longest Ride.”
Green wrote the YA novel “The Fault in Our Stars,” with its film adaptation taking theaters and teenagers’ hearts by storm. “Fault” was released in June and has since grossed $207 million worldwide. Green’s third YA novel, “Paper Towns,” is also being adapted for the bigscreen by Fox 2000 and will star “Stars” topliner Nat Wolff as geeky high school senior Quentin, who searches for the school’s most popular girl, who disappeared on the eve of graduation.
Revolori shone in the role of Zero Moustafa in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Revolori, 17, plays the lobby boy opposite Ralph Fiennes and beat out his own brother for the role. Critics have praised the newcomer for holding his own among a cast including Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton and Bill Murray.
Robinson stars in the upcoming “Jurassic Park” sequel “Jurassic World,” with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, set to be released in 2015. Robinson also starred in the 2013 coming-of-age drama “The Kings of Summer,” where he earned strong reviews for his breakout performance. Next up, the 19-year-old will star opposite Chloe Grace Moretz in Sony’s adaptation of Rick Yancey’s YA novel “The 5th Wave.”
Sheridan made his noteworthy film debut in Terrence Malick’s 2011 “Tree of Life,” despite having almost no acting experience. Since then he has booked starring roles in “Mud” opposite Matthew McConaughey, and “Joe” with Nicolas Cage. His performance in “Joe” earned him the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. Now, the 17-year-old will star in Gillian Flynn’s thriller “Dark Places” with Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and Charlize Theron; “The Forger” with John Travolta; “Grass Stains”; “Last Days in the Desert” with Ewan McGregor; and Paramount’s “Scouts vs. Zombies.”
A veteran of television series, Thorne made her mark in the Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up!,” but now the 16-year-old has taken a turn for the bigscreen. In her first feature film, Thorne starred in “Blended,” alongside Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and she’s staying close to her Mouse House roots in the upcoming Disney film “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The young thesp is also starring in two horror films: a remake of “Amityville,” and indie thriller “Home Invasion.” In 2015, Thorne will be seen in CBS Films’ “The Duff.”
Burkholder, 16, made a splash on NBC’s “Parenthood,” where he plays Max Braverman, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. For his accurate and touching performance in the role he won a Prism Award in 2011. Burkholder’s early career is peppered with an array of film and television appearances on such such series as “Daddy Day Care,” “Private Practice,” “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” as well as voice roles on various projects. He appeared in “The Purge,” opposite Ethan Hawke, and is set to tackle his next film project, “Babysitter.”
During her 26-year run at Nickelodeon, Cohn created and produced some of TV’s most successful children’s programs, including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Rugrats” and “iCarly,” and oversaw production of “Nick News With Linda Ellerbee,” the award-winning news show for kids. In 2013, she was tapped as DreamWorks Animation’s first head of television and arrived with the task of expanding the studio’s smallscreen efforts. Her team is now in production on a number of new series for Netflix beginning with “Turbo Fast,” the streaming site’s first original series for kids.
Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia, Sean Giambrone
Though he is known for playing the outrageous Barry Goldberg on ’80s-set comedy “The Goldbergs,” Gentile got his start in entertainment at age 11, when he landed his first job in the “Bad News Bears” remake. Gentile, now 20, went on to pick up roles in “Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny,” “Good Luck Chuck” and a lead in “Drillbit Taylor.” Twenty-year-old Orrantia’s first television gig is that of Erica Goldberg. Also a singer and songwriter, Orrantia was a contestant on season 1 of “The X Factor,” originally as a solo artist and then as part of the group Lakoda Rayne. Breaking onto the scene is Giambrone, 15, who stars as young Adam Goldberg — playing the show’s creator. At age 9 he began his career, starring in several commercials and gaining national attention before making an appearance in a spoof on “The Tonight Show.”
As the vice president of talent and casting for Nickelodeon, Siegel oversees live-action talent and casting for Nick at Nite, NickMom and TeenNick. She is responsible for scouting and introducing emerging talent to the Nickelodeon networks, and develops casting strategies for all projects. Siegel most recently oversaw casting for upcoming Nickelodeon series “Henry Danger” and “Bella & the Bulldogs,” as well as “The Fairly OddSummer” TV movie and “Every Witch Way.” The exec has also built a partnership with the Groundlings in Los Angeles to nurture new talent.
When she was around 4 years old, Taylor announced to her parents that she was going to dance on Broadway when she grew up. By 11, she had made her dream a reality, performing eight shows a week in “Billy Elliot” while continuing to attend middle school. Taylor, now 16, is a series regular on the hit FX drama “The Americans,” where she plays Paige Jennings, the teenage daughter of undercover KGB spies portrayed by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.
Winter is pulling double duty, balancing starring roles in both ABC’s “Modern Family” and Disney Jr.’s “Sofia the First,” where she voices the titular princess. The 16-year-old has made appearances on hit TV shows “Crossing Jordan,” “Nip/Tuck” and others, and has voiced characters in numerous animated films and series. She recently wrapped production on the 1970s-set drama “Truck Stop,” about the friendship between a kid with cerebral palsy and a troubled runaway.
Electronic dance music has always been a genre that privileges youth, but it was still something of a shock to watch tyro British fraternal duo Disclosure, comprising Guy and Howard Lawrence, become as central to the dance music landscape as quickly as they did. Releasing debut album “Settle” to fawning reviews last year, Disclosure topped the U.K. album chart, reached No. 2 on the U.S. dance chart, and nabbed a Grammy nomination on its first attempt. Fresh off of 2014 festival dates at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, the brothers have even been helping launch other acts on their own, like soul crooner Sam Smith, who performed on Disclosure single “Latch.”
The entertainment landfill may be littered with the careers of former kiddie TV stars who aged out of high school roles, but 21-year-old Grande looks like she’ll be just fine even after the recent cancellation of her Nickelodeon series “Sam & Cat.” Blessed with an unusually powerful set of pipes, Grande has also proved adept at jumping between genres. Her No. 1 debut album 2013’s “Yours Truly” featured assistance from veteran R&B auteur Babyface, while her recent No. 2 single “Problem” featured Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea. Upcoming sophomore release “My Everything” features production from Max Martin, the Weeknd and Zedd.
Chance the Rapper
Much like his idol Kanye West, 21-year-old rhymesmith Chance the Rapper hails from Chicago, but might as well have come from a different planet than most of his peers in the hip-hop world. Goofy, stylistically promiscuous and socially aware, Chance first began turning heads with mixtape “10 Day,” recorded during a suspension from high school, but last year’s “Acid Rap” mixtape truly put him on the map. A primetime set at last spring’s Coachella festival saw the rapper joined onstage by Justin Bieber.
When Charli XCX, 21, signed her first major label deal at age 14, Atlantic Records likely thought they were signing a pop star, and somehow ended up with a hitmaking songwriter as well. Her 2013 album “True Romance” sold slowly — fortunately, a song of hers was already climbing the charts without her. “I Love It,” which she wrote for Swedish pop duo Icona Pop, rose steadily via TV placement until finally peaking at No. 7 in 2013. Her latest collaboration, this summer’s Iggy Azalea single “Fancy,” did even better, topping the singles chart for seven weeks.
For breakout young musicians, there are good years, there are great years and then there’s the year Lorde, 17, just had. A little over a year ago, the precocious yet unknown singer-songwriter was busy posting songs for free on SoundCloud and YouTube from her home in Auckland, New Zealand. Six months later, she collected two Grammys for her hit “Royals,” which topped the singles chart for nine straight weeks, from her platinum-certified album “Pure Heroine.” And a few months ago, she closed out induction ceremonies at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singing “All Apologies” with the surviving members of Nirvana. Not a bad year at all.
It wasn’t that long ago that 19-year-old Texan Mary Sarah was performing kiddiefied renditions of pop hits as part of the deathless Kidz Bop franchise’s tyke army. Since then, she’s moved on to a decidedly older cohort, touring with country legend Merle Haggard, and recording duets with the likes of Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Tanya Tucker. Her 2014 sophomore album, “Bridges,” is full of such collaborations on country classics, a follow-up to her 2010 debut, “Crazy Good.”
Though she made her Broadway debut in “Billy Elliot” Crawford skyrocketed to stardom after being cast from a nationwide search of more than 5,000 young performers in the title role of James Lapine’s “Annie” revival in 2012, when she was 11 years old. Crawford has since participated in numerous readings and benefit concerts, including the N.Y. Philharmonic’s “One Singular Sensation: Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch,” honoring the late composer, and “Ragtime” at Avery Fisher Hall. This summer she is taking a digital filmmaking class and developing a television series with writer and actor Justin Restivo. She will next appear as Little Red Riding Hood in Disney’s film adaptation of Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.”
Bryce Clyde Jenkins
At 13 years old, Jenkins made his Broadway debut opposite Denzel Washington and LaTanya Richardson in “A Raisin in the Sun” in the role of Travis Younger. Jenkins previously starred as Kenny Watson in “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” tackling the emotionally challenging role at a young age, and has appeared in films such as “Easy A,” and “The to Do List,” and various television shows like “CSI: Miami” and “The Mentalist.”
Proving a lot can be accomplished with just six seconds, Dallas, 19, is a star on Vine, where has has more than 5 million followers and ranks in the top 10 users. Recent highlights include “Mattress Shopping,” in which he somersaults across three mattresses in a store. He has also launched a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers. He and fellow Vine star Nash Grier are pairing with AwesomenessTV, a channel focusing on teen content, for an upcoming film.
Jennifer Ann ‘Jennxpenn’ McAllister
At age 18, McAllister has three popular channels with the AwesomenessTV YouTube Network: jennxpenn for sketches and videos; jennxpenn2, featuring bloopers from the main channel; and jenn, where she vlogs about her daily life. Her “JennXPenn’s Top 10s” show, in which she lists everything from pet peeves to ways to survive Valentine’s Day, has proved popular. She recently premiered “The Jenn and Andrea Show” on AwesomnessTV with her friend and roommate Andrea Russett. In May she launched a successful tour with musician Tyler Ward.
Lia Marie Johnson
Since her mother launched her YouTube channel in 2007, Johnson has gotten over 52 million views. After working with the Fine Brothers in their “Kids React” series, the 17-year-old Johnson has gone on to create much of her own content with sketches, musical performances and personal commentary. She recently played the lead role in AwesomenessTV’s movie “Terry the Tomboy” and will be seen in the upcoming film “The Sound of Magic.”
A dancer since age 2, Ziegler became a familiar face to reality viewers with “Live to Dance” and “Dance Moms” in 2011. But it’s in videos where she truly had a banner year, appearing in Sia’s smash hit “Chandelier,” which boasts over 73 million views. The success of the video, in which the 11-year-old Ziegler dances around a bleak room and hallways, saw her land on “Ellen” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” It was the latter that led to another viral sensation when she attempted to teach Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo the dance routine.
A partner in the youth theatrical department at Coast to Coast Talent Group, Fletcher has been fostering the careers of talented performers for the past 16 years. Along with her partner, Meredith Fine, and associate Reagan Wallace, Fletcher is responsible for developing Coast’s young actors as well as pursuing new talent. Coast’s youth department is recognized for representing some of the most prominent young actors in today’s market, including three that appear in this issue, Rohan Chand, Blake Cooper and Emjay Anthony.
London-born Harte began his career on British radio as a teen, which led to him becoming a warm-up act for hit BBC shows including “Strictly Come Dancing” (the original “Dancing With the Stars”). From there, he segued into TV development with “Pop Idol.” He came to L.A. eight years ago and started working with Nickelodeon and Disney shows. He was in a good place to meet young up-and-coming actors, helping to place them with agents and managers. This led to work with the Savage Agency, before he formed his own management company, Hot Rock Media.
Shepard E. Smith
Smith began his career in 2001 as an agent trainee at ICM and moved into management in 2004. At Simmons & Scott Entertainment, he helped develop the careers of young actors including Jesse Plemons, Nate Parker and Chris Zylka, before moving to Archetype, where he partnered with manager Ray Miller. Since 2012, he has been a manager at Luber Roklin Entertainment, where he says he’s excited by the recent success of up-and-comers such as Daniele Watts, Elizabeth Hunter, Caleb Ruminer and Samuel Davis. Outside the office, he’s passionate about the ocean, involoved with Reef Check (www.reefcheck.org), a nonprofit organization focused on protecting and rehabilitating the world’s reefs.
Rosenberg’s first job in the industry was as the receptionist at Principato Young; she went on to work for founding partner Paul Young for four years before being promoted in 2009 to help spearhead the company’s young talent division. Her clients include Pierce Gagnon (“Extant,” “Tomorrowland”) and Ryan Lee (“Trophy Wife,” “Super 8”). “I truly love developing young actors,” Rosenberg says. “This is the time in their lives where they learn important lessons that they carry throughout their entire careers, and I find it exciting to contribute to that growth.”
Tapia got his start in the representation business at the Abrams Artists Agency working with Wendi Green in its youth department. He joined CESD Talent Agency in 2008, where he is the director of television and film. Tapia has played a key role in launching acting careers of Levi Miller (star of the upcoming “Pan”), Darren Criss (“Glee”) and Grant Gustin (“The Flash”), among others. Outside work, he has completed multiple Tough Mudder events, triathalons and next plans to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro.
A motion picture agent at ICM Partners, Wechter handles a roster of actors of all ages that includes Josh Gad and Gal Gadot (soon to be seen as Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”). But she has proven to have an eye for fresh talent, discovering the likes of Brittany Snow and Bryce Dallas Howard and helping them transition into lasting careers. Her young clients include “Iron Man” and “Jurassic World” star Ty Simpkins, “Modern Family” standout Ariel Winter and recent Oscar nominees Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) and Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”).
Astro captured auds on the national stage when he performed “Stop Looking at My Mom” while a contestant on “The X Factor” in 2011. Known for his rhymes, Astro, 17, who was born Brian Bradley, moved to the bigscreen in this summer’s coming-of-age pic “Earth to Echo” as a preteen who befriends an alien and saves his neighborhood with his close buddies. He’ll appear aside Liam Neeson in Universal’s action film “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” which bows in September. Astro will return to TV this fall in Fox’s “Red Band Society” opposite Octavia Spencer and Ciara Bravo.
Though set to play a sickly patient on Steven Spielberg’s “Red Band Society,” premiering in September on Fox, Bravo’s career in showbiz has been a healthy one so far. The 17-year-old from Kentucky became known for her role as the sarcastic little sister on Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush.” Bravo also won applause for her appearance in Nickelodeon’s “Jinxed” and “Swindle” and the indie “My Dog’s Christmas Miracle.” She has also been heard in animated pics, including “Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas” and “The Penguins of Madagascar.”
Sadie Calvano & Blake Garrett Rosenthal
After appearing on a handful of sitcoms over the years, Rosenthal and Calvano made their debut together on CBS’ sitcom “Mom” playing the — at times — dysfunctional children of Anna Farris and grandchildren of Allison Janney. In addition to the sitcom, Rosenthal, 10, starred in NBC’s “The Office” spinoff “The Farm” and had a recurring role alongside Zooey Deschanel in “New Girl.” His film credits include the B.O. hit “Bridesmaids” and “This Is 40.” Previously, Calvano earned noms for guest-starring in Disney XD’s “Kickin’ It” and CBS’ “NCIS.” The 17-year-old also played Leonardo DiCaprio’s niece in “J. Edgar.” In September, Rosenthal and Calvano will reprise their roles when the second season of “Mom” premieres.
Since entering the industry, Chalamet has had executive roles, gaining fame by playing the vice president’s son Finn in the second season of Showtime’s political drama “Homeland.” Earlier this year the 18-year-old wrapped up filming for “The Adderall Diaries,” where he will play James Franco’s younger self. The teen will also be seen in Paramount’s upcoming pic “Men, Women and Children” and helmer Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi “Interstellar” alongside Matthew McConaughey. The budding actor was previously seen in the romantic comedy “Loving Leah” and the thriller “Clown.”
Chand was adopted by Tinseltown when he landed his first role playing Adam Sandler’s son in Columbia Pictures 2011 comedy “Jack and Jill.” Since then the 9-year-old Chand has made other bigscreen appearances in “Lone Survivor” with Mark Wahlberg and in Focus Features’ “Bad Words” as a spelling bee whiz. He can next be seen this August in Disney’s “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” Alongside “Glee’s” Lea Michele, Chand will lend his increasingly recognizable voice to DreamWorks’ “Mumbai Musical,” set to be released in 2016.
Truly a kid of the 21st century, Cooper took to the social media site Twitter to lobby for and eventually land the role of Chuck in Fox’s “The Maze Runner,” bowing Sept. 19. Cooper, who was raised on a farm in Georgia, will star alongside Sam Trammell and Brian Dennehy in Amazon Studio’s dramedy pilot “Cocked,” which follows Trammell as the estranged son returning to his family to work at a gun manufacturing company. The 12-year-old’s previous film and TV credits include Fox’s “Parental Guidance,” where he shared the screen with Billy Crystal, USA’s “Necessary Roughness” and BET’s football comedy “The Game.”
After holding his own with co-stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the 2012 sci-fi thriller “Looper,” the 8-year-old Gagnon is continuing his career alongside Halle Berry in CBS’ Steven Spielberg-produced “Extant,” where he plays her robot son. Zach Braff and Kate Hudson also get a chance to have Gagnon play their son in Braff’s “Wish I Was Here.” Gagnon’s other credits include Disney’s “Tomorrowland” and “Merry Friggin’ Christmas.” He also lent his voice to Fox’s animated pic “Rio 2.”
It seems like Hollywood has fallen for Australian-born Gilbertson. The 21-year-old can next be seen in “Fallen” as an angel competing for the love of a boarding- school girl. Earlier this year, Gilbertson hit the fast lane in DreamWorks’ pic “Need for Speed” with Aaron Paul and in the 2013 horror “Haunt.” Gilbertson starred in the Tim Winton short “On Your Knees,” as part of Winton’s “The Turning” series that has featured several other Australian talents. He’s also made a run on TV, starring in Aussie series “Conspiracy 365.”
This fall Howard will become the youngest person to direct an episode of a TV show when he helms “Kickin’ It,” but he has already been kickin’ butt in the industry. The 17-year-old black belt has starred on Disney XD’s laffer “Kickin’ It” as a martial artist and leader of some neighborhood goofballs for the past three years. Howard is not new to the Disney family — previously he made appearances on Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up!,” hosted “Leo Little’s Big Show” and had a recurring role on Disney XD’s “Zeke Luther.” Inspired by Bruce Lee, Howard first made moves on TV with a guest appearance on USA’s “Monk” and in the “G.I. Joe” films, where he performed his own stunts.
At age 20, James will be taking auds back in time with roles in films depicting pivotal moments in U.S. history. He plays John Lewis in Oprah Winfrey exec-produced film “Selma,” which tells the story of the 1965 civil rights protests in Selma, Ala., slated for release this Christmas. The native Canadian will also appear in period pic “The Book of Negroes,” starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and will portray track star Jesse Owens, who won gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics — the “Nazi Olympics” — in “Race.” He will soon share the screen in “When the Game Stands Tall,” which bows Aug. 22.
The 12-year-old has navigated between several roles on TV and film, with her latest recurring role as Eric Dane’s daughter on TNT’s hit “The Last Ship.” Kaufman grabbed auds’ attention at film festivals for her performance in “Sister,” alongside Barbara Hershey and Reid Scott. The thesp, who clinched the actress award at the 2012 Hollyshorts Film Festival for her role in “Buttons in the Ground,” has made several TV appearances in series like CBS’ “Bad Teacher” with a recurring role, Disney Channel’s “Jessie” and TNT’s “The Closer.” Kaufman’s voice can also be heard in several kids’ animated series, including Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”
Since Laurence launched her acting career when she was 5 with her role in 2009’s “Days Dance,” she has continued to show her acting chops in myriad dramas and comedies. Onstage, she has appeared in “Woody Guthrie Dreams” and “The Cosmic Fruit Bowl” and was part of the original cast for Broadway’s “Matilda.” She’s appeared in “Reinc” and Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful.” Recently Laurence finished shooting Patrick Wang’s “The Grief of Others” and will play Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams’ daughter in the boxing drama “Southpaw.”
The 11-year-old began his career in a batch of commercials when he was just 8, before quickly graduating to a lead role in a 2014 Super Bowl advertisement for the Hyundai Santa Fe, in which he outwits his bullies. This fall he jumps to the screen in four films. In the Weinstein’s Co.’s “St. Vincent,” Lieberher will get some parental guidance — or not — from Bill Murray. Starting Christmas Day, the preteen can be seen in Cameron Crowe’s still-untitled film with Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and in 2015 Lieberher will share the screen with Michael Shannon in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” as a boy with special powers on the run.
Following in the footsteps of Christian Bale and George Clooney, Mazouz will play the young Bruce Wayne in Fox’s “Gotham” this fall. Acting consistently in films for the past five years, the 13-year-old took the spotlight in Disney’s “The Games Maker,” which was released in Argentina this summer. Previously seen in the Lifetime cable movie “Amish Grace” and Edoardo Ponti’s “Coming & Going,” Mazouz has also appeared in several TV shows such as Fox’s “Touch” with Kiefer Sutherland and “The Office” with James Spader. Meanwhile, he’s headed to the Grand Canyon to film the supernatural thriller “6 Miranda Drive” alongside Kevin Bacon.
Before being given a pass to Neverland as the titular “Pan,” Warner Bros.’ revamped version of the classic fantasy set to bow next summer, the Australian-born actor completed a handful of international commercials. Miller later moved to film in 2010 short “Akiva” and the Australian pic “A Heartbeat Away.” The 12-year-old also appeared in the Steven Spielberg-produced TV sci-fi series “Terra Nova.”
A standout at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for his performance as a haunted jock in “Jamie Marks Is Dead,” Monaghan is front and center in back-to-back films in the coming year. This summer he can be seen opposite Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in the Weinstein Co.’s “The Giver,” which opens Aug. 15 — a day before his 21st birthday. Monaghan returns to a darker role in Franck Khalfoun’s “Amityville” reboot alongside Bella Thorne in 2015. On the smallscreen, Monaghan is a series regular on Showtime’s “Shameless.”
r Getting his start with roles in comedy pics such as 2006’s “The Benchwarmers,” Schwarzenegger, 20-year-old son of Arnold, is once again taking his talent to the bigscreen — this time in the Paramount’s upcoming horror pic “Scouts vs. Zombies,” set to be released in 2015. He will also appear in the indie “Dear Eleanor” with Josh Lucas and Jessica Alba. In the fall, Schwarzenegger will be a junior at USC as well as the face of designer Tom Ford’s 2014 fall apparel and eyewear campaign.
The U.K.-based rapper’s sound has reached this side of the Atlantic. This summer Little Simz debuted her EP “Edge,” which followed last fall’s release of her fourth mixtape “Blank Canvas,” which was premiered on Jay Z’s Life+Times digital platform. The 20-year-old, born Simbi Ajikawo, has received praise from the industry’s biggest artists, including Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. Gaining tour experience with ScHoolboy Q during his U.K. Oxymoron Tour dates, Simz will follow up her EP release with a worldwide series of live performances and festival appearances.
The 15-year-old drew attention as the beloved character Rue in megahit “The Hunger Games,” and her career in modeling and acting is thriving. Getting her start as a Disney catalog model when she was 4, Stenberg later played Zoe Saldana’s younger self in the action-thriller “Colombiana” and shortly followed it up with a role in Hallmark Channel’s “A Taste of Romance.” On TV, Stenberg guest stars in Fox’s hit “Sleepy Hollow” and can soon be seen in NBC’s laffer “Mr. Robinson” with Craig Robinson. Off-camera, Stenberg lent her voice to 20th Century Fox’s animated pic “Rio 2.”
Zuehlsdorff has been on several stages since beginning her career at a local theater company production of “Annie” at age 8. Before swimming with the big fish in 2011 with a lead role in Warner Bros.’ “Dolphin Tale” alongside Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr., the 15-year-old appeared in several TV commercials. Zuehlsdorff looks to make another splash on the bigscreen this September, in “Dolphin Tale 2.” Zuehlsdorff showed a healthy acting range with appearances in both TNT’s medical drama “Monday Mornings” and the Disney XD show “Mighty Med.” Off the screen, Zuehlsdorff is looking to break into songwriting.