Variety Picks 10 Actors to Watch for 2014

Miles Teller, Jack O'Connell Among Variety's

Variety has announced its annual list of 10 Actors to Watch, an honor the publication has been bestowing since 1998.

Past honorees include many future Oscar-winners and nominees such as Adrien Brody, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, Lupita Nyong’o, Viola Davis, Michael Shannon, Melissa Leo.

This year’s honorees will be featured in the Oct. 7 issue of Variety and for the third year, several of the honorees will participate in Variety Ten to Watch activities at the Hamptons Film Festival, which runs Oct. 9-13.

This year’s 10 Actors to Watch are:

Kaitlyn Dever, who appeared in “Short Term 12” and will be seen in Jason Reitman’s upcoming “Men, Women and Children” and “Laggies” with Keira Knightley.

Eve Hewson, now appearing in the Steven Soderbergh series “The Knick” and soon to be seen in Steven Spielberg’s untitled cold war thriller.

Dakota Johnson, star of the upcoming “50 Shades of Grey” and “Black Mass,” with Johnny Depp.

Caleb Landry Jones, soon to be seen in “Lowdown” and “Queen and Country.”

Lola Kirke, soon to be seen in “Gone Girl” and films by Scott Hicks and Noah Baumbach.

Zoe Kravitz, whose credits include “X-Men: First Class,” “Divergent” and the upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Jack O’Connell, star of “Starred Up” and the lead in “Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie.

Tye Sheridan, star of “Mud” and “Tree of Life,” who has no fewer than seven films set for release in the upcoming year.

Jenny Slate, star of this year’s indie breakout “Obvious Child” and soon to be seen in “The Longest Week.”

Miles Teller, star of “The Spectacular Now” and this year’s Sundance hit “Whiplash.”

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  1. Wendy Diane Miller says:

    Sadly, you forgot Nick Thurston. That guy is on point. I have seen him on set. Dude nails it. Take after take after take. If you really wanna be on the tip, WATCH HIM… If you (filmmakers) give a damn about unwavering professionalism, an impeccable skill set, not to mention that the guy is smokin’ hot you’ll pay a whole lot of attention to him.

  2. Ari says:

    To the people complaining about nepotism: it’s something that can be found in any and every industry, and the acting business is no exception to this rule. With the exception of Zoe Kravitz and perhaps Dakota Johnson, everyone else on this list is talented and shows promise, in addition to being in some major projects. Lola Kirke and Eve Hewson have both received great reviews for their work on their respective shows and previous work, and they both attended drama schools as opposed to just jumping into acting. I imagine that drama school education is the real difference between Kravitz/Johnson and Kirke/Hewson.

  3. Eric says:

    wow how many are the children of already established/famous stars? half that list is nepotism. way to encourage and add to it. there’s plenty of other choices. and zoe kravitz? who is more boring than her? come on variety this list is just lame

  4. John M. Thomas says:

    Sure, the choices are … shall we say … behind the times. But the high-res pictures and full bios are what make this article special. Oh, wait …

  5. cadavra says:

    I would think most people already know Dever from her role on the long-running sitcom “Last Man Standing.”

  6. TC Kirkham says:

    Nice to see you’re finally catching up with the times…Caleb Landry Jones and Zoe Kravitz are vets of the 2011 PNR Rising Stars Honors, and Tye Sheridan topped the male list in 2013…so you’re only a couple years behind the curve on these three…heh heh heh…

  7. Kate says:

    What are we watching? All of these actors have already made it…

    • GH says:

      Kate couldn’t have said it better. It’s a fine group but let’s be honest: Where is the list of actors who may not yet be — and indeed should not yet be — on our collective radar? Actors on the cusp of higher visibility and/or an initial break out, even if it’s just a creative one without the validation of a major deal? Even if the (potentially) biggest projects of actors in this group are upcoming, it just feels so behind the curve and oxymoronic for Variety to put actors with their visibility and credits on a ‘watch list’.

      These days, the concept of earlier-in-career actor development may not be extinct, but it sure feels like an endangered species. I would like to see Variety get into the trenches before they’ve been renovated so lavishly and ask casting directors and reps and teachers and other creatives who are the actors that we may not yet know but we need to know. Is that a more formidable list to create? Of course, but that’s the Watch List I want to see.

  8. Kay says:

    Variety announces it’s 10 actors to watch. Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny), Dakota Johnson (daughter of Donn and Mel G), Eve Hewson (daughter of Bono), Lola Kirke (sister of Jemima), are we noticing a pattern here?

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