Many stars brought their A-game to the entertainment industry in recent years, but they haven’t been “rising stars” until now. Jenna Ortega got her big break, landing the title role on Wednesday, and Milly Alcock received international fame as Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon.
Those two actresses are only the tip of the talented iceberg, so to speak. Keep reading because people need to keep their eyes open for these upcoming and rising stars.
Actor Will Poulter has been acting since he was young, appearing in films such as The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and We’re the Millers. He even landed a role in The Maze Runner trilogy, Midsommar, and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
However, his acting has improved with age, and now fans are going to want to keep their eyes open as he takes on the role of Adam Warlock in the MCU.
Starting her career off on her high school stage, Rachel Zegler hit the big time when director Steven Spielberg posted an open audition for the iconic role of Maria from West Side Story.
Zegler beat out 30,000 actresses for the part. She even wound up winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical. Zegler is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Halle Bailey might be a five-time Grammy Award nominee, but mainstream media made her an icon for little girls everywhere. In 2023, Bailey will star as Ariel in the Disney live-action version of The Little Mermaid.
If her acting talent in the sitcom Grown-ish says anything, people will not want to miss her in any upcoming projects.
Actress Kathryn Newton has done some notable projects throughout the years, including appearances in Supernatural, Big Little Lies, The Society, and even the cult horror comedy movie Freaky.
However, she is about to hit mainstream stardom with her role as Cassie Lang in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
As an Australian actress who didn’t perform outside of her homeland, many people didn’t know about Milly Alcock until she landed the role of young Rhaenyra Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series House of the Dragon.
It was Alcock’s first international performance and one that made her swiftly climb up the ranks of Hollywood.
Welsh actress Morfydd Clark has been in a few projects, including The Personal History of David Copperfield and Saint Maud. But she didn’t really come onto international radar until she slayed the role of young Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
It will be interesting to see her in future projects.
Kirby Howell-Baptiste has been in the industry for some time, with her first credit being the 2008 series Holby City. From there, the actress has landed critically acclaimed projects, including Killing Eve, in which she plays the role of Elena Felton.
It was her role as Death in The Sandman that really made Howell-Baptiste a standout star.
Actress Sydney Sweeny broke through Hollywood in 2019 with her role as Cassie Howard in Euphoria. It was the start of Sweeny’s rise. From there, she landed the role of Olivia Mossbacher in the anthology series The White Lotus.
Her performance landed Sweeny a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.
Fans might recognize actress Jenna Ortega from The Disney Channel or even the blockbuster film Yes Day. While Ortega showed talent in her previous projects, her breakout role that set her apart from other actors was the title role of Tim Burton’s Wednesday.
Ortega is going to be someone to keep an eye on in the future.
Xolo Mariduena might have some success in television, namely his roles in the popular series Cobra Kai and Parenthood, but he is about to break into the world of superheroes.
Fans of Mariduena are going to want to keep an eye out since he is going to dive into the DCEU as the Blue Beetle.
Some people might recognize actress Alyssa Sutherland from Vikings, a series where she played the role of Queen Aslaug for 35 episodes. Her skills are about to be all over for the world to see, though.
In 2023, she is going to take on the lead role of Elle in Evil Dead Rise, part of the beloved film franchise The Evil Dead.
After years with a resume filled with low-profile roles, Amber Midthunder landed the part of Naru in Prey, the fifth installment in the beloved Predator franchise. Critics praised her performance, and she was even compared to Ellen Ripley.
Fans are now going to want to keep an eye out for her next performance as Princess Yue in the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender.
It is amazing to think Alaqua Cox’s acting debut was Echo in the Disney+ show Hawkeye, considering she looked like a seasoned professional next to the likes of Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld.
Now, MCU fans get to get another glimpse of the fan-favorite character as she received her own spin-off series, Echo.
Fans of the fantasy series Game of Thrones probably recognize Bella Ramsey as the young noblewoman Lyanna Mormont. She’s been busy since that role and is no less impressive on screen.
People will want to keep an eye out for the television show The Last of Us, where Ramsey plays the lead role of Ellie.
Actor Eman Esfandi has not made it in lead roles quite yet. But that is all about to change come 2023.
Standing in the back as a minor character or just making an appearance, Esdandi is leaving it behind to star opposite Rosario Dawson in the highly-anticipated Disney+ series Ahsoka as the Jedi Ezra Bridger.
Isabel May might not have a large resume of Hollywood projects, but it is a very impressive one, filled with credits such as Young Sheldon, Alexa & Katie, and the Yellowstone prequel show1883.
In the latter series, May stuns in the role of Elsa Dutton. Fans are going to want to keep an eye out for what May does next.
Up until 2022, Tom Blyth landed minor roles in television and movies. It didn’t stop him from his dream, though. Eventually, Blyth landed the title role in Billy the Kid and, more impressively, in The Hunger Games prequel film.
In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Blyth is set to play a young Coriolanus Snow.
While Emma Myers did a few projects as a child actor, she wasn’t a household name until her role as the quirky and colorful werewolf in the Netflix original series Wednesday. In the show, Myers plays Enid Sinclair, the roommate, and friend of the title character.
It will be interesting to see what Myers does in the future!
Emma D’Arcy started their career appearing in the short film United Strong Alone. From there, they took off in Hollywood, landing the role of the adult Rhaenyra Targaryen in the HBO series House of the Dragon.
Considering D’Arcy killed the role, it will be interesting to see any of their projects that come up in the future!
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai might have started his career in 2018, but it was not until he landed the role as Bear Smallhill in the Hulu original series Reservation Dogs that people began to notice his talent.
The Denver Gazette even called Woon-A-Tai the “breakout star of the series.” With that notoriety, people are going to keep an eye out to see what he does next.
There is not much known about Jack Champion aside from the fact that he’s worked in a few shorts during his career.
The thing is, James Cameron saw something in the young actor that led him to give Champion the role of Miles “Spider” Socorro, the adopted son of Jake and Ney’tiri.
With her numerous roles in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Horror Story, it might not come as a surprise actress Lily Rabe is a rising star that continues to land roles alongside iconic people in Hollywood.
In 2021, she played the role of Lorena Hickok in The First Lady. In 2023 she is set to play the role of Betty Gore in Love and Death.
Abby Ryder Fortson
Having a small role in the MCU made Abby Ryder Fortson’s face one people recognized. But she is a rising star going into 2023 as she landed the role of Margaret Simon in the film adaptation of Judy Blume’s novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
She will be fun, watching the young actress grow into her talents!
Having a role on Disney Channel’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series proved Julia Lester had both the acting chops and singing talent, playing the role of Ashlyn Caswell since the show’s beginning.
Going into 2023, people can see her talent up close and personal, as she is slotted to play the role of Little Red Riding Hood in the iconic play Into the Woods on Broadway!
After her performance in Mare of Easttown, it was clear Ruby Cruz had what it took to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
So, fans of the actress are going to be excited to learn Cruzz landed the lead role of Kit in the Disney+ original series Willow.
When a person is matched up to act next to someone as talented as Sadie Sink, they have to put everything they have into their performance. That is exactly what Emily Rudd did in the Netflix film Fear Street Part Two: 1978.
Keeping up with a fan-favorite actress, Rudd is definitely someone to look out for.
Many people might recognize Daniela Melchior for her role as Ratcatcher 2 in the DCEU film The Suicide Squad. The thing is, people really couldn’t get enough of her quirky acting style!
So, keep an eye out because Melchior is in talks to join not only the MCU but also the Fast and Furious family.
Known for her roles in the superhero film Sleight and the film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, Storm Reid is now a force of nature and an actress people are going to want to be on the lookout for.
In 2023, Reid is slated to appear opposite Oscar Isaac in the television adaptation of the popular video game The Last of Us.
After her performance as Judy Harmon in Judas and the Black Messiah, it was clear Dominique Thorne had what it took to climb up the ranks of Hollywood. As it turns out, she climbed all the way to the MCU, playing the role of Riri Williams/Ironheart in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
It will be interesting to see which projects she takes on next.
In 2018, Lily-Rose Depp was nominated for the César Awards for Most Promising Actress, and there is a good reason why. Watching Depp on-screen, it is clear she is talented and confident in front of the camera.
People should keep an eye out for her upcoming projects, such as The Idol, a new miniseries being released in 2023.