July 16, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Why He Looks Familiar
Hutcherson, 17, appeared in 2007’s Bridge to Terabithia and in 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth as the nephew of Brendan Fraser’s volcanologist.

Master Class
Cast as the teenage son of lesbian parents in this summer’s acclaimed indie The Kids Are All Right, he admits he was initially intimidated by A-list costars like Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, and Mark Ruffalo. ”Crap, how am I going to stack up?” he recalls thinking. Then the cameras rolled. ”I would be doing a scene,” he says, ”and they’d just be listening, but they were really listening.”

Learning Curve
Growing up in Union, Ky., he had early dreams of a showbiz career. ”An acting coach said we should go out to California for pilot season,” he says. ”My mom had just taken a leave of absence from Delta Airlines, and we were so confused. We didn’t know what a [TV] pilot was.”

Up Next
He stars in the remake of 1984’s Russian-invasion film , due next year, and plays an art prodigy opposite Alfred Molina in the indie Carmel.

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