Katie Chang, 18
It takes talent to make vapidity complex. Chang did just that while stealing jewelry (and our attention) in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring.
Miles Teller, 26
He has a charming energy as Shailene Woodley’s love interest in The Spectacular Now. We can’t wait to see what he does as her nemesis in 2014’s Divergent.
Chance the Rapper, 20
The last time a rapper this smart, soulful, and streetwise emerged from the Chicago scene, he turned out to be Kanye West. No pressure.
Alice Englert, 18
Her icy turn as the best friend who betrays Elle Fanning in Ginger & Rosa was so devastating that we’re willing to forget about Beautiful Creatures. (And psst: She’s Jane Campion’s daughter.)
Brie Larson, 23
The United States of Tara alum can break your heart with a smile and make you laugh with a wince. Do not miss her unflinching performance in the upcoming indie Short Term 12.
Daniel Brühl, 35
The cerebral Spanish-German actor, who delivered a memorable turn in Inglourious Basterds, is kicking it into high gear with the racing drama Rush and The Fifth Estate.
Britt Robertson, 23
The CW alum brings real intensity to the screen. And while she’s Under the Dome for now, after she stars opposite George Clooney in next year’s sci-fi epic Tomorrowland, she’ll be everywhere.
Jason Mott, 35
The poet’s debut novel, The Returned, could be the next Lovely Bones. (It’s already been made into an ABC series, set for midseason.)
James Badge Dale, 35
He’s popped up in The Lone Ranger, World War Z, and Iron Man 3. Now all the powerful actor needs is a lead role of his own.
Paul Downs Colaizzo, 28
The playwright behind the buzzy Off Broadway drama Really Really is writing for Ryan Murphy’s new series, Open, in development at HBO. And he has a deal with ABC Studios, where he’s developing a new series produced by Shonda Rhimes.