Many of the most beloved actors of all time have received major opportunities before they reached the age of 30. Johnny Depp made girls swoon as Officer Thomas “Tom” Hanson on 21 Jump Street at the age of 24, Will Smith’s career got a massive boost with the title role of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at the age of 22, and Leonardo DiCaprio became a big deal with his performance in Titanic when he was 23. We take a look at 12 under-30 actors that have become major players in Hollywood in recent years with their acclaimed roles.
12) Bella Thorne
At the age of 19, Bella Thorne has already given memorable performances in Big Love, Shake It Up, and Dirty Sexy Money. Aside from acting, the Pembroke Pines, Florida native has released two EPs (2012’s Made In Japan and 2014’s Jersey) and created the Autumn Falls book series.
11) Elizabeth Olsen
As the youngest sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Elizabeth Olsen is making her own path as a actress with acclaimed performances in Martha Marcy May Marlene, I Saw the Light, and Silent House. Marvel fans know her best as Scarlet Witch in box office blockbusters Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
10) Julianne Hough
During her time as a dancer on Dancing with the Stars, Julianne Hough took home the trophy on two separate occasions. When she’s not showing off her dance moves, Hough is displaying her love for country music with the charting singles “That Song in My Head” and “My Hallelujah Song.”
9) Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams has gained many award nominations for her portrayal of Arya Stark on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, including a 2016 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She recently appeared in several episodes of the BBC series Doctor Who and the Netflix original film iBoy.
8) Zoe Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz is best known for playing Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class and Christina in the Divergent film series. When Kravitz isn’t busy acting, she’s singing in the electropop band Lolawolf, who have toured in North America and Australia with Miley Cyrus, Twin Shadow, and Lily Allen.