Meet two rising Hollywood stars currently on our radar:
Alison Pill, 24
Trademark: doll-like features.
Breakout role: Milk with Sean Penn, she played his campaign manager.
Recently seen in: HBO’s In Treatment, playing a teen with caner opposite Gabriel Byrne.
Up next: The comedies Goon, with Jay Baruchel and Live Schreiber, and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, with Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams.
Why we love her: Besides the fact that she’s Canadian, we admire her passion for her craft—she’s more interested in hitting the theatre stage than the hottest new club when she’s on a film break. FYI: she’s already been nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
Casting notes: She could easily pass for Ellen Page’s sister—we’d love to see these two Canuck’s share screen time.
Lena Dunham, 24
Trademark: multi-tasking and casting family members.
Breakout role: her first feature film, Creative Nonfiction, which she wrote, directed and starred in.
Recently seen in: Tiny Furniture. She earned Gotham Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations for this comedy, which she wrote, directed and starred in. The flick also featured her mom, Laurie Simmons, and sister, Grace Dunham.
Up next: Dunham is busy working on another feature script, but in the meantime HBO has reportedly ordered a half-hour comedy about a group of twenty-somethings written, directed and starring Dunham and executive produced by comedic heavyweight Judd Apatow.
Why we love her: Who wouldn’t be impressed by a triple threat Hollywood talent still in her twenties.
Casting notes: Here’s hoping she’s New York’s female answer to Woody Allen, minus the personal scandals of course.