Budding talent ABBY ROSS is a promising face from Canada who is admirably engaging for someone so tender of age. Flying the flag of the best young talents around the world is amazing to see as ABBY joins the likes of US counterparts Natasha Calis and Madison Davenport, both stars of “The Possession”. This emerging wave of onscreen exuberance became huge no doubt kickstarted by Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass). Age is no barrier when it comes to making a mark in the industry and at 15, ABBY is set to impress especially when she scored the role of Anastasia on “Seed”. Even though ABBY was up against numerous actresses with far greater experience, “Seed” creator Joseph Raso was taken in by how consummate she is as the rebellious teen archtype whose actual dad is a sperm donor. Discovering her conception was an by artificial means must have been mortifying and ABBY hit all the right notes in portraying the disaffected emotions of teen angst. With 13 episodes in the pipeline, there’s plenty of time for viewers to glimpse her seraphic charms.
She did missed school all of fall to shoot “Seed” and had to do onset tutoring. Having affirmed it was the most amazing experience of her life, the rewards are the fruits of her perseverance since it took countless auditions and trying times (having braces for one) until she finally booked her first real gig! It was when at eight years old that she started getting into acting, dabbling in youth theatre camp…wow! She also has always wanted to be a singer and this will surely augur well for her career as she blossoms into an ingenue whom this generation and the next will come to love.
It’s a saucy debut bound to stimulate emotions and OLIVIA ANDRUP sparkles on her very first big screen outing. Courtesy of one of the steamiest sex scenes on film in the drug-fuelled “Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy”, she’ll leave you on a high. Potently sexy as the impressionable Hazel in her tasty school uniform, she proceeds to bed the leading man amidst throbbing beats and hallucinogens. Some may argue the case of bordering on exploitation yet “Ecstasy” is based on Irvine Welsh’s novel whose earlier book turned film, “Trainspotting” became such a memorable phenomenon. Pretty sure no one trivialized the astonishing content so let’s judge every film on its merits and the performances of the cast namely OLIVIA. Tender of age and promising, she was a standout during her time at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts.
While she’s still at a fledgling stage in her career, OLIVIA’s already been hailed as an alluring newcomer by controversial writer Irvine Welsh himself. In fact, she and Kristin Kreuk both exude temptation in the movie version of his 1996 bestseller Ecstasy. Read up on this charmer at the OLIVIA ANDRUP BLOG where she goes by the endearing nickname Ollie…:) We certainly don’t need any coaxing to adore her for this upcoming starlet has the precocious sweetness to be your crush…:)
It’s been a while since a bewitching actress from the European continent made her presence felt here and SYLVIA HOEKS will surely leave us all besotted. Widely regarded as one of the most promising young talents from Europe, this Dutch ingenue has blossomed into a much sought screen siren. Nabbing the leading lady role alongside Geoffrey Rush and Donald Sutherland in “The Best Offer”, she’s set to scale international heights. Her ability to maintain a sense of mystique when in character has seen her play everything from a Lolita to an emotionally-damaged woman. The crowning glory has to be the Oscars 2011 entry “Tirza”, an intense tale of a father’s love for his favorite daughter where SYLVIA dazzled and came to such prominence at an early stage of her career.
Already SYLVIA is generating buzz for her new film “The Girl and Death” where she’s Elise, the love of an old Russian doctor who returns to the spot where he first felt passionately for her. Who wouldn’t be smitten by the delicate etherealness of the beautiful SYLVIA and she is the progeny of fascination in the tragic romance. The SYLVIA HOEKS OFFICIAL SITE is the place to get ourselves familiar with this breathtaking starlet. Likewise, professing our rapturous affection for her would resonantly follow suit.
When CNN included MARIANNA PALKA in their “Young People Who Rock” List, it started a chain reaction of buzz for this multi-talented entertainer. In 2008, she was hailed as the youngest filmmaker at 26 and gain numerous plaudits for her movie “Good Dick”. Poignant and moving, she weaved a tale of the travails a woman so often encounters in real life specifically struggles in love. At this year’s Sundance Film Fest, this Polish/Scottish beauty will be exceptional once again in “Spoonful” as one of three sisters return to their childhood home after the death of their father. Much of MARIANNA’s work either onscreen or behind the scenes as a director breeds a social awareness which she believes to be the soul of any good independent film. Not only am I honored to be in contact with such an illustrious and intelligent lady, her indie cred is very much a big draw for me and for many who have deemed her highly watchable. One only has to look at a reel to witness how impressive she can be.
Juicy fact: Marianna is the long-time girlfriend of Jason Ritter, TV star and son of the late John Ritter. It’s a love built on devotion hence they’re journey as a couple for more than 10 years. They’ve both gifted of course and good-looking, a true match made in heaven! Truthful performances are what she delivers and the grittiness so apparent in the thriller “Restive” is augmented by MARIANNA’s depth at portraying an abused woman. Since she’s able to stir the pot of emotions so adeptly, the consensus would of one of instant admiration. Just like her peers, MARIANNA is driving the indie spirit towards its pinnacle.
This past week has been one of warm approval for the Fresh Faces in the film world and newcomer THIA SCHUESSLER could yet be another gem. As I’m writing this, she’s currently at or around the majestic theaters in Hollywood where AFI Fest 2011 runs till November 10th in support of the enchanting short film “Clear Blue”. It’s “Cocoon” (the youthful rejuvenation swimming pool) meets “Harold and Maude” (the unexpected bond between older woman and younger man) as a lifeguard encounters a magical phenomenon that suspends our disbelief. The woman at the center of this haunting tale is Fiova, an elderly lady who mystically becomes a much younger version of herself as soon as she’s into the blue. THIA plays the younger version of Fiova, ethereally angelic as she spends significant time underwater that includes a kissing scene or two….can’t wait to see how this perplexing mystery unravels. Already she reminds me of mumblecore princess Greta Gerwig in terms of her magnetic beauty, you know that indie cool, arty European glow that keeps us fascinated (ok I’m a little blatantly bias when it comes to cute blondes…hehe).
A visit to the THIA SCHUESSLER OFFICIAL SITE should give an inkling of her fetching qualities. Blessed with ambrosial features (I believe she’s attractive even sans makeup), THIA does have a comely appeal which even in the 20 mins of “Clear Blue” is captured sublimely. In this fast-changing cinematic terrain, it’s a pleasure to be in touch with the stars of tomorrow such as the lovely THIA who could find herself being regarded as one.
Adorning labels on upcoming actresses is one of the sincerest form of flattery and KANDICE MELONAKOS does indeed have an abundance of prodigious talents. With a sultriness very much like a young Rose McGowan, her cool voguish looks ensure this Greek Hottie is set for plenty of attention. We’ll get to know her more intimately as KANDICE appears in the disturbing “Opus” scaring up Shriekfest 2011 this weekend. Effectively her debut in horror, the film’s distinctive concept that banks on the improvisation skills of the cast will have KANDICE portray the fear in her character on a deeper scale. She plays Summer, an aspiring actress who has no idea she’s the star of a slasher where you really die on camera! KANDICE is also a fixture in the music world, recognizable as Lola Blanc, blossoming singer/songwriter whose dance tune ‘I’m Alive’ was featured in Kristin Cavallari’s comedy “Wild Cherry”.
On top of being in my fav band Lifehouse’s music video “Halfway Gone’” she goes all video vixen in gothic glory for Interpol’s “Lights” as well as the ‘Let The Right One In’ inspired “If You Let Me” by Chrissie Hynde. Swedish novelist John Ajvide Lindqvist would be proud of such a bold interpretation by her culminating in the dismemberment of bodies amidst the snowy bleakness. It’s easy to see why she cites Fiona Apple as her musical influence as her song writing comes from personal experiences be they dark or otherwise. In fact, she’s quite the fascinating figure, having been raised in a Mormon family and involved in a wrangle with a cult leader before relocating to Hollywood. We’re very much ready for KANDICE, the raven-haired vamp to invite us into her bewitching world.
Megan Duffy in “Torchwood:Miracle Day”
Summer might be winding down as we await the advent of Fall but there’s still plenty of gems to catch on TV. Redheads have and will always be a guilty pleasure and in the luscious form of actress Megan Duffy, you’re in for a treat! Her scene-stealing appearance alongside Bill Pullman in the latest episode of “Torchwood: Miracle Day” should justify her glorious onscreen talents. As the coy escort Claire, one has to love how Megan teases, prods and cuts down to size the child rapist Oswald Danes, the consistently excellent Bill Pullman in suitably creepy mode. Her lustrous reddish curly locks proves to be as much a flirtation quality as her kittenish loveliness. I’ll always be fond of Megan for attributing to the increase in viewership of the Actress Obsession Blog by having a link of it on her website. It’s a special gesture from such a wonderful lady.
Makinna Ridgway in “Femme Fatales”
Makinna Ridgway was born to play a seductress on “Femme Fatales” as she has all the fine elements of a Brunette Bombshell. Her classic comeliness and enticing radiance as the serial killer Angelica were clear to see in the episode Angels and Demons (above) that includes some very risque scenes. That Makinna has stimulated both our minds and bodies, titillating us with her lissome, graceful figure in that memorable dance sequence is a measure of her ability to turn us on. Check her out in the hilarious clip “Pizza Sex” that has seen her spiced up the digital world albiet of the cerebral kind. Recently I re-connected with her on Facebook and was pleasantly surprised to know that won best actress award for her last film Taylor’s Way. If you’ve been trawling the net, you’ll find there’s been tons of positive response for this smart and immensely sassy beauty.
Brittany Finamore in “Rizzoli & Isles”
Sometimes we come across an actress whose magnetism emphasizes how much of an impression she has made in our eyes. Enter Brittany Finamore whose underrated yet absorbing performance in both sequels of “Pulse” at her tender age back in ’08 should really deserve much more credit. She’s no doubt a flawless looker, a ravishing cutie we can’t help but be enthused about and she backs all of it up with solid acting. Brittany’s emotive range as an unfortunate victim of circumstance in a recent episode of “Rizzoli & Isles” is amazing. As a badly beaten rape victim, she convincingly manages to come across as sympathetic enough to make tears well up. This sweetheart can sure take us down the darkest of roads! Young Hollywood is prime to excite with rising starlet Brittany in its corner and there’s plenty more to come from her.
ALLY WALKER in “The Protector”
From face value alone, Ally Walker might have a seemingly aloof exterior but she sure has that take charge cougar-ish sexiness. I fondly recall her days on the criminal drama series “Profiler” and she’s as elegantly refined now as she was back then. While many prefer not to be typecast, Ally has always been conversant in delivering the complexities within a character, often showing the heart of a woman’s worth who happens to be on the right side of the law. If it ain’t broke, why fix it and as the leading lady of the newest procedural drama of “The Protector”, she’s reveling in the lighthearted themes of the series, a departure from the more serious tones of say “CSI”. I was rather surprised she got hate mail for her work as the much loathed Agent Stahl on “Sons Of Anarchy” but that’s a sign of how much of an effect Ally can have on audiences.
“The Myth Of The American Sleepover” is the sort of moody piece that has a way of introducing glowing newcomers and one such ingénue is AMANDA BAUER. Placing the weight of the movie on such young shoulders is a brave move but AMANDA together with co-star Claire Sloma excel in their turns as teens with blossoming desires. AMANDA provides the cherished moments in “The Myth Of The American Sleepover” as Claudia, the newbie in town who has a penchant for kissing and not telling! She adeptly captures both the awkwardness and rash deviousness of her character Claudia who lives it up before the daily grind of high school is rekindled. It’s a relief to know that Young Hollywood is not all just about Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift even if we are forced fed the mass hysteria. Rising starlet Brit Marling for instance doesn’t subscribe to the ‘IT’ Girl tag and AMANDA herself believes in being passionate for her craft, putting fame firmly at the back of her mind. She may be in her 20s yet the outlook she has on her blossoming career speaks volumes of AMANDA’s grounded principles. Her diversity as an actress is equally impressive having taken on roles as a suicidal teenager, a nerd and even a Devil Worshipper! Now Amanda’s star is rising fast with her appearing in the hit series “Mad Men”.
She’s seen as being relatable to audiences, especially since a New York Times reviewer cited her standout performance in “The Myth Of The American Sleepover”. Her luminously fair features are as enthralling as her engaging presence on film and you already know I’m in AMANDA’s corner with her being such a cute blonde. With another indie feature and the teen comedy “Messina High” based on William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in the pipeline, AMANDA is destined to make her mark and leave us yearning for more.