10 Rising Stars To Look Out For In 2018

Culture February 8, 2018 By Hugo

The start of the new year often brings with it a crop of new, emerging artists from all facets of show business, and just this year alone, we've seen some fantastic young talent in the indie, Oscar-nominated movies Lady Bird, Get Out, and Call Me By Your Name, while the music world has been busy readying the next generation of pop stars.

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With that said, Lifehack Lane has chosen 10 rising stars that we expect to see a lot more of in the coming years. 

1. Odeya Rush

After coming to prominence in 2014's The Giver and the adaptation of R.L. Stine's much-loved children's horror series Goosebumps, Odeya Rush has slowly started making a name for herself in Hollywood. The Isreali star, who is still only 20-years-old, is also a successful model, having worked for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Guess.

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Most recently, Rush starred alongside Saoirse Ronan in the Oscar-nominated movie, Lady Bird, and will soon be seen in the upcoming films Dear Dictator and Dumplin', starring alongside Michael Caine and Jennifer Aniston respectively.

2. Billie Eilish

After releasing her debut EP in 2017, Eilish's music blew up, with millions of YouTube views to her name and music journalists quick to label her the next big thing; not bad for someone who's only just turned 16.

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Much like The Weeknd's early foray into the touring scene, Eilish can already fill international venues, though with her tickets selling like hot cakes, getting a ticket to one of her shows isn't easy. For those new to her music, we recommend listening to her first hit Ocean Eyes, a track that was produced for her dance teacher before it was accidentally uploaded online.

3. Georgina Campbell

The beautiful British actress has been making waves in her home country for years but it was her breakout role in the recent Netflix series Black Mirror that will likely see her land more high-profile acting roles.

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The techno-horror series is now in its 4th season and it was Campbell's episode, "Hang the DJ" that proved most popular with viewers. Set in a dystopian world where would-be-lovers check-in to a singles camp to meet the one, the theme of online dating and the paradoxes of apps like Tinder giving us too much choice gave millennials an episode they could resonate with, and we're sure Campbell's stock will only rise after such a well-received episode.

4. Timothée Chalamet

After appearing in a series of short films, Hollywood's hottest new star caught his first big break in the television series Homeland. From there, Chalmamet, who is half-French, landed a string of movies, including a small role in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar before making his mark in the indie scene last year

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Of course, the film everyone is raving about is the gay romance Call Me By Your Name, which Chalamet starred in alongside Armie Hamer. Receiving countless praise, the rising star has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category, making him the youngest Best Actor nominee in over 80 years.

5. Bria Vinaite

The Florida Project was grossly overlooked by the Academy this year which is a crying shame because as anyone will attest, Bria Vinaite was one of the film's shining stars and her performance was one of the reasons the film was so compelling.

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Lade with garish tattoos and possessing a style that really is unique, Bria isn't your typical Hollywood actress, which is the main reason why director Sean Baker cast her after “finding her Instagram account by accident." 

Her performance also shared similar traits to that of Sasha Lane's character in Andrea Arnold's American Honey- another terrific indie film about the American underclass- so here's hoping we see her in more versatile roles in the coming years. 

6. Lucas Hedges

After his spellbinding performance in last year's Oscar-nominated film Manchester By The Sea, Lucas Hedges returned a year later in Lady Bird, playing Saorise Ronan's closet-gay love interest. 

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A versatile actor, Hedges was rightly rewarded with a Supporting Actor Oscar-nomination for the pathos-driven indie, Manchester By The Sea (with the lead gong going to lead star Casey Affleck) but it was his more recent performance in the coming-of-age drama Lady Bird, which really stayed with us.

7. Daniel Kaluuya

Along with Dev Patel, Nicholas Holt, Jack O'Connell and Kaya Scodelario, Daniel Kaluuy is another graduate of the British drama Skins to have made it big in Hollywood. However, it wasn't until the unexpected success of Jordan Peele's Get Out, a dark, satirical comedy about everyday racism that made him a star.

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Kaluuy also starred in season 2 of Black Mirror before Netflix purchased the rights off the English television company Channel 4, and credits that show for putting him on the map due to Jordan Peele being a fan of the show. An older entry on this list at 28, Kaluuy is certainly no spring chicken, but with his best year to date, we expect to see him do a lot more in the coming years, with his latest role coming in the much-anticipated Marvel flick Black Panther. 

8. Sigrid 

Winner of the prestigious BBC's Sound Of 2018 award, the Norwegian artist has slowly been building up a reputation for herself on the festival circuit, with her breakthrough singles ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, ‘Strangers’ and ‘Plot Twist’ bringing her more mainstream attention. 

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Previous winners of the award have included Adele, Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, and with talent like Sigrid's, she looks likely to follow in their footsteps.

9. Kiersey Clemons

Kiersey Clemons has been around for longer than you may imagine having starred in the Disney Austin & Ally before winning roles in Justice League and Joe Swanberg's anthology series, Easy.

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Still only 24, Clemons will next be seen in the drama music film, Hearts Beat Aloud.

10. Finn Wolfhard

Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things is now a bonafide superstar after only 2 seasons of Netflix's biggest show to date- not bad for someone who got his first acting job from Craigslist. Also starring in the Stephen King horror movie, IT, Wolfhard boasts a staggering 9.3m Instagram followers and looks set to be Hollywood's go-to leading man in the coming years.

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Still only 15, Wolfhard is also a skilled guitarist and regularly jams with Vancouver-based alternative band Calpurnia, who are set to release their debut EP later this year. 


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