Richie Merritt

At the age of fifteen Richie Merritt was transported from the gritty streets of Baltimore to the drug epidemic of the 1980s. Richie plays Rick Wersche Jr. a young drug dealer turned informant for the FBI. The story encapsulates the capitalistic greed of that era and Merritt’s acting matches up well against the experienced chops of Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey. Richie Merritt is only seventeen, but his range showcased in this dynamic period drama promises a bright future in Hollywood.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

It’s difficult to distinguish Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s acting style, primarily because she’s played an impressive range of characters throughout her career. If graphic novels are of interest, you probably recognize her as the vibrantly violet-haired Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. That role may have catapulted her into the Hollywood limelight, but she already possessed an impressively robust repertoire.

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Taylor John Smith

HBO's rich storytelling hits another milestone with this summer's Sharp Objects. Acting alongside Amy Adams and Chris Messina with the same intense and fierce bravado is Taylor John Smith. The youthful actor discusses stardom, along with the emotions that are needed to be conveyed in such deep thought-provoking roles. Smith also shares his thoughts on unwinding against a hectic schedule, and how journaling and photography have become new creative outlets.

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Bailee Madison

Bailee Madison is redefining roles—from child star to critically acclaimed actor (all while elevating her semblance with titles such as author, producer, and philanthropist). She is forging ahead with a conviction and purpose that is well beyond her years. Not only that, she is doing so both inside and outside of the industry by using her profile, talent, and platform. She is bringing profound issues such as childhood illness, education, loss, and bullying to the foreground of the conversation.

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