I’m sure you’ve all heard me complain about acting not being that great anymore. Unfortunately it’s just a matter of time before the Robert De Niro’s and Meryl Streep’s of the world pass on. I don’t mean to sound all depressing. I’m just saying that the acting greats we came to love in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and even this first decade are all nearing their 60s, 70s and 80s.
So who is going to step up? Unfortunately I’m not very bullish here. I mean we’ve got DiCaprio and Ed Norton but even those guys are nearing 40. Where’s the new crop of actors? Hell, not actors. What about actresses? You’re telling me Megan Fox is going to represent the ladies? Hell no.
Oddly enough however, there are some actresses that might be worthy of carrying the torch of greats like Streep and Helen Mirren. Here are eight actresses under the age of 30 that I think are legit…
Scarlett Johansson – 26
She’s a Woody Allen favorite and despite my eyes wandering below her neck every time I see her you have to admit that she’s not a bad actress at all. She was great in her breakout role of Lost in Translation and has been nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Not to mention she’s got 15 award wins under her belt. Not bad for someone that most just think is hot.
Keira Knightly – 25
You have to put someone who got nominated for an Oscar in here don’t you? While I can’t stand the skinny pale faceness of her, Keira is a very good actress. I guess the British accent helps but still, I’ve seen her enough times to know that she’s not a Megan Fox idiot type. Did you know that she has dyslexia?
Ellen Page – 23
Another Oscar nominated actress, Ellen Page proved herself in Juno but I’m curious to see how she’ll fare out in Inception and other upcoming films. Something tells me she’ll be great in her 30s but might not last much longer than that.
Emilie De Ravin – 29
It’s really mostly television and LOST that Emilie is known for but I suspect she’ll be up and coming. This is one of those predictions that might be completely false but the Aussie accent, looks, and ability to cry just might bring her fame. And while all the acting on LOST wasn’t that spectacular I think De Ravin was one of the better ones.
Anne Hathaway- 27
She more than proved herself with Rachel Getting Married and personally I think she kind of gets a bad rap. The girl can act, period. When you can be on screen with Meryl Streep and carry yourself, it’s impressive.
Natalie Portman – 29
The girl’s been doing this since she was 12. She’s been nominated for an Oscar. She’s taken part in one of the biggest movie franchises in history. She’s played a stripper. What the hell else do we need? Seriously though, Portman is legit.
Evan Rachel Wood- 22
There’s just something I don’t like about Evan Rachel Wood. Maybe it’s the whole Marilyn Manson thing. I don’t know. She definitely gives me a weird vibe and now that she’s a big star it’s a little annoying. However, one can’t deny that she’s talented. Hell she co-wrote the movie 13. She’s also been nominated for a Golden Globe.
Saoirse Ronan -16
She’s one of those “weird” actresses. By that I mean she’s got that kind of eerie face and way about her that’s actually a great quality. Not to mention the girl was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 13. It was either Saoirse or Abigail Breslin and I think we know that Breslin will eventually fade.