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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

who are the most interesting young actors (male and female) working today?

Saoirse Ronan Daniel Radcliffe

The Atlantic thinks that “Michael Cera Might Just Be the Most Interesting Actor of His Generation.” I’m pretty sure I don’t agree, but it got me wondering just whom I would bestow that honor upon.

Who are the most interesting young actors (male and female) working today? As a rough cutoff, let’s say under age 30.

On the guys’ side, I’m gonna pick Daniel Radcliffe. It might not be completely obvious at the moment, but wait until his latest film, Kill Your Darlings, opens in the autumn: he plays a young Allen Ginsberg, and he will astonish you. Others on my list: Zac Efron, Logan Lerman, Robert Pattinson, Emile Hirsch, Jesse Eisenberg, Anton Yelchin, and Chris Hemsworth (who won’t be 30 till next week).

Most interesting actress under 30? Gotta be Saoirse Ronan. She exudes a scary intensity that actors twice her age cannot manage… and eventually I’ll get around to reviewing her latest film, Byzantium, in which she makes you accept without question that she’s a two-hundred-year-old vampire. Others on my list: Dakota Fanning, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, Keira Knightley, and Emma Watson.

Your turn…

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