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Next Big Thing: Lou Llobell and Leah Harvey on Starring in Apple TV+’s ‘Foundation’

First published as a cycle of short stories during the 1940s and now debuting as an original series from Apple TV+, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation is a dystopian science-fiction thriller that…

Next Big Thing: Actress and Amputee Zyra Gorecki on Starring in NBC’s Apocalyptic ‘La Brea’

In NBC’s new drama La Brea, premiering Sept. 28, L.A.’s Miracle Mile becomes a mysterious primeval world when a massive sinkhole opens, pulling some people below the city’s La Brea Tar Pits…

Next Big Thing: Kodi Smit-McPhee Generates Awards Buzz With ‘The Power of the Dog’

Kodi Smit-McPhee arrived for what he thought was an informal meeting with Jane Campion in L.A. in 2019 to learn there had been a miscommunication. He was supposed to have prepared some sides…

Next Big Thing: Nana Mensah on Her Journey From Being Pushed to Study Law to Starring in Netflix’s ‘The Chair’

Earlier this year, actress, writer and director Nana Mensah heard John Krasinski on a podcast discussing his first year in New York City as an aspiring actor. Mensah — a Connecticut native and

Next Big Thing: After Breakout Performance, ‘CODA’ Star Emilia Jones’ Career Flourishes

If it’s for a part, Emilia Jones is prepared to get her hands dirty — even if that means getting covered in fish guts. For CODA, the 19-year-old English actress plays the daughter of a…

Next Big Thing: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Star Daniela Melchior Goes From Regional Fame to Global Reach

In early 2019, Portuguese actress Daniela Melchior flew across the globe for the biggest meeting of her career. Filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran were in the midst of a global search…

Next Big Thing: Malcolm Mays on ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Role and Why His Success Is a “Double-Edged Sword”

In 2007, Malcolm Mays, then 17, was touted in a New York Times profile as a promising young director working on completing Trouble, a $5,000-budget film about Black and Hispanic turf wars in…

Next Big Thing: Whitney Peak on How ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Reflects “Today’s Society”

Growing up in Uganda, Whitney Peak didn’t watch much TV. That all changed when her family moved to Canada when she was 9 and she discovered the Disney Channel. “Lizzie McGuire, That’s So Raven

Next Big Thing: Leyna Bloom Makes Big-Screen Debut With ‘Port Authority’

Leyna Bloom made history in 2019 when she became the first trans woman of color to lead a film at the Cannes Film Festival. “That was such a magical moment. It was an out-of-body experience…

Next Big Thing: Leslie Grace on Debut ‘In the Heights’ Role and Her Emotional Dance Scene With Corey Hawkins

Dominican-American singer Leslie Grace released her first album at 14. In 2012, her bilingual, bachata-style cover of The Shirelles hit “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” — from her…

“I Don’t Want to Be Famous”: Jessie Mei Li Braces for Big Breakout With ‘Shadow and Bone’

The British actress, who shines as a light-wielding hero in the new Netflix sci-fi series, talks about failed auditions before landing her starring role, aiming for…

Chiara Aurelia Plays a Teen Who’s Ignored, Loved, Then Hated in Freeform’s ‘Cruel Summer’

The actress says her role "was such a great opportunity to explore almost three different people in three different times in Jeanette’s life."