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Next Big Thing: Solea Pfeiffer on ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ and “Getting To Represent Who I Am” on Screen

Solea Pfeiffer was on the phone with Don Cheadle about a possible appearance on his Showtime series Black Monday when another call came in. She ignored it. The 27-year-old actress didn’t end up working with Cheadle, but she did land a lead role in A Jazzman’s Blues, a period drama directed by Tyler Perry, who […]

Next Big Thing: How Horror-Averse Myha’la Herrold Landed a Role in Gory ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’

Myha’la Herrold, who stars in A24’s buzzy new slasher flick, Bodies Bodies Bodies, is afraid of scary movies. She plays Jordan, one of the overly woke Gen Z’ers stuck in a mansion during a hurricane as a mystery killer takes them down one by one: “When I got the offer, I thought, ‘Dang, am I […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Prey’ Star Amber Midthunder on Bringing an Indigenous Action Hero Into ‘Predator’ Franchise

With her role in the Predator prequel Prey, the 25-year-old breaks new ground as an Indigenous female action hero By Mia Galuppo • Photographed by Cibelle Levi

Next Big Thing: How ‘The Sandman’ Star Vivienne Acheampong Went From Substitute Teacher to Starring on Netflix

The British actress stars as a head librarian on the highly anticipated series The Sandman By Leah Faye Cooper

Next Big Thing: Mia Isaac on the Advice John Cho Gave Her While Filming Debut ‘Don’t Make Me Go’

In a Hollywood where the average onscreen high schooler is played by an actor a decade removed from homeroom, Mia Isaac and her lively performance in Don’t Make Me Go stand out. Isaac turned 17 on the first day of filming for the Hannah Marks-directed coming-of-age movie. She plays Wally, the teenage daughter who begrudgingly […]

Next Big Thing: Matt Rogers Is Giving “The Most”

Matt Rogers is having an incredible summer. In May, Showtime’s comedy series I Love That for You, co-created by Vanessa Bayer, launched its first season. Starring Bayer as an aspiring host for the fictional home shopping network SVN, the show is set within the comically cutthroat SVN offices run by a commanding and terrifying Patricia […]

Next Big Thing: ‘The Black Phone’ Star Mason Thames on The Scariest Thing in the Blumhouse Horror Film

While Jason Blum has called Universal’s The Black Phone the “scariest movie” he’s ever produced, its young star Mason Thames, 14, says his experience making the movie was actually “all fun.” This despite the fact that his character, Finney — a baseball player who’s bullied at school and has an alcoholic father — is locked […]

‘Single Drunk Female’ Star Sofia Black-D’Elia on Learning from Kaitlin Olson, Texting With Ally Sheedy and Nearly Quitting Because of Evan Peters

Actors have long had to deal with the same occupational hazard in public spaces: hearing fans shout out character names as they pass by. And while Sofia Black-D’Elia, 30, has been acting consistently since age 18 (she quit a job scooping frozen yogurt at TCBY for her first professional job on All My Children and […]

‘Ms. Marvel’ Star Iman Vellani on Playing Kamala Khan: “She Felt So Much Like Me”

In some ways, Iman Vellani was Kamala Khan even before she officially became Kamala Khan. After school, the Pakistan-born Canadian teenager would go across the street to her local comic book store, where her obsession with the Invincible Iron Man series one day led her to pick up a copy of a different title, one […]

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ Star Celia Rose Gooding Wasn’t Told She Was Auditioning to Play Uhura

With the May 5 premiere of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on Paramount+, Celia Rose Gooding, who plays a young Uhura (a role originated by Nichelle Nichols), made her television debut. But the 22-year-old Westchester, New York-born actress and singer is far from a newcomer, having cut her teeth on Broadway as Frankie in the hit musical Jagged […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Triangle of Sadness’ Star Harris Dickinson on Trying to “Keep it Level” Despite Fast-Rising Career

When Harris Dickinson was told that he’d been nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for his lead performance in Eliza Hitmann’s 2017 Sundance winner Beach Rats, such was his response that his agent instructed him to be “more happy.” The British actor, 25, whose portrayal of a sexually troubled Brooklyn teen also landed him a […]

‘The First Lady’ Newcomer Jayme Lawson on Her “Blessed” Rise From Off-Broadway to Screen Stardom

Heading into production on her first feature film, Jayme Lawson had a question. “I was like, ‘So, will there be food on set? Do I need to pack my own?’ ” Lawson recalls with a laugh from her Brooklyn apartment, about her onscreen debut in 2020’s Farewell Amor. Lawson was already a seasoned performer by […]