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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 […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Pachinko’ Star Minha Kim on Bringing History to Life

To cast the young adult Sunja, the central character in Apple TV+’s ambitious multilingual, multigenerational historical epic Pachinko, “we needed someone special and timeless,” showrunner Soo Hugh tells THR. Although the producers considered the Korean industry’s trove of popular and accomplished stars (having already tapped Oscar winner Yuh-Jung Youn to play the older version of […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Vikings: Valhalla’ Star Sam Corlett Tapped Family Trauma to Play Leif Eriksson

Sam Corlett remembers wanting his next job to “demand all of myself, emotional, mentally and physically.” He got his wish making Vikings: Valhalla. In the new Netflix show premiering Feb. 25, a sequel to the hit History series, the Australian actor, 26, plays Norse explorer Leif Eriksson, portraying the reluctant warrior with a mix of […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Bel-Air’ Star Jabari Banks on How He’s Putting a “Fresh” Spin on an Iconic Namesake

Jabari Banks calls his road to Bel-Air, Peacock’s dramatic take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a combination of hard work and “just being lucky.” Playing a character named Will Smith — a young Black teen who goes to live with his aunt Vivian Banks’ family in California, after getting into a not-so-little fight that […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Scream’ Star Jenna Ortega on Her New School-Shooting Drama ‘The Fallout’

At age 19, Jenna Ortega is already one decade into her career. The actress — who rose to prominence playing Young Jane on The CW’s dramedy Jane the Virgin, followed by roles in You and Yes Day — stars in two movies out in January, Paramount’s Scream reboot, the first hit of 2022, and The […]

Next Big Thing: Sue Ann Pien Brings Autism Representation to the Screen in Amazon’s ‘As We See It’

After years of commercial work and background parts, Sue Ann Pien takes on the first major lead role of her career in Jason Katims’ new Amazon series As We See It, following three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum. She stars as Violet, who works a fast food job while dreaming of having her first […]

Next Big Thing: How Mason Gooding Landed ‘Scream’ — With Help From an NYU Paper

Before Mason Gooding left NYU in 2018 to pursue acting full-time, he penned a six-page paper arguing that one Hollywood property was particularly deserving of a reboot: Wes Craven’s Scream. A few years later, the actor found himself in a general meeting with directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, who were developing a new […]

Next Big Thing: Why Renate Reinsve Watched Timothee Chalamet to Prepare for ‘The Worst Person in the World’

The night before Renate Reinsve received the call from director Joachim Trier, she had decided to give up acting after years of frustration with the roles being offered her in Norwegian film and TV. “Two-dimensional female characters just there to serve the plot,” she recalls. Then she got the call. “It was literally the next […]

Next Big Thing: Philemon Chambers on Starring as First Black Actor in an LGBTQ Christmas Rom-Com

It didn’t unfold at a counter at Schwab’s Pharmacy, but Philemon Chambers has a seemingly-out-of-nowhere discovery story, too. Chambers (his first name is pronounced “phil-LEE-mun”), 27, had been struggling to make it as an actor since 13, with only a few small roles on TV series like Criminal Minds and All Rise on his résumé. […]

Next Big Thing: Suzanna Son on Her Breakout Role Opposite Simon Rex in ‘Red Rocket ‘

Suzanna Son, a 26-year-old from Washington state, has been garnering considerable acclaim — and best supporting actress Oscar buzz — since July’s Cannes Film Festival for her portrayal of Lolita-like “Strawberry,” a high schooler who works in a donut shop and becomes involved with a has-been porn star (Simon Rex), in Sean Baker’s Red Rocket. Son […]

Next Big Thing: ‘Hawkeye’ Star Alaqua Cox Prepares for Marvel Stardom

Alaqua Cox got an urgent text from a Marvel casting agent last year. For a few months, she had been auditioning to play Maya Lopez in Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye (premiering Nov. 24 on Disney+), and they needed her to log on to Zoom right away. “I see about 12 people, including the Marvel Studios president, […]