Stars you should look out for in 2019
Amandla Stenberg (PHOTO: Getty/Gallo)
The former Disney child star and rising
fashion icon returns to the big screen in 2019 in Spider-Man: Far From Home,
and will be collaborating with Tommy Hilfiger for the Tommy x Zendaya range.
The actress, whose fashion line Daya, was launched in 2016, is set on creating
opportunities for others.
“The more and more that I’ve been in front
of the camera, the more I’ve become interested in how it’s created,” she told
Vogue. “My goal is to, at some point, create space and room for other people.
To me, the only way to create the things that I want to see is to create them
myself. It’s one thing to try and change other people’s minds, and it’s a
totally different thing to just do them yourself. I try to learn a little bit
about other people’s jobs [on set] so that, one day, I can run it all.”
Amandla Stenberg (20)
The breakout star of The Hate U Give is
also an outspoken activist who has used her status and profile to speak about
her feminist beliefs and her sexuality.
She wants to help increase the number of
black and gay stories told in Hollywood.
“Just because we have Black Panther and
Love, Simon doesn’t mean we’re anywhere close to where we need to be,” she told
Variety. “But I think that they’re incredible first steps, they’re
revolutionary first steps and the result is diversity even within those
categories of identity.”
Letitia Wright (25)
The British actress earned global
recognition playing Black Panther’s sister and genius inventor (and
Twitter-anointed Disney princess) Shuri, the start of accomplishing a lifelong
dream of hers.
“Since I was a little girl and decided I
wanted to act I had this deep voice saying, ‘I want to do work that means
something, that is impactful, and will affect people’s lives in a positive
way’,” she told audiences at The Contenders London award-season event in
November. “And I wanted to do that for women. So playing Shuri was literally
the answered prayer to a 14-year-old girl’s dream.”
Zoe Kravitz (29)
After years of supporting roles, Zoe’s star
is rising, with memorable turns in Big Little Lies (which is returning for a
second season) and this summer’s Fantastic Beasts sequel. The actress will soon
be headlining her own TV series, High Fidelity, coming to Disney’s new
Her character, she told Rolling Stone, “is
just this neurotic mess of a person who can’t get out of her own way. It’s
ironic to me that in a lot of stories men are the complicated, layered
characters, when I think women are the most complicated and the most layered.
We’re supposed to be perfect and take care of everyone, but sometimes we fall
apart and we’re a big ol’ mess. If you don’t see that, you wonder, ‘Am I the
only one who’s a f***in’ mess?’ ”.
Cynthia Erivo (31)
The British actress is better known for her
work in theatre, but she made waves on the big screen this year, in Bad Times
at the El Royale and Widows, as one of Viola Davis’s accomplices. And if don’t
follow her social media, check out her insane workouts.
Of her brand new, and booming movie career,
she told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m having the time of my life. I can
definitely sense the change from what I have been experiencing to what I am experiencing.
It’s subtle—but it’s for the better”.
Daniel Kaluuya (29)
The Oscar-nominated star of Get Out is fast
becoming a fixture at the movies - from Sicario to Black Panther and more
The actor, whose next project is the
Netflix animated miniseries Watership Down, has also been busy writing
scripts of his own. “I’ve been working with some incredible voices, and I put a
lot of pressure on myself,” he told Esquire. “But you have to let go of that
and allow yourself to fail and stumble. I may not get there first time, but I
just try to tell the truth.”
Lakeith Stanfield (27)
The effortlessly cool rapper and actor is
an unlikely leading man, but he’s made his mark this year, with outings in
Sorry to Bother You and The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and his role in TV’s
“I’m attracted to stories that move me,” he
told Glamour. “Sometimes those are surreal, but more often they’re just stories
that deal with characters who have to overcome challenges and get through and
Ashton Sanders (23)
He was mesmerising as the teenage Chiron in
Moonlight, and moved to bigger budget action with this year’s Equalizer 2,
opposite Denzel Washington. The British-born actor and model has a host of
projects lined up for 2019, including the sci-fi thriller Captive State.
Showcasing black life is important to him,
the actor told The Guardian. “We need to showcase all different levels of black
life, and I’m getting the opportunities to work with great directors and
producers who are on the same wavelength as me. It’s my job as an artist and as
an actor to use this platform to make people learn and grow, to change their
perspectives on how things are in whatever way I can. That’s what I’m supposed
Yara Shahidi (18)
The Black-ish and Grown-ish star has been
acting for most of her life, and as she entered adulthood, has used her
platform to educate her peers, most recently about the importance of voting.
The Smallfoot star’s political initiative - Eighteen x '18 - encouraged young
people to vote in the the American mid-term elections in November, and she
appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Conversations, an honour ordinarily
reserved for “the most recognised spiritual thinkers of our time”.
“Baby, your future is so bright it burns my
eyes,” Oprah told her.
Tiffany Haddish (38)
Girls Trip was her breakout hit, but it
feels like Tiffany has been part of our lives forever.
The comic actress takes her business very
seriously, and wants other women to be able to treat their lives the same way.
“There are so many of us out here with low self-esteem where we know we can do
something but we just aren’t sure if it’s okay, because mostly the guys do it,
or everybody tells me I need to be quiet,” she told Variety.
“No! Speak up, be you, be the best you that
you can be, do whatever it is you love to do, and by all means necessary.”