Press/Photos: Jacob Elordi for ‘The Hollywood Reporter’

01 Dec 2019

Next Gen Talent 2019: Hollywood’s Rising Young Stars Revealed
From HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ breakouts to a ‘Daily Show’ comic and the new Little Mermaid, meet 25 talents positioned for big- and small-screen stardom.

Get to know these names. Whether they’re leading tentpole films (Shang-Chi’s Simu Liu, Mulan’s Liu Yifei) or fronting must-see-TV (Pose’s Indya Moore, Unbelievable’s Kaitlyn Dever), this batch of 25 rising stars are here to stay. They’re who every producer in town is looking to cast, agent is vying to sign and studio is hoping will carry their next franchise. From recent big-screen breakouts like Once Upon a Time’s Margaret Qualley and The Last Black Man in San Francisco’s Jonathan Majors to a handful of stars from one of the year’s hottest shows (Euphoria), The Hollywood Reporter anoints the top emerging talent of 2019.

Jacob Elordi, 22
The Australian actor became an instant heartthrob after starring in Netflix’s breakout rom-com The Kissing Booth, opposite Joey King. In the wake of his newfound stardom, he took a more serious turn in HBO’s edgy teen drama Euphoria playing Nate Jacobs, a jock with a host of anger issues and sexual insecurities. Elordi currently has his hands full with the second installments of both projects. Having just wrapped Kissing Booth 2 in Cape Town, South Africa, he’s gearing up for the second season of the Zendaya-fronted drama series in Los Angeles — but not before he takes a trip back to his hometown of Brisbane.

CRAZIEST WAY MY LIFE HAS CHANGED
“I live in America now, which is quite strange.”

PERSON I’D LOVE TO WORK WITH
Robert Pattinson

LAST SHOW I BINGED
Chernobyl

ONSCREEN CHARACTER I MOST IDENTIFIED WITH AS A KID
Blinky Bill

CURRENT SONG I’M LISTENING TO ON REPEAT
“‘A Very Good Year’ by Frank Sinatra.”
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