The New Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair.Â This is one of my favorite issues because it always features the rising female stars in pale dream like dresses.Â This year is no different.Â Although the setting in this one is pretty boring.
The group photos feature Kristen Stewart, Anna Kendrick, Carey Mulligan, Abbie Cornish, Mia Wasikowska, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Emma Stone, and Evan Rachel Wood.Â Are any of these your favorites?
I've never heard of a few of these girls, but some of them are quite striking...and for me, it's not the Twilight girls.
You can view more on the photo shoot on Vanity Fair's website.
Here's their story on the actresses:
The Cupidâ€™s-bow lips, the downy-soft cheeks, the button nose: 27-year-old Abbie Cornish has those Ivory-soap-girl features weâ€™re so familiar with, and yet hers is a face itâ€™s hard to stop staring atâ€”testament to the intelligence, vulnerability, and sensuality she brings to her characters. Her breakthrough for American audiences came with fellow Australian Heath Ledger, as a junkie in 2006â€™s Candy, free-falling from invincible heroin highs to soul-seizing anguish. Kimberly Peirceâ€™s Stop-Loss saw her fleeing the law with Ryan Phillippeâ€™s character. (Enter some real-life drama: Phillippe, then the husband of Reese Witherspoon, would soon become her boyfriend.) She may have been her loveliest in Jane Campionâ€™s Bright Star, playing John Keatsâ€™s muse, the flirty and forthright Fanny Brawne.
With her patrician looks and celebrated pedigreeâ€”she is the daughter of American operatic soprano Maria Ewing and legendary British theater director Sir Peter Hallâ€”one might assume that Cambridge-educated Rebecca Hall, 27, waltzed into an acting career on her name alone. Well, O.K., it didnâ€™t hurt in the beginning, when she starred, at the age of 10, in her fatherâ€™s television adaptation of the British novel The Camomile Lawn, or 10 years later in his production of George Bernard Shawâ€™s Mrs. Warrenâ€™s Profession. But her pitch-perfect realization of an indignant, tightly wound American in Woody Allenâ€™s Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) proved she had the chops and the charm, and her sophisticated wit landed her the role of David Frostâ€™s delightfully fabulous girlfriend in Ron Howardâ€™s Frost/Nixon. Next up is Nicole Holofcenerâ€™s Please Give, and Ben Affleckâ€™s Boston crime drama The Town.
At just 24, Anna Kendrick has already shown impressive range, from Bella Swanâ€™s twit friend Jessica in the Twilight saga to George Clooneyâ€™s buttoned-up colleague in Up in the Air. At age 12, the Maine native was nominated for a Tony Award, for her role in the 1998 musical High Society. After she auditioned for the role of Natalie in Up in the Air, she thought sheâ€™d tanked, given director Jason Reitmanâ€™s utter non-reaction. Turned out heâ€™d written the role for her, after having seen her in the small high-school film Rocket Science. Next, sheâ€™ll star with Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
Carey Mulliganâ€™s first movie role was as Keira Knightleyâ€™s giddy sister in Pride and Prejudice. A moment later, the former Catholic-boarding-school student was the buzz of Sundance, thanks to her exquisite performance as a 1960s English high-school senior in An Education. Big-league directors havenâ€™t wasted any time in filling up the 24-year-oldâ€™s dance card. Mark Romanek chose her as the lead in Never Let Me Go, while Oliver Stone cast her in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, as the daughter of Gordon Gekko and the fiancÃ©e of trader Shia LaBeoufâ€”who also happens to be her real-life love.
She was more dippy than mean in her 2004 film debut, Mean Girls, announcing vacantly that her breasts could predict the weather. But it took a most unlikely confectionâ€”the movie musical Mamma Mia!â€”for the world to see Amanda Seyfried in her full, dewy, wide-eyed loveliness. Since then she has become the go-to girl for modern fairy tales, including Lasse HallstrÃ¶mâ€™s Dear John and the forthcoming Letters to Juliet. But watch for a 180-degree turn in this monthâ€™s Chloe, Atom Egoyanâ€™s artsy sexual thriller, in which 24-year-old Seyfried plays the alluring, troubled complication in a failing marriage.
In an era in which every teen star has a stylist and a bland pop record, 19-year-old Kristen Stewart is the tough-minded, no-frills anomaly. Stewart played Bella Swan not as a cartoon but as anxious and complicatedâ€”making the predicament of being torn between a vampire and a werewolf seem â€¦ well, almost plausible. The daughter of a television-producer father and an Australian script-supervisor mother, the L.A.-bred Stewart has been consistently drawn to melancholy over flash. Between Twilight installments, her edgy trajectory will continue with Welcome to the Rileys, about the friendship between a stripper and a married businessman, played by James Gandolfini, and The Runaways, about rocker Joan Jett.
Emma Stone, 21, emerged from the Judd Apatow comedy crew, having held her own in Superbad, as Jonah Hillâ€™s way-cool, super-smokinâ€™ home-ec partner, and she struck gold with Zombieland. But her comedy credentials go all the way back to Arizona, where she grew up idolizing Gilda Radner and Molly Shannon and cut her teeth with a local theater troupe. At age 15â€”after giving her parents a PowerPoint presentation about ditching high school for a career in actingâ€”she left with her mother for Hollywood, where she grew into that alluring raspy voice and the Jessica Rabbit looks.
Mia Wasikowska, 20, is the daughter of a Polish photographer mother and an Australian painter-and-collagist father. Her breakthrough on the HBO series In Treatment, as the fragile and yet fierce gymnast Sophie, suggested a deep intelligence and a reservoir of talent. Director Edward Zwick cast her in Defiance, about a group of Polish Jews banding together to escape the Nazis. Next she will play the title role in Tim Burtonâ€™s Alice in Wonderland, the love interest in Gus Van Santâ€™s next film, and the daughter of Julianne Moore and Annette Bening, two gay moms, in Lisa Cholodenkoâ€™s The Kids Are All Right.
Evan Rachel Wood, 24, got her start locally, playing Helen Keller opposite her mom in a North Carolina production of The Miracle Worker. When her parents divorced, she moved to Los Angeles with her mom and soon mesmerized audiences in Catherine Hardwickeâ€™s Thirteen, a tour de force of teenage angst. This tightly wound rebel soul attracted the likes of Woody Allen, who cast her in Whatever Works, Julie Taymor, who picked her for the lead in the surreal Across the Universe, and Darren Aronofsky, who chose her as Mickey Rourkeâ€™s estranged daughter in The Wrestlerâ€”and rocker Marilyn Manson, to whom she is engaged. Given that her interests lie anywhere but on the beaten path, is it any wonder her upcoming superhero project is Spider-Man â€¦ the Broadway-musical version, directed by Taymor and set to the music of Bono and the Edge?