Being a child actor isn't easy, but these kids have it down to a science! From Jacob Tremblay to Millie Bobby Brown, Wonderwall.com is cataloging all of the child stars who are making waves in Hollywood right now. To mark the release of Jacob's newest film, "Book of Henry," which hits theaters on June 16, 2017, read on to see which young actors and actresses are on the rise.
Jacob Tremblay has captured the hearts of Hollywood industry types and movie lovers alike. The Canadian child star rose to fame as Jack Newsome in the 2016 Oscar-nominated movie "Room." At just 9, he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding performance by a supporting actor. Jacob has also starred in the films "Before I Wake" and "Shut In" and has a starring role opposite Naomi Watts in 2017's "The Book of Henry."
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Millie Bobby Brown has been everywhere lately. The English actress first wowed the world with her portrayal of the psychokinetic character Eleven on the Netflix sci-fi drama "Stranger Things." At 12, Millie was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work on the show and took home a SAG Award, along with her castmates, for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She also won the prize for Best Actor in a Show at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards. Millie will make her feature film debut in the 2019 action movie "Godzilla: King of the Monsters." Additionally, Millie — who made her debut as a Calvin Klein model in early 2017 — be back for "Stranger Things" Season 2!
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At 8, adorable Sunny Pawar was selected from 2,000 children across schools in India to play the role of Saroo Brierley in 2016's "Lion." In jest, the young actor was hoisted up by host Jimmy Kimmel at the 2017 Academy Awards in a sweet re-enactment of scene from "The Lion King." Sunny's "Lion" co-star Dev Patel told the The Telegraph of Sunny in January 2017, "He's our little mascot on this movie. For him, he'd never been on a plane before or seen a Hollywood film and now he's leading this big movie." The young actor, who's since made a movie in India, is now back home pursuing his education with big hopes for a blossoming acting career.
Iain Armitage is one of the breakout child stars from the hit HBO series "Big Little Lies." An 8-year-old Iain adeptly portrayed Ziggy, the son of Shailene Woodley's character, single-mom Jane, on the 2017 series. Iain first made his first TV appearance on "The View" when he discussed his popular YouTube channel, IainLovesTheatre, where he critiques theater productions. His theater knowledge also landed him a spot on Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots." The young actor has upcoming roles in 2017's "Our Souls at Night," "The Glass Castle" and "I'm Not Here." He's also been cast as young Sheldon Cooper in the highly anticipated "The Big Bang Theory" prequel series, "Young Sheldon." This kid is red-hot!
Mackenzie Foy began her career modeling and got her big break at age 11 playing Renesmee Cullen in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" Parts 1 and, later, Part 2. She's since starred in 2014's "Interstellar" and "Black Eyed Dog" and has voiced Violet in "The Boxcar Children" and the Little Girl in "The Little Prince." Mackenzie will play Clara in the 2018 film "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" opposite Morgan Freeman and Misty Copeland. Big things ahead!
Finn Wolfhard came to prominence at 13 playing Mike on the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things." Finn auditioned for the show via video after seeing an open casting call. "I did it sick from bed. Just on my phone then I emailed it. Matt and Ross [Duffer, the show's creators] loved it and they made me do it again. Finally, I came to L.A. to meet them," Finn told Dazed Magazine in November 2016. Though Finn is still in middle school, he will appear on Season 2 of "Stranger Things." Finn also has a passion for music — he plays guitar and has crowdfunded a music video he plans to direct.
Triple threat Maddie Ziegler first emerged at age 9 on reality show "Dance Moms," on which she appeared from 2011 to 2016. The dance prodigy then went on to star in big-time music videos for Sia including "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart." The young star even released her own memoir, "The Maddie Diaries," in 2017, which subsequently became a New York Times best seller. Maddie, who's BFFs with Millie Bobby Brown, will also appear in 2017's "The Book of Henry."
Gaten Matarazzo plays the slightly neurotic and lovable character Dustin on "Stranger Things." By the time Gaten was 12, he'd already toured with two Broadway shows: "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and "Les Miserables." "Stranger Things" Creator Matt Duffer said of Gaten's TV character, "I don't think we really understood who that character was and then we met Gaten and basically tailored the show to him." Gaten suffers from cleidocranial dysplasia, a condition that primarily affects the development of bones and teeth, which explains his endearing lisp. He will be back for the second season of the show.
Darby Camp first appeared on HBO on an episode of "The Leftovers" opposite Justin Theroux in 2015. In 2017, she appeared in her most notable role yet as precocious and adorable Chloe, the daughter of Reese Witherspoon's character, Madeline, on HBO's "Big Little Lies." She was just 8 when she filmed the hit series. Darby told New York Magazine of her career aspirations, "I want to be an actor when I get older. Yes, I do. I think Reese [Witherspoon] said, 'Don't do the main character in big TV shows, like every single episode, every single season. Don't be started on that.' She started on movies and drama and that kind of stuff. She said that's how she started out, and that would be better for a child." Darby also appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" in 2017.
"Modern Family" viewers have watched Nolan Gould grow up right in front of their eyes. The actor has played Luke Dunphy on the beloved sitcom since 2009, when he was just 11. Nolan is also a member of Mensa, with an IQ of 150. "I'm applying to film school right now," Nolan told Refinery29 in February 2017. "I'm actually really interested in making documentaries. I think it would be great to make a documentary about animal conservation and environmental efforts." We have no doubt he'll succeed!
Little JoJo Kushner landed a role in Nancy Meyers' 2015 film, "The Intern," at age 7 as Anne Hathaway's character's daughter, Paige. She was tapped for the part after Nancy spotted JoJo in a local commercial. "It was really fun," JoJo told HELLO! in September 2015. "Everybody was nice and there were a lot of great acting parts that we did, so it was really exciting." She also appeared in the 2016 film "Drunk Parents."
Caleb McLaughlin began his career on stage in the musical "The Lion King." He currently portrays Lucas on the hit Netflix show "Stranger Things" — he was 14 when the first season aired — and will return with the rest of the cast for Season 2! In 2017, Caleb also appeared in the BET miniseries "The New Edition Story."
Dafne Keen burst onto the film scene at 12 as Laura, a Wolverine clone opposite Hugh Jackman in the 2017 film "Logan." Dafne has serious acting roots: She is the daughter of British actor Will Keen and Spanish actress and director Maria Fernandez Ache. In 2014, Dafne played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver alongside her father in the UK/Spain television series "The Refugees." Dafne and Hugh were the recipients of the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards prize for Best Duo.
Kerris Dorsey stars as Bridget Donovan on the Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" opposite Liev Schreiber, a part she's played since she was 14. Kerris has also had notable roles in films including "Walk the Line," "Moneyball" and "Just Like Heaven." She told Ladygunn in May 2017 of her character Bridget, "To be able to play this character that is so dynamic and multifaceted, and not just the girl that comes in and says something gaudy and leaves, is amazing. Girls are complicated and they're smart and to play that sort of dynamic character is really awesome to me. I enjoy it a lot."
Miles Brown is an actor, dancer and rapper best known for his role as son Jack Johnson on "Black-ish," on which he first appeared at age 8. He's also been featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "America's Got Talent" and "Yo Gabba Gabba."
Rounding out the "Stranger Things" kid cast is Noah Schnapp, who's played Will Byers on the critically acclaimed show since he was 11. Noah has also had roles in Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies" and the indie feature "We Only Know So Much." Next up for Will — aside from Season 2 of "Stranger Things" — is a part in the film "Intensive Care" opposite Mira Sorvino.
Bailee Madison began her career in commercials and made her film debut at age 10 in 2006's "Lonely Hearts." Her roles in movies including "Just Go With it," "Parental Guidance" and "Brothers" have garnered her major acting cred. In 2015, she began playing Grace Russell on the Hallmark series "Good Witch" and was also a series regular on "Trophy Wife" in 2013. Bailee will soon star in the film adaptation of Rachel Bateman's coming-of-age novel "Someone Else's Summer."
The absolutely hysterical "Modern Family" actor Rico Rodriguez has made a name for himself playing the character Manny Delgado on the hit TV series, a role he's had since he was 11. The young actor also wrote a book in 2012 titled "Reel Life Lessons… So Far."
Landry Bender is a well-known Disney star who found fame playing Cleo Bernstein on the Disney XD series "Crash & Bernstein." She also starred in 2011's "The Sitter" when she was 11 and starred as Cyd on the Disney Channel sitcom "Best Friends Whenever" from 2015 to 2016.