Vanity Fair’s “Class of 2010″: One Year Later


February 7, 2011 | Posted By and In Features | 213 Views



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In 2010, Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue gave us their pick of the year’s ‘It Girls’, proclaiming that these were nine of the girls at the top of everyone’s go-to list for roles in the next several years. How has that prediction panned out one year later? Of the nine girls chosen for last year’s edition, how many lived up to their expectations? And how many dropped from the Hollywood radar? We check in on Abbie Cornish, Kristen Stewart, Carey Mulligan, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Anna Kendrick and Evan Rachel Wood.


Abbie Cornish
Why was she included?
Cornish was an indie darling by 2010, after a standout role in the heartbreaking 2006 drama Candy, as an artist with a heroin problem; a well received role in Elizabeth: The Golden Age; and good reviews in box office miss Stop-Loss. Vanity Fair predicted her big Hollywood break to be her role as Fanny Brawne, the muse to poet John Keats in Bright Star, which garnered her early Oscar buzz in 2009.
Where is she now?
The awards circuit completely snubbed Cornish for Bright Star, and she fell off the radar the following year, with her only film of 2010 being a voice-over role in box-office disappointment Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole. In 2011, however, Cornish is back, with no less than four upcoming films – Limitless with Bradley Cooper; W.E alongside British up and comers Natalie Dormer and Andrea Riseborough, as well as Zack Snyder’s much anticipated Sucker Punch.


Kristen Stewart
Why was she included?
Stewart is not your typical Hollywood teenager. Notoriously press shy, she was most famous amongst the indie scene, with critically acclaimed performances in numerous projects including Speak, Panic Room, and Into the Wild. But it was this last film, directed by Sean Penn, that led her to the worldwide phenomon Twilight – Penn recommended Stewart to director Catherine Hardwicke.
Where is she now?
Stewart spent 2010 promoting her smaller indy dramas, Welcome to the Rileys and The Runaways, as well as of course, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. She can be seen next in the long-gestating film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, and she has just chosen her first studio feature since Twilight: if negotiations pan out, she’ll play the titular legendary fairy tale princess opposite Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron in Paramount’s Snow White and the Huntsman.


Carey Mulligan
Why was she included?
Carey Mulligan struck gold with the surprise Sundance hit An Education, a coming-of-age tale about a young girl in 1960’s London and her playboy boyfriend – who is twice her age. Nominated for an Oscar for the role, Mulligan was to then follow it up with a sure to be box office smash, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, playing the daughter of Gordon Gekko for director Oliver Stone.
Where is she now?
Mulligan followed up her award-winning performance in An Education with another heartbreaking turn in Mark Romanek’s 2010 adaptation of Never Let Me Go, which cemented her position as one of the current great actresses, and although Wall Street 2 had less success than expected, Mulligan is at no loss for work. Just off production of Drive, she’s now filming the drama Shame, as the “wayward” sister of Michael Fassbender’s thirty-something Brandon, a New Yorker “unable to manage his sex life”, and this summer Mulligan will take the stage in Ingmar Bergman’s Off-Broadway Through a Glass Darkly. She’s also scheduled to take on the iconic role of Daisy Buchanan in the much anticipated Baz Lurhmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a role she landed despite names like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson thrown in the ring.


Amanda Seyfried
Why was she included?
Seyfried was one of a trio of mean girls in Tina Fey’s 2004 Mean Girls, but it was smash-hit musical comedy Mamma Mia that pushed her into the spotlight ahead of her peers. She then became the girl to go to for the modern romantic drama, being cast in every sappy boy-meets-girl story there was, and Vanity Fair thought she might show some range in the indie thriller Chloe, as a villain who seduces both Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.
Where is she now?
Chloe was seen by virtually no one and not received well critically. Seyfried also faced box office duds like Jennifer‘s Body and Dear John and Letters to Juliet. Still, although Seyfried seems to have slipped from her place on the Hollywood scale a bit, all potential hasn’t been lost. Things can turn around for her again this year as she turns her attention to genre-driven films, in the much buzzed about Red Riding Hood adaptation, due in theaters March 11, followed by the sci-fi thriller Now, also starring Justin Timberlake.


Rebecca Hall
Why was she included?
Rebecca Hall proved her acting chops over a number of years, culminating in 2008 with an impressive performance in Woody Allen‘s Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Hall then moved on to work with another famous director Ron Howard, in his retelling of award winning Broadway play Frost/Nixon, and then signed up for Ben Affleck’s crime thriller The Town
Where is she now?
The Town proved a hit with moviegoers and critics alike, cementing her status as the British actress to go to for serious and smart drama. Hall can next be seen in a bit of a departure with Will Ferrell in Dan Rash’s comedy/drama Everything Must Go – we’ve yet to see Hall in a comedy so this could be a test of her star power. Following the release of Everything Must Go, Hall is back to headlining thrillers, in The Awakening with Imedla Staunton and Dominic Cooper.


Mia Wasikowska
Why was she included?
Wasikowska was a relative unknown until Tim Burton hand picked her for his re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland. Vanity Fair felt that her role on HBO series In Treatment, “suggested a deep intelligence and a reservoir of talent”, something picked up on by numerous directors including Gus Van Sant, who cast Wasikowska in his melancholic drama Restless, and Lisa Cholodenko, who cast Wasikowska in her comedy The Kids Are Alright.
Where is she now?
After Alice in Wonderland became a behemoth at the box office, Wasikowski’s role in the now Oscar-nominated The Kids are AlRight proved she had the talent to back up her choice in roles. She’ll have another big year in 2011 as she stars as “Jane Eyre” in a new adaptation, as a terminally ill teenager in Gus Van Sant’s Restless, and readies for filming a new adaptation of “A View from the Bridge” and “Stoker”. But that’s still not enough for the busy young actress, as she’s still hoping to fit in John Hillcoat’s “The Wettest County in the World” somewhere in there too. Wasikowska is another up and comer who has proven her staying power.


Emma Stone
Why was she included?
Emma Stone moved to Hollywood with her mother at age 15 after giving a powerpoint presentation about why she should quit school for acting. It paid off. From Superbad to Zombieland, Emma Stone’s Hollywood career was on the rise in 2009 – considering she was the only good part of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, the only way for her was up.
Where is she now?
Seriously on her way up the Hollywood ladder! She headlined her first comedy film in 2010, the box office smash and critically acclaimed Easy A – which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination – and she’s so far set for six films in 2011, spanning a wide range of different roles, There’s the comedy Friends With Benefits, the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s drama The Help , and of course the newest Spider-man reboot. Stone is definitely heading in the right direction for a long and growing career.


Anna Kendrick
Why was she included?
Anna Kendrick was one of the shining points in 2008’s smash blockbuster Twilight, stealing every scene she was in. Kendrick then went on to land herself an Oscar nomination for her role alongside George Clooney, in Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, as Natalie, a twentysomething who was one of the standout female film characters in 2010 – and a character that Jason Reitman had created just for Kendrick.
Where is she now?
Kendrick has laid pretty low in 2010, with just a small role in the disappointing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She completed filming for Jonathan Levine‘s comedy/drama Live With It, alongside Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and she will reprise her role as Bella Swan’s human friend, Jessica, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. But she has yet to sign on for any new projects which leaves a big question mark on her young career.


Evan Rachel Wood
Why was she included?
A young witch. A gay teenager who suffers from anorexia and depression. And a teenager who sinks into a downward spiral of hard drugs, sex, and petty crime. Evan Rachel Wood had an impressive resume by the age of 16, and in the late 2000’s made a comeback in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, and Darren Aronofsky’s oscar nominated The Wrestler. She was scheduled to star as Mary-Jane in the Broadway version of Julie Taymor’s “Spider-man”…
Where is she now?
… but quit two months after Vanity Fair published the Hollywood issue. Of Vanity Fair’s 2010 ‘It Girls,’ Evan Rachel Wood appears to have slipped the most from the big screen with only The Conspirator to her credit in the past year. She will soon be filming a supporting role in The Ides of March, with nothing else yet in sight.


 
 

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Rebecca has been a contributor to Up & Comers since its humble beginnings and now works behind the scenes editing and sporadically working with Linda on features. By night, Rebecca is a NCTJ Gold Standard qualified journalist living in London and working for HELLO! magazine. On weekends you can find her in the pub. Follow Rebecca’s nonsensical pop culture ramblings here.