Everyone knows that making it in Hollywood is practically impossible, whether one is an actor, a singer, or a model. Only those who exhibit true talent and a strong work ethic stand a chance in getting anywhere at all.
Of course, some people get lucky. It doesn't take them long at all to secure the status of an A-list celebrity. And when they do, the world is at their feet. They're famous and rich. What's more, they're loved and admired by countless people all across the globe. Everyone wants to be just like them. In short, they've achieved the seemingly impossible. They're living the dream.
But there is a big difference between achieving recognition and gaining worldwide fame. For every A-list celebrity, there are dozens of stars that are far less famous. We still care about these starlets though, albeit not to the same extent that we care about the bigger names.
Of course, that is not to say that some of our favorite starlets won't ever become A-list celebrities. After all, pretty much all superstars were once unknown.
Usually, we ask everyone to pick or pass on truly famous stars before we match them with their type. This time, however, everyone gets to choose between underrated starlets.
Dakota Fanning was only seven years old when she rose to fame for her role as Lucy Dawson in the drama movie I Am Sam. This role won her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, making her the youngest nominee in the entire history of SAG (she was eight at the time according to Wikipedia). Of course, that's not the only movie she has starred in to date. You might have also seen her in The Cat in the Hat, Man on Fire, and War of the Worlds.
Anna Kendrick made her feature film debut in 2003 when she was featured in the musical comedy drama film Camp. She rose to prominence five years later, in 2008, when she was cast as Jessica Stanley in the very popular movie series The Twilight Saga. According to Wikipedia, she gained further recognition for her role as Beca Mitchell in the Pitch Perfect film series. Last year you might have seen her in A Simple Favor, whereas this year she has already appeared in The Day Shall Come and is also due to star in Noelle.
Cobie Smulders is probably best known for playing the role of Robin Scherbatsky in the popular CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. That being said, some might also link her to shows such as A Series of Unfortunate Events (in which she portrayed Mother or Mrs. Quagmire), Friends from College (in which she was cast as Lisa Turner), and Arrested Development (in which she starred as Lucille Bluth). If you're into superhero films, you might also recognize Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill (Wikipedia).
Nina Dobrev's first acting role was that of Mia Jones in the teen drama TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. Nowadays, however, she is best known for portraying Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce in the supernatural teen drama show The Vampire Diaries. She left the show prematurely to focus on other projects. At the moment she stars as Clem in the sitcom Fam. Earlier this year she also made an appearance in the drama film Run This Town, according to Wikipedia.
The comedian, actress, and producer Aubrey Plaza is without a doubt best known for her role as April Ludgate in the popular sitcom Parks and Recreation. She currently plays the role of Lenny Busker in the TV series Legion. While we tend to associate Plaza with the little screen, she has also appeared in quite a few movies. Indeed, just this year she is due to star in two movies (although one of them is a computer animated film according to Wikipedia).
When most of us think of the 90s, we can't help but think of Winona Ryder. According to Wikipedia, Ryder made her film debut in the 1986 movie Lucas and came to attention two years later, in 1988, when she appeared in Tim Burton's fantasy comedy thriller film Beetlejuice. She cemented her fame by starring in movies such as Mermaids, Heathers, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, and Girl, Interrupted. At the moment she portrays Joyce Byers in Netflix's Stranger Things.
Have you ever seen Mean Girls? It's an iconic teen comedy that was released in 2004. It's also the movie that was Amanda Seyfried's film debut. In it, she played Karen Smith, Regina George's airhead best friend. It was a fairly forgettable role so it makes sense that Seyfried didn't really make it until 2008, which is when she bagged the role of Sophie Sheridan in the musical romantic comedy film Mamma Mia! (a role she later reprized in the film's sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, according to Wikipedia).
If you look under Anna Faris' filmography you're bound to come across films such as The House Bunny, Overboard, Just Friends, What's Your Number?, The Dictator, Observe and Report, Brokeback Mountain, and Lost in Translation. If you're a fan of the iconic TV series Friends (and to be perfectly honest, who isn't?) you might just about recognize Faris as the birth mother to Chandler's and Monica's twins in the show's final season (which was released in 2004 according to Wikipedia).
Dua Lipa is a singer and songwriter. She's not as famous as some of the other musicians out there but that doesn't mean that she won't get there someday soon. After all, according to Wikipedia, she did not start working on her debut album until 2015, which is the year she signed with Warner Music Group and released her first single which she titled "New Love". Two years later, in 2017, she released her self-titled debut studio album and won several awards for it.
Bella Thorne first came to prominence exactly nine years ago, in 2010, when she bagged the role of CeCe Jones in Disney Channel's sitcom Shake It Up (which was on air between 2010 and 2013). She has since appeared in the drama TV show Famous in Love as well as quite a few films, including You Get Me, The DUFF, Blended, Amityville: The Awakening, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, Assassination Nation, The Babysitter, Midnight Sun, and I Still See You (Wikipedia).
The role of the cunning socialite Blair Waldorf in the famous teen drama TV series Gossip Girl (on air between 2007 and 2012) is the role that turned Leighton Meester into a relatively famous star. However, Meester has refused to stick solely to projects on the little screen. Indeed her filmography also boasts films such as The Roommate, Country Strong, The Oranges, The Judge, Of Mice and Men, and That's My Boy. Acting aside, Meester is also known as a talented singer and songwriter. According to Wikipedia, she released her debut album titled Heartstrings in 2014.
Alyson Hannigan is a talented actress who is perhaps best known for portraying Willow Rosenberg in the once very famous supernatural drama TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (on air between 1997 and 2003) as well as for playing Lily Aldrin in the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother (on air from 2005 to 2014). Later this year she is due to star as Esther Dunkel in season two of the CBC TV drama series Pure, according to Wikipedia.
Now You See Me, Wedding Crashers, Definitely, Maybe, Keeping Up with the Joneses, TAG, Scooby-Doo, Nocturnal Animals, Rise of the Guardians, Bachelorette, and The Great Gatsby are just some of the better known movies that can be found under Isla Fisher's filmography. If you're into recent movies, you might recall seeing her in the stoner comedy film The Beach Bum which was released earlier this year. Not big on films but love TV shows? Then you probably loved her in Arrested Development (Wikipedia).
The 2007 romantic comedy drama film No Reservations was Zoe Kravitz's film debut. She made her breakthrough four years later, in the 2011 superhero movie X-Men: First Class. To date, Kravitz has been featured in Mad Mad: Fury Road, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Lego Batman Movie, Adam Green's Aladdin, and The Divergent Series. Furthermore, in 2017 she starred in the HBO drama show Big Little Lies. When she's not busy acting, Kravitz spends her time modeling and performing with Jimmy Giannopoulos (Wikipedia).
Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Bird, The Lovely Bones, Hanna, Atonement, Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel, On Chesil Beach, City of Ember, The Seagull, and How I Live Now are some of the movies that you might have noticed Saoirse Ronan in. According to Wikipedia, Ronan is currently working on three projects. Little Women, a coming-of-age period drama film that is due to be released later this year, is one of them. Ronan will apparently portray Josephine "Jo" March in it, one of the main characters.
Like most actors, Rooney Mara initially contended herself with supporting roles in independent movies, including A Social Network, A Nightmare on Elm Street (the 2010 remake of the original), and Tanner Hall. As most moviegoers are probably well aware, she came to prominence in 2011 when she landed the role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's psychological crime thriller film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. For her role in this film she was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award (Wikipedia).
Alexis Bledel is one of those actors best known for their work on the little screen. She first came to international attention in the early 2000s when she bagged the role of Rory Gilmore in the cult classic TV series Gilmore Girls. According to Wikipedia, she reprized the fairly iconic role a couple of years ago in Netflix's long-awaited reunion miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. She has since appeared in a couple of movies (such as The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Sin City) and currently stars in the dystopian drama show The Handmaid's Tale.
Kirsten Dunst was only seven years old when she made her film debut in the anthology movie New York Stories that came out in 1989. She first gained widespread recognition five years later, in 1994, when she was cast alongside Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in the Gothic romance thriller film Interview with the Vampire. Unlike many famous child actors, she has managed to avoid slipping into obscurity and is as active today as she was a couple of decades ago (Wikipedia).
Not only an actress but also a model, Mena Suvari made her film debut in the late 90s, or to be a little more precise, in 1997 when she was cast in the black comedy drama film Nowhere. She gained recognition a couple of years later and according to Wikipedia, is today most often associated with movies such as Slums of Beverly Hills, Sugar & Spice, You May Not Kiss the Bride, Factory Girl, Stuck, Rumor Has It, and Loser.
According to Wikipedia, Milla Jovovich's numerous roles in action and science fiction films (such as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and The Fourth Kind) prompted VH1 to dub her as the "reigning queen of kick-butt" back in 2006. But Jovovich is more than just an actress. Indeed, back in 2004 Forbes named her as the highest paid model in the entire world. Later this year Jovovich is due to star in Paradise Hills and Hellboy whereas next year she'll be featured in Monster Hunter.
Lily James began her professional life as an actress only nine years ago, in 2010, when she was cast in the BBC TV series Just William. In 2012 she landed the supporting role of Lady Rose MacClare in the very popular period drama series Downton Abbey and three years later made her film breakthrough in the 2015 fantasy movie Cinderella. You might have also seen her in War & Peace, Darkest Hour, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and Baby Driver (Wikipedia).
Alison Brie is a stunning woman but she doesn't need to rely on her looks to secure fantastic roles. Indeed, she is a talented actress, known in particular for her work on the little screen. If you spend most of your time binge watching TV shows, you might recall glimpsing her in Mad Men (she was cast as Trudy Campbell) and Community (she starred as Annie Edison). According to Wikipedia, she currently portrays Ruth Wilder in the comedy show GLOW.
Sophia Bush is known as much for her work on the big screen as for her work on the little screen. In terms of film, over the years she has been featured in Van Wilder, The Hitcher, and Stay Alive. In terms of TV, she played the role of Brooke Davis in the once incredibly popular drama series One Tree Hill (on air from 2003 to 2012) and starred as Detective Erin Lindsay in the police procedural series Chicago P.D., according to Wikipedia.
Lily Collins is a woman of many, many talents. According to Wikipedia, she made her screen debut when she was only two years old in the short-running BBC TV series Growing Pains. As a teenager, she wrote for Teen Vogue, Seventeen, and The Los Angeles Times. Furthermore, in 2007 Spain's Glamour magazine named her International Model of the Year. To date, she has had leading roles in quite a few movies, including the sci-fi action thriller film Priest and the fantasy adventure film Mirror Mirror.
When most of us think of Rashida Jones, what comes to our minds is the comedy TV series Parks and Recreation. That makes perfect sense. After all, Jones played the role of Ann Perkins on the famous NBC show. Apart from that, Jones also appeared in The Office (she portrayed Karen Filippelli), Boston Public (she was cast as Louisa Fenn), and Angie Tribeca (she starred as the lead character). But Jones is known for her film work too (according to Wikipedia, she was featured in The Social Network and I Love You, Man).
Before Olivia Munn made it as an actress, she worked in television journalism. Today, we tend to associate Munn with films such as X-Men: Apocalypse, Magic Mike, and Mortdecai as well as with the drama TV series The Newsroom. According to Wikipedia, she is due to star in at least three movies sometime in the near future. Furthermore, she will portray Monica Reed, a major character in the upcoming TV series The Rook based on a novel of the same name that was written by Daniel O'Malley.
According to Wikipedia, Emmy Rossum first gained recognition for her role in the 2003 mystery thriller drama film Mystic River. She then went on to star in the science fiction film The Day After Tomorrow and received critical acclaim for portraying Christine Daaé in the 2004 musical drama film The Phantom of the Opera. Furthermore, in 2007 Rossum released her debut album which she titled Inside Out. Six years later Rossum released a follow-up album which she ended up calling Sentimental Journey.
Some of us to this day link the actress Keri Russell to her role of Felicity Porter in the drama TV series Felicity, which was on air between 1998 and 2002. Most recently, however, she came to attention for portraying a KGB agent named Elizabeth Jennings on a popular FX spy thriller series that was on air between 2013 and 2018. In terms of film, she has starred in Mission: Impossible III, Free State of Jones, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Wikipedia).
Felicity Jones' filmography includes films such as Brideshead Revisited, Northanger Abbey, Cheri, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Tempest, Like Crazy, True Story, The Theory of Everything, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A Monster Calls, and Inferno. Pretty impressive, right? Jones certainly deserves more leading roles and more critical acclaim, but perhaps all of that is in the future. According to Wikipedia, later this year Jones will star in the independent biographical action adventure film The Aeronauts. She'll play the role of Amelia Wren.
Dianna Agron made her TV debut in 2006, when she was cast as Jessica Grant in the police procedural TV series CSI: NY (although according to Wikipedia she was featured in just one episode). She then bagged the role of Jenny Budosh in the teen noir mystery drama show Veronica Mars (she stayed on the show for a year) and later, she was cast as Debbie Marshall in the science fiction series Heroes. Of course, most of us know her as Quinn Fabray from Glee.
Recently, AnnaSophia Robb came to attention for portraying young Carrie Bradshaw in the teen comedy drama TV series The Carrie Diaries (on air from 2013 to 2014). Currently she stars as Lacey in the true crime drama web TV series The Act. Prior to appearing in The Carrie Diaries and The Act, she was featured in films such as Because of Winn-Dixie, Bridge to Terabithia, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Soul Surfer, Race to Witch Mountain, and The Way, Way Back (Wikipedia).
No matter what Lena Headey decides to do next, most of us will probably forever associate her with Cersei Lannister, a character she portrayed on the popular fantasy drama TV series Game of Thrones. Still, it would be unfair to disregard all other projects she worked on prior to landing the pretty iconic role of the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Indeed, her filmography also boasts films such as 300, Ripley's Game, The Purge, and 300: Rise of an Empire as well as the spin-off TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (in which she was cast as Sarah Connor according to Wikipedia).
If you've seen the drama series House of Cards, then you probably associate Kate Mara with her role as Zoe Barnes, a reporter whose curiosity lands her in grave danger. Apart from that, Mara has also starred in the action drama show 24 (she portrayed a computer analyst named Shari Rothenberg) and in the drama TV series Pose (she played the role of Patty Bowes). The little screen aside, you might have also glimpsed her in films such as Brokeback Mountain, Fantastic Four, and We Are Marshall (Wikipedia).
Emma Roberts made her film debut more than a decade ago, in 2006. Back then she was cast in the biographical crime film Blow. Three years later, in 2004, she bagged the role of Addie Singer on Nickelodeon's Unfabulous (on air until 2007). In 2005, Roberts released her studio debut album titled Unfabulous and More (she is, after all, a singer as well as an actress) and after the show that brought her initial fame ended, went on to star in films such as Wild Child, Valentine's Day, and The Art of Getting By (Wikipedia).
Clemence Poesy was born in France so it makes sense that her filmography consists mostly of movies that were shot and produced in her native country. That being said, she has also been featured in quite a few Hollywood productions. For example, one of her most notable roles has got to be that of Fleur Delacour in the magical Harry Potter film series. Some might also recognize her as Chloe from the film In Bruges, Natasha Rostova in War and Peace, and Rana in 127 Hours (Wikipedia).
Julia Stiles is one of those rare actors who knew what she wanted to do with her life from a very early age. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, she began acting when she was only 11 years old. She made her screen debut in the early 90s when she landed the role of Erica Dansby in the children's mystery TV series Ghostwriter. She bagged her first film role three years later, in 1996 when she was cast in the romantic drama film I Love You, I Love You Not. Today we tend to associate her with the Bourne movie series.
Eliza Dushku is well-known for her work on the little screen. Over the years she has been featured in countless TV shows, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (in which she portrayed Faith) and its spin-off Angel, as well as the supernatural drama series Tru Calling and the science fiction TV series Dollhouse. TV work aside, she has also appeared in a few movies, such as True Lies, Bring It On, The New Guy, Wrong Turn, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and The Saint (Wikipedia).
Elizabeth Gillies might not have the most extensive filmography out there, but that makes sense. After all, according to Wikipedia, she only began acting in the late 2000s. Her first TV appearance was in the drama TV series The Black Donnellys. She was cast as Young Jenny and she appeared in three episodes in total. Three years later, in 2010, she landed the role of Jade West in Nickelodeon's Victorious (she was on the show from 2010 to 2013). Currently, she portrays Fallon Carrington in Dynasty.
Like so many other actors, Carey Mulligan also made her acting debut on stage. She didn't stay there though. Rather, she made her transition to the big screen in 2005 when she found herself cast as Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley. Nonetheless, Mulligan had to wait another four years before she made her breakthrough. Indeed, it was only in 2009 (exactly a decade ago), that she starred in An Education, a role that won her an Academy Award nomination according to Wikipedia.
If you're a fan of Game of Thrones (or at least were a fan until the catastrophic final season), you probably associate Natalie Dormer with her role of Margaery Tyrell. Of course, that's not the only role she has ever bagged. Over the course of her professional life she has also been featured in the historical fiction drama series The Tudors and the procedural drama show Elementary. Furthermore, she portrayed Private Lorraine in the superhero film Captain America: The First Avenger and Cressida in the science fiction adventure movies The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1and Part 2 (Wikipedia).
According to Wikipedia, before Hannah Simone decided to give acting a go, she worked as a video jockey and a model. Today most of us link her to her role of Cece in Fox's famous sitcom New Girl. Overall, Simone's filmography is not very extensive. She hasn't been up to much since the series that brought her relative fame ended. That being said, it's not like she hasn't been involved in any projects at all. For example, last year she portrayed Dr. Monique Dewan in the sitcom Single Parents (she appeared in three episodes in total).
Elizabeth Banks is not only an actress but also a director and producer. In terms of acting, you might have seen her in The Hunger Games movie series (she played the role of Effie Trinket) and the Pitch Perfect film series (she portrayed Gail Abernathy-McKadden). In terms of directing, she made her directorial debut four years ago, in 2015, with Pitch Perfect 2. In terms of producing, she apparently helped produce the first Pitch Perfect movie. According to Wikipedia, she is also due to co-wrote, direct, produce, and star in Charlie's Angels.
Unlike most starlets on this quiz, Barbara Palvin is a model, not an actress. She comes from Hungary. Indeed, according to Wikipedia, she was actually discovered on the streets of Budapest when she was a mere 13-year-old. To date, she has been on the cover of Vogue, L'Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, and Allure. In 2016 she was "Rookie of the Year" by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Earlier this year, she became a Victoria's Secret Angel. Professional life aside, she is known as Dylan Sprouse's girlfriend.
Alyssa Milano has a rather extensive filmography but none of the films that she has starred in so far are very famous. Indeed, Milano is better known for her TV projects. For example, she has been featured in the sitcom Who's the Boss? (she starred as Samantha Micelli), the soap opera Melrose Place (she portrayed Jennifer Mancini), the fantasy drama TV show Charmed (she played the role of Phoebe Halliwell), and the sitcom My Name is Earl (she was cast as Billie Cunningham according to Wikipedia).
Gardens of the Night, Life Partners, Don't Think Twice, Life of the Party, and The Lookalike are some of the films that Gillian Jacobs has been featured in over the years. Never seen them? Then you might have glimpsed Jacobs in TV shows such as the comedy show Community (in which she portrays Britta Perry), Netflix's romantic comedy Love (in which she plays the role of Mickey Dobbs), and HBO's comedy drama show Girls (in which she was cast as Mimi-Rose Howard according to Wikipedia).
Ashley Benson came to prominence when she was cast as Hanna Marin in the once very famous teen mystery drama TV series Pretty Little Liars (which first aired in 2010 and which concluded several years ago, or in 2017 to be exact). TV work aside, Benson is also known for having appeared in movies such as the crime film Spring Breakers, the cheerleader teen film Bring It On: In It to Win It, the comedy drama film Chronically Metropolitan, and the thriller film Ratter (Wikipedia).
Lauren Cohan is without a doubt best known for portraying Maggie Greene in a famous AMC apocalyptic TV series that was on air between 2011 and 2018. Some of her other notable TV roles include Bela Talbot in the dark fantasy TV show Supernatural (in which she appeared between 2007 and 2008), Rose in the supernatural teen drama series The Vampire Diaries (in which she starred between 2010 and 2012) and Vivian McArthur Volkoff in the action comedy spy show Chuck (in which she was featured in 2011 according to Wikipedia).
According to Wikipedia, Naomi Watts rose to fame in the early 2000s when she was cast in David Lynch's neo-noir mystery drama Mulholland Drive. The following year, in 2002, she bagged the role of a journalist who comes across a mysterious tape in the supernatural thriller film The Ring. She has since appeared in King Kong, The Impossible, Adore, Funny Games, The Book of Henry, Shut In, Eastern Promises, The Painted Veil, Birdman, While We're Young, Fair Game, and St. Vincent.
Solange Knowles is a seriously gifted woman. She is not only a songwriter and singer, but also an actress and record producer. Not that we're surprised, really. After all, she comes from a very talented family. Her sister is Beyonce, after all! According to Wikipedia, she was once a temporary backup dancer for Beyonce's band Destiny's Child. But she refused to stay in the shadow of her popular sister. To date, she has released as many as four studio albums and she has also had minor roles in films such as Johnson Family Vacation and Bring It On: All or Nothing (Wikipedia).
The Big Sick, Ruby Sparks, Wildlife, What If, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Revolutionary Road, It's Complicated, The Pretty One, and The Monster are some of the films that Zoe Kazan has been featured in ever since she began acting in the early 2000s. Like many other actors, she hasn't just stuck to film work but has also experimented with TV roles. For example, according to Wikipedia, between 2007 and 2008 she played the role of Andrea Martino in the drama TV series Il Deuce.