A SEMINAL shift occurs in the ENTERTAINMENT industry every so often when a group of NEWCOMERS seems to arrive all at once—a CHANGING of the GUARD, so to speak. Meet the most PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN leading the PACK.
Since her first major modeling gig in a Marni for H&M commercial directed by Sofia Coppola in 2012, Hemingway has been unstoppable. Earlier this year, the great-granddaughter of literary icon Ernest Hemingway was tapped as the face of Sonia by Sonia Rykiel. She’s also an avid illustrator and has collaborated with the likes of Alice + Olivia, Pamela Love and Louis Vuitton.
Follow her on Instagram @langleyfox.
Perrineau plays Shana Elmsford in this fall’s Jem and the Holograms, based on the popular ’80s cartoon series and directed by Jon M. Chu. “He’s just a genius, plain and simple,” says the New York City native and daughter of actor Harold Perrineau. Look for Perrineau next in the December release of Drake Doremus-directed Equals, alongside Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. “It’s a really interesting story with a lot of heart,” she says.
Follow her on Instagram @auroraperrineau.
On the verge of stardom, Miami-born Guardiola makes her major television debut as the lead female role in the Baz Luhrmann-directed Netflix drama series The Get Down, which premieres in 2016. But it’s not just her acting chops that Guardiola is proving as of late; she’s also caught the ears of several major recording labels after time spent in the music studio. Stay tuned.
Follow her on Instagram @herizen_fawn.
Richie first made waves with a feature in Elle, and a shoot for Who What Wear in 2014. This year, the Beverly Hills native and daughter of Lionel Richie was selected as the face of Madonna’s clothing line, Material Girl. Following in the footsteps of her older sister and VH1 star, Nicole, the up-and-comer is rumored to have a television show in the works.
Follow her on Instagram @sofiarichie and Snapchat: srichieee.
Following roles in a string of shows in her native Germany, Hilker is poised to make her Hollywood debut with the coveted role of Nita opposite Shailene Woodley in the Divergent franchise next year. “Everything is so big and a very different way of filmmaking from what I am used to. I learned a lot,” says Hilker, whose recent roles include the critically acclaimed 2014 indie flick Spring, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Appearing as Layla Grant on ABC’s Nashville, now in its fourth season, Peeples nabbed the coveted lead role of Jem in the new Jem and the Holograms film. A classically trained vocalist, she’s as comfortable on screen as she is in front of a mic. “As a musician, getting to play the Grand Ole Opry and the Beacon Theatre have both been such incredible experiences,” says Peeples, who currently calls Nashville home. Next year, she takes on the role of a drug addict in the new ABC Family series Recovery Road.
Since landing a role as a series regular on Silversun, a children’s sci-fi series in her native Australia at age 15, Coleman’s acting career has been on the up and up, including a lead role in 2012’s dance flick Step Up Revolution. She currently stars alongside Will Forte and January Jones in the hit Fox show The Last Man on Earth, now in its second season. Coleman, who also channels her creative energies into deejaying, is at work on a short sci-fi film she penned. “More specifically it’s a cli-fi. That’s a new term for sci-fi stories with an environmental undertone,” says Coleman, who begins shooting next year.
Follow her on Instagram @cleopatracoleman.
Daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and sister to Margaret Qualley (of HBO’s The Leftovers), the North Carolina-raised country artist released her first EP, Turn Me On Like the Radio, in June. Currently at work on her debut album, this guitar-slinging songstress has already opened for her musical idol Willie Nelson at the Ryman Auditorium, and taken the stage at the illustrious Grand Ole Opry. Says Qualley, “Both were incredibly humbling experiences.”
Music is clearly in Stewart’s blood: Her dad is Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart (she counts his former music partner, Annie Lennox, as a mentor), and her brothers Sam and Django form the band Nightmare & the Cat. The London-born, L.A.-bred teen inked her first deal with Warner Bros. Records at age 13, and in the wake of the release of her first single, “In Love With a Boy,” spent a month on the road with the Vans Warped Tour this summer and played the CMJ Music Marathon in New York City this fall. Look out for her debut album in the works, produced by her father, who also doubles as her manager.
YouTube sensation Akana has racked up more than 1.3 million subscribers for her online weekly show, which delves into a variety of topics, all with a comedic bent. “It only took five years,” jokes Akana of her ascent to fame, thanks, in part, to her animated series, Riley Rewind, which has amassed more than 25 million views. Up next for the Internet tour de force? A book, tentatively titled Letters to My Little Sister, to be published by Random House in 2017.
Photography by AMANDA DEMME.
Written by LESLEY McKENZIE.
Styling by DEBORAH AFSHANI.