Category: Career Milestones

Kristanna Loken Career Milestones

Kristanna Loken Career Milestones

Birth Name: Kristanna Sommer Løken
Date of Birth: 8 October 1979
Birth Place: Ghent, New York, USA
Height 5′ 10¾” (1,8 m)

Kristanna Sommer Loken was born in Ghent, New York, to Rande (Porath) and Merlin “Chris” Loken. She is of half Norwegian and half German descent. She began her modeling career at the early age of 15. Encouraged by her mother, who was a model prior to her daughter’s birth, Kristanna’s modeling career, as well as her aspirations in acting brought her to New York where she now resides.

The glamorous actress / model seems to have stayed true to her roots: her father owns an apple farm in upstate New York where he writes novels and screenplays. Aside from establishing herself as a supermodel with an Elite contract, Kristanna has made numerous television appearances as well as what could be her breakthrough film role in Terminatör 3 – The Rise of the Machines (2003) opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, released in 2003.

Kristanna Loken Career Milestones

After her mother encouraged her to become a model, Loken participated at the 1994 Elite Model Look in which she placed 3rd runner-up. Loken started her acting career in 1994 as the third actress to play Danielle ‘Dani’ Andropoulos on an episode of As the World Turns. She later appeared in several television shows and films, including regular appearances on the television shows Philly, Unhappily Ever After and Boy Meets World.

In 1998 she starred in Mortal Kombat: Conquest as Taja. She is probably best known for her performance as the cyborg T-X (Terminatrix) in the 2003 movie Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. In 2004, she appeared in a German television movie, Die Nibelungen (also known as “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” or “Sword of Xanten”), which aired as a 2-part mini-series and set a ratings record. She starred as the leading character in the 2006 film version of the video game BloodRayne, and appeared in director Uwe Boll’s film version of the video game Dungeon Siege, called In the Name of the King.

Kristanna Loken Career Milestones

She appeared in 10 episodes of the fourth season of The L Word, which debuted in January 2007. Additionally, she starred as the title character in the Sci-Fi Channel’s series Painkiller Jane which aired from April to September 2007. In December 2011, Loken appeared in the fifth-season finale of the USA Network TV series Burn Notice as CIA agent Rebecca Lang, and would reprise that role in three sixth-season episodes during mid-2012.

In 2014, she starred in the action movie Mercenaries, alongside Cynthia Rothrock, Brigitte Nielsen, Vivica A. Fox, Zoë Bell and Nicole Bilderback.

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Jessica Alba Career Milestones

Jessica Alba Career Milestones

Born: Jessica Marie Alba
Date of Birth: April 28, 1981
Birth Place: Pomona, California, USA
Height; 5′ 6½” (1,69 m)

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican and distant Sephardic Jewish, roots). Her family moved to Biloxi, MS, when she was an infant.

Three years later her father’s career brought the family back to California, then to Del Rio, TX, before finally settling in Southern California when Jessica was nine. In love with the idea of becoming an actress from the age of five, she was 12 before she took her first acting class. Nine months later she was signed by an agent. She studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet.

A gifted young actress, Jessica has played a variety of roles ranging from light comedy to gritty drama since beginning her career. She made her feature film debut in 1993 in Hollywood Pictures’ comedy Camp Nowhere (1994). Originally hired for two weeks, she got her break when an actress in a principal role suddenly dropped out. Jessica cheerfully admits it wasn’t her prodigious talent or charm that inspired the director to tap her to take over the part–it was her hair, which matched the original performer’s.

Jessica Alba Career Milestones

The two-week job stretched to two months, and Jessica ended the film with an impressive first credit. Two national TV commercials for Nintendo and J.C. Penney quickly followed before Jessica was featured in several independent films. She branched out into TV in 1994 with a recurring role in Nickelodeon’s popular comedy series The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). She played an insufferable young snob, devoted to making life miserable for the the title character, played by Larisa Oleynik.

That same year, she won the role of “Maya” in Flipper (1995) and filmed the pilot for the series. She spent 1995 shooting the first season’s episodes in Australia. An avid swimmer and PADI-certified SCUBA diver, Jessica was delighted to be doing a show that allowed her to play with dolphins. The show’s success guaranteed it a second season, which she also starred in. Her involvement in the show lasted from 1995 to 1997.

In 1996 she appeared in Venus Rising (1995) as “Young Eve”. The next year she appeared on The Dini Petty Show (1989), a Canadian talk show, and spoke about her role in “Flipper” and her general acting career. She began working on P.U.N.K.S. (1999), featuring Randy Quaid, in 1998. In early 1998 she appeared in Brooklyn South (1997) as “Melissa”. That same year she was in two episodes of Evimiz Hollywood’ta (1990) as “Leanne” and in two episodes of Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998).

She appeared in “Teen Magazine” in 1995 and various European magazines over the following years. More importantly, she was featured in the February 1999 issue of “Vanity Fair” magazine. She also had major roles in two movies that year: Gerçek öpücük (1999) and Idle Hands (1999). In 2000 she had roles in Paranoid (2000) and starred in the sci-fi TV series Dark Angel (2000), gaining worldwide recognition.

Her first starring role in a major studio film was the Honey (2003), Universal Pictures’ contemporary urban drama that grossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 feature films that have earned a combined box-office total of over $800 million, including comedies and dramas, from gritty independents to major studio blockbusters.

In 2005 she starred opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically acclaimed Günah sehri (2005), directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She next starred as Sue Storm–“The Invisible Girl”–in Marvel’s action-franchise blockbuster Fantastik dörtlü (2005), which was released by 20th Century-Fox in July 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success with over $300 million in revenue.

Jessica was part of Garry Marshall’s all-star ensemble romantic comedy, Sevgililer günü (2010), which broke box-office records with the largest opening on a four-day President’s Day weekend in history. She starred opposite Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson in director Michael Winterbottom’s controversial screen adaptation of Içimdeki Katil (2010), based on Jim Thompson’s novel, as well as Robert Rodriquez’s Ustura (2010). She co-starred in the third installment of the hit “Meet the Parents” franchise Zor baba 3 (2010), as well as the 4D family adventure Çilgin Çocuklar 4 (2011), marking her third of five collaborations with Robert Rodriguez. Jessica was part of an all-star voice cast for The Weinstein Company’s animated adventure, Kahraman Uzaylilar (2013), also featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Brendan Fraser and James Gandolfini.

She appeared in the comedy A.C.O.D. (2013), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and starred Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler. She made a cameo appearance in Ustura Dönüyor (2013) and co-starred in Robert Rodriquez’s highly-anticipated, star-studded sequel Günah Sehri: Ugruna Öldürülecek Kadin (2014).

That year she had a full slate of acting projects, including the period drama Dear Eleanor (2016)”; The Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek; the IFC parody mini-series The Spoils of Babylon (2014), produced by Funny or Die, with a stellar cast including Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Michael Sheen and Tim Robbins; and Stretch (2014), co-starring Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine, Ray Liotta, Ed Helms and Brooklyn Decker.

Jessica has received Golden Globe and People’s Choice Award nominations, was voted TV Guide readers’ Breakout Star of the Year, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for “Dark Angel.” She won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for her performance in “Fantastic Four” and an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance in “Sin City.”

She received another Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for Göz (2008) and was honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in 2005. She has received ALMA Awards for her performances in “Dark Angel” and “Machete,” as well as a Fashion Icon in 2009.

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All About Sertab – Turkey’s 2003 Eurovision Winner

All About Sertab - Turkey's 2003 Eurovision Winner

Sertab Erener is a popular Turkish pop singer. She is best known internationally as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with the song titled “Every Way That I Can”.

A native of Istanbul, Sertab Erener began her musical career with the help of Turkish pop singer Sezen Aksu. She released her first album, Sakin Ol (Calm Down), in 1992, and followed it with four more Turkish-language albums over the next decade. Her album Lal was included by Sony Music in its “Soundtrack For A Century” collection.

She won the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, representing Turkey with the song Everyway That I Can, co-written by Demir Demirkan. The song climbed the charts in countries all over Europe, including Sweden and Greece.

In the wake of her Eurovision success, Erener released her first English-language album, No Boundaries, in 2004. Her renditions of “Here I Am” and Bob Dylan’s “One More Cup of Coffee” were used in international movie soundtracks.

In 2005, Erener released a Turkish-language album named Aşk Ölmez (Love Is Immortal), promoted with songs such as “Aşk Ölmez, Biz Ölürüz” (“Love Is Immortal, We Aren’t”) and “Satılık Kalpler Şehri” (“City of Hearts For Sale”). She also appeared on the movie soundtrack album of Fatih Akın’s Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul, with a rendition of Madonna’s song “Music”.

On March 15 2007 Sertab released a best of album. In addition to her Eurovision winner song, “The Best of Sertab Erener” features samples from the singer’s extensive repertoire with songs in Spanish, Greek and English and duets with other singers.

Erener has sung duets with Ruslana, José Carreras, Ricky Martin and Greek singer Mando. She has also worked with musicians Desmond Child, Anggun, and Belgian band Voice Male.

Sertab – Every Way That I Can Lyrics

I feel you moving on a different course
Making a way for a distant cause
You say you love me and you roll your eyes
Turn to stare at the empty skies
I thought it was over and we passed all that
All we’ve done is to pass back to frame number one
Come on, now, now
I wanna show you all again what it would be like
If you just let go and let me love you
Every way that I can
I’ll try to make you love me again
Every way that I can
I’ll give you all my love and then
Every way that I can
I’ll cry, I’ll die
Make you mine again
Hold me closer, oh, so good
You make me feel just like I should
I know what you’re thinking: uhuh good
Now the rest of the world is overruled
Tell me what you see in other girls all around
Come on closer and tell me what you don’t find here
Come on, now, now
I wanna be the everything you’ve been missing out
Just let go and let me love you
Every way that I can
I’ll try to make you love me again
Every way that I can
I’ll give you all my love and then
Every way that I can
I’ll cry, I’ll die
Make you mine again
I’m in love with you
I’ll do all you want me to
You make me wanna huhuh
Make me wanna huhuhuh
I’m in love with you
I’ll do all you want me to
You make me wanna huhuh
Make me wanna huhuhuh
Nothing in the world that will stop me, no sir
Nothing in the world that will stop me, no sir
No, no, no, no, no
Every way that I can
I’ll try to make you love me again
Every way that I can
I’ll give you all my love and then
Every way that I can
I’ll give you all my love and then
Every way that I can
I’ll cry, I’ll die
Make you mine again

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Cameron Diaz Career Milestones

Cameron Diaz Career Milestones

Born: Cameron Michelle Diaz
Date of Birth: 30 August 1972
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA
Height: 5′ 8½” (1,74 m)

Born in San Diego, CA, on August 30, 1972, Diaz left school at 16 to become a model. For the next five years, she traveled the globe, working in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Morocco, and Paris. As a model for the Elite Agency, she did commercial work for such products as Coke, Nivea, and L.A. Gear.

She returned to California at the age of 21 and was unknown in the film industry when she was cast in her breakthrough role as the target of Jim Carrey’s hyper-animated lust in The Mask. Following the hoopla surrounding her performance — or, more specifically, her physical appearance — in the film, Diaz opted to take acting lessons and appear in a series of small, independent films, including The Last Supper (1995), She’s the One (1996), and Feeling Minnesota (1996).

After starring opposite Ewan McGregor in Danny Boyle’s A Life Less Ordinary, Diaz further endeared herself to audiences and critics with her performance in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997). Proving herself an acceptable foil for the film’s star, Julia Roberts, she went on to greater success in the Farrelly brothers’ There’s Something About Mary in 1998. Starring as the film’s titular heroine, Diaz turned in an audience-pleasing performance in the cheerfully bawdy film, which proved to be one of the year’s biggest box-office successes.

Cameron Diaz Career Milestones

The same year, Diaz made a cameo appearance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and starred as Jon Favreau’s unhinged fiancée in the black comedy Very Bad Things. Now fully established as one of Hollywood’s hottest properties, she went on to take lead roles in 1999’s Being John Malkovich, in which she played puppeteer John Cusack’s wife, and Any Given Sunday, in which she played the president and co-owner of a football team in Oliver Stone’s paean to American football.

In 2000 Diaz joined Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels, the much-hyped big-screen remake of the television classic. A comically self-aware and fairly faithful adaptation of the original series, Charlie’s Angels served up Matrix-style action with retro-sensibilities, propelling the franchise into the new millennium.

The following year found Diaz endearing herself to younger audiences as the voice of Princess Fiona in the animated box-office smash Shrek, as well as using her wide eyed innocence to horrific effect in the Tom Cruise mindbender Vanilla Sky. Headlining the ill-fated comedy The Next Best Thing in 2002, Diaz would take a historical trip to the birthplace of America in director Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York before becoming the second (after Julia Roberts actress to join the “$20 Million Club” with Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Though the film would perform only moderately well at the box office, fans could be sure that they would get plenty more Diaz as production on Shrek 2 and Fun with Dick and Jane began to kick into full gear.

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Katrina Kaif Career Milestones

Katrina Kaif Career Milestones

Katrina Kaif is one of eight siblings, 7 girls and 1 boy, from a mother who is a Caucasian of British Nationality, and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has since acquired British citizenship. Her mother is now re-settled in Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the Capital of the state of Tamil Nadu in India.

She spent subsequent years in Hawaii, and then in London, Britain, She started modeling accidentally when she was in Hawaii at the tender age of 14, when she was approached for a jewelry campaign. Thereafter she continued modeling in London.

Continuing to model was the reason she got her break in a Bollywood movie ‘Boom’ offered by none other than film-maker Kaizad Gustad.

She was flooded with modeling assignments the minute she set her foot on Indian soil, especially with her innocent expressive face, hour-glass figure, and drop-dead gorgeous looks.

Professionally she started off as a model with photographer Atul Kasbekar, and upon being accepted, she received offers from LG, Cola, Fevicol, Lakme, & Veet. It was the Lakme commercial that got her noticed. She retained Matrix as her Manager to accept work on her behalf and at the price she deserved.

Katrina Kaif Career Milestones

Moving to different culture and country was not much of a culture shock for her, as she states that no matter where you come from, the bottom line is that everyone wants to be loved, respected, and cared for.

Despite of her positive attitude, she had been stereotyped as “Indian” by extreme right-wingers in Britain who made it clear that she did not quite fit-in with their “Blonde” Caucasian culture; while on the other hand in India itself she had been ranked as an ‘outsider’ very much like Sonia Gandhi.

Unlike other artistes from foreign lands, Katrina did not experience any difficulties in getting a visa nor of getting it extended in India.

Although linguistically challenged, Katrina puts on a bold face and states that other Bollywood artistes like Sridevi, who did not know Hindi, did get offers from Bollywood film-makers, and she is no different. She has taken Hindi and dancing lessons to fit in with the Bollywood culture. She likes to display a picture of her learning Kathak dancing where she used to dance 7 hours a day non-stop.

Adorned with soft gorgeous looks, she is not easily intimidated, but admits that she is very emotional, sensitive, and concerned about her privacy, Almost an incurable romantic, she prefers to wear comfortable non-revealing clothes when at home, hates to do her hair, and above all dislikes make-up. Admitting to being lonely in the beginning, but now has several friends who she can hang out with.

Although her first movie ‘Boom’ was panned by the critics and shunned by the audiences, two other Telugu movies ‘Malliswari’ and ‘Pidugu’ did get her noticed. She grossed 70 Lakh Rupees for ‘Malliswari’ – making her top the list of the highest paid actresses during a South Indian movie debut.

Not done with South Indian movies, she has been signed in a Tamil movie ‘Bheema’ opposite National Award Winner Vikram.

She has received decent reviews for her part in “Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya”, as well as a brief appearance in ‘Sarkar’.

Katrina had made Mumbai her base, didn’t mind singing and dancing around trees and as a result is now one of the biggest mega-stars, perhaps one of the highest paid female-lead actresses in Bollywood, and a crowd-puller whenever she makes an appearance for a live song and dance number.

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Bollywood: Genelia d’Souza Career Milestones

Bollywood: Genelia d'Souza Career Milestones

Born: Genelia De Souza
Date of Birth: 5 August 1987
Birth Place; Bumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height: 5′ 6″ (1,68 m)

Genelia D’Souza is an Indian actress, model, and host. She has appeared in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. After gaining wide attention in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan, D’Souza began her acting career with Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. She was recognized for her role in Boys the same year, and later established herself in Telugu cinema by acting in several Telugu films during 2003-2005. D’Souza received her first Filmfare Award in 2006 for her performance in the Telugu romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim.

In 2008, she gave critically acclaimed performances in Santosh Subramaniam, a Tamil remake of Bommarillu, and the Bollywood movie Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. Having acted in several commercially successful movies in Telugu and Tamil, D’Souza has established herself as one of the leading actresses of the South Indian film industry.In addition to movie acting, D’Souza has hosted the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India

When Genelia D’Souza was offered a role in Tujhe Meri Kasam, initially she turned it down, as she was not keen to pursue a career in acting. But the crew insisted and kept contacting her for two months, and she agreed when she saw the Telugu version of the movie. Tamil director, S. Shankar, was impressed with her performance in the Parker Pen commercial and decided to cast her in a leading role in his 2003 Tamil film Boys.[19] D’Souza was selected among 300 girls, who had auditioned for the movie. She signed three movies simultaneously in three different languages, Tujhe Meri Kasam (Hindi), Boys (Tamil), and Satyam (Telugu).

Bollywood: Genelia d'Souza Career Milestones

Genelia D’Souza’s professional movie career began,[20] with her Bollywood debut Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003. Indian film critic Taran Adarsh noted, “Genelia is a wonderful performer. She catches you unaware with a performance that’s natural to the core.” The movie garnered poor box office returns, and it failed to propel her career in Bollywood. Following her poor debut in Bollywood, she decided to act in South Indian films.

Later the same year, she made her Tamil debut as the teenage girl Harini in Boys, a story about five teenagers having stereotypical teen-boy fantasies. The movie, though noted for its vulgar sexual content, was a box-office success, and subsequently she started receiving Telugu film offers. She left Tamil cinema for a while to concentrate on the Telugu film industry. She made her Telugu debut in 2003 as a medical student in Satyam. Sify noted in their review that, “Genelia is excellent as her body language is her major asset.” The movie was well received, and it raised her profile in the Telugu film industry.

In 2004, D’Souza appeared in her second Bollywood movie, Masti. The comedy focuses on three close friends who reunite after three years, but are now married and are being harassed by their wives. D’Souza portrayed the character of one of the wives. Taran Adarsh was complimentary of D’Souza’s role, saying, “Amongst the wives, Genelia is the best, […] Genelia looks the stern and demanding wife and is sure to be noticed.” The film fared well at the UK box office. The same year, she appeared in two Telugu movies Samba, and Sye, both succeeding at the box-office.

After appearing in her first Telugu movie in 2005, Naa Alludu, she starred in the Tamil romantic entertainer Sachein. A review in The Hindu noted, “Genelia, who hardly made an impression in Boys, makes much impact in Sachein.” The movie evoked mixed response from audiences, but was well received with the younger generation. She later appeared in the Telugu patriotic movie Subhash Chandra Bose.

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Vanessa Hudgens Career Milestones

Vanessa Hudgens Career Milestones

Born: Vanessa Anne Hudgens
Date of Birth: 14 December 1988
Birth Place: Salinas, California, USA
Height: 5′ 1″ (1,55 m)

Vanessa Hudgens was born in Salinas, California. Her family moved to San Diego whilst she was still a toddler. She has a younger sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. Her mother, Gina (Guangco), an officer worker, is from the Philippines. Her father, Gregory Hudgens, a firefighter, has Irish and Native American ancestry.

Vanessa was interested in acting and singing at a young age, inspired by her grandparents who were musicians. At the age of 8, she started appearing in musical theatre. She briefly attended Orange County High School of the Arts. She began auditioning and was successfully cast in a TV commercial. This prompted her family to move to Los Angeles. She started homeschooling so she missed out on the high school experience, until she landed her breakthrough role in High School Musical (2006).

In 2003, Hudgens played a minor role in the independent drama film Thirteen, where she plays Noel, a friend of a lead character (Tracy, played by Evan Rachel Wood). The film was critically successful, receiving generally favorable reviews, and its receipts surpassed its $4 million budget. Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds as Tintin. Unfortunately, the film was commercially and critically unsuccessful, and received heavy criticism through the Internet prior to its release.

Vanessa Hudgens Career Milestones

In late 2005 Hudgens appeared in television shows such as Quintuplets, Still Standing, The Brothers García, Drake & Josh, and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

In late 2005 she landed her breakout role of shy and meek Gabriella Montez in High School Musical, opposite to Zac Efron. Her performance received numerous nominations and awards. With the success of the film, the BBC predicted that Hudgens would be a “household name” in the US.

In 2007, Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella Montez in the sequel of High School Musical, High School Musical 2. Virginia Heffernan of TV Review described Hudgens in her performance in the movie as “matte” as she “glows like a proper ingénue”.

Hudgens reprised her role as Gabriella Montez in High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Her performance in the film made her win favorite movie actress in the 2009 Kids Choice Awards.

Vanessa Hudgens Career Milestones

Post-High School Musical, Hudgens remarked that she will focus in her acting and films, while “taking a break” from her music career as a solo artist. She played a supporting role in a musical comedy Bandslam, which was released theatrically on August 14, 2009. Hudgens plays “Sa5m”, a 15-year-old awkward freshman with untapped talents.

Although Bandslam was commercially unsuccessful, Hudgens’s performance received praise from critics. David Waddington of the North Wales Pioneer noted that Hudgens “outshines the rest of the cast, failing to fit in with the outcast narrative and making the inevitable climactic ending all the more expected,” and Philip French of The Guardian compared her acting to Thandie Newton and Dorothy Parker.

Hudgens performed a musical number with other artists during the 81st Academy Awards. Hudgens later provided voice roles in an episode of Robot Chicken. Hudgens’ involvement in Beastly, a film based on Alex Flinn’s novel of the same name, was announced in early 2009. She played one of the main characters in the film as Linda Taylor, described by Hudgens as the “beauty” of the story but not the stereotypical beauty everyone thinks of. Along with Beastly co-star, Alex Pettyfer, Hudgens was recognized as ShoWest stars of Tomorrow. Hudgens was later cast in an action film directed by Zack Snyder, Sucker Punch, playing Blondie, an institutionalized girl in an asylum, which was released in March 2011.

After so many years, Hudgens returned to theater productions wherein she starred in the musical Rent as Mimi. The stage production ran from August 6–8, 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl. Her involvement in the production drew negative comments, but director Neil Patrick Harris defended his decision with casting Hudgens by saying, “Vanessa [Hudgens] is awesome. She’s a friend. I asked her to come in and sing to make sure she had the chops for it. And she was very committed and seemed great.”

In October 2010, it was announced that Hudgens will be joining the sequel to the 2008 film Journey to the Center of the Earth alongside Dwayne Johnson and Josh Hutcherson, playing Hutcherson’s love interest. In April 2011, it was reported that she would star in an indie film, Gimme Shelter with Brendan Fraser, written and directed by Ron Krauss.

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Amanda Seyfried Career Milestones

Amanda Seyfried Career Milestones

Born: Amanda Michelle Seyfried
Date of Birth: 3 December 1985
Birth Place: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5′ 2½” (1,59 m)

Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scots-Irish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was 11, and acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons. She landed a recurring role in the long-running US soap opera As the World Turns (1956) when she was just age 15.

More soap work followed as she completed her schooling and had already secured a place at Fordham University when she was offered a role in the Tina Fey-penned teen hit Kötü kizlar (2004). She deferred her university education to complete the film. More TV work followed, raising her profile across America, while her appearances in Mamma Mia! (2008) and Kiz ve kurt (2011) helped establish her international fame.

With her notable roles in film and television, Amanda Seyfried has quickly captured the attention of audiences and established herself as a breakout star. Seyfried is currently in production on the Fox Atomic film Jennifer’s Body, written by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by Karyn Kusama. Seyfried will star as Needy, who is best friends with Jennifer (Megan Fox), a possessed cheerleader who turns into a killer.

Amanda Seyfried Career Milestones

Most recently, Seyfried has received critical praise for her starring role in HBO’s Golden Globe Award-nominated drama Big Love. She stars as Sarah Henrickson, the eldest teenage daughter of Bill (Bill Paxton) and Barb Hendrickson (Jeanne Tripplehorn), who struggles with growing up in a polygamist family. Big Love is returning for its third season in 2008.

The Pennsylvania native started her career with modeling at the age of 11. Seyfried soon turned to acting and landed her first contract role as Lucy Montgomery on As the World Turns in 2000. In 2002, All My Children signed her to the contract role of Joni Stafford.

Amanda Seyfried’s television credits include a heart-wrenching performance of a rape victim in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; a role as the girlfriend of an ill young man in House; Justice, in which she played a young woman who accidentally kills an older man whom she’d been dating and is successfully defended by Victor Garber’s character; and a role in the Veronica Mars pilot.

Her breakthrough role was in Mean Girls, the Lorne Michaels-Tina Fey- Paramount Pictures hit in the spring of 2004, in which Seyfried co-starred with Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. They won the Best On-Screen Team Award at the MTV Movie Awards that year.

In 2005, she starred in Nine Lives, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim. Written and directed by Rodrigo García, the film also starred Sissy Spacek, Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Robin Wright Penn and Dakota Fanning.

In 2006, Seyfried appeared in Alpha Dog, directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone, Emile Hirsch and Bruce Willis. Also in 2006, she starred in American Gun with Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker and Marcia Gay Harden.

Seyfried currently divides her time between Los Angeles and New York.

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Odette Yustman Career Milestones

Odette Yustman Career Milestones

Born: Odette Juliette Yustman
Date of Birth: 10 May 1985
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5′ 8½” (1,74 m)

Odette Juliette Annable (née Yustman; born May 10, 1985), better known by her birth name Odette Yustman, is an American actress.

She was born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Lydia, is Cuban. Her father, Victor Yustman, who is of Italian and French descent, was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Nicaragua. She is fluent in Spanish.

She graduated from Woodcrest Christian High School in Riverside, California. After graduating, she had planned on getting a degree in business finance at Loyola Marymount University before she decided to pursue a career in acting.

Yustman made her acting debut at an early age, playing a young, Spanish-speaking student named Rosa in Kindergarten Cop, and later moved on to various television shows and movies such as South Beach and October Road. In 2007, she starred in the Lifetime original movie Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape and followed it quickly with a lead role in J. J. Abrams’ Cloverfiel.

Odette Yustman Career Milestones

She also provided the voice of the character Amata in Fallout 3. On January 29, 2008, Variety announced that she would appear in The Unborn, which was released in 2009. Much Internet buzz was generated by the release of an international poster for Unborn that seemed to exploit her physical attractiveness.

She is featured in the music video for “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” by Weezer. She starred as Melanie in Fox Broadcasting Company’s comedy, Breaking In. Although the series is technically cancelled, Fox extended the option on the cast until November 15, 2011, presumably allowing it to return at a later date. On August 24, 2011, The show was renewed by Fox for 13 episodes, scheduled to air in the midseason comedy block.

Commencing in the fall of 2011, she will star in Fox’s House as Dr. Gregory House’s newest recruit. Scheduling is such that she will be available to continue in her role in Breaking In if it is brought back for a second season.

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Leighton Meester Career Milestones

Leighton Meester Career Milestones

Born: Leighton Marissa Meester
Date of Birth: 9 April 1986
Birth Place: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Height: 5′ 4½” (1,64 m)

Leighton Marissa Meester (born April 9, 1986) is an American actress, singer and model. She is mostly known for her starring role as Blair Waldorf in the teen drama series Gossip Girl (2007–12). She has also appeared in the 2010 country drama film Country Strong, the 2011 thriller The Roommate, the 2011 romantic-comedy Monte Carlo, the comedies The Oranges (2011) and That’s My Boy (2012), and the comedy-drama The Judge (2014). Meester made her Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men (2014).

In addition to acting, Meester has also ventured into music. In 2009, she featured on Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad” which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her first single “Somebody to Love” with Universal Republic. Her second single “Your Love’s a Drug” was released in 2011. Meester has also recorded songs for various soundtracks. Her debut album, Heartstrings, was independently released in 2014. She has also modeled, having been the face of brands such as Jimmy Choo, Herbal Essences and Vera Wang.

Leighton Meester Career Milestones

Leighton Marissa Meester was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Constance (Haas) and Douglas Meester. Although born in Texas when her mother was serving a jail sentence for her part in a marijuana-smuggling ring, Meester spent her early years in Marco Island, Florida with her grandparents. There, she became involved with the local playhouse and made her stage debut in a production of “The Wizard of Oz”.

She moved to New York with her mother at the age of 11 and was soon working as a model and appearing in TV commercials. A few years later, at age 14, she and her mother moved again, this time to Los Angeles where she soon began to pick up TV work, making her debut in Law & Order: Disciple (1999).

A steady stream of TV work followed until in 2007 she landed the role in Gossip Girl (2007) which made her famous. This led to more TV and movie work, and in 2009 she launched a recording career with a single entitled, “Somebody to Love”.

Her surname, “Meester”, is Dutch for “master” or “teacher”. Her father is of approximately one quarter German, one quarter Dutch, one quarter Irish, and one quarter English, ancestry. Her maternal grandfather was the son of German immigrants, and her maternal grandmother had English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry.

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