On the hit reality competition show "Project Runway," host Heidi Klum often says, "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day you're out." The same catchphrase could easily be applied to Hollywood, where actors and actresses are red hot one day and a distant memory the next. It isn't easy to sustain momentum in the movie industry, but these actresses are doing just that.
The hot list changes all the time in Hollywood, but the same actress has been perched at or near the top for several months now. That would be Jennifer Lawrence, who has steadily charmed America one awkward and funny interview at a time. She burst onto the scene with her first Oscar nomination for the 2010 drama "Winter's Bone." Though she didn't win, she followed that up by playing a young Mystique in "X-Men: First Class" and then landing the lead role in "The Hunger Games." Suddenly, her star was rising as she transitioned from the indie fare of "Winter's Bone" to much more mainstream movies.
In 2012, she appeared opposite Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook," for which she won an Academy Award. When she tripped on the stairs on the way up to make her acceptance speech, America fell in love. She has multiple roles in big films lined up, including the sequel to "The Hunger Games" that people can't stop talking about. She is just twenty-three years old, so expect her to continue to have an impressive career and be at or near the top of the hot list for years to come.
Giving Lawrence a run for her money is Mila Kunis, who is finally getting meatier parts in major films after years in television and supporting movie roles. She has years of experience under her belt, but her career has skyrocketed of late thanks to recent starring roles, including that of Theodora in "Oz the Great and Powerful." She is taking on many dramatic roles, perhaps in an effort to prove that she can do more than just the comedy that marked her early work on "That '70s Show." She has a plum part in "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" with Robin Williams and "Game of Thrones" favorite Peter Dinklage. She is also currently filming the mysterious role of Jupiter Jones in "Jupiter Ascending" from "The Matrix" directors Andy and Lana Wachowski. With so many high-profile movies either filming or set for release soon, Kunis is hotter than ever.
Though Lawrence and Kunis are clearly at the top of the Hollywood heap right now for actresses, a few starlets are nipping at their heels and could soon spend some quality time atop any hot list. Chloe Grace Moretz is a prime example, as she has a mind-boggling eight projects that are either currently filming, about to start filming, or in the editing stage for eventual release. These include the lead role in a remake of the Sissy Spacek classic "Carrie" and a big part in the Keira Knightly film "Laggies," which also stars Sam Rockwell. She has done all of this despite the fact that she is still several months from being old enough to drive.
Saoirse Ronan may be old enough to drive, but she is still just a teenager, and she too has accomplished a great deal in a short time. She earned her way onto the hot list when she was nominated for an Oscar in 2007 for her role in the period drama "Atonement" opposite Keira Knightly. She has steadily worked in films since then, taking a turn as a young murder victim in "The Lovely Bones" and playing an assassin in "Hanna." She has six projects on the horizon, including a chance to play royalty in "Mary Queen of Scots." Rumors have also circulated that writer/director Joss Whedon is basing the character of the Scarlett Witch on her for his upcoming film "The Avengers: Age of Ultron." When told of this, Ronan said that Whedon should just cast her in the role, but it remains to be seen whether he will do so.
The best thing about all of these actresses is that not one of them appears to be a flash in the pan. They have looks but also have the acting talent to match, so they should be able to carve out long careers in the film industry. It's likely that all of them will stay on most moviegoers' hot lists for a long time to come.