Some rise to super-stardom very quickly, while other celebrities take longer to ascend. Either way they all start somewhere. We looked at the current crop of young celebrities and came up with a list of bright stars on the rise. The Up & Comers list includes celebrities that have lower than average awareness, but strong appeal among those aware of them, suggesting that as their fan base grows in the future, so will their E-Score.
Taking the top spot on the list is Lauren Cohan. After years on the small screen in the series The Walking Dead, Lauren is set to star in “The Boy”, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and the Tupac Shakur bio-pic, “All Eyez on Me” in 2016. The Walking Dead makes a second appearance as Danai Gurira holds on to the last spot on our list. Gurira plays Michonne on The Walking Dead and is also set to star alongside Ms. Cohan again in the Tupac Shakur bio-pic. It will be interesting to see if this dynamic duo works on other projects in the future.
Television seems to be getting the “dynamic-duo” treatment as a popular trend has emerged: the Superhero TV series. Stars of DC Comics shows take three spots on the Up & Comers list with Melissa Benoist, Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin leading the way in Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash respectively. Each show is finding their own set of Super-fans. However, you can’t talk super-fans without talking about sports.
Athletes are some of the biggest celebrities today and make up a quarter of this list. Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan top the our up and coming athletes, using the U.S. Women’s Soccer team’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup win to springboard into the top ten. NBA stars Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green round out the athletes taking spots 17-19 on our list. Athletes have the ability to move from up and comer to bona fide star quickly so we don’t expect to see them on this list too much longer.
Whether or not these become household names in the coming months and years, each of the celebrities on our list has shown the potential to be a star with their fans. Will they get the opportunity to prove they are more than up and comers in the future? As they continue to increase their fan bases, it will be interesting to see how their appeal is affected by increased exposure and awareness. We can only wait and see how these stars’ E-Scores change in the next year.