Rising Star Monday – Sam Claflin

Lionsgate recently announced that actor Sam Claflin will indeed be playing the coveted role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which has gained Claflin even more attention in the entertainment world. That is why he is this week’s “Rising Star” here on TrulyLuminary.

Sam Claflin broke into the business in 2010 with roles in the television shows The Pillars of the Earth and Any Human Heart. That same year, he was cast as Phillip Swift in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, On Stranger Tides, which was released on May 20, 2011. Most recently, Claflin appeared in Snow White and The Huntsman as Prince William; Snow White’s childhood friend. He is currently filming the John Pogue horror The Quiet Ones with co-stars Erin Richards and Jared Harris. And finally, after months of rumors and speculation, Hunger Games fans got what they had been waiting for when Lionsgate officially announced  that Sam Claflin will be portraying Finnick Odair in Catching Fire.

People Magazine wrote a post about Claflin titled “Five Things to Know About Sam Claflin,” so here are five things that you Hunger Games fans might want to know about our Finnick Odair:

1. He originally dreamed of being a pro soccer player.
Claflin, who hails from Norwich in the east of England, always wanted to play professional soccer for Norwich City when he grew up. “I played football every day of the week [as a kid],” he told the Sun newspaper last year. “Any evening I would be playing on our local road with my brothers and friends. It was 24/7 football back then.” Claflin trained with the club’s youth team, but at 16 he broke his ankle, and his soccer dreams were over. By that time, though, he had caught the acting bug. “It was very daunting, that big career change,” he said. “But luckily it worked out.”

2. He’s one of Hollywood’s fastest rising young stars.
Following roles in the TV series The Pillars of the Earth and Any Human Heart, Claflin got his big break in 2011, playing Phillip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He followed that up with the plum role of William in Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Kristen Stewart. “I’m truly sort of flabbergasted,” he told MTV at the time about working with the Twilight star.

3. With his humble background, he’s a bit starstruck by show business.
“My mum is a classroom assistant at the high school I went to and Dad is an accountant and a finance manager for a charity radio station,” he told the Sun. “I can’t quite fathom what is going on with my life at the moment. For me to be able to play across from some of the great names is unbelievable. It is so bizarre. I used to play with Lego, and now I am a Pirates of the Caribbean Lego figurine.”

4. He has a superstar for a mentor.
Starring in the Pirates movie brought another benefit for Claflin: He got some guidance from one of Hollywood’s biggest names. “Johnny Depp gave me the best advice,” he told the L.A. Times Magazine. “He said, ‘Stay grounded. Remember where you came from.’”

5. Sorry, folks, he’s off the market.
Claflin would be one of Hollywood’s most eligible young bachelors … if he weren’t already dating British actress Laura Haddock, 26. “Back in London and reunited with @laurajhaddock,” he wrote on Twitter last week. “Happy happy happy.”

Be sure to keep an eye on this one, he is going to become very famous because of Catching Fire and will go on to have a great career in the film industry.

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Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm3510471/http://mockingjay.net/http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20623671,00.html, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Claflin

Rising Star Monday – Andrew Garfield

It is time for another “Rising Star Monday” here on TrulyLuminary! Our star this week is actor Andrew Garfield.

Andrew Garfield has dual American and British citizenship and he was born in Los Angeles, California. His mother, Lynn, is British and his father, Richard, is American. Garfield’s family moved back to Britain when he was three years old, he is Jewish and his family was “middle class”. He was brought up in Surrey England and he was a gymnast and a swimmer when he was younger. Garfield was originally going to study business, however he became interested in acting. He trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London and graduated from this program in 2004.

Garfield began his acting career by taking classes at the age of 12 and participated in several stage plays including Bugsy Malone and Romeo and Juliet. In 2005 he broke into television with guest starring roles on the British shows Sugar Rush and Doctor Who. So far, his film credits include Lions for Lambs,The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Never let Me Go, The Social Network, and most recently he starred in The Amazing Spider-Man. His role in The Social Network shot him to stardom and gained him critical acclaim with two BAFTA award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role.”

In March 2012, Garfield made his Broadway debut as Biff Loman in the revival of Death of a Salesman, which was directed by Tony winner Mike Nichols and performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This revival also stared Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tony Award nominee Linda Emond. Garfield was nominated for a Tony Award as a best featured actor in a play for the role.

Are you a fan of Andrew Garfield? What do you think of the films that he has been in?

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Sources: http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1940449/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Garfield

Rising Star Monday – Olivia Munn

Well, today is Monday so do you know what that means!?! It is time to talk about another Rising Star here on TrulyLuminary! Due to the recent success of Magic Mike, this week our Rising Star is the model and actress Olivia Munn.

Munn’s career in film and television started in 2004 and she has been in movies such as (previosuly mentioned) Magic Mike, I Don’t Know How She Does It, and Iron Man 2. Her television credits include the shows Perfect Couples, Chuck, Greek, and Beyond the Break.

Munn is of Chinese background on her mother’s side and of German and Irish background on her father’s side. Her parents got a divorce and mother re-married when she was two. Her stepfather was in the United States Air Force and the family moved a lot. Munn was mainly raised in Tokyo, Japan, which is where the military had stationed her stepfather. During this time, she had participated in local theater productions, and later was a model in the Japanese fashion industry. Her parents divorced (again) and she moved back to Oklahoma to go to Putnam City North High School for her junior and senior years. Munn also attended the University of Oklahoma where she majored in journalism and minored in Japanese and dramatic arts.

She also has some charity work under her belt working with organizations such as PETA and Dosomething.org. With PETA she worked on campaigns against the use of animal fur and she helped raise awareness and to free a sick elephant who was with a travelling circus. With Dosomething.org she helped with the “Green Your School Challenge” and was a spokesperson for the campaign in a PSA raising awareness about the challenge. She also was on the panel of judges that evaluated the entries.

Olivia Munn is a very busy women and has done a lot to make a difference. Have you seen her in the movies and shows I mentioned? Do you think she will have a big career?

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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olivia_Munn and http://pro.imdb.com/name/nm1601397/


Rising Star Monday – Brenton Thwaites

I recently blogged that Disney has cast their Prince for their new film Maleficent–his name is Brenton Thwaites. This young man started to get a lot more media attention once it was announced that he’ll be co-starring with Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in the Disney film. Plus, a TV movie that he starred in, Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, was released on June 16, 2012. Thwaites’ rise to stardom is happening as he is playing romantic leads in back-to-back projects that will serve as his introduction to the world audience.

The Queensland, Australia, native only broke into the business in 2010 after graduating from Queensland University of Technology where he studied acting. He starred in an independent Australian film, Charge Over You, in 201o and then began working in television. He had roles in the Australian television dramas Sea Patrol, SLiDE, and Home and Away in 2011. From there he went on to work on Blue Lagoon: The Awakening and as mentioned, in the forthcoming Maleficent.

This young man has a promising career ahead of him and is currently in London filming Maleficent.

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Rising Star Monday – Logan Lerman

Those of you who are fans of the Percy Jackson series, you are already familiar with the talented young actor Logan Lerman!

The twenty-year-old, Los-Angeles-born actor is currently in Vancouver working on the Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief sequel, Sea of Monsters. Lerman has been in other films such as The Patriot, The Butterfly Effect, Hoot, The Number 23, 3:10 to Yuma, My One and Only, and most recently as D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers. Plus, he currently has five titles under production. He will also be starring in Stephen Chbosky’s Perks of Being a Wallflower (alongside Emma Watson and Ezra Miller), which is set to hit theatres on September 14 this year.

Lerman developed a passion for film and acting from a young age and told his mother when he was two that he wanted to be an actor. He had an agent by the time he was four. He began auditioning for roles in the ’90s and started out doing commercials. His mother Lisa is his manager and his father Larry is a businessman who works in the orthotic business. He also has two older siblings, Lindsey and Lucas. His family is of the Jewish faith and they left Europe in the 1930s because of the Nazi regime and settled in Los Angeles in the 1940s.

Lerman’s interest in film has led him to becoming an actor and looking into the other aspects of film such as producing, writing, and directing. Be sure to keep an eye on this young man as he has a bright future ahead of him.

Are you a fan of Logan Lerman? Have you enjoyed his films? Which is your favorite?

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Rising Star Monday – Chloë Grace Moretz

I want to start a new post theme here on trulyluminary. 🙂 I am going to talk about the young and new stars of Hollywood and how their careers are on the rise. To start I am going to talk about Chloë Grace Moretz.

This talented fifteen-year-old actress is definitely somebody to watch. Moretz started in film at the tender age of seven and has built an extensive resume, especially for someone her age! A few of her projects include The Amityville Horror, Wicked Little Things, (500) Days of Summer, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Let Me In, Hugo, Dark Shadows, and of course, the role of Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass. This role was considered Moretz’s breakthrough and it has garnered a lot of attention and fame over the two years since the film was released.

Another role that could gain Miss Moretz some critical acclaim is her portrayal of a gritty teenage runaway in her most recent film, Hick.

Hick follows Luli McMullen (Moretz) who escapes a tumultuous life in Nebraska and her alcoholic parents. She decides to run away to Las Vegas but gets more than she bargains for when she sets out on her journey. Other actors include Eddie Redmayne, Ray McKinnon, Rory Culkin, Juliette Lewis, Blake Lively, and Alec Baldwin. It was released on May 11, 2012.

With seven titles in production and three titles under development, we will be watching Moretz’s career, and talent, evolve before our very eyes.

Watch her in the trailer for Dark Shadows: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/wb/darkshadows/

Watch her in the trailer for Hick: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/hick/

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