You Heard It Here: Stars in the Making

I usually tell one Hollywood story at a time, but this post is breaking tradition a little. Working in show business for as long as I have, I’ve run across some amazing actors. You’ve heard me tell stories about many of them.

One of the things that’s fun for me is when I work with someone who I know is going to hit it big. Granted, it’s hard to tell in this town where one false move (or movie!) can set a career back decades. But still, with the right project and right timing, just about anything is possible if the actor has talent.

Two people come to mind initially as I talk about this. But let me tell you the stories first. (I can group them together since I told both of the them almost the exact same thing.)

Both of these actors had been feeling a ton of self-doubt about their careers and if, when and where they might work again. They are both handsome, funny and extremely talented. It amazed me that they could worry about their careers at all. But twice in two years as I sat down with both of them, I gave the same advice. And it went a little something like this:

“Trust me. You have nothing to worry about. You are not only going to work again, but you’re going to be huge. Giant. You’re going to own this town.”

Interestingly enough, they both gave me close to the same look. The you-know-this-is-Hollywood-and-you-can’t-predict-shit look. True, this town is one gigantic crap shoot, but these guys had the world at their feet (and pretty much still do).

So, who am I talking about? You’ve probably already guessed by now. The first guy to get my speech was seventeen year old Matthew Perry. The second, was a twenty-something George Clooney.

In recent years, I’ve been working with a ton of child actors and again I’ve run across a couple that stand out. And, yes, I gave them my you’re-going-to-make-it-after-all-Mary-Tyler-Moore speech. But, I’m going out on a limb and I’m going to publicly tell you the next two guys who I think are going to hit it big.

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The first is Robbie Amell. In fact, I think he’s staring in a new show this fall, but I’m not sure of the network or the name of the show. I worked with Robbie on True Jackson, V.P. for Nickelodeon and I can tell you this young man is the whole package. Next (and another actor I met on the same series) is Matt Shively. Matt is one of the best physical actors I’ve ever worked with (although Robbie’s no slouch in that area either). He’s funny and cute and he has an energy about him that’s irresistible. I know he’s shooting a movie now in Canada with a couple other actors I love.

That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it. Check out these boys. They are fun to watch.

What about you? Has any actor caught your eye from a movie or television program and you just knew they were going to hit it big? Spill! I want to know!



You Heard It Here: Stars in the Making — 12 Comments

  1. I’m totally showing my age here, Dee, but the first time I saw Tom Hanks in the TV show Bosom Buddies, I knew he was something special. I’m not surprised he’s been so successful, it was evident early on.

    • Hi Alison,

      Yes!! I agree! I was actually surprised that Peter Scolari didn’t have equal success. I thought they were terrific together. (Not to say Peter hasn’t had success, but just not what Tom has had.) Would you believe my current show shoots on the same stage as Bosom Buddies! I always enjoyed the show and it’s fun to think I’m on the same stage. (It’s also the Cheers and Frasier stage! AND, the Lucy Show stage! Talk about history!!)

  2. I’m the opposite with my predictions…Titanic? “Who will want to see that? Everybody knows the ship sinks!” Nichole Kidman when she married Tom Cruise? “Hope she’s happy living in Tom’s shadow.”

    My skepticism is a sign something is going to go gangbusters. 😉

    • Hi Sam,
      Haha! I thought the same thing about Titanic. I actually had a feeling about Tom/Nicole. And I knew TomKat wouldn’t work either. (You wanna talk cynic!) It really is random who makes it big in this town and who doesn’t. Luck, timing…all things out of our control.

  3. I love these kind of stories! Who’d a thunk about Matthew and George. You are sage missy.

    So now I watch these young men over the next few years to see if you truly have the gift or not. My bet is you do.

    Keep ’em coming.

    • Hi Lynne,
      Yay! Glad you liked my story! (I’m waiting to get a message from Robbie saying, “You put me on your blog?!!” LOL.) He’ll be mad that I didn’t remember the name of his new show. I looked it up. It’s called The Tomorrow People. It sounds really good! I predict after this, he’ll hit the big screen (a la George). As far as ‘sage’… I doubt that.

  4. After watching “Ten Things I Hate About You”, a friend of mine predicted that Heath Ledger was going to be a big star. She was right, of course. There was something very special about him.

    • Hi Jana,
      I never saw that one. All I can tell you is that Heath scared the crap outta me as the Joker and I was scared to watch him again. (I know… totally wrong of me.) He was a very talented man. It’s sucks so bad when such talent is cut short.

  5. What I think would be hard about predicting for child actors is to know whether they’re going to make the jump from child to adult without derailing. I remember seeing and loving Lindsay Lohan in the remake of The Parent Trap and thinking that girl has major talent. And then, well, you know what happened.

    • Very true! And I loved her in Freaky Friday too. Look what happened to Amanda Bynes as well. A very talented girl who derailed. I will be honest and say that I can sometimes tell exactly when a young actor will NOT work again. Then there are the few that surprise me with more work. But you can’t discount kids learning their craft…or a production company willing to spend lots of money to keep shooting until they get the take they want. So many factors. But there are way more kids who DON’T make it, than the ones who do. The ones who do just have to stay on track. Ha. Clearly, not an easy thing to do in Hollywood.