Each year, a handful of fresh faces stun on the TV screen. Australian newcomer Eliza Scanlen did it this past year with her juicy role opposite Amy Adams in HBO’s Sharp Objects, as did Stephan James via his starring part in Amazon’s Homecoming with Julia Roberts. As the “Peak TV” era shows no signs of slowing down, 2019 is sure to usher in a new crop of breakout stars. Among those positioned to reach a new level of fame are model-turned-actress Hunter Schafer (HBO’s Euphoria), Dunkirk discovery Barry Keoghan (FX’s Y) and Olivia Hussey’s daughter India Eisley (TNT’s I Am the Night). Ahead of the new year, The Hollywood Reporter highlights seven actors — some newbies, others more recognizable — who are poised to make their mark on the small screen in 2019.
The Act, Hulu
As a child actor, King rose to fame as Ramona Quimby in the adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s children’s book Ramona and Beezus. But in recent years, the 19-year-old actress has shed her kid star persona with edgier parts in horror flicks like The Conjuring and Slender Man. She catapulted to a new level of fame in Netflix’s summer rom-com The Kissing Booth. Despite being poorly reviewed, the film developed a bit of a cult following that boosted her and co-star Jacob Elordi’s profile. Next, she’s graduating to Hulu’s true crime anthology series The Act, in which she’ll star alongside Patricia Arquette and Chloë Sevigny. The first season is based on a 2016 Buzzfeed article and follows Gypsy Blanchard (King) as she tries to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother, Dee Dee (Arquette). Her quest for independence opens a Pandora’s box of secrets that ultimately leads to murder — a role juicy enough to already be drumming up buzz for King. She even shaved her head for the part.