This 2022 the international entertainment industry resumed its course after spending approximately two years detained by the COVID-19 pandemic. There were 12 months full of surprises due to the expected releases of films such as: Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio and Avatar: The Water Path; as well as series that have conquered the public with their characters and stories.
Resuming activities within forums and sets not only allowed paused projects to resurface, it also contributed to directors and performers filling productions with their talent to the point of becoming world-class stars. This happened mainly with a group of young actors who, although they had already taken their first steps in the medium, managed to make their career stand out.
Jenna Ortega became a dark, mysterious and iconic “Wednesday”
The project headed by Tim Burton premiered at the end of November on Netflix. From its first minutes on the platform, it captured the attention of the public due to the great expectation that existed around the characters that would appear and the cast in general.
Between Christina Ricci -who played Wednesday in the 90s-, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzmán, Jenna Ortega caught the eye, a young actress who, at only 20 years old, starred in the spin-off of Los locos Addams. And that thanks to her level of interpretation, her characterization and her peculiar dance steps, she managed to be recognized throughout the world.
Although the interpreter already had a career in the American medium, she had not managed to achieve international fame until she met Merlina (as it was titled in some Latin American countries), since since the series premiered it has remained in the Top 10 Netflix in several countries, got his first nomination at the Golden Globes and increased his numbers on social networks, for example on Instagram, where he has already exceeded 30 million followers.
Before joining the Addams Family, Jenna Ortega had already participated in other renowned productions such as Jane the Virgin -where she collaborated with the Mexican actor Jaime Camil-, Rob! -with Eugenio Derbez-, Trapped Between Brothers, You, The Fallout: Life After and Scream 5. She even did dubbing for cartoons like Elena of Avalor and The Gree Neighbors.
Emma Myers could become more than just a werewolf
Another Merlina actress who captured the attention of the public was Emma Myers, because with her interpretation of Enid -a werewolf- she managed to catapult her career. The 20-year-old American had already participated in other television projects such as Letters to God, Al Dente Christmas Romance, Dead of Night, Southern Gospel and Trapped in the Cellar, but she did not stand out until she collaborated on the Netflix series.
The sweet and tender monster filled Merlina’s gloomy personality with colors and managed to stay for the second season where, according to some rumors, she could become the villain. This could be the beginning of a promising career in Hollywood, as many Marvel fans pointed out that she would be perfect to play Gwen Stacy in live action.
Anya Taylor-Joy established herself as Hollywood’s favorite leading lady
Without a doubt, 2022 was a watershed in the artistic career of Anya Taylor-Joy, since throughout the year she remained among the most requested actresses to star in movies and series on streaming platforms. And it is that after participating in more than 15 projects, she managed to position herself in the public’s taste with her characters in Peaky Blinders (2019), Emma (2020) and Lady’s Gambit (2020) -with which she received two Globes nominations of gold-.
His success was so great that in 2021 he repeated the feat and topped the billboards with Last Night in Soho and The Northman. Thus, this year she established herself as one of Hollywood’s favorite protagonists by participating in four important films: The Menu (2022), Amsterdam (2022), The Super Mario Bros Movie and Furiosa, the prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road. .
According to Vogue magazine, the 26-year-old American receives around a million dollars for each project. A fairly high figure for such a young actress, since she usually earns between 100 and 200 thousand dollars for her performances.
Austin Butler turned the meme around with “Elvis”
The Californian played secondary characters until 2022, when he starred in a Hollywood movie for the first time. It was nothing more and nothing less than the biographical project of Elvis Presley told from the perspective of his manager, Tom Parker. And it is that after so much fighting, Austin Butler was selected by Baz Luhrmann to revive the King of Rock and Roll on the big screen.
His interpretation divided opinions, however, he received more applause than negative criticism. In fact, the renowned Mexican director, Guillermo del Toro was one of the personalities who praised the feature film, assuring that it is the best in an interview he gave to Variety:
“I was proud to be a part of the audience’s 12-minute standing ovation. It was like a concert, it was experiential, peppered with perfectly observed details and mannerisms and hidden clues. Austin Butler and Baz show the transformed and world-shaking talent of Elvis, the joy of him, his soul, his sadness.
When Austin Butler became the American icon, he finally managed to leave his famous Carly meme in the past, where he appeared horribly performing a song for his granny. It also served to get him to abandon television characters where he played adolescents and opened the doors to a promising international career.
Jacob Elordi promised to fill “Priscilla” with euphoria
An Australian actor who conquered the United States and the rest of the world was Jacob Elordi, because after his leading role in The Kissing Stand (2021) he found a space in the international artistic milieu and managed to establish himself with Nate Jacobs in Euphoria. It was at the beginning of this 2022 when the second season premiered and everything indicates that it was a success in his career because he got another great star.
He will give life to Elvis Presley in a feature film directed by Sofia Coppola that will tell the story of the King of Rock and Roll from the perspective of the great love of his life, Priscilla. The tape has not yet been released, but the first official photograph has already emerged where Jacob and Cailee Spaeny can be seen in a gloomy environment.
But that’s not all, the 25-year-old interpreter could become the new Superman, this after Henry Calvin confirmed that he will no longer play Clark Kent in another film project: “My turn to use the cape is over, but what Superman presents will never do. It was a fun ride with all of you,” the actor wrote on Instagram.
And it is that according to speculation on social networks, the directors of the project would be looking for a younger superhero and would have put their interest in the Euphoria actor. However, their collaboration has not yet been confirmed.