I’m sorry, have we gone back in time? Variety claims that their Hollywood issue is graced by the 10 Fresh Faces of 2008, but if that’s the case than people like Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada – 2006. Brokeback Mountain – 2005) and Jessica Biel (The Illusionist – 2006) should not be appearing. Yes, Jessica Biel has 2 movies due out in 2008, but her face is no longer fresh, that was lost long ago, around the time of the 7th Heaven scandal actually. As for Anne Hathaway, she may have started in kids’ movies all those years ago (ah, the Princess Diaries, such great romances) but she definitely hit the big time and cast off her childish roots when she appeared topless in Brokeback.
However, apart from griping about the inclusion of some obviously less-than-fresh faces amongst Variety’s shining stars, there are some definite keepers here, not least of whom is Juno herself, Ellen Page. This girl is building up quite the resume! Action? Check, she was in X-Men 3. Menace/thriller that all men will remember forever? Check, that was her in Hard Candy. If the girl were any more rounded, she’d resemble Violet Beauregarde. To top it off, her latest Sundance entry, Smart People, is also looking like potential box-office gold, so she’s more than earned her spot on the cover.
Of course, with Amy Adams also on the cover, it’s difficult to tell which of the pair is going to run the gauntlet of success faster. The remaining 6, America Ferrera, Emily Blunt, Alice Braga, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Banks and Ginnifer Goodwin all have their high points prior to 2007/2008, but this year has been good to them all, and the next looks even more promising.