The young talents who marked the year 2021


A look back at the young talents and revelations that have shone over the past twelve months.

1. Lyna Khoudri

The 29-year-old Franco-Algerian actress won the César for best female hope for “Papicha” by Mounia Meddour in 2020. This role marked a turning point in the career of Lyna Khoudri who saw her name appear among the 30 European artists of most influential under 30 years in the ranking « Forbes » of 2020. In 2021, the young actress climbed the ladder of success and gave the answer to the actor Timothée Chalamet in the last film of Wes Anderson, « The French Dispatch ”, where she appears among the members of a very select cast: Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux or even Tilda Swinton played in this film. She also starred alongside Nathalie Baye in “Haute Couture”, released in November.

2. Deva Cassel

Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel’s daughter was making her modeling debut in 2020, when she was chosen to be Dolce & Gabbana’s « Dolce Shine » fragrance ambassador. At just 16, she then posed for the first time on the cover of an « ELLE » magazine. The year 2021 has confirmed Deva Cassel’s sensational entry into the fashion world: the 17-year-old model first paraded in August in Venice for the Italian house Dolce & Gabbana and posed for the first time at the next to her mother for the magazine « Vogue Italia ».

3. Agathe Rousselle

After a passage through journalism and photography, both behind the lens and as a model, Agathe Rousselle has made a few appearances in short films. In 2021, it is a sensational entry into the cinema for the 33-year-old actress who landed the leading female role in « Titanium », the new shocking film from director Julia Ducournau. It was presented in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival and Agathe Rousselle was named female revelation at the Enlightenment ceremony of the international press.

To read : Agathe Rousselle: « After » Titanium « , working in the United States is my dream »

4. Emma Mackey

In 2019, the Netflix series “Sex Education” was released, which was a worldwide success. Emma Mackey, Franco-British actress who appears in the cast, is spotted by a producer to play in France. She appeared in 2021 alongside the actor Romain Duris to whom she gives the reply in the film « Eiffel » released in October 2021. The actress with the meteoric rise is soon expected in Hollywood since she appears in the cast of  » Death on the Nile ”, by Kenneth Branagh, and alongside Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer.

5. Lila Moss

Lila Grace, the daughter of Kate Moss and Jefferson Hack, confirmed her breakthrough in modeling in 2020 when she paraded for the very first time at 18 for the house of Miu Miu during Paris Fashion Week. Since then, her appearances are regular and 2021 signs her consecration: parade for the house Richard Quinn during London Fashion Week, for the house Fendi in January for which she walks with her mother, and finally, at Milan Fashion Week. to present the collaboration of Fendi and Versace, « Fendace ». It is a successful entry into the big leagues for the 19-year-old model who has elegantly asserted her place among the unmistakable top-models Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Amber Valletta and Naomi Campbell.

6. Pauline Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet’s sister, Pauline, has also chosen the path of cinema. The 29-year-old actress first took the time to start her career by playing in the theater and in short films, while having a first role in the cinema last year in Judd Apatow’s film « The King of Staten Island ”. She is now back on television where she got one of the lead roles in the new HBO series produced by Mindy Kaling, « The Sex Lives of College Girls ». The first episode aired in November 2021 in the United States.

7. Leni Klum

The only daughter of Seal and Heidi Klum (her biological father is Flavio Briatore), Leni Klum made her fashion debut several months ago, following in her famous mother’s footsteps. Announcing her next success, the German edition of « Vogue » devoted a cover to her with her mother in November 2020. Signed at the CAA Fashion agency, the 17-year-old woman emancipated herself in 2021 and landed her first cover solo in the anniversary issue of the German edition of « Glamor ». We were then able to see her parade during Berlin Fashion Week and for Dolce & Gabbana in Venice last August with Deva Cassel.

8. Benjamin Voisin

The 24-year-old actor was revealed last year in François Ozon’s “Summer 85”. His success in the cinema has been undeniable since his first role in Xavier Giannoli’s latest film, “Lost Illusions”. Benjamin Voisin plays the first role of Lucien de Rubempré in this film which was applauded at the Venice Film Festival. He gives the answer to Gérard Depardieu and Xavier Dolan, big names in the cinema. In 2021, he won a prize and was nominated for the César for best male hope for “Summer 85”. He is expected in André Téchiné’s next film, “Les Pieds sur terre”.

9. Dylan Penn

The daughter of the famous Sean Penn and Robin Wright continues the successes in the cinema. After receiving the New Hollywood award at the last edition of the Deauville American Film Festival in September 2021, Dylan Penn received a new trophy honoring his promising debut in the world of cinema in October. The 30-year-old actress reappeared in Georgia for the Savannah Film Festival to continue promoting her latest film « Flag Day », directed by her father and premiered in Cannes. The actress and model received the « Rising Star Award », which each year recognizes the talents of tomorrow. Dylan Penn will be back in theaters in Michael Sutherland’s drama “Tramp” due out in 2022.

10. The actors of « Squid Game » Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon

The series « Squid Game » broadcast on Netflix in 2021 is a worldwide success and puts in the spotlight its main actors. Among them, actors Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon who were rising stars in South Korea (respectively in cinema and modeling) are propelled onto the international scene and approached by luxury houses. Gucci thus makes the 49-year-old actor its ambassador while Louis Vuitton makes the 27-year-old actress its international muse.

11. Ever Anderson

At age 9, she made her debut for « Vogue » magazine. At 11, she posed on the cover of the magazine « Jalouse », more than 20 years after her mother. The eldest of model-turned-actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul WS Anderson, the 13-year-old teenager lent her features this year to the character of young Natasha Romanoff in the Marvel film « Black Widow ». A first major role in this film dedicated to the super-heroine played by Scarlett Johansson. Ever Anderson is soon expected to play Wendy for the feature film adaptation of « Peter Pan » by Disney in 2022.

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