Teen films will always be timeless because being a teenager is a phase in everyone's lives that is often characterized by angst, rebellion, and a huge flurry of emotions; these films have hence managed to stay relevant to the teens of each era through the years and decades.
The eighties were the golden age for teen films as classics like The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off took the world by storm, propelling these actors to global fame. In 1985, New York magazine coined a controversial term for young adult actors who frequently appeared in these teen movies: Brat Pack. Members of the Brat Pack included actors like Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, and Andrew McCarthy and throughout the eighties era, these actors frequently appeared together in young adult films. While some of these actors have expressed dissent at being labeled as a Brat Pack actor, many pop culture lovers tend to look at this label as a positive thing—it recognizes their contributions in solidifying the teen scene in the eighties and ushered in a whole new generation of teen movies that we still see today.
Inspired by Vogue's recent feature about Hollywood's new Brat Pack, we decided to create our own rendition of the Brat Pack because we did not particularly agree with Vogue. These actors have starred in some of the biggest teen films of the 2010s and we cannot wait to see where their promising careers take them.
You've seen her in: Frenemies (Avalon), Alexander (Celia), The DUFF (Madison).
What's next: Amityville: The Awakening, Home Invasion, Perfect High, Big Sky, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip.
At the age of thirteen, Bella Thorne got her big break starring in hit Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up!, on which she played the role of CeCe Jones for three seasons. Prior to this, she guest-starred in multiple shows such as Wizards of Waverly Place and Entourage as a child actress and appeared in a number of low-budget and short films. After her run with Disney concluded in 2013, Bella went on to pursue a film career which has so far proved extremely successful with leading roles in box office hits Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, The DUFF, and Blended alongside Adam Sandler.
You've seen him in: Carrie, Divergent series, The Fault in Our Stars.
What's next: November Criminals, Allegiant Parts 1 & 2, Van Cliburn, Baby Driver.
It has been one heck of a ride for Ansel Elgort. He burst into the scene playing Tommy Ross to Chloe Moretz's Carrie in the 2013 remake of Carrie and from then on, life would never be the same for Ansel again. He signed on to four films in the young adult dystopian saga Divergent in 2014 in which he plays Caleb Prior and will continue to do so for two more movies. What really catapulted him to international prominence was his lead role in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, where he brought the charismatic Augustus Waters to life and won over the hearts of millions. Ansel Elgort truly is on a roller coaster that only goes up.
You've seen her in: The Spectacular Now, Divergent series, The Fault in Our Stars, White Bird in a Blizzard.
What's next: Snowden, Allegiant Parts 1 & 2.
Undoubtedly one of the most well-known actresses today, Shailene Woodley got her big break at age 16 with a starring role in ABC Family teen soap The Secret Life of the American Teenager on which she starred as teenage mother Amy Juergens. While working on the show, she also worked on her first feature film The Descendants where she played George Clooney's character's daughter. Fast forward to 2014. Secret Life has ended its four-year run and Shailene decides to pursue movies full-time. She signed on to star as Tris Prior in hit young adult movie series Divergent and also brought the iconic Hazel Grace Lancaster to life in the long-awaited film adaptation of John Green's bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars. Known for her dedication to film as an art form, you can be sure that any film with Shailene Woodley in it is going to be an incredible film.
You've seen her in: Kick-Ass, Carrie, If I Stay.
What's next: November Criminals, The 5th Wave.
At the young age of 18, Chloë Moretz already has a long list of credits to her name. She began her career at the age of six and has since amassed a large collection of impressive Hollywood film credits, including Scorsese's Hugo, the film adaptation of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, and The Equalizer (opposite Denzel Washington). On her slate for 2016 are two films: November Criminals, in which she reunites with Carrie co-star Ansel Elgort, and the film adaptation of young adult dystopian series The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.
You've seen her in: If I Stay, The Best of Me.
What's next: Dear Eleanor, Life at These Speeds.
2014 proved to be a great year for Liana Liberato with two extremely touching and successful book-to-film adaptations launching her to stardom: Gayle Forman's If I Stay and Nicholas Sparks' The Best of Me. Her stellar performances in these two films are a clear indication of her flair for drama and there is no doubt that this rising star will soon be one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
You've seen him in: Palo Alto, Behaving Badly, The Fault in Our Stars.
What's next: Paper Towns, In Dubious Battle, Ashby, The Intern.
At the age of nine, Nat Wolff gained recognition for The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie, a mockumentary directed by his mother and starring him and his younger brother Alex Wolff. Two years later, the movie was turned into a TV series by Nickelodeon, which further propelled him and Alex to stardom. After the show ended its run in 2009, Nat went on to embark on a flourishing film career and recently, he has become a staple John Green's book-to-film adaptations—he played Isaac in The Fault in Our Stars and this year, he will be taking Q from Paper Towns to the big screen.
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