18 Actresses Under 18 Who Are Headed Straight for the A-list Life

We present to you, the next J-Laws.

By: Natalie Rebisz

Like the Audrey Hepburns, Meryl Streeps, and J-Laws that came before them, these young starlets are doing all the right things to become the next Hollywood icons. Here are 18 actresses under 18 headed for the success and glamour of the flossy, flossy A-list life.

  • 1 Quvenzhané Wallis
    Before her lead role in the Golden Globe nominated remake, Annie, Quvenzhané Wallis, 12, became the youngest actress ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her role of Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  • 2 Bella Thorne
    Before recently becoming a legal adult, Bella Thorne already managed to snag lead roles in the hit Disney channel TV series Shake it Off and teen flick The Duff, as well as a guest spot on MTV’s own Scream, all the while dealing with dyslexia. Slay.

  • 3 Ariel Winter
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    In addition to her work on the Emmy-winning sitcom Modern Family, this 17-year-old also has an impressive background as a voice actress. She’s voiced characters in hit animated movies like Horton Hears a Who! and ParaNorman, and is also the voice behind the title character from Disney Junior’s Sofia the First. And she’s always glam as hell.

  • 4 Kiernan Shipka Kiernan Shipka
    Outside her notable roles as Sally Draper on AMC’s Emmy-winning series Mad Men and Cathy Dollanganger in Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic, at age 15, Kiernan Shipka has already been recognized for her sophisticated red-carpet style and made Time Magaine’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014 list.

  • 5 China Anne McClain
    Before China Anne McCain landed the leading role on Disney Channel’s Ant Farm, she starred as Jazmine Payne in Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, earning the role with hardly any acting credits to her name. Since then the 17-year-old has acted in the comedy film series, Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2, all the while pursuing a singer-songwriter career with her family’s girl group McCain.

  • 6 Rowan Blanchard
    At the young age of 13, Rowan Blanchard is already the leading lady on the widely anticipated Disney Channel show, Girl Meets World. Before landing the role of Riley Matthews, she portrayed the lead character of Rebecca Wilson in the final installment of the popular Spy Kids film series.

  • 7 Elle Fanning
    A-list genes run in the Fanning fam. Dakota’s younger, 17-year-old sis Elle continues to impress with her own acting experience, landing leading roles in high-profile films like Super 8 and Maleficent.

  • 8 Amandla Stenberg
    Amandla Stenberg, 16, rose to fame from her spot-on portrayal of the beloved character, Rue, in Hunger Games. Since then, she has played roles in major network series such as Sleepy Hallow and Mr. Robinson, while also gaining public attention for her thought-provoking commentary. Look out, world.

  • 9 Willow Shields
    At the mere age of 15, Willow Shields found herself a part of the iconic film series The Hunger Games, acting alongside the badass A-lister herself, Jennifer Lawrence. Besides the prized role of Primrose Everdeen, Shield also had a stint on Dancing With the Stars earlier this year, placing seventh in the Season 20 competition with dance partner Mark Ballas.

  • 10 Lily-Rose Depp
    We doubt Lily’s famous dad needs to help her gain stardom status. In addition to landing roles in upcoming films Yoga Hosers and Planetarium, at age 16, Johnny Depp’s daughter has already scored herself a modeling campaign with Chanel-three years younger in age than when her mother Vanessa Paradis became a spokes model for the brand.

  • 11 Joey King
    Having starred alongside actors like Jamie Foxx, Julianne Moore, and Christian Bale, Joey King, 16, grew up being surrounded by A-list royalty. Between roles in Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Dark Knight Rises, and Fargo, she arguably has more impressive acting credits than some actors twice her age. She also boasts an A-list squad, having been seen hanging out with the likes of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez. She’s ready.

  • 12 Madison Pettis
    This Texas sweetheart is best known for starring alongside Kyle Massey in Disney Channel’s Cory in the House. The 17-year-old also stared in The Game Plan with America’s favorite wrestler-turned-actor, Dwayne Johnson a.k.a. The Rock.

  • 13 Mackenzie Foy
    This actress made her film debut with one of the biggest, commercial film franchises of all time: The Twilight Saga. After landing the role of Renesmee Cullen in the final two installments, Mackenzie, 14, went on to land parts in The Conjuring and Interstellar.

  • 14 Bailee Madison
    Bailey Madison began her career at only two weeks old, starring in an Office Depot commercial. Now, at age 15, Madison has expanded her acting experience with a range of roles including May Belle Aarons in Bridge to Terabithia, Sally Hurst in Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Young Snow White in the hit series Once Upon a Time.

  • 15 Morgan Lily
    When she’s not acting in box office hits like X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class and He’s Just Not That into You, Morgan Lily, 15, has experimented with the small screen as well, playing characters in shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and Shameless.

  • 16 Nell Tiger-Free
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    This British actress has had no problem breaking into the American acting industry, landing a coveted role of Myrcella Baratheon on the cult favorite show Game of Thrones. Nell Tiger-Free just celebrated her 16th birthday, but by the looks of it, she could be following the footsteps of successful Brits like Kiera Knightly and Emma Watson.

  • 17 Caitlin Carmichael
    This pint-sized 11-year-old has had guest roles on True Blood, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dexter and other well-known series. She’s probably had a role in at least one of your favorite shows. It’s fact.

  • 18 Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
    Aubrey, 8, is the youngest recipient of not one, but three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as part of being in Modern Family’s super talented cast. If she’s anything like her character Lily Tucker-Pritchett, we know she’s doing big things her way.