Hollywood has been invaded by something different and exotic... national acting packs!
The Brit Pack
Robert Pattinson is the leader of this gang; he’s best pals with Gossip Girl hunk, Ed Westwick, and old schoolfriends with Tom Sturridge – a guy who’s been on more than a few dates with Hollywood darling, Carey Mulligan.
He stole the hearts of many a teenage girl as ruddy cheeked Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter, before making the blood thirsty drool as the pale and mysterious Edward Cullen in Twilight. Thanks to brooding characters and his relationship with co-star Kirsten Stewart he’s one of the most papped men in Hollywood, and on the wish-list for many a director.
Next In: Water For Elephants
On Hollywood: “I have the same little set of friends and I don’t have anyone who would really get affected adversely by false rumours.”
Just four years after making her film debut in costume drama Pride Prejudice, Carey won a Best Actress BAFTA for her coming of age role in An Education. Her performance caught the eye of Oliver Stone who cast her in his blockbuster Wall Street 2 where she met her now ex boyfriend, Shia LaBoeuf. Currently worth Dhs16.5 million, directors are fast favouring her over experienced Hollywood veterans.
Next In: Drive
On Hollywood: “I don’t want to look like a LA actress; I want to look like a person who doesn’t go to the gym six times a week.”
It wasn’t kismet that made shy Tom a star, his dad’s a director, his mum’s an actor, as were his grandparents. Acting is innate for Tom but nepotism got him his first role in the TV adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels, which was directed by his dad and co-starred his mum. He later starred in Vanity Fair in which pal Rob had a bit part. His big break was in the award-wining Being Julia.
Next In: Waiting Forever
On Hollywood: “I don’t’ talk about my pal Rob because he has no privacy anymore. There’s no privacy in Hollywood.”
After following the obligatory English actor path of appearing in TV drama Casualty, Ed hit the big time when he was cast as the manipulative Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl. This role alone has made him a magazine cover-worthy star. His on-off relationship with co-star Jessica Szhor hasn’t hurt in the column inch stakes either.
Next In: Chalet Girl
On Hollywood: “The buzz of the city turns me on. I’m a nighttime guy, so I love going out. I always sense potential in the night-especially during the summer. When the girls all put on nice dresses.”
The Aussie Pack
Ryan Kwanten and Melissa George were the Scott and Kylie equivalent for Home And Away. On set they befriended Isla Fisher who’s pals
with Jesse Spencer from rival
soap series Neighbours.
Isla started her Hollywood career in the disappointing Scooby Doo, luckily her comeback was as the hilarious Gloria Cleary in The Wedding Crashers alongside kings of comedy Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Since then she has established herself as a princess of comedy with her comedian hubby, Ali G star Sacha Baron Cohen, helping her out no doubt.
Next In: Burke and Hare and animation movie Rango, with Johnny Depp
On Hollywood: “I don’t like publicity, I like to try and keep my life private.”
Ryan was virtually every teenage girl’s crush as the loveable lifeguard Vinnie in Aussie soap Home And Away. Today he is still every teen girl’s crush with major pecs-appeal as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood, a role which has catapulted him from a TV extra in America to GQ Man Of The Year in his native Australia. “They’re proud,” insisted an insider. And so they should be.
Next In: Knights Of Badassdom
On Hollywood: “You need talent, resilience and tenacity to survive in Hollywood.”
Like Ryan, Melissa has gone on to conquer Hollywood after many minor roles in American TV including Alias. Desperate for success she posed naked in Australian Playboy yet didn’t make her movie debut for another three years, in 1998’s sci-fi Dark City alongside Keither Sutherland. Her breakthrough role was a year later in legendary director Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey.
Next In: A Lonely Place To Die
On Hollywood: “Australians feel a bit naughty here, like we’re in America and if they knew how much fun we’re having, we’d get thrown out!”
His mum’s a doctor as are his two brothers so, it was only befitting that Jesse’s first foray into acting was as Billy Kennedy, son of doctor Karl Kennedy in Neighbours. His Hollywood breakthrough was as doctor Robert Chase in House. His popularity in the
States has seen him date A-list hotties including co-star Jennifer Morrison and Louise Griffiths (ex of Jenson Bunton).
Next In: As well as House, The Girl Is In Trouble
On Hollywood: “It’s strange as I’ve never thought of myself as a big star or teenage pin-up.”
The Indian Pack
This is one seriously beautiful group, and so it should be with Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone all former models before turning to acting.
Deepika’s father Prakash Padukone, was a famous Indian badminton player, and it seemed her destiny was chosen at an early age to follow in his footsteps. Yet, her stunning looks and lean physique led to an illustrious modelling career. When Deepika became the face of Levi, Tissot and Kingfisher Airlines the movie roles followed. Her debut in Om Shanti Om got her the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
Next In: Thriller Race 2
On Hollywood: “As a sports person I’ve dealt with success and failure. I’ve also experienced both in this industry.”Aishwarya Rai
Julia Roberts considers her the “most beautiful woman in the world,” but it wasn’t Aishwarya’s beauty that garnered all that success – she’s won two best actress awards and has been nominated for seven – but her genuine talent. Though that’s not to say her looks didn’t help, the actress got her first film role after winning the 1994 Miss World competition.
Next In: Replayy
On Hollywood: “Some actors believe that the short-cut to stardom is through nudity or exposure. Such success is, in fact, very short-lived.”
The model dealt with endless rejection before being catapulted into the spotlight in her debut role as slum girl Latika in award-winning movie Slum Dog Millionaire. Currently brand ambassador to L’Oreal and the go-to Indian actress, she’s rapidly taking over Aiswarya in the popularity stakes. Freida is now a bona fide millionaire.
Next In: Rise Of The Apes
On Hollywood: “When you sign on your film you just sign on to be a part of it. You don’t sign on for the paparazzi, but that’s part of the package.”
The French Group
Marion Cotillard is the Carrie Bradshaw equivalent of this female group.She’s brand ambassador of Dior like pal Eva Green, is best friends with Melanie Laurent and appeared on the cover of Jalouse like fellow actress Clémence Poésy.
Already a prominent actress in France, Marion received vast global recognition in 2007 after her believable portrayal as Édith Piaf in La Vie En Rose, for which we won an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe – the first person to do so for a French language performance. Though she later narrowly missed out on the Golden Globe Best Actress Award for her performance in Nine, Meryl Streep won for Julie and Julia, she’s still the French actress du jour.
Next in: Midnight in Paris
On Hollywood: “There really are angels in LA, they helped me win my awards.”
Before hitting the big time as femme fatale Vesper Lynd in Bond film Casino Royale, Eva was a huge success in France, particularly for her raunchy role in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. This movie caught the eye of Ridley Scott who cast her in Kingdom Of Heaven, a role which made her a much sought after Bond girl. “She had already said no to it but the Bond producers and directors were so fascinated by her they begged her to do it,” spilled an industry insider.
Next in: Perfect Sense
On Hollywood: “Every actor wants to work in America.”
Thanks to nepotism Clémence got her first movie role when she was 14, albeit as an extra with two lines, though this led to various roles in French TV and movies. However, her big break came in 2005 as Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire. Her ethereal beauty has since bagged her roles as Chuck Bass’s Gaelic girlfriend in Gossip Girl. As well as being the actress to watch, Clémence is a certified style queen as brand ambassador for Gap and Chloe.
Next in: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
On Hollywood: “It’s tough in Hollywood, you have to work hard if you want to make it.”
Melanie was born into the arts. Her mum’s a ballerina, her dad dubs the voice of Ned Flanders in the French Simpsons and her grandparents were old movie poster editors. She’s been in the performing arts industry for 11 years and has not only won awards for her acting but her directing too. She was due to direct her first play when she was cast as Shoshana in Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, a role she had to learn English for.
Next in: Beginners.
On Hollywood: “Gerard Depardieu made it easier for French actors to work, and make it, in Hollywood.”