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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face: Young Stars Edition

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It’s been nearly a year since I’ve taken a look at the first roles as well as the biggest roles of some of the more familiar faces of movie stars. This time around we take a look at younger actors who have made it big on the small and big screen.

Zoe Salanda

Zoe Saldana

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HER FACE: The first TV role Zoe ever had was in an episode of Law & Order followed by a role in the box office film Center Stage, which has gone on to become a cult classic since it was released in 2000, but…

OF COURSE, she has gone on to appear as Uhura in the rebooted Star Trek films, as Neytiri in the Avatar franchise and as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HIS FACE: Among the first roles Josh had were guest appearances in episodes of the TV dramas ER and The Division and his first big box office film was Zathura: A Space Adventure alongside Twilight alum Kristen Stewart, but…

OF COURSE, it was his role of Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games franchise that really put him on the map. He has also appeared in the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise first with Brendan Fraser and then with Dwayne Johnson and the 2012 remake of Red Dawn.

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HER FACE: Before she appeared in Ally McBeal, Hayden appeared in the soap opera One Life to Live and had a “blink-and-you-will-miss-it” appearance in the Kevin Costner-led box office movie Message In A Bottle, as well as role in Remember the Titans but…

OF COURSE, it was her role in the NBC phenomenon series Heroes that got her noticed. Since then she has gone on to appear in the box office film Scream 4 as well as the ABC drama Nashville that will air its fifth season on CMT.

Logan Lerman

Logan Lerman

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HIS FACE: Logan had small roles in the box office films The Patriot, What Women Want and The Butterfly Effect before landing a lead role in the short-lived series Jack & Bobby, but…

OF COURSE, it was his lead role in the Percy Jackson franchise films that got him international attention. He has also appeared in the remake of The Three Musketeers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah, Fury and the new film Indignation.

Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HER FACE: Among her first TV appearances were guest roles on The Guardian and My Name Is Earl and her first box office role was in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror, but…

OF COURSE, it was her role in the box office film Kick-Ass (and its sequel) that got her the most attention. She has since appeared in the films Let Me In, Dark Shadows, the 2013 remake of Carrie, If I Stay, the 2014 remake of The Equalizer and The 5th Wave.

Austin Butler

Austin Butler

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HIS FACE: He got his start on the Disney Channel in the hit series Hannah Montana alongside Miley Cyrus and Zoey 101 alongside Jamie Lynn Spears before appearing in the box office film Aliens in the Attic, but…

OF COURSE, it was last year’s MTV series The Shannara Chronicles that has garnered him attention. He has also had recurring roles in Life Unexpected, Switched at Birth, The Carrie Diaries and Arrow.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HER FACE: She first appeared in guest roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and the short-lived series Women’s Murder Club followed by roles in the box office films Youth in Revolt and 2010 remake of The Nightmare on Elm Street, but…

OF COURSE, it was her role in the American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that put her on the map. She has also appeared in the box office films Side Effects, Her, Carol and Pan.

Evan Peters

Evan Peters

THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW HIS FACE: He had a role in the box office film Sleepover followed by roles in the short-lived sci-fi series Invasion and a recurring role in the Disney series Phil of the Future, but…

OF COURSE, it has been his roles in the anthology series American Horror Story and his role of Peter/Quicksilver in the latter X-Men films that have garnered him international attention.

Are there any big name stars that you first caught on the small screen? If so, please share.

Using her favorite online handle, Rueben is an East Coast-bred gal who is now a permanent Californian and a lifelong tv-oholic. She watches at least 25 TV shows a week, goes to the movies as often as possible, listens to music every waking moment, reads every day and “plays” on the internet every chance she can. Some of her current favorite TV shows are Outlander, Arrow, Grimm, The Blacklist, Teen Wolf, Killjoys, Dark Matter, The Shannara Chronicles, Good Witch, When Calls the Heart, The 100, Switched at Birth, Jane the Virgin, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash and The Fosters (among others). Follow her at @ruebenrambling or contact her at rueben@nicegirlstv.com.