50 women to watch in 2013

With every new year comes change and call us curious, but these 50 women are all women that we’re interested in keeping an eye on in 2013 for one reason or another. Some of them have big projects coming up. Some are just going to be very busy with numerous interesting projects. Some we’re simply curious to see what it is they’re going to do. And some really need to do something special in 2013 in order to stay on our radar. Whatever the reason may be, these 50 ladies are all women to watch over the next 12 months.

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50 Lauren London

After appearing part-time on the show Single Ladies London will now be a regular on the BET show The Game and will also be appearing in the upcoming film Baggage Claim with Paula Patton and Adam Brody.

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49 Lake Bell

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Who doesn’t love Dr. Cat Black on Childrens Hospital? No one that’s seen her, that’s who. And now the award-winning writer and director (that’s right, she does those things too) will appear in another film that she wrote, directed and starred in called In a World… in 2013.

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48 Genesis Rodriguez

Rodriguez, who earned her acting chops on Telemundo, got men the world over’s attention playing Sarah on Entourage and then again as Angie in Man on a Ledge. She followed that up with a role in What to Expect When You’re Expecting in 2012 and is now going to appear in her biggest film yet, working with Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first leading role since 2003, in The Last Stand.

See more of Genesis here.

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47 Willa Holland

Just 21, Willa is a veteran actress after having appeared on The OC and Gossip Girl since 2006, but this year she takes a bigger step as she is set to star as Thea Queen in the new CW superhero show Arrow which was picked up for a full season after just a couple of episodes in 2012.

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46 Jacinda Barrett

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Who here remembers seeing Jacinda Barrett on the fourth season of The Real World? What? She was a hot 22 year-old model at the time. Anyway, she’s since done quite a bit of acting and is set to star alongside Anthony Edwards and Addison Timlin in a new conspiracy theory focused series on ABC called Zero Hour beginning in February.

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45 Berenice Marlohe

What’s next for the latest and greatest Bond Girl? An upcoming film yet to be named directed by Terrence Malick starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, and Holly Hunter. Is this an acting school or a movie?

See more of Berenice here.

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44 Analeigh Tipton

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Analeigh has turned her third place finish on America’s Next Top Model into a nice little acting career appearing in Crazy, Stupid, Love and scoring a recurring role on HBO’s Hung. In 2013 she’ll take it to another level with movie roles in three films including Warm Bodies, a film based loosely on Romeo and Juliet.

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43 Paula Patton

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If you saw Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol then you know exactly who Paula Patton is. Which also means that you, like us, are very curious to see what she does next. And the answer to that appears to be starring with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in the crime-drama 2 Guns set for release in 2013. (She’s also scheduled to be in another Mission Impossible, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for that.)

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42 Morena Baccarin

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Brazilian-born Baccarin cemented her status as an actress on the rise with her portrayal of Jessica Brody on the last two seasons of the Showtime series Homeland. In 2013 she will add starring in a feature film to her resume in the comedy Old Days.

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41 Katherine Webb

There are hundreds of sports WAGs out there, but the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron is currently one of the most famous. Now she has a couple hundred thousand followers on Twitter (where she was nice enough to introduce everyone to her younger sister), an appearance on The Today Show, and an invite to be in the SI Swimsuit Issue. This should be fun.

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40 Ellie Goulding

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Ellie Goulding’s career appears ready to hit new heights in 2013 capitalizing on the success of her album Halcyon and a tour that continues this year. Her collaboration with her ex-boyfriend, three-time Grammy winner Skrillex, on the song “Summit” could be just the beginning of an interesting year for the British artist.

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39 Emma Stone

As if starring in The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t enough, now Emma Stone is appearing in the much-anticipated film Gangster Squad and will be a part of the gigantic ensemble cast for the comedy Movie 43. Topping that off is a voice role in the DreamWorks animated comedy The Croods, set to be released in March.

See more of Emma here.

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38 Amber Heard

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After taking a year off from films and the cancellation of her TV series The Playboy Club Amber will be back with a vengeance in 2013 as she is lined up to appear in as many as five films including the eagerly anticipated Syrup and Machete Kills.

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37 Hayden Panettiere

She’s back on TV on a regular basis starring as Juliette Barnes on the new series Nashville. Perhaps even more interesting is that this role puts her back in a position to perform as a singer. Will it jump start a successful second career for the 23 year-old?

See more of Hayden here.

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36 Jenna Elfman

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We first grew attracted to Jenna when she portrayed Dharma Freedom Finkelstein Montgomery back in the late ’90s/early 2000s, but in the 10 years since her appearances on TV and in film have been very sporadic. But now after a recurring role on Damages in 2012 she’s back as a TV regular and looking as good as ever as she gets set to play the First Lady of the United States in 1600 Penn.

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35 Allison Williams

Allison, the daughter of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, turned YouTube fame into a role on the HBO series Girls in 2012 and in 2013 a YouTube Web series she starred in, College Musical, is becoming a movie with her playing a role in the film.

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34 Jessica Lucas

We loved her in Cloverfield. We loved her on Melrose Place. We lovvvvved her in Friends With Benefits. And in 2013 we’re going to love her in Evil Dead and then hopefully all year long on a new CW show called Cult.

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33 Jane Levy

For a couple of years now Jane Levy has been killing it on the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. Now we get to see what she does in a role with slightly less comedy in 2013 as she plays the lead character in the remake of the horror film Evil Dead. (Back to back Evil Dead stars! Maybe it’ll be good?)

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32 Olivia Thirlby

Everyone has seen Dredd, right? No? Well, one of the bright spots in the film was Olivia Thirlby as Judge Cassandra Anderson. And 2013 will be another chance for you to see the talent she possesses as she will star in at least three films, two of them as the main character.

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31 Nasim Pedrad

With Kristen Wiig and Abby Elliott leaving Saturday Night Live, Pedrad is now the longest-tenured female cast member on the 38 year-old sketch comedy show. Perhaps she will be the next female comedian to hit it big with a little help from SNL.

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30 Ashley Benson

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After three-plus seasons starring on the ABC Family teen drama Pretty Little Liars Ashley makes the jump to feature films in 2013 starring alongside Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and James Franco in Spring Breakers, plus a role in the film Paranoia starring Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, and Harrison Ford. Heady company.

See more of Ashley here.

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29 Aimee Teegarden

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Teegarden has struggled to find the right role for her talents since Friday Night Lights came to an end, but in 2013 she has a couple of interesting projects: the film Life at These Speeds and the female lead role in a pilot for The CW called The Selection, expected to be picked up mid-to-late 2013.

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28 Nikki Reed

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Nikki Reed is just one of the many actors about whom we are curious what will become of them now that the Twilight series has mercifully come to an end. It won’t take long for us to find out about Nikki though as she is set to appear in up to four films in 2013 including two in which she plays the lead role.

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27 Laura Vandervoort

After not seeing much of her the last few years, Vandervoort returned to the big screen with roles in five films in 2012. She’s keeping busy again in 2013 with a part-time role on the SyFy show Haven as well as parts in as many as three movies.

See more of Laura here.

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26 Nina Agdal

Agdal, from Denmark, doesn’t even turn 21 until late March, but she’s already captured the modeling world’s attention having worked for Calzedonia, Fredericks of Hollywood, JCPenney, Maaji Swimwear, Macy’s, Nelly, and Victoria’s Secret PINK, among others. And in 2012 she caught the attention of men the world over winning Rookie of the Year honors in the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

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25 Michelle Jenneke

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Will 19 year-old Jenneke’s international media attention for her sexy pre-race warm-up dance be all that we remember her for? Will she become one of Australia’s top female sprinters? Or will she go in completely different direction utilizing her fame to pursue other career avenues? We’re looking forward to finding out in 2013.

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24 Jessica Chastain

Perhaps the hardest working actress in Hollywood (she’s acted in 10 films over the last two years), Jessica will slow things down a bit in 2013 as she is only scheduled to act in three films (for now). Of course two of the films are parts one and two of the same story, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, so even when she does act in just one story, it’s a two-parter.

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23 Elizabeth Olsen

After a breakout performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene in 2011, 2012 was kind of a quiet year for the younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley. She did appear in a couple of films, but with none of the accolades that came a year earlier. She currently has four more films in the works which could be released in 2013 so we’ll see if Lizzie was just a one-hit wonder or if there is more of what grabbed our attention in 2011.

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22 Rachel Wray

If Rachel Wray has any kind of success as a MMA fighter in 2013, trust us, the world will know about it. Why? Because she quit her job as a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader to pursue professional mixed martial arts, that’s why.

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21 Anna Kendrick

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Anna is another former Twilight star we’re keeping an eye on in 2013, but Anna has the “advantage” of having not appeared in the last film in the series and has already moved on with success in What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Pitch Perfect. Next up, The Company You Keep with Robert Redford and Shia LaBeouf, Get a Job with Bryan Cranston, and Drinking Buddies with Olivia Wilde.

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20 Katie Cassidy

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Another Melrose Place alum, Katie will be playing one of the lead roles in The CW series Arrow in 2013 about the superhero Green Arrow. But she isn’t stopping there as she is also set to appear in up to four films this year including the main character in the film adaptation of The Scribbler.

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19 Meital Dohan

Meital’s debut single, “Yummy,” had over 1.85 million YouTube views in just one month in 2012. Then her video for the song “On Ya” with Sean Kingston had over three million views in just a month. Her debut album I’m in Hate with Love is due out any day now and we’re guessing it will popular. Oh yes, she’s also an actress (you may have caught her a few times on Weeds).

See more of Meital here.

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18 Saoirse Ronan

Ronan, 18, who has been nominated for numerous acting awards since she was just 13 years-old, will appear at least two movies in 2013, starring in The Host as well as the British film How I Live Now.

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17 Zoe Kravitz

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We’ve been waiting patiently for Zoe to return to the big screen since we saw her in X-Men: First Class and in 2013 she returns in a big way with roles in two films including one on every guy’s must-see list, Mad Max: Fury Road.

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16 Megan Fox

The simple reason we say that Megan Fox is a woman to watch in 2013 is well, she’s Megan Fox. Plus we want to see if she really has any type of career after having her baby, because prior to that she didn’t have much of one going. Unfortunately, as of this writing, there doesn’t appear to be any film roles on her plate this year. We’ll see…

See more of Megan here.

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15 Gemma Arterton

If Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is more successful than films that sound all-too-similar: Snow White and The Huntsman and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, this could be the year that the former Bond Girl sticks as a box office draw. If not, she’s always got the film Runner, Runner with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck to fall back on, also set for release in 2013.

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14 AnnaSophia Robb

19 year-old AnnaSophia has been starring movies since she was 12 years-old beginning with Because of Winn-Dixie. Kids everywhere know who she is thanks to roles in that film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bridge to Terabithia, Race to Witch Mountain, and Soul Surfer, but in 2013 AnnaSophia will appeal to a slightly older audience playing Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries set to air on The CW.

See more of AnnaSophia here.

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13 Naomie Harris

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After getting our attention as Calypso in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, Naomie Harris reinforced that she is a star on the rise playing Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film, Skyfall. 2013 will see her take another jump in status as she is set to portray Winnie Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom also starring Idris Elba as Nelson.

See more of Naomie here.

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12 Olivia Wilde

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For one thing she’s dating actor Jason Sudeikis, so we want to see how that all works out. On a professional level, however, we’re curious to see how her full-on plunge into the movie-making business works out as she is set to appear in as many as six films in 2013. Yes, six.

See more of Olivia here.

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11 Emmy Rossum

For the last two years Emmy has settled in and found a home on the popular Showtime series Shameless, a role she will continue to play in 2013. But she’s also turned that success into three upcoming film roles including three starring roles with the first, Beautiful Creatures, set for a February release.

See more of Emma here.

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10 Jennifer Lawrence

So what in the world could Jennifer Lawrence possibly do to top 2012? That’s what we’re eager to find out. The woman who Rolling Stone has called “the most talented young actress in America” is already at work filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is set to be released in November, but prior to that we’ll get to catch her in Serena with Bradley Cooper. (Yes, again.)

See more of Jennifer here.

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9 Lily Collins

Phil Collins’ actress daughter shined in her first lead role in the film Mirror Mirror in 2012 and she’ll once again be playing the main character in a movie in 2013 in The English Teacher. Lily will also appear as one of the main characters in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, scheduled for a late summer release.

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8 Selena Gomez

Having finally ended her Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place Gomez is set to head full-on into more adult roles in 2013 starring in up to five films including the risque Spring Breakers. We’re also curious to see if there are any post-Bieber issues she will have to deal with. How she’s surviving this well so far is a mystery.

See more of Selena here.

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7 Yael Cohen

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If you don’t know who Yael Cohen is by now, we’re guessing by the end of 2013 you will be very aware of her. Cohen, the founder of the organization Fuck Cancer, which is targeted the Gen Y, has been named to lists such as “100 Most Creative People in Business” and “12 People Who are Transforming Philanthropy” for using social media to build an online community sharing health education and support like never before.

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6 Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter didn’t exactly turn out as we had hoped, but it was a lesser-known film that finally put Mary Elizabeth on the map as a superb actress and garnering her numerous award nominations: Smashed. With that finally under her belt, she is set to appear in up to four films in 2013 including guy fave A Good Day to Die Hard.

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5 Chloe Moretz

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15 year-old Chloe Moretz is the girl most of you know as Hit Girl from Kick-Ass, a role she will reprise this year in Kick-Ass 2. However, she will arguably play a much more interesting role in 2013 as Carrie White in the remake of the Stephen King classic horror film, Carrie. Quite impressive since the role was originally played by Sissy Spacek when Spacek was 27.

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4 Barbara Palvin

Just 19 years-old, Palvin from Budapest, Hungary, jumped on to the radar of everyone with an interest in models after she started working regularly for Victoria’s Secret last year. She’s also already worked for Prada, Armani Exchange, H&M, L’Oreal Paris, and Chanel and she doesn’t even turn 20 until October of this year.

See more of Barbara here.

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3 Ashley Greene

This is the Twilight star we’re most curious about. Will Alice Cullen be what defines her career or is there more to come? She got off to a bad start in 2012 with LOL, and Pan Am didn’t exactly pan out (sorry), but a supporting role in the upcoming film CBGB, about the New York City punk-rock scene, and a starring role in Random look like they have the potential to put “Alice” in the rear view mirror.

See more of Ashley here.

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2 Rooney Mara

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We’ve been waiting since 2011 for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star to appear in another film. Well, wait no more as Rooney is scheduled to act in as many as four films in 2013 including Her with Joaquin Phoenix and Amy Adams.

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1 Ronda Rousey

Rousey, the first and current UFC Women’s Champion, has taken over where Gina Carano left off in becoming the face of women’s MMA. Rousey, however, has taken it one step further as she will become the first UFC pay-per-view headliner when she faces Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 on February 23. The results of this bout and sales of the PPV will go a long way towards determining both the future of the women fighting in the UFC as well as in mixed martial arts in general.

See more of Ronda here.

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