If you thought 2019 was a big year for talented creatives either coming out of nowhere to wow with their output or celebs rekindling our appreciation of their gifts (Phoebe Waller-Bridge! Jodie Comer! Rami Malek! Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper!) well let us just say that 2020 is going to be gigantic.
From Canadian talents to internationally renowned superstars, here are 10 names that are going to be filling up all of our social feeds in the New Year and beyond.
1. Halle Bailey
The triple-threat has had a very impressive career and she’s only 19. From a recurring part in grown-ish over the past year to her musical output with sister Chloe and a mentor in none other than Beyoncé, Halle is ready to step onto the world stage with her casting as Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Production in April. As soon as that happens we have a feeling we’ll be hearing plenty more about this teen… and probably on a daily basis.
2. Simu Liu
As everyone living in Canada already knew, the Kim’s Convenience star has an abundance of talent. And now, the world is going to see those talents thanks to Simu’s casting as the first Asian superhero in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings. Naturally, the actor is also publishing a memoir to be released around the same time, which will solidify his space in the pop culture sphere.
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3. Lena Waithe
Lena first came to our attention as one of the writers and stars on Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None, but she has definitely made a name for herself since. Not only did she go on to bring us The Chi, but she also has a number of other projects in the works—including acting in the third season of HBO’s Westworld and life as a newlywed with wife Alana Mayo.
4. Lin-Manuel Miranda
Remember when Hamilton was released and everyone and anyone on Broadway, in Hollywood and beyond lost their minds? Well Hamilton is finally hitting Canadian stages and a movie version of Miranda’s other famous musical, In The Heights is finally hitting theatres. Add in a second season of Miranda’s HBO series, His Dark Materials, and we’re betting this guy will be all over our feeds in 2020.
5. Kaitlyn Dever
We forgive you if aren’t all that familiar with Kaitlyn Dever—yet. She’s been on our screens for a while alongside Tim Allen in Last Man Standing, but it wasn’t until the 2019 release of Booksmart and the Golden Globe-nominated Unbelievable that she really stepped into the spotlight. She’s the dark horse for a Globes win in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series/Motion Picture category, and (obviously) she’s expected to be in high demand in 2020.
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6. Kristen Stewart
K-Stew has come a long way since her Twilight days and her varied and complex roles in the ensuing decade have proven she’s one of the greats. She spent 2019 tackling parts like French New Wave actress and activist Jean Seberg in Seberg and starred as one of Elizabeth Banks’s new Angels in Charlie’s Angels. And now she’s ready to take things to the next level with the release of action flick Underwater and rom-com Happiest Season, where she plays a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend over the holidays only to find out that her GF hasn’t come out to her conservative parents. Yup, 2020 looks good for Kristen Stewart.
Art is subjective but most of us can agree that Euphoria was one of the best shows on TV in 2019. That’s undoubtedly why so many people were UP-set that Zendaya didn’t get a nomination for her role on the series. It’s precisely that kind of emotional reaction that proves Zendaya’s fans are all-in and they will have plenty of ways to support her in 2020 with her roles in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and Finest Kind with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ansel Elgort.
8. Nick Cannon
If all you know about Nick Cannon is that he used to host America’s Got Talent or that he was once married to Mariah Carey, you’ll have a lot more intel about the personality in 2020. Not only does he have another season of The Masked Singer on tap (it launches after the Super Bowl in February), but he’s also developing his own late-night series with Fox.
9. Jessica Mulroney
The Canadian fashion stylist is largely known for many of her celeb connections (she is Meghan Markle’s bestie, after all, and recently showed Mindy Kaling the power of a good suit). But come 2020, audiences will be tracking her every move for another reason—her upcoming CTV Life/Netflix series, I Do, Redo. After finding loving couples whose first wedding days were disasters, Jessica, and event and floral designer Caspar Haydar, team up to help them have the second weddings of their dreams. Plenty of tears will inevitably follow.
10. Kim Kardashian West
Okay so we’re always keeping up with this reality maven, but this should be a pretty interesting year for her. Not only will she continue to be a mom and put up with (all of) the shocking things her husband says, but this is the year that Kim turns the big 4-0. You can bet her birthday bash in October is going to be one of the most lavish Kardashian affairs yet and that’s saying a lot for the first family of elaborate and expensive bashes.