The 2000s was a great time for comedies, romantic films, and the beginning of the superhero genre. It was also when some of today’s greatest stars debuted. Here are the 11 biggest acting debuts of the 2000s, ranked.

11 Michael B Jordan – Hardball (2001)

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Michael BIt was the first movie ever hardball, a bizarre Keanu Reeves vehicle with an incredibly ugly scream moment. Reeves plays a gambling addict who has to coach a baseball team from the Chicago Projects, and Jordan plays Jamal, one of the best kids on the team.

Although not the biggest role, the young actor is able to convey his trauma and troubles, as he is thrust into gang life by everyone around him except his coach. Jordan gave a first taste of the vulnerability and inner life his characters always had; Characteristics that were also demonstrated in his next role as Wallace’s corner kid in The the wire.

10 Christopher Mintz Place – Superbad (2007)

Christopher Mintz Plus Superbad
Columbia Pictures

Whatever roles he plays, Christopher Mintz Place It will always be McLovin’ Very bad. The actor (and character) steal the movie and became the most popular and memorable part of it. It’s amazing to know that this was the actor’s first-ever role, conveying an assertiveness in himself and highlighting every joke in the script, every interaction with both Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, while playing this unique character who marches to the beat of him. Special drum.

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9 Dakota Fanning – I’m Sam (2001)

Sean Penn and Dakota Fanning in I Am Sam
New Line Cinema

Dakota Fanning She was seven years old when she made her big screen debut as Lucy in I am Sam. The story delivers a flashy performance by Sean Penn, but it wouldn’t work without Fanning as this little girl who is happy with her father, even if the world thinks they shouldn’t be together. It’s a complex role for a child to play, because it has so many layers, and the actress has to express so many emotions during the film, and yet she does it so perfectly. After that stellar performance, it was easy to see that Hollywood had an amazing actress on their hands, and she hasn’t stopped working since.

8 Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Dev Patel as Jamal Malik
Pathé distribution

Dev Patel The first role ever was in the TV series skinsbut no one could have predicted that his movie debut in the homeless milionaire It would be such a game-changer, Patel giving a stunning performance that is magnetic, raw and upbeat. Jamal is an unlucky man with a horrific history, answering questions on an episode of Who wants to be a millionaire?, but Patel makes the audience sympathize with the character through his acting skills and low key charm.

About his performance, Patel told The Guardian: “He (director Danny Boyle) said, ‘You know, if you’re going to lead this one, you’ve got to be still,’” Patel recalled. He was flustered. “I thought, stillness? This is not acting. What are they paying me for? I have to Do something.”

7 Gael Garcia Bernal – Amores Perros (2000)

Amores Perros
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Gael Garcia BernalHis debut in a movie was a big one, in which he played one of the most important roles Amores Perros. His character is in love with his brother’s wife, but this is not the case Really love A kind of performance where Garcia Bernal shows a darker, manic side to his personality, which can end badly with every look, gesture, and presence.

This film is one of his best in Spanish, as it was the first evidence for international audiences that an amazing actor had just come into their lives, and he continued to confirm this with both Mexican films such as Y Tu Mama También And American movies like Motorcycle Diaries.

6 Nicholas Hoult – About a Boy (2002)

Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult on the couch in About A Boy

Nicholas HoltHis breakout role (and his first movie role) was as an odd kid in about a boyAnd where he worked alongside Hugh Grant. Marcus from Holt is a shy boy who gets into a difficult situation at home, who becomes friends with Will (Grant), a bachelor who doesn’t plan to have friends, and even less children. The fact that Holt is not only able to act alongside Grant, but make him one of his best scene partners is amazing, and without him, the movie just wouldn’t work because Marcus is the real heart of it.

Holt disappeared from films during his adolescence and reappeared as a teenager in skins. Since then, he has been one of the most interesting actors (Peter V the great Awesome), even if he keeps losing superhero parts (he was a finalist for a role in Batman that ended up going to Robert Pattinson, and a role for Superman that ended up going to David Korensweet).

5 Gabourey Sidibe – Precious (2009)

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Gabourey Sidibe She was nominated for an Academy Award with her first movie, thanks to the stellar performance she gave costly. The movie tells a very sad story, and yet Sidibe conveys some hope, empathy, and brightness with everything that happens to her character. She’s poor, has an abusive mother, is a pregnant high school girl, and can’t read, yet the actress shows the audience how her character feels every step of the way and how she thinks she’ll get through this. It’s an emotional and challenging performance, and Sidibe knocked it out of the park.

4 Michelle Rodriguez – Girlfight (2000)

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She is now an action hero and has one of the biggest roles in a multi-million dollar series, but when she returns Michelle Rodriguez He was cast in a major role in Girlfight, was completely unknown. Director Karen Kusama needed a believable actress to play a boxer, and when she met Rodriguez, she knew she’d set her up. Perhaps the movie reflects the actress’ journey, as no one believed in the actress or the boxer she plays until they proved everyone else wrong. This performance changed the life of the actress, as Vin Diesel previously stated that she insisted on portraying Rodriguez as Letty in The Fast and the Furious Because she saw it here.

About the film’s ending, Rodriguez told Yahoo: “They wanted the female to lose in the end. A lot of the producers that she was trying to get to do the movie with her were telling her that they would do it on the condition that the male win in the end.”

3 Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls (2006)

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Jennifer Hudson Her first film role earned her an Academy Award as a supporting actress. She played the role of Effie White dream girls, a role won by over 700 other actresses. This remains one of her best performances ever, the role she was born to play, showing her prowess as an actress and singer. Hudson has already won American Idol And it was known to the masses, but no one knew that she had that kind of performance. She has gone on to act, even playing Aretha Franklin respectWorking with Spike Lee Chi classyproving that it’s no wonder it worked.

2 Jimmy Bell – Billy Elliot (2000)

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Jimmy BellIt was the first role ever Billy Elliott, one of the best British films of all time. It’s a challenging performance, as the actor must be able to dance and dance dramatically, but also convey the vulnerability, sadness, and turmoil that his character goes through in the film. Billy Elliott It was such a hit that it became a huge Broadway show, winning Bale the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and earning several other nominations. Not bad for a 14-year-old who’s never been in front of a camera before.

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1 Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
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Although he has already appeared in two episodes of the TV series David Copperfieldfirst appearance on the big screen Daniel Radcliffe It was Harry Potter’s turn Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and what a debut. The actor has been able to portray the famous magician for over a decade, but what’s even more impressive is that the journey began when he was just 11 years old. Representing children as actors is one of the most complex things to do, and with Radcliffe, they nailed it.

After Harry Potter, the actor continued to work without the stress of needing his paycheck, and this has allowed him to have a very eclectic career, from a cameo in extras To play Allen Ginsberg in kill your darlingsafter centuries of demons Centuries, Guns clipped into his hands akimbo guns Every new project Radcliffe takes on is worth watching. Who would have thought that when they threw a little boy into mugs and gave him a magic wand?


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