The 2010s saw the rise of some great Hollywood actors. The decade featured previously established talents like Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway, as well as brand new faces on the scene, like Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan.
In no particular order, we’re shining the spotlight on 15 Hollywood celebrities who saw a lot of success in the 2010s through popular movies and TV shows.
See if your favorite celebrity makes the list.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Jennifer Lawrence
As the most popular actress of this decade, with an estimated combined box office gross of over $5.5 billion, Jennifer Lawrence is unmistakably one of the top female movie stars in Hollywood.
She’s pretty good at acting, too––winning an Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook and numerous Best Actress awards all over the world for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the cult favorite The Hunger Games.
She took a brief hiatus from Hollywood movies for a few years, and after releasing one heart-wrenching blockbuster after another, we don’t blame her for wanting to take a break.
Challenge: Jennifer Lawrence does a movie where she has fun
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) May 28, 2021
In 2020, she wrapped production on an A24 drama alongside Samira Wiley. We hope to have more information about this upcoming movie release soon! In 2021, you can Netflix and chill with Jennifer Lawrence in Adam McKay’s comedy Don’t Look Up. The ensemble cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Ariana Grande, Meryl Streep, and Timothée Chalamet.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Michael B. Jordan
The 2010s were busy for Michael B. Jordan. He was nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Rising Star Award for his role as shooting victim Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station (2013) and a Critics’ Choice Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Donny Creed in Creed (2015).
He truly became a household name with the 2018 hit Black Panther where he played Erik Killmonger. That same year, Creed II came out, which was well-received by audiences and critics alike.
In 2021, Michael B. Jordan stars in the Amazon new movie release Without Remorse and will also make an appearance in the upcoming new movie release Space Jam: A New Legacy.
(Why yes, we will go to the movies just to see Michael B. Jordan larger than life – the TV screen at home just won’t cut it).
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Anne Hathaway
Okay, so Anne Hathaway thrived in the 2000s too with roles like Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries (the makeover scene?! ICONIC) and Andrea Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada, but she was just as incredible in the 2010s, starring as Maggie Murdock in Love & Other Drugs, Fantine in the movie adaptation of Les Misérables, Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, and Brand in Interstellar, just to name a few.
anne hathaway will always be an icon pic.twitter.com/WeZwuq7B9M
— ke (@adorehems) June 1, 2021
Nowadays, you can see her in the TV series SOLOS on Amazon Prime, the HBO Max original comedy Locked Down, and The Witches, the movie adaptation of the Roald Dahl bestseller.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Brie Larson
Deep, hilarious, and vast: those are all adjectives that can be used to describe the filmography of Brie Larson. From Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Trainwreck to her Academy Award-winning performance in Room, Brie Larson was one busy actress throughout the 2010s. Let’s not forget her role in Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame!
In 2021, Brie Larson will return as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the upcoming sequel, The Marvels. While The Marvels’ plot is still under wraps, we do know that the film will be a continuation of the 2021 Disney+ series Ms. Marvel. The upcoming superhero film will also see WandaVision standout and fan favorite Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) make her theatrical MCU debut. The Marvels is set to hit movie theaters on November 11, 2022.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Timothée Chalamet
Oh, Timmy. We can’t get enough of you!
Timothée Chalamet’s first notable role was in the 2014 hit Interstellar playing a younger version of Casey Affleck’s character Tom. It was in 2017 that things really blew up for this young Hollywood actor thanks to Call Me by Your Name.
The hits kept coming with Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Little Women. Timothée Chalamet will grace the big screen again in the 2021 upcoming movie releases Dune, The French Dispatch, and Don’t Look Up. In May 2021, it was announced that Timothée Chalamet will star as a young Willy Wonka in the Willy Wonka origin story titled Wonka.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Adam Driver
Adam Driver rose to fame thanks to the HBO hit show Girls, but he graced the big screen plenty of times during the 2010s, too, in three Star Wars movies, BlacKkKlansman, Marriage Story, and a few dozen more.
whenever Adam Driver is onscreen pic.twitter.com/PmKvmTqmV9
— Halle | watch Inside 🚪 (@reylographer) May 31, 2021
Fans are most excited for his role as Maurizio Gucci alongside Lady Gaga in the upcoming movie House of Gucci. We’ll also see him in the 2022 sci-fi thriller 65.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan, please keep making movies. We’re all obsessed with you.
After her breakthrough role as Briony in the award-winning 2007 movie Atonement, we saw Saoirse Ronan come of age throughout the 2010s. Roles like Brooklyn, Lady Bird, and Little Women showed the range and talents of this young actress who is just beginning her career in Hollywood.
Saoirse Ronan rhymes with Seratonin…. makes you think.
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) January 12, 2020
In 2020, we got to see her with Kate Winslet in the steamy historical romance Ammonite. In 2021, we’ll get to see her in The French Dispatch and hopefully many more movies to come!
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Daniel Kaluuya
In 2011, Daniel Kaluuya appeared in the Black Mirror episode “Fifteen Million Merits.” Jordan Peele saw him and had to cast him in the iconic 2017 thriller Get Out, which launched him into megastardom.
— Daniel Kaluuya (@KaluuyaDani) May 8, 2017
We got to see him in 2018’s Black Panther, the 2019 movie Queen & Slim, and then the 2021 award winner Judas and the Black Messiah. Who can forget his 2021 Oscar acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor?!
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Chadwick Boseman
Let’s have a moment of appreciation for the late Chadwick Boseman, who left this world far too soon.
Chadwick Boseman’s breakthrough role was in the 2013 movie 42 where he beautifully played Jackie Robinson.
We first got to see Chawick Boseman as the Black Panther in the 2016 Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, and his career exploded from there, with Black Panther coming out in 2018––one of the highest grossing films of all time!
He received posthumous awards and nominations for his roles in Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
“You can have a 50-60 year career and never work with a Chadwick Boseman,” Viola Davis said to BBC in 2020. “He lived right. He lived in the moment. All of his choices had to deal with legacy because if there’s one thing that we have taken away from this time with Covid is all we have is the now… that’s all we have.”
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Emma Stone
The 2007 hit comedy Superbad launched Emma Stone’s career and she was absolutely *thriving* in the 2010s, showing off her range with roles like Spider-Man’s love interest Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man and aspiring actress Mia in La La Land.
Emma Stone is perfect, your honour. pic.twitter.com/ANA2zD8kEf
— 𝕯iana. (@HailMother) May 31, 2021
In 2021, we get to see her star in Disney’s Cruella (see our thoughts on the new movie release here). She also welcomed her first child, playing the irl role of mom for the first time!
Who knows what’s next for this talented celeb?!
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Tye Sheridan
Tye Sheridan is one of the most popular young Hollywood actors, and he stayed busy as ever throughout the 2010s with movies including The Tree of Life, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Ready Player One.
I most recently saw him in a movie theater near me starring in the YA sci-fi Voyagers. Off-screen, he’s been hard at work on his tech start-up called Wonder Dynamics that combines “AI technology with first-class storytelling.”
Later this year, we’ll see Tye Sheridan act under the direction of George Clooney in the movie adaptation of the memoir The Tender Bar. Tye will play author J. R. Moehringer, who forms a bond with his uncle (played by Ben Affleck).
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Chris Pratt
The world first fell in love with Chris Pratt as Andy in the hit comedy Parks and Recreation which ran from 2009 to 2015.
Then, he wowed us all with his stellar performance as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy. After that, it was one blockbuster after another: Jurassic World, Passengers, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Jurassic World 2, just to name a few.
No way did Chris Pratt peak in the 2010s. In 2022 and 2023, get ready to see him in another Jurassic World movie, plus Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo is a celebrated Hollywood actor who holds dual British and American citizenship and is known for being able to adapt to a variety of accents. His accolades include a Critics’ Choice Award, two Golden Globe Award nominations, and two Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
In the 2010s, he starred in many critically-acclaimed films including The Help (2011), Nightingale (2014), Selma (2014), and A United Kingdom (2016).
More recently, you can see David Oyelowo in Chaos Walking or hear his voice in Peter Rabbit 2.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: Lupita Nyong’o
Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o quickly rose to fame after her outstanding performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She took to Broadway in 2015 to play a teenage orphan in Eclipse, earning a Tony Award nomination. Following her time on stage, she returned to the big screen as Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Amidst filming three Star Wars hits, she also starred in Black Panther and Us.
SHEEEESH, that’s a busy decade. And she’s still busy, reviving Nakia in the 2022 release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as well as a new role in an upcoming spy thriller called The 355 that has a star-studded cast.
Oh, and did we mention she authored a children’s book?
Sulwe is a New York Times bestseller about a little girl with “skin the color of midnight” who goes on a magical journey through the night sky. You can get a copy here.
Hollywood Celebrities Who Thrived in the 2010s: LaKeith Stanfield
Okay, so we’ve already outlined all of the reasons we stan LaKeith Stanfield, but we don’t mind reminding you again.
There was Selma, then Straight Outta Compton, then Get Out, followed by Sorry To Bother You, plus Donald Glover’s hit TV series Atlanta. We also love him in the Netflix rom-com Someone Great.
To put it simply:
LaKeith Stanfield be working.
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) November 1, 2019
So, what’s he working on now? Get ready to see him star in an American Western called The Harder They Fall expected to be released in late 2021.
What do you think of our list? Did we miss any of your favorite Hollywood celebrities who thrived in the 2010s? Let us know in the comments.
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