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Chanté Adams

Chanté Adams never thought she’d land a role with her first-ever audition only weeks after graduating Carnegie Mellon. But the up-and-comer managed to snag a starring part as legendary MC Roxanne Shanté in “Roxanne Roxanne,” the Pharrell and Forest Whitaker-produced biopic co-starring Mahershala Ali. Adams’s performance was so impressive, she was awarded the 2017 Sundance Special Jury Prize for Breakthrough Performance.

Angourie Rice

At only 16-years-old, Angourie Rice boasts an impressive acting portfolio. The Melbourne native gained recognition for her role alongside Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in 2016 comedy “The Nice Guys.” More recently, Rice appeared in Sofia Coppola’s Civil War-era drama “The Beguiled” and “Spiderman: Homecoming” with fellow Hollywood prodigy Zendaya.

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Kelly Marie Tran

Kelly Marie Tran has acted in small parts on various TV shows since 2011, but the San Diego native got her much-deserved big break in the recently-debuted “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Fans applauded Tran’s emotional honesty when a video of her crying as she thanked producer Ram Bergman at the “Star Wars” premiere surfaced.

Frankie Shaw

Executive producer, director, writer and star of “SMILF” Frankie Shaw recently garnered a Golden Globe nomination for her honest portrayal of a young, single mother navigating work, love and parenting. Besides “SMILF,” Shaw has also appeared in “Stronger,” a biographical drama about Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Jeff Bauman as well as the series “Blue Mountain State” and “Mr. Robot.”

Margaret Qualley

Acting chops run in Margaret Qualley‘s family. The daughter of Andie MacDowell, Qualley first appeared on screen in Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto.” She recently reprised her role on HBO series “The Leftovers” and starred alongside Melissa Leo in “Novitiate” as a god-fearing nun. Watch for the 23-year-old star in soon-to-be-released sci-fi drama “IO” and noir thriller “Strange But True.”

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