My Generation Baby, New Hollywood Talent - Fall 2013/14
The perpetual influx of new generational talent in Hollywood is astounding- an always impressive combination of talent, ambition and beauty . For this issue, 7Hollywood profiles some of the film industry’s most promising new contenders, this fresh talent set to make their mark in some groundbreaking films and television shows. Not only do they photograph well, but they also offer some incisive views on fashion, creativity and film.
With her all American looks and edgy style, Portia Doubleday is destined for greatness. She impressed many with her riveting support role as Chris Hargensen in the 2013 Carrie remake, undergoing major physical transformation for the role.
Yet 25-year-old Portia is hardly a newcomer, having racked up many roles since her career’s humble inception, first appearing in a commercial for Goldfish crackers at the age of eight. Milestones have included the 2009 film Youth in Revolt as Sheeni Saunders, 2011’s Big Mommas, Like Father Like Son as Jasmine Lee, the short lived Mr Sunshine with Matthew Perry and of course Carrie.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Portia has showbiz running through her veins. Her parents are former professional actors, her mother now a writer/producer and her older sister, Kaitlin, is also an actress.
She’s smart too - Portia attended the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, in Los Angeles. Juggling work and school, she was actually studying psychology at an undergrad level while opposite Michael Cera in Youth in Revolt. In the film she plays Sheeni Saunders, an imaginative girl with a dreary life who meets Nick Twisp (Cera) while on a family vacation.
Recalling how filming 'Youth in Revolt' affected her studies at the time, Portia reveals, " My drama teacher, for this Theater 100 basic-basic-basic course said that I couldn't miss the group project. So my teacher gave me a D. The first ever in my life, and it's in theater. Stupid theater.Yeah, there's a little pent-up animosity."
Of late, Portia is working on the film Touchback, based on an award winning short film, and another short with actor Alex Frost, directed by Marvin Jarrett (the founder of Nylon magazine).
With her exotic looks and indefatigable charisma, Armenian born Angela Sarafyan is a breath of fresh air on the LA acting front. Angela’s personality and aesthetic are a big departure from cookie cutter archetypes flooding west coast talent agencies.
More quirky and comedic than bland sitcom schmaltz, 27-year-old Angela has starred in a string of left of field indie film’s and online hits, including renowned web series Hot Sluts.
Still, Sarafyan’s acting range is as adaptable as they come, already having worked steadily since 2000 on a range of mainstream hits. These include The Mentalist, In Plain Sight and CSI: NY. She’s also played "Samantha Evans" on The Good Guys and "Stormy" on Sex Ed.
Her weighty list of guest-star roles include Judging Amy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Shield, he Division, 24, Cold Case, South of Nowhere, Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, Nikita, and The Mentalist. Feature film roles include, On the Doll, Kabluey, The Informers, A Beautiful Life, Breaking Dawn, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, and Lost & Found in Armenia.
Angela also has a Twilight role to her credit and six films completed and ready for release in 2013. Two significant features include the James Gray directed romantic drama Nightingale, and Paranoia, a thriller starring Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth, and Harrison Ford.
Of her journey into the world of acting, Angela reveals, "Ever since I was four years old, I loved movies. I remember watching Arnold Schwartzenegger die and thinking, that's where I want to be, in a different world, in this other life, even if I must die for it".
"My father told me it wasn't real, but I wouldn't believe him. I did see Arnold die with blood. But the next thing you know, he is playing Danny DeVito's twin. I tried to convince my father that he must have done the movie before The Terminator; but eventually I believed my dad. And decided that I wanted to be an actor."
Bar Paly brandishes the exotic look of a sixties Bond siren and classic supermodel. Its no wonder her stunning physicality sees her sought after by a host of men’s magazines.
32-year-old Bar was born in Russia and moved to Tel Aviv, Israel when she was seven. Modeling was the gateway to a show business career and she started doing assignments for a major Milan agency at the tender age of 17.
While Bar originally came to New York as a model, she prefers not to be branded as a model-turned-actress. Instead she’s keen to assert that she’s an actress first, using modeling to support herself.
Her acting career began on a variety of Israeli television shows, like Zehirut Matzlema in 2003. After work as a spokes model for Canada’s Silver Jeans in 2004, she made her first appearance on English TV on the short-lived comedy Filthy Gorgeous, alongside Isabella Rossellini in 2006.
Bar has since held numerous roles in film and TV, including How I Met Your Mother, The Starter Wife, and the 2008 horror film The Ruins. In 2013, she held roles in Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III with Charlie Sheen, and Bill Murray, and also Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson.
Of her character in Pain & Gain, Bar revealed, "she is the girl who wears everything a little too tight, too short, too inappropriate for the occasion, the Israeli beauty said.
Another huge role will see Bar alongside Jon Hamm in Disney’s The Million Dollar Arm. Hamm plays a sports agent who paves the way to stardom for two Indian cricket players.
Despite being ranked at just 11,231 according to showbiz authority, The Wrap’s Powergrid website ( that gauges the overall rank of a person, project or company) Bar need not despair.
She’s nurturing a booming career as an actress, while still involved in modeling. As a stunning Israeli beauty whose natural curves turn heads around the globe she’s assured to be a hit with casting directors for a while yet.
With her blonde, blue eyed appeal, 24 year old Leven Ramblin is traditional beauty destined for big things in Hollywood. Despite her tender years, Levin has already landed roles in several high profile TV series and feature films.
Born in Houston, Texas, Leven is best known for playing Lily Montgomery and Ava Benton on All My Children between 2004 and 2008 when she was just 13. She has also had recurring roles on; Grey's Anatomy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, One Tree Hill, Wizards of Waverly Place and CSI: Miami.
While best known for her roles on television, Levin has also been active on the feature film front. She was cast as the female lead, Kim Moriarity in the surf biopic Of Men and Mavericks and landed a lead role in the upcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters as the character Clarisse La Rue.
Her most high profile role saw her cast as Glimmer in the 2012 Lionsgate epic film adaptation of the popular book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games, observes a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.
Based in Los Angeles Leven is a passionate surfer and adores most sea creatures, she also dabbles in hiking, boxing and just staying active to stay fit and healthy. She is also something of a philanthropist, and passionate about Autism research and awareness as well as animal rights. She is active with Surf for Life, an organization that creates educational and cultural development projects in coastal communities around the world.
A fashion obsessive, Levin has written several editorials on New York Fashion Week for Paper Magazine and Page Six Magazine. She is sister of fashion handbag designer Mary Rambin, whose Moë brand is popular among celebrities. Well connected, her father owns Houston's largest real estate firm and her grandfather J. Howard Rambin, Jr, is former CEO and president of Texaco oil company.
In her fantasy world, Levin says. "I’d be a mermaid, just swim all days and revel in the ocean."