Michael B. Jordan, Quvenzhane Wallis And More Snag Spots On EW’s ‘Entertainers On The Rise’ List

August 7, 2013  |  

Entertainment Weekly recently released their “New Hollywood: Entertainers of the Rise” issue and we’ve got to admit that we’re pretty pleased by all of the young Black talent who made the list this year. Topping the list at number two is Fruitvale Station actor, Michael B. Jordan, who admits that action movie auditions are a rather awkward experience.

 ”Action auditions are the worst. You’ve got maybe two lines: ‘What’s up, dude? Die! Die! Die!’ and you act like you’re shooting somebody, and you’ve got a rolled-up script as a gun. It’s the most awkward thing ever,” said Jordan.

Coming in at number five is 34-year-old funny man, Kevin Hart. In the issue, he confessed that his 2013 highlight was hosting Saturday Night Live.

”Hosting SNL was definitely monumental. As a comedian, that’s what we do it for. We do it to get that stamp, that confirmation that Saturday Night Live accepted you. And for me, when they asked me to host, that was it. You can’t get any bigger or better.”

9-year-old Academy Award nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis, snagged the number nine spot on the list and The Trip to Bountiful actress, Condola Rashad, followed up closely behind at number 17.

27-year-old Fruitvale Station director, Ryan Coogler, also made the list. In the issue, he revealed that despite his success, he wishes to stay true to the blue-collar values that were instilled in him by his parents.

”I don’t want to fail, and I want to stay true to myself, but I also really just hope to continue to work. My parents woke up every day of their lives and went to work in blue-collar jobs. I love to approach filmmaking with that same principle: Always be moving forward,” Ryan said.

Our beloved Kerry Washington made the list as well.

”I know that I am like the luckiest woman in show biz, and I think staying in a place of gratitude has really been what keeps me most sane…I just think when I’m in a place of gratitude then everything’s good. Or if not, it will be soon,” she told EW.

30-year-old stand-up comic Hannibal Buress, 26-year-old producer Hit-Boy, singer/songwriter Ester Dean and director/writer/producer Ava DuVernay also landed spots on this year’s list, too.

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