Everyone on this list lived on the planet before they came to our attention, and many of them have been in the game for a while, but this year, they were the California to our Cabrilho. As far as the HelloGiggles editors and contributors are concerned, we discovered these fine, talented people you see below, OK?
Miles Teller, aka that guy from Divergent
Rachel Paige: Where has he been all my life?
Gaby Hoffmann, aka the girl in everything
Jennifer Romolini: I knew about Gaby Hoffman before this year (I mean, she was in Uncle Buck) , but between her stellar/bare/relatable/sometimes breathtaking performance in Transparent, her best-friend-in-the-world in Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child, and her portrayal of Adam’s feral, troublemaking (but somehow still sympathetic) sister in Girls, she’s reached hero-queen status for me, and I’ll never forget her again.
Karlie Kloss, aka that cool model
Elena Sheppard: I’ll admit to a full-fledged girl crush. She’s Instagram-perfect, gorgeous, into coding, loves cookies, has enviable style, is BFFs with Tay-Tay. . . Need I say more?
Noah Wiseman, aka the kid from The Babadook
Piper Weiss: Seriously, this child is a genius.
Riz Ahmed, aka wait, isn’t he from Nightcrawler?
Sophia Elias: He played Rick in Nightcrawler and there was just so much humanity to him.
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, aka our new best friends
Lindsey Robertson: ‘Nuff said.
Ansel Elgort, aka the guy who made me cry
Elizabeth Entenman: He broke my heart in The Fault in Our Stars, and, let’s face it, he’s not bad to look at.
Lupita Nyong’o, aka that beautiful/smart/ perfect girl from 12 Years A Slave
Gina Vaynshteyn: After renting 12 Years a Slave like a million months after it came out in theaters, I looked her up online and saw what a smart, amazing lady she is. And how fashionable and lovely and cool. I mean, just her Instagram is so cute and fun to keep up with.
Tatiana Maslany, aka that girl from that show about the clones
Caroline Gerdes: OK, I was a little late to catch the Orphan Black train, but I inhaled every episode this summer and she is amazing. She plays almost every character, and it never feels like she is talking to herself.
Becky G, aka you know, the girl from the “Shower” song
Marlo Meekins, aka that girl from the interwebs
Nicole Daddona: Vine star!
Alex from Target
Jill Layton: OK, nobody knew about this guy, except for his parents.