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Several new faces graced our screens this year, while old faces decided that they were here to stay. As the year winds down, we look back at some of the stars that have broken out this year. These stars come in the form of actors, actresses and singers that have made a lasting impact on us. Hopefully we will see more of them next year.
Rebel Wilson – 2012 was the year for funny girls, and Rebel Wilson didn’t disappoint. The 26-year-old Australian actor, writer and comedian showed us her chops for comedy in 2011 with Bridesmaids, but 2012 was definitely her year to shine. She proved to be just what Hollywood was looking for as she sung to perfection as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect. There are only more funny hijinks to be expected from this young actress in the year to come.
Josh Hutcherson – Although 20-year-old Josh Hutcherson could be seen in movies in the early 2000s, the year 2012 made him a teen heartthrob. His role as Peeta in The Hunger Games, spiraled him into the spotlight instantly. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Hutcherson said he still has “mixed feelings” about being a famous actor. “It’s something that every actor sort of dreams about, because, if you get to that point, that means you’re successful and you get to keep on doing what you do. But, at the same time, you do lose anonymity… But I’m excited about it. It’s a new adventure and I’m excited to see where it takes me.” Hutcherson can say goodbye to his anonymity for a while because he broke out as an actor with a bright future in 2012.
Jennifer Lawrence- Hutcherson’s costar- also shined this year. Besides The Hunger Games Lawrence starred in House at the End of the Street and Silver Linings Playbook, along with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro. The 22-year-old actress has made a name for herself earning a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy category for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, pitting her against Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith, Judi Dench and Emily Blunt, according to Business Insider.
PSY –PSY not only put himself in the spotlight, but also the Gangnam District in South Korea with “Gangnam Style” this year. The 34-year-old singer and songwriter became YouTube history. In November, his video was the most watched of all time, beating Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” It has also broken world records, according to Guiness World Records , PSY’s “Gangnam Style” has become the first video to be viewed more than one billion times on YouTube. The one-billionth view came only 159 days after it was first uploaded to YouTube in July. Whether PSY will continue to make music people love or become a one hit wonder, he has made history this year with his catchy tune and intense gallop.
b>Lena Dunham - This young writer, producer and actress has created a show in 2012 about girls living in New York. “Girls” finished its first season on HBO and was been nominated for four Emmys. Dunham, 26, not only created the show, but also stars in it as Hannah Horvath, a young graduate who is trying to make it in New York. This show isn’t hopeful or romantic like other shows based in New York, instead Dunham shows what life is really like for recent college graduates trying to make it on their own. The show has gotten some criticism, but no one can argue that Dunham broke out as a talented young star in 2012.
One Direction – The British pop group formed in 2010 under Simon Cowell and have since become an international phenomenon. Although their first single, “What Makes You Beautiful” came out it 2011, it didn’t reach the U.S. until February 2012 and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, their album “Up All Night” has topped the charts in numerous countries. Their second album, “Take Me Home”, proved the group was here to stay and their first single off the album, “Live While We’re Young” became an instant hit. Niall, Liam, Harry, Zayn and Louis have filled a gap in the music industry of a wholesome and cute boy band that has been missing from the radio since the early 2000s.
Carly Rae Jepsen – The 27-year-old Canadian singer took the world by storm this year with her song “Call Me Maybe.” The catchy pop song has been parodied throughout the Internet with various groups, most notably the Harvard baseball team, dancing and singing the song. The song became Billboard’s official song of the summer, according to Billboard and also claimed the longest run as the No. 1 song in August.
Ryan Lochte – Although Ryan Lochte’s talents don't include talking on camera, the 28-year-old swimmer proved to be a star this year by winning two gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. This year he also trademarked his own word, “Jeah” and guest starred on 90210.