Random Question: SciFi Actors

Hey, Im hanging out in Lima, Peru for some reason right now, and I want to ask you all a weird question:

Okay, you know how we are all pretty loyal to our SciFi actors. Yeah, ‘Firefly’ got canceled, but we will watch/support any new shows that cast Summer (‘Sarah Connor Chronicles’) or Nathan (‘Castle’) or Morena (‘V’) or are ideas out of Joss Whedons head (even if they are confusing and borderline nonsensical, like ‘Dollhouse’).

We like to see ‘our’ actors working.

But someone recently asked me who my favorites were in the ~20-year-olds range.

My response was ‘Um… Summer Glau… and… hmmm………hmmmm…..’

I suck.

Who are your alls favorite up-and-coming sci-fi actors? Promising kids from SG-1 or BSG or anywhere*?

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* Say ‘Shia LaBeouf’ or ‘Megan Fox’ and I will personally kick your ass.


  1. #1 Shane Kretky
    December 31, 2010

    Well, he’s (sorry, hes) just out of the range, but James MacAvoy?

    On the XX side, what about Saoirse Ronan? (yes, I had to look up how to spell her first name).

  2. #2 biopunk
    January 1, 2011

    I can’t think of any.

    I think most of the cast of
    Misfits is just over 20.

    Have you seen it?

  3. #3 Hydra
    January 1, 2011

    I’d like to nominate Jewel Staite (Firefly) and David Blue (Stargate Universe).

    I agree that there’s definitely a dearth of memorable 20-something sci-fi actors/actresses. Maybe we’ll see them in hindsight when they hit it big later on.

  4. #4 Joe Fatzen
    January 1, 2011

    Do we actually need more that Summer Glau? 😉

  5. #5 Vene
    January 1, 2011

    Joe, I have one thing to say to you. River Tam Beats Up Everyone

  6. #6 Emerson White
    January 1, 2011

    Felicia Day is 30. So she almost fits the bill.

  7. #7 Emerson White
    January 1, 2011

    Some more that sprang to mind, Jesse Eisenberg from Zombieland maybe? Natalie Portman was in a few, and she is 29, maybe her? Most of the 20 something actors I can think of have only nominally been involved in scifi. I think part of the problem is the tun for the worse that scifi has taken since scifi network became syfy, Most of the people who were in their 20’s in the string of good scifi movies that came out last have aged out of that category by now.

  8. #8 Brian
    January 1, 2011

    Jewel Staite could probably make me watch just about any kind of bad TV.

  9. #9 Shirakawasuna
    January 1, 2011

    Shia LaBeouf

  10. #10 Improbable Joe
    January 1, 2011

    David Blue from SGU is pretty much the best thing to come out of that show, and I hope he has a long and successful career.

  11. #11 jaranath
    January 1, 2011

    Definitely Jewel Staite. Although, I confess I’m probably unable to fairly evaluate her acting prowess. All I can see are those cute cheeks when she smiles…sigh.

  12. #12 complex field
    January 1, 2011

    Shia LeBoeuf.


    Thank you ma’am. May I have another?
    [goto Loop]

  13. #13 Corkscrew
    January 1, 2011

    What I hate is when young actors/actresses appear in one thing, flat-out rock the kasbah, and then vanish without a trace.

    For example Samantha Krutzfeldt from the Sarah Connor Chronicles episode “Alpine Fields”. She single-handedly made that ep my personal favourite to date. And yet, judging by her IMDB entry, she hasn’t worked on anything since ’09. That’s just wrong 🙁

  14. #14 Rob Abiera
    January 1, 2011


  15. #15 Rob Abiera
    January 1, 2011

    And while I’m at it: Karen Gillan! She’s enough to make a straight person go “Summer who?” (Pun not intended – but I’ll take it anyway!)

  16. #16 eddie
    January 1, 2011

    What Rob Abiera said.


    Yes, this was an episode in which donna noble was drs sidekick, but KG played one of the soothsayers.

  17. #17 Tommykey
    January 1, 2011

    Well, if we could extend the age range into the early 30’s, then I would vote for Zoe Saldana, who was in Avatar and the Star Trek remake.

  18. #18 Ian H Spedding FCD
    January 1, 2011

    Sorry, being an old fogey, I don(apostrophe)t think there are any decent young actors in sci-fi of around that age. Especially American. I remember watching the original War Games movie and finding Ally Sheedy(apostrophe)s cuteness seriously irritating. Same for Denise Richards(apostrophe)s perpetual grin in Starship Troopers

  19. #19 Tristan
    January 1, 2011

    I am sooo pissed that Stargate Universe got the axe.

  20. #20 Bert Chadick
    January 2, 2011

    Jewel Staite,(Kaylee) is my current Firefly fave, but Sigourney Weaver kicks ass forever.

  21. #21 MadScientist
    January 2, 2011

    As Sgt. Schultz would say “I know nothing!” That may have something to do with not watching TV (except possibly for the news) for 20 years, which I believe to be a Good Thing.

  22. #22 jose
    January 2, 2011

    Nadia de Santiago.

  23. #23 Divalent
    January 2, 2011

    A random answer to your random question: DOGZ!

  24. #24 Lord
    January 3, 2011

    Brian Smith (Lt. Scott, SGU) is 29. Chris Pine has hit 30. Depending on how far you are willing to range, Hayden Panettiere is only 21, Allison Mack and Kristen Kreuk are 22. Chris Evans, 29. There hasn’t been a lot of sci-fi for a while.

  25. #25 Lord
    January 3, 2011

    And Thomas Dekker (John Connor) is 23.

  26. #26 OgreMkV
    January 4, 2011

    Don’t forget Sarah Roemer.

    I’ve only seen her in The Event, but she seems to be a good actress (26).

  27. #27 biopunk
    January 4, 2011

    Argh! With all the suggestions of Doctor Who, why did I forget The Sarah Jane Adventures?

    Male lead for the show started at age 14.

    Second male companion also played Will Parry from His Dark Materials trilogy for BBC radio.

    Both the main female companion roles were played by 17-18 year-old when they started.

  28. #28 Tyler
    January 4, 2011

    Bruce Campbell. He’s a fresh, talented, up-and-comer. He’s gonna make it one day.

  29. #29 Prometheus
    January 4, 2011

    “Bruce Campbell. He’s a fresh, talented, up-and-comer. He’s gonna make it one day.”


    I suspect he will do great things.

    I guess Anna Torv is over thirty. I’ve watched a few Sci Fi channel series but they all seem to go south by their third season so I don’t invest in remembering names.

  30. #30 stogoe
    January 4, 2011

    Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack are not 22. Did you perhaps mean 32?

    As for young sci-fi actors, I really enjoyed Tower Prep (Cartoon Network’s non-cartoon Mutant High School show), both because it was kind of goofy fun (and created by Paul Dini) and also because it’s shot in Vancouver and it’s been great to count up all the actors who are going to be regulars in your favorite SciFi shows 10 or 15 years from now. Hell, Peter Deluise even directed a couple episodes.

  31. #31 Lord
    January 4, 2011

    Allison Mack, Kristan Kreuk, and Matt Dallas are 28, re imdb

  32. #32 stogoe
    January 5, 2011

    Well, I was partly correct. If Mack/Kreuk were 22, they would have been 12 when they started on Smallville. TWELVE.

    Also, at least one of the Tower Prep regulars was in the Final Five episodes of Caprica last night. Just goes to show that Vancouver actors are in everything. Everything.

  33. #33 Jason Goldman
    January 6, 2011

    Hey, I like Dollhouse!

  34. #34 stogoe
    January 6, 2011

    I liked Dollhouse, too, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say it used copious amounts of Magical Sciencey Gobbledegook instead of actual Repetitive, Hard, Anti-Narrativistic Real-World Science. Most if not all Sci-Fi does. I don’t consider that a bad thing.

  35. #35 Bill
    January 26, 2011

    “20-year-olds range?” You talking base-10 er what?


  36. #36 Tristan
    May 23, 2012

    Ha! Looks like the new server has a slightly less comprehensive spambot filter than the old one.

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