Forbes’ Hollywood ’30 Under 30′ List Could Not Be Stranger

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batcherlorette premiere 2 240812Forbes has released its Hollywood '30 Under 30′ list for the year, and while some of the people make perfect sense, most of them are a complete mystery to me. There's no denying that everyone on it is very successful in their own way, but if I'm a celebrity blogger and I haven't heard of most of these people, I can't imagine they're in everyone's Top 30 for 2012, right?

It starts out with people like Kate McKinnon, Aziz Ansari, Lena Dunham, and Rebel Wilson all of whom I'm totally on board with. Those are some crazy kids who are popular in a kind of quirky, off-brand way. They came up through the system in more interesting ways than “Hello, you are beautiful and/or rich, please have some things.” So yeah, welcome to the list! We're glad to have ya! But then it goes into weirder territory, with people like Monica Austin, the Senior Vice President of Shine America, Oliver Bogner, some kind of rich DJ, and David Brewer, a really young VP at NBC. Okay, good for them for making money and call me naive, but I've never even heard of these people. Especially considering that Forbes has like fifteen '30 Under 30′ lists (not an exaggeration) and this one is Hollywood, you'd expect some more celebrity names. Or I would, anyway. Give me more celebrities!

And they do, eventually, but they're weird ones like Sam Claflin and Maude Apatow who are great, but who have done like one movie each this year. They have Nicholas Hoult on there as well, who's best known for dating Jennifer Lawrence, who doesn't even get mentioned in his bio, let alone make it to the list herself. And then the rest of the list has a lot of celebrity offspring who have been shockingly successful given that they started their lives with a well-known name and a well-padded wallet. It's so shocking to me that David Katzenberg, son of DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has found his way in this cold, cruel world. It makes total sense for him to be on the same list as Analeigh Tipton, who came in third on America's Next Top Model…in 2008.

I don't know what to think here except that Forbes has some kind of partnership with all these ‘up-and-comers' where they get a donation from their publicists if they write them up. It's either that, or I'm an idiot and Logan Lerman is the big name to remember in 2013:

Lerman was in line to be the next Daniel Radcliffe with “Percy Jackson.” But the first film in the franchise didn't do quite as well as expected. Instead, Lerman is making his mark in smaller films like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” He'll return to Percy Jackson next year in “Sea of Monsters.”

Ah yes, someone whose film “didn't do quite as well as expected”. To the list, goddamnit, to the list!

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