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Actors Who Made It at Sundance

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Actors Who Made It at Sundance
Felicity Jones

BREAKOUT FILM: "Like Crazy" in 2011, for which she won Sundance's Special Jury Prize for acting. Before that, the Brit appeared in "Northanger Abbey" in 2007, "Brideshead Revisited" opposite Emma Thompson in 2008, and as Miranda opposite Helen Mirren in Julie Taymor's 2010 film version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

SINCE SUNDANCE: This year Jones appears opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, and Jonathan Pryce in the romantic comedy "Hysteria" and is the newest face of Dolce &
Gabbana.


Donal Logue

BREAKOUT FILM: "The Tao of Steve" in 2000, for which he won a Special Jury Prize for his performance as an overweight underachiever who comes up with an effective method for seducing women. Although Logue had worked steadily on TV and in film since the early 1990s, this role proved he could be a leading man.

SINCE SUNDANCE: Logue's performance at Sundance was noticed by "ER" executive producer John Wells, who cast him as nurse Chuck Martin, Sherry Stringfield's love interest. During that time, Logue also landed the lead role of Sean Finnerty in the sitcom "Grounded for Life." Following that, he booked series regular roles on "The Knights of Prosperity," "Life," and "Terriers." His film credits include "Just Like Heaven," "Charlie St. Cloud," "Zodiac," "Ghost Rider," and "Shark Night 3D."


Olivia Thirlby

BREAKOUT FILM: "Juno" in 2007. It might have been difficult for an unknown actor to stand out in a film with Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, and Allison Janney when playing a "best friend" role like Thirlby's Leah, but that's just what she did, bringing a sweetness and sincerity to what could have been a typically airheaded character.

SINCE SUNDANCE: Thirlby appeared in "The Wackness" opposite Ben Kingsley in 2008 (which won Sundance's Audience Award), "New York, I Love You," "No Strings Attached," "The Darkest Hour," and the TV series "Bored to Death" and "Good Vibes." This year she'll be in "Being Flynn" opposite Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore and in "Dredd" with Karl Urban.


Gabourey Sidibe

BREAKOUT FILM: "Precious" in 2009. Prior to being cast as Claireece "Precious" Jones, a twice-pregnant teen whose hopeful spirit rescues her from an abusive home life, Sidibe was a college psychology student with little acting training. Thankfully, she took a chance and auditioned for director Lee Daniels, who cast her in a role that would garner her an Independent Spirit Award, Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG nominations.

SINCE SUNDANCE: Sidibe appears on Showtime's "The Big C" as Andrea Jackson and starred alongside Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy in "Tower Heist."


Vera Farmiga

BREAKOUT FILM: "Down to the Bone" in 2004, for which she won a Special Jury Prize for her performance as a cocaine-addicted housewife. Although the film was only in theaters a short time, Farmiga credits "Bone" with taking her career to a new level, saying directors who want to work with her always say, "I saw you in 'Down to the Bone.' " Says Farmiga, "Up until then it was just 'Law & Order' episodes and bit parts. Working consistently but in lame roles. I'd really only done characters on film that had nothing arcs or were really one-dimensional. It was the first time someone granted me the opportunity to step into a full-bodied woman and interpret it in my way."

SINCE SUNDANCE: Farmiga has worked with such directors as Martin Scorsese in "The Departed" and Anthony Minghella in "Breaking and Entering." She also starred opposite Peter Sarsgaard in the creepy "Orphan," was nominated for an Oscar for her performance opposite George Clooney in "Up in the Air," starred opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in "Source Code," and was nominated for the 2011 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for "Higher Ground," which she also directed. This month she stars in "Safe House" with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds.


Donald Glover

BREAKOUT FILM: "Mystery Team" in 2009. Before that, he was a writer on "The Daily Show" in 2005 and on the NBC series "30 Rock" from 2006 to 2009, where he made the occasional cameo. His sketch comedy group Derrick Comedy wrote and starred in "Mystery Team."

SINCE SUNDANCE: Glover stars as Troy Barnes in "Community," appeared in "The Muppets," and will appear alongside Rachel Bilson and Connie Britton in "The To Do List."


Jennifer Lawrence

BREAKOUT FILM: "Winter's Bone" in 2010. Although she turned heads alongside Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger in 2008's "The Burning Plain" and as a sitcom daughter on three seasons of TBS's "The Bill Engvall Show," Lawrence's performance as Ree Dolly in Sundance's Grand Jury Prize–winning film "Winter's Bone" shot her to stardom with Oscar, Golden Globe, and Spirit award nominations.

SINCE SUNDANCE: In 2011 Lawrence appeared in "Like Crazy," "The Beaver," and as Raven/Mystique in "X-Men: First Class." She also landed the role of Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," based on the bestselling young adult novel, which comes out in March.


Brit Marling

BREAKOUT FILM: "Another Earth" and "Sound of My Voice" in 2011, both of which she starred in, co-wrote, and co-produced. She was billed as "the first female multi-hyphenate to have two films premiere side by side" at Sundance.

SINCE SUNDANCE: Marling will appear alongside Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in the thriller "Arbitrage" and in Robert Redford's next directorial outing, "The Company You Keep." She and writing partner–director Zal Batmanglij (who co-wrote and directed "Sound of My Voice") are filming "The East" with Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson; Marling also appears in the film.


Elizabeth Olsen

BREAKOUT FILM: "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in 2011. The younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen waited until after college to pursue work as an actor, coming into her own at 22 at last year's festival. 

SINCE SUNDANCE: Olsen appears in the upcoming "Red Lights" with Robert De Niro, "Liberal Arts" opposite writer-director Josh Radnor, and "Very Good Girls" with Dakota Fanning.

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