Rowan Blanchard, 13
The casting of Cory and Topanga's daughter in the highly-anticipated sequel to beloved sitcom Boy Meets World was key for the success of Girl Meets World. But Rowan Blanchard has done more than deliver as the charming, silly and smart daughter of one of television's most endearing couples. Thirteen-year-old Blanchard is not only a strong actress but has also made a name for herself as an outspoken feminist activist, as well. Earlier this summer, she spoke at the UN Women's Conference about gender equality and wrote a viral Tumblr post on white feminism.
She Says: "There was a moment a few weeks ago where we were filming a very emotional and transitional episode for my character and I made a decision prior to the taping to go method for it. It was really fascinating for me. My character was getting bullied and I found myself in between takes actually thinking as the character, like talking to myself in her head. There was a scene where I broke down crying and during it I think I re-fell in love with acting. I feed off of experiences like that."
Her Heroes: "Wes Anderson is one of my favorite directors and writers of all time. He is one of the few directors who has created a universe with their art. I also adore Sofia Coppola and John Hughes's films. And also Stanley Kubrick's films — I think 2001: A Space Odyssey is perfection. My favorite actress of all time is Audrey Hepburn. When I first saw My Fair Lady, I just knew I always wanted to act. My other favorite actors are Colin Firth, Kevin Spacey, Marion Cotillard, Emma Stone and Jessica Lange, to name a few."