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New Faces 2012

Meet the breakout stars you’ll be talking about all year long

New Faces 2012

We all have our favorite, tried-and-true stars, but it's an exciting thing when fresh faces come along. Those breakouts that inspire us to scour the 'net for everything we can learn about the new talent's next big project. For these 12 new faces, we've done the work for you. Check out RollingStone.com’s list of noteworthy newcomers in television, film and music.

By Tracey Ford

Sharon Van Etten

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Sharon Van Etten

Born in New Jersey, cultivated in Nashville and based in Brooklyn, Sharon Van Etten has garnered fans of both folk and country music. Hailed by NPR and the Nashville Scene for having one of the most original voices of late, Van Etten added her vocals to the Antlers' "Thirteen" off the acclaimed album Hospice, which was released a few months after her debut. With two notable albums under her belt, Van Etten spent 2011 recording her new album Tramp with the National’s Aaron Dessner.

Watch Van Etten perform "Serpents" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

Jeremy Allen White as Lip Gallagher in Shameless

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Jeremy Allen White

After a few stints on Law & Order, Jeremy Allen White snagged the role of Lip – the oldest son in the dysfunctional Gallagher clan – on Showtime's Shameless. White holds his own alongside the distinguished William H. Macy, who does a bang-up job playing the most hopeless small-screen father since Ed O'Neill as Al Bundy. White's character becomes the de facto dad this season but, battling his own demons, Lip's allegiance will wane if the family doesn't come to his rescue when he needs them.

Play "Truth or Dare" with White's Shameless Lip

Danny Brown

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Danny Brown

It was a decade in the making, but Danny Brown is finally being recognized as one of the most unique rappers catching waves. Brown came close to striking gold in 2003 when Roc-A-Fella Records showed interest, but he admits they didn't really "get" him. He returned home without a deal and landed in jail. Once free, Brown dropped a series of mixtapes and EPs, most notably 2010's The Hybrid, which led to a deal with Fool's Gold and the release of XXX. Dubbed one of the best hip-hop albums of the year, it's safe to say people definitely get him now.

Watch Brown's "Monopoly" video

Beth Behrs

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Beth Behrs

There is a bevy of poor twenty-somethings residing in Williamsburg as we speak, but none of them make us laugh quite like newcomer Beth Behrs and her partner in crime, Kat Denning, in CBS' Two Broke Girls. Behrs, the less experienced actress of the two, hit the sitcom jackpot when cast in the Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King-produced series in 2010. Behrs admits that, like Caroline, she's lived paycheck to paycheck and had her fair share of bad gigs, including a stint as a hostess in a not-so-great establishment.

Watch Behrs' discover the magic of extreme couponing on Two Broke Girls

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