The Breakthrough Actors of 2010
From Donald Glover to Jesse Eisenberg, these guys saw their stars rise this year.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
After doing a series of small films, Jesse Eisenberg burst onto the big screen in The Social Network, playing awkward genius Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. Eisenberg’s spot-on performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination – though we’re wondering how Zuckerberg feels about his doppelganger’s newfound success.
If you haven’t been watching Community on NBC, then get thee to Hulu. Joel McHale usually gets top billing, but Donald Glover (no relation to Danny) is one of the show’s breakout stars. Glover blossomed as Troy a former high school jock who lets his nerd flag fly while hanging out with his BFF Abed. Watch as Troy learns that there’s no sexy way to wear a homemade robot costume.
It’s tough to walk into an ensemble show and hold your own, but The Office’s Zach Woods has managed to do just that. As Gabe Lewis, the corporate eyes and ears of Dunder Mifflin’s new owner Sabre, Woods is the perfect nemesis for Dunder Mifflin vet Andy Bernard. He also looks hysterical in a Lady Gaga costume.
Cougar Town took some time to find its stride, but Dan Byrd has had it all along. Byrd plays Courteney Cox’s teenaged son to snarky perfection. Byrd’s Travis treats his beloved mom and her wino pals to a healthy does of teasing and eye rolls, but he enrolls in a college close to home – which gives his mom an excuse to see him all the time. Byrd also got a great gig as Emma Stone’s sidekick in this year’s Easy A. Watch him in action on Cougar Town below.