Check out the top 50 hottest girls under 25 of film and TV
50. Leighton Meester
Gossip Girl continues to be the gift that keeps on giving, as Leighton Meester joins Blake Lively and Michelle Trachtenburg on our list. Leighton plays Blair, one of the various shallow, self-obsessed, backstabbing, and elitist main characters of the ensemble cast. It’s worth noting that Leighton has been quoted as saying that she identifies with Blair “on every level, in one way or another.” Well, hey, at least she has the self-awareness to know they’re both totally hot.
By the by, “Leighton Meester” really sounds like it ought to be some sort of mutual-funds investing group rather than a blazing hottie, but the world doesn’t always give you exactly what you’d expect.
49. Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood has quickly made a reputation for playing characters who do naughty (or at least highly titillating) things. First off, her 15 year old character got herself in a high-school lesbian relationship with Mischa Barton on Once and Again (yes, it certainly was nice that the writers of Once and Again were working hard to portray gay relationships in a positive light – must have just been a coincidence that the show’s ratings were tanking when the storyline was conceived and the young lesbians in question were super hot.)
Then Wood went on to play beguiling jailbait against Ed Norton in 2006’s Down In The Valley . And these days, she’s busting through that fourth wall by not only shacking up with Marilyn Manson, but also ending his seven-year marriage to Dita Von Tease by doing so.
48. Emmy Rossum
You may not be too familiar with hottie Emmy Rossum yet, unless you, like us, are a devotee of cheesy disaster flicks and can’t get enough of watching The Day After Tomorrow – she played Jake Gyllenhaal’s love interest, although she didn’t have much to do except sit around and wait to get rescued for the majority of the second half of the movie. She was also in Phantom of the Opera, but don’t front like you actually saw that.
However, though you may not know her now, she’s set to take over Nerd Nation for certain next year, when she stars in a live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball (!) directed by James Wong of X-Files fame (!!) and featuring Chow Yun-Fat and ex-Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson (!!!) Time to get in on the ground floor of the Emmy Rossum boomlet, kids.
47. Blake Lively
Blake’s the first of many ladies from Gossip Girl on this list, because Gossip Girl is like a starlet natural preserve or something. In fact, originally, we pitched this article as just “50 Hottest Women on Gossip Girl,” but our editor felt it was too narrowly focused, and we had to go and pad it out with young starlets who were not on Gossip Girl.
To be fair, Ms. Lively originally hit the scene as part of the cast of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in which she was one of four girls who shared a magical pair of pants that made special things happen to them. In Blake’s character’s case, the magical pants cause her to lose her virginity to some dreamy coach at soccer camp.
46. Kristin Cavallari
In our studies of Kristin Cavallari, we had to turn to some of our research assistants (read: our younger sisters), because they had actually watched Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, the (kinda) reality show that originally launched Kristen to fame. From what we were able to understand, there was some dramatic love triangle featuring her and LC and Stephen, and either Stephen was a total jerkface or LC was a scheming rhymes-with-witch or Kristin was not a true friend or … well, frankly, we gave up trying to follow the details because we already knew that we were only going to have positive feelings towards Ms. Cavallari as soon as we saw that first picture of her.
45. JoJo Levesque
Technically, singer JoJo is more of a star of the stage than of the screen, but if somebody’s going to let Lindsay Lohan release not one but TWO albums, who are we to deny JoJo a few shots as an actress? Her few ventures onto the screen have been the very definition of pedestrian – she was one of two young friends who discovered and befriended a mermaid in the deservedly under-seen movie Aquamarine, and played Robin Williams’ kid in the clunky Williams vehicle RV (clunky vehicle! Get it? Get it?)
Er, well, in any case, JoJo is most likely not going to make her mark for her acting chops, but as the kid singer develops into a young adult we’re looking forward to the inevitable, time-tested image-changing single. Everyone else is doing it, JoJo … you don’t want to be left out, do you?
44. Kaley Cuoco
We had a tough time putting Kaley Cuoco on this list, because we kind of still associate her indirectly with John Ritter’s death – she was playing one of the two daughters in 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter when he unexpectedly died on set – and while there are far fewer rules for writing celebrity snark, one of them is that you’re a straight-up assh*le if you make fun of John Ritter.
Fortunately, there are some much more pleasant Kaley Cuoco associations, such as her ridiculous role on the ridiculous old WB series Charmed – in which she was perfectly unbelievable but a whole lot of fun to watch as some sort of incredibly powerful time-traveling, reality-altering sorceress. Currently she’s on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, playing a dim-witted blond bombshell in her early 20s … as opposed to the dim-witted blond bombshell she played on ABC’s 8 Simple Rules. Everybody say a prayer for co-stars Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons.
43. Brittany Snow
Brittany Snow had her first starring role in April’s Prom Night, which was an absolutely wretched dog of a slasher flick in which poor Brittany spent essentially the entire movie chased by an obsessed teacher who was killing her all friends. As we recall from our hazy memories, there was absolutely nothing memorable about the movie from start to finish, but somehow it ended up being the #1 movie for the weekend.
Given these facts, we here at UGO are theorizing that it is perhaps possible that all a slasher flick needs to make a truckload of money is a gorgeous blond chick running around and screaming a lot. Don’t tell anybody our conclusions – we don’t want Hollywood to steal our idea.
42. Lauren Storm
We first became aware of Lauren Storm when she played Taylor on the Discovery Kids show Flight 29 Down, which was essentially Lost for kids. Of course, being for kids, they had to take out all the suspense, mystery, sex and complicated storylines, so it’s a good thing they still had a knockout lead in Lauren Storm, cause what else was left?
Maybe it’s just her name and looks, but we’re predicting that Lauren eventually finds herself in some superhero flick – not that that’s so unlikely these days; you can’t throw a starlet 20 feet without hitting a superhero movie – and as long as her superpowers have something to do with her being in a tight suit, consider our tickets already purchased.
41. Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen had to grow up to be amazingly, blindingly, scorchingly hot just to make up for the years upon years of sickening saccharine cuteness they foisted on us when they played Michelle Tanner back in the day on Full House. Here’s to them to holding up their end of the bargain! An entire generation grew up wanting to slap the bejesus out of those little brats, and then something odd happened, and they sprouted into young ladies that inspired many a fantasy of a similar yet slightly different type of energetic physical interaction.
The Olsens have been trying to establish themselves as two distinct media personalities since they became young adults, but it can still be difficult for those unschooled in Olsen lore to remember which one is which. Cliffs notes version: Ashley is the hot one, Mary-Kate is the other hot one.