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Hollywood's hottest new heartthrobs
Pitt, Cruise and Clooney are old! From television to films, these are the 'it' actors of the new generation. Instep takes a closer look......

By Maheen Sabeeh


Robert Pattinson
Before Twilight, Robert Pattinson was not a global icon. His roles varied - from Mira Nair's Vanity Fair to Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and recently as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes. But its Edward Cullen, the 17-year-old vampire, immortal and in love in Twilight and its upcoming sequels - New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn - that has turned 23-year-old Rob into a worldwide phenomenon. And it wasn't just Robert's dangerous, isolated and romantic portrayal of Edward that did the trick. 
The 23-year-old British actor also sang on two numbers off the Twilight sound track, ÔLet Me SignÕ and ÔNever ThinkÕ, which he co-wrote with Sam Bradley.
Even though the upcoming Twilight sequel, New Moon, is slated for a release this year (November), the Twilight franchise will continue till 2010. Or maybe even longer considering the fact that Stephenie Meyer, the author behind Twilight novels is insisting on two films for Breaking Dawn.
And if by then, the phenomenon that Robert has created subsides, he always has music as a back up plan.
"I've never really recorded anything - I just played in pubs and stuff", Robert once said in an interview. And music just might work. Considering the fact that Twilight is one of 2008's biggest soundtracks and has spilled into 2009, that isn't a bad plan at all.


Megan Fox
She is 23 years old but to legions of fans worldwide, Megan Fox is etched in memory as the super hot girlfriend of Shia LaBeouf from the Transformers movies.
Megan Fox has been around for quite a while. Her roles have varied from the comedy show Two and a Half Men to films like Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People but her breakthrough came with Transformers. And since then, Megan's graph has been on the rise. With the new Transformers film out and running to packed houses, Megan has arrived big time. According to a new survey by Heat magazine, Megan has the best body in showbiz.
Her tattoos and sex appeal have led the media to dub her as the next "Angelina Jolie" and "Angelina Jr".
Megan was even offered the next Lara Croft film but she turned it down, saying, "There have been a lot of films I've had to pass on because I don't want people thinking I'm trying to emulate her." Not afraid to speak her mind, Megan further commented that Angelina "is a powerful person and I bet she would eat me alive."
Other than Transformers 3, Megan has other films that include Jennifer's Body (2009), written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody. Jennifer's Body will mark Megan's first lead role in a film.


Ed Westwick
British actor Ed Westwick, 22, is one of the most interesting young actors to have sprouted out in recent times. He seems to have captured the hearts of millions.  Love him or hate him but the man definitely leaves a mark.  Since his debut on American show Gossip Girl as the calculating, shrewd womanizing, sexy and wired billionaire Chuck Bass, Ed Westwick has been proving his mettle as a pure actor. His training at the National Youth Theatre in London has not gone to waste. The ever snobbish Emmy Awards may never nominate him - much less award him - but to teenagers born in a world where the internet is a source of media, twitter, blogs, facebook and blackberry, Ed Westwick has a massive following.
Gossip Girl may be his trump card but it is not his only card.
This year alongside the return of Gossip Girl, Ed will also guest star in the slightly twisted and entertaining show Californication.
Ed has also signed on for the role of Heathcliff in Peter Webber's adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, which is in production stages. From Chuck Bass to Heathcliff to an indie rock band - which Ed hopes to form in New York if he gets the time - this is a star for a new generationÉ and from a new generation.

Blake Lively
Before Gossip Girl, Blake Lively was one of the many young actors testing their ground in the world of Hollywood. Blake Lively started out with Sandman and then jumped to the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005. For Blake Lively, Gossip Girl was ÒtheÓ breakthrough. Not since Sex and the City has a show arrived on television with such concentration on fashion and Blake played her role of Serena van der Woodsen with such style that she landed covers that range from Vogue to Cosmo Girl and Seventeen to name a few.
Her depiction of Serena, the super rich 'it' girl from Manhattan's elite, is spot on. Even though shows like Gossip Girl don't get acknowledgement from Emmy Awards but Teen Choice Awards (which nominates the most popular of shows and actors) is a different story altogether. In 2008 alone, Blake picked up two awards - Choice TV Breakout Star-Female and Choice TV Actress Drama, both for Gossip Girl.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is a multi-talented American singer, actress and author. Top that off with the fact that she is just 16. Her career took off after Miley landed the lead role in Hannah Montana series on Disney channel.
The show was such a huge hit that Miley released a soundtrack CD and it went on top of the charts. And from there, Miley Cyrus took to the world of showbiz like a charm. She then began her solo music career with the release of her debut record, Meet Miley Cyrus in 2007. Her second album, Breakout, landed in markets worldwide last year and for the first time, the album had nothing to do with the Hannah Montana franchise.
Music from the show opened doors for a musical career and Miley took the bait. Miley is often credited for creating the transition from another Disney artist to branching out.
Miley also starred in the film Bolt and also recorded the tune, 'I Thought I Lost You' for which Miley earned a Golden Globe nomination. From movies to television and films, Miley Cyrus has left her mark in every field and she is just getting started. In 2008, Cyrus was listed in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World while Forbes magazine ranked her on number 35 in their "The Celebrity 100" list with earnings of over 25 million dollars in 2008.