Every year a new class of hot, talented women graduates into the world of superstars. You might not know their names or recognize their faces, but thanks to a breakthrough role, hit album, or career-defining gig, odds are that each of these talented and sexy women will be household names by the end of 2010.
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10. Olivia Munn
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Olivia Munn has been on the radar of geeks and nerds for some time, but this year you can expect her to blow up thanks to some high profile roles in big summer films. You’ll see Munn in the highly anticipated Iron Man 2 and in the Tina Fey/Steve Carell action comedy Date Night. Also due out over the summer is Munn’s first ever book, Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek. In the meantime, expect to see Olivia popping up on endless magazine covers, like the January issue of Maxim, looking hotter than ever.
9. Miley Cyrus
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Fellas, set your countdown clocks because come November 23rd, 2010, Miley Cyrus will no longer be jailbait. The Disney starlet will officially turn 18 this year and the media is likely to make it a big event. That also means she’s likely to get a whole lot raunchier and a whole lot sexier in a bid to reach a larger audience (we’re talking mainly teenage boys). Already she’s been preparing to drop her teen image, announcing that this will be the last season of her hit tweener television show Hannah Montana. If you think Miley was raunchy in the past, get ready for your minds to explode.
8. Mia Wasikowska
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You may not know who Mia Wasikowska is or how to pronounce her name, but come March when Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is released, Mia is bound to become a household name. The 20-year-old Australian actress plays the title role in this buzz-heavy film. Mia is a trained ballet dancer who has been acting for the past six years. She is probably best known to American audiences for her role in HBO’s In Treatment and for supporting roles in Defiance and Amelia. Get set for a wild ride down the rabbit hole with Mia.
7. Carey Mulligan
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Carey Mulligan is a 24-year-old British actress who is in line to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress this year for her role in An Education. The talented actress also had supporting roles in Brothers, another film with Oscar buzz, as well as the 2009 Michael Mann flick Public Enemies. Later in the year you can see her in Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated sequel to Wall Street, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. That film also stars her boyfriend Shia LeBeouf. The couple has kept a pretty low profile of late, but as her stock rises in Hollywood you can expect to see Carey and Shia everywhere.
6. Mila Kunis
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While Mila Kunis is already very well known, the former sitcom star is slowly and surely shedding her old image and building a solid film career. Already in theaters this year is the big-on-style, low-on-substance film The Book of Eli and audiences are damn thankful when she’s on the screen. Kunis also appears in a supporting role in Date Movie, due out this summer. While these roles will cement Kunis’ place in Hollywood, it is her role in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan that might just be career her defining moment.
In the psychological thriller Kunis plays a rival ballet dancer to Natalie Portman’s. It has been reported that Kunis and Portman have filmed a graphic love scene and according to Carson Reeves, who’s read the script, the scene is “not just nice sweet innocent sex either. We’re talking ecstasy-induced hungry aggressive angry sex.” Wowzer. This just might be the most anticipated scene in a film -- this year or ever. Also, with Aronofsky’s track record, expect Kunis to receive some major award season buzz come 2011.