The 25 Best Hollywood Actors Under 25

5. Anton Yelchin

Age: 23
Best projects: Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Alpha Dog (2006), Charlie Bartlett (2007), Star Trek (2009), Like Crazy (2011)

To be fair, Anton Yelchin has yet to give a bad performance, but we’d like to focus on one specific role here: His scholarly college student who embarks on a tumultuous long distance test of love with the magnificent Felicity Jones in last year’s Like Crazy.

More so than any of Yelchin’s glossier jobs, such as Star Trek and Fright Night, Like Crazy afforded the guy a chance to play an altogether likeable dude, a sympathetic and lovesick kid tussling with heartache, passion, and helplessness in the face of star-crossed romance. He’s a large part of the reason why Like Crazy should never be lumped into the mostly frivolous “romantic drama” category: It’s something much more special.

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