These Are The TV Actresses To Look Out For In 2018

While we can all hope 2018 will bring sunnier political skies and even more consequences for sexual predators, there’s one thing the new year will definitely result in: lots of great new television. With all of those new shows comes lots of prospective new celebrities to obsess about. That means Hollywood could easily be filled with brand-new television royalty come this time next year.

Nothing feels better than knowing who’s going to be “in” long before they’re splashed across glossy magazines and internet headlines. As lovers of women-led television, we pinpointed all the TV actresses set for a massive 2018 on the small screen and beyond. That way, you’ll be able to say, “Oh, I’ve been obsessed with her forever,” long before any of your friends.

Keep reading to find out made the cut. You’ll see everyone from a Grown-ish star to the newest Handmaid’s Tale addition. Get ready to meet your next pop cultural Woman Crush Wednesday star.

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Francia Raisa

Raisa started to dominate headlines in 2017 by giving close friend and A-list celeb Selena Gomez a kidney. 2018 is poised to be even bigger for the Los Angeles native as she stars in Freeform’s major new series, Grown-ish. The comedy spinoff, following Black-ish’s Zoe Johnson (Yara Shahidi) as she starts college, is already set to be one of the biggest shows of 2018.

So, it only makes sense Raisa, who previously appeared in three episodes of Netflix’s Dear White People, could end up being one of the biggest actresses of the year.
Sydney Sweeney

While you might not recognize the actress’ name just yet, it’s doubtful you’ll face the same problem this time next year. Sweeney will star in two 2018 projects that are definite Emmy bait — HBO’s Sharp Objects adaptation and season 2 of Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale — along with Netflix’s possible heir to teen megahit 13 Reasons Why, Everything Sucks!.

It’s probably smart to press the “Follow” button on Sweeney’s Instagram page now.
Auli'i Cravalho

Cravalho proved she’s an obvious powerhouse starting in 2016 with her much-beloved leading role in Moana, and her subsequent heart-stealing Oscars performance. In 2018, the movie favorite will put her famed pipes to weekly use in NBC’s Rise, which marries the emotional highs of This Is Us to the musical vibes of Glee.

From there, Cravalho will also bring back her star-making role by voicing Moana once again, this time in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, which debuts in November 2018.
Kathryn Newton

As a Supernatural obsessive, Newton has been on my radar since she first appeared in the long-running CW horror drama in 2014 as recurring character Claire Novak, the supernaturally orphaned daughter of Jimmy Novak (Misha Collins). This year, Newton got the attention she deserves with breakout roles in awards show favorites Big Little Lies, Lady Bird, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

2018 promises to be an even bigger year for Newton as she leads PBS’ Little Women adaptation and the prospective feminist Supernatural spinoff Wayward Sisters. The latter’s backdoor pilot will air Thursday, January 18, and is up for a full series order from the CW.

She also has three blockbusters slated for 2018 and beyond: comedy Blockers with John Cena, Julia Roberts-starrer Ben is Back, and the bonkers Detective Pikachu, led by Ryan Reynolds. With this very busy schedule, it’s unclear if Newton will return for Big Little Lies season 2.
Sonoya Mizuno

The Ex Machina star will appear in Netflix’s prospective next hit, Maniac, starring Jonah Hill and Emma Stone. For many, the Cary Fukunaga-directed streaming series is better known as The Jonah Hill Pigtails One.

On top of Maniac, Mizuno will also star in likely blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, woman-led sci-fi epic Annihilation, and comedy All About Nina next year. Should we already name Mizuno Queen Of 2018?
Birgundi Baker

Relative newcomer Baker has recurring roles in two of 2018’s buzziest new shows, Paramount Network’s black comedy Heathers and Showtime’s The Chi, created by Master Of None favorite Lena Waithe.
Melanie Field

Speaking of Heathers, fellow relative television newbie Field seems the likely breakout star of the cult classic’s TV reboot. Why else would the Broadway alum (and her obsession-worthy pink fur coat) appear front and center for every single piece of Heathers’ promotion?
Holliday Grainger

Shout out to Grainger for costarring with three of my leading imaginary UK boyfriends: Richard Madden of Game Of Thrones, Kerr Logan of Alias Grace, and Harry Treadaway of Penny Dreadful. Respectively, the British actress will appear with those dreamboats in an episode of buzzy Amazon anthology Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, season 2 of BBC One's J.K. Rowling adaptation Strike, and the film Halo of Stars.

All three projects will debut in 2018, so, essentially, you’re going to see Grainger everywhere.
Nafessa Williams & China Anne McClain

Television superhero shows — and, well, superhero stories in general — are in desperate need of a little bit more melanin. Despite the fact the CW alone has a Berlantiverse-DC Comics series for nearly every night of the week, not a one is actually led by a hero of color. Thankfully, that will change in 2018 with the Tuesday, January 16, premiere of Black Lightning.

While the series may be named for the titular super-powered male hero, the true stars to me are his daughters, Anissa and Jennifer Pierce, played by Williams and McClain. Both young women will end up having powers of their own. In a political climate that has proven Black women are often the ones to save the day, the Pierce sisters are the heroes we’ll need in 2018.
Kim Matula

Did you know Cersei Lannister and The Rock have a movie coming out in 2018? Probably not. But, UnReal alum Matula definitely did, as she costars in dramedy Fighting with My Family with Lena Headey and Dwayne Johnson.

Matula will also lead brand-new FOX comedy LA To Vegas, premiering Tuesday, January 2.
Annaleigh Ashford

Ashford will hit the television scene in a big way with a recurring role in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story as Elizabeth Cote, a close, longtime friend of serial killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss). Yet, Ashford won’t stop with her FX appearance, as she’ll also appear in two huge 2018 movies: Jennifer Lopez-Milo Ventimiglia rom-com Second Act and Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York.

Expect to see a lot of discourse about New York in 2018 as the #MeToo movement continues to question why an alleged predator like Allen is still thriving in Hollywood — and A-list celebrities like Rainy Day’s Selena Gomez, Jude Law, and Elle Fanning keep working with him.
Emma Kenney

Let’s hope Shameless favorite Kenney gets the attention she deserves as the Showtime teen stars in ABC’s already much-talked-about Roseanne revival. Debbie Gallagher’s alter-ego will play Harris, the daughter of David Healy (Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki) and Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert).
Jane Levy

Like Emma Kenney, Levy has been putting in her television work for years, from leading the underrated ABC sitcom Suburgatory to guest starring in both Kenney’s own Shameless and fellow Showtime property Twin Peaks: The Return. In 2018, Levy will star in Hulu’s latest prestige drama, Castle Rock, costarring ascendant Skarsgard brother Bill Skarsgard and Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek.

Levy will also appear in the latest James Franco-starrer, The Pretenders.
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