Google recently unveiled the top trending actors of 2017, and there are more than a few surprises on the list. The days of AltaVista and Ask Jeeves are long gone, folks, and now that Google has well-established itself as the world’s top search engine, it’s fair to say that its search statistics paint a pretty accurate picture of the internet as a whole. Last year, for example, the presidential election and Pokémon Go ranked among the top trending searches overall. If there were ever four words to describe 2016, the “presidential election” and “Pokémon Go” are those words.
2016’s trending actors, meanwhile, helped encapsulate the year in pop culture. For every trending actor, there’s at least one clear reason why people were searching for them so frequently. There’s Brad Pitt, whose divorce from Angelina Jolie made waves in the industry. Marion Cotillard, who was rumored to have had an affair with Pitt, was also widely Googled in 2016. From Brie Larson (cast as Captain Marvel in the MCU) to Tom Holland (Spider-Man!) and Tom Hiddleston (dated Taylor Swift…also a moderately successful actor) — across the board, the top trending actors on Google just make sense.
Before we dive into 2017, keep in mind that these aren’t necessarily the most searched actors on the planet overall. Rather, they’re the stars that enjoyed the highest traffic spike in 2017 compared to the previous year. “Enjoyed” may not be the right word for some of these actors, of course.
10. Tommy Wiseau
Kicking things off at number ten is the underdog of all underdogs, Tommy Wiseau. He of course is the writer/producer/director/star of The Room, perhaps the best worst movie of all time. Wiseau’s star burned brighter than ever in 2017 thanks to James Franco’s recently released film The Disaster Artist, an adaptation of the novel of the same name that chronicles the real life story behind the making of The Room.
Somehow, someway, Franco managed to turn it all into a legitimate awards contender.
9. Maia Campbell
One of the more depressing entries on our list may be a head-scratcher for some of you. Maia Campbell isn’t exactly a household name these days, but she was a pretty recognizable actress in the mid to late ’90s thanks to her starring role on the NBC/UPN series, In The House. Her star has faded since, and she hasn’t appeared onscreen in over a decade.
Unfortunately, Campbell made waves for all the wrong reasons earlier this year when she was caught on camera at a gas station asking for drugs in her underwear. The video ended up going viral. Here’s hoping she gets the help she needs.
8. Tom Holland
Coming in at number 8 is a repeat offender from 2016’s top search list, Tom Holland. The 21-year-old has quickly become one of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars since landing the role of Peter Parker in the MCU, a role he reprised this past summer in Spider-Man Homecoming.
Holland’s wall-crawler will swing back into theaters next year for Avengers: Infinity War before pulling double duty in the red and blue tights in 2019, when he’s set to appear in both Avengers 4 and the untitled Homecoming sequel.
7. Millie Bobby Brown
Stranger Things star Millie Bobbie Brown is another up-and-coming name in Tinseltown that you should familiarize yourself with. (Like Holland, she too was a trending actor in 2016.) Her breakout role as the soft-spoken telekinetic Eleven earned her an Emmy nomination last year, and given how well the recently released season 2 went, she could be in for another nod next fall.
6. Bill Skarsgård
Google definitely likes its young breakout stars, and 2017 brought a crazy new talent to the table in the form of 27-year-old Bill Skarsgård. The Swedish actor shot to fame with his fresh take on Pennywise the Clown in the recent horror smash, It. He must have done solid work in fans’ eyes, as folks were clearly interested in learning more about the man behind the makeup.
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