Rising Actors Under 25: Willa Holland

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“Under 25” chronicles young, upcoming actors that you should be watching.

Willa Holland

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Willa Holland, 21

The California native may be a new face to some, but others may recognize her from a cult television show. She seamlessly transitions from a mean girl to a sympathetic character in roles such as Kaitlin Cooper from The O.C. and Taylor Berry in indie flick, Middle of Nowhere. You will hate her characters. But you will absolutely adore them, too. Managing that difficult balance and succeeding is why Holland’s one to watch.

Where You’ve Seen Her: The O.C. as Kaitlin Cooper. Holland played Marissa Cooper’s little sister who stirred up trouble in ritzy Orange County. She provided viewers with solid drama, but towards the end of her reign, she humanized Kaitlin who could have otherwise been a cliché. Branching out from television, she’s been in films such as Legion and the newest remake of Straw Dogs.

What’s Next: Holland will play Oliver Queen’s little sister in The CW’s Arrow. As one of the youngest actors in the show, we expect her coming of age story will be tantalizing in a love-hate sort of way. Angst is served best by Holland, so don’t miss her as Green Arrow’s lil’ sis this fall.

Do you remember Willa Holland? Will you be watching Arrow to see her? Sound off below!

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