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14 Breakout Stars of Summer!

By Beth Mishler May 29, 2013

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Rinko Kikuchi

Where you’ve seen her before: Believe it or not, this lady has been nominated for an Oscar (for 2006’s Babel), is a star in her native Japan, and is one of the more prolific actors on this list. So why haven’t we seen more of her? We’re about to!

Where you’ll see her this summer: In Guillermo del Toro’s hotly-anticipated Pacific Rim, she plays Mako Mori, one of the flick’s heroes. Due to a pending apocalypse, Mako, an inexperienced trainee, is forced to co-pilot a gargantuan robot in a battle against the Kaiju, a crazy-deadly posse of sea monsters. If this flick’s as epic as it seems, Kikuchi’s days of relative anonymity are about over.

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Beth Mishler

Beth Mishler is a writer, producer, and pop culture connoisseur who has a weakness for the Whedonverse and all things sci-fi. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Beth currently lives in The Plains, Ohio, where she freelances, makes documentaries, and watches a kazillion hours of TV per week while anxiously awaiting the release of George R.R. Martin's next novel.

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