The Top 10 Busiest Actors and Actresses in Hollywood

By Lawrence Lease on June 27, 2018

Hollywood is full of actors and actresses. Some are popular and others have become mediocre. For several of them, their popularity continues to skyrocket, leading them to tackle multiple movies every year. These are 10 actors and actresses who are among the busiest in Hollywood currently.


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10. Michael Stuhlberg

Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot. Have you noticed how Michael Stuhlbarg kind of came out of nowhere? No, he isn’t Joaquin Phoenix despite what you may think. While Stuhlbarg has had a healthy career since the 90s, his popularity spiked in the 2010s.

In 2017 alone, he starred in three Best Picture nominees “Call Me By Your Name,” “The Post,” and “The Shape of Water,” the latter which won The Oscar’s top prize. That same year, he also appeared in the third season of “Fargo.” In 2018, he continued his streak by starring in the Hulu exclusive “The Looming Tower,” which chronicles the rise of Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s.

9. Donald Glover

Donald Glover has to be one of the busiest most diverse and most talented people working in Hollywood today. In 2015 he appeared in “Magic Mike XXL,” and “The Martian.” While he had been working steadily up until 2016, his work exploded that year mainly by starring in, writing, producing and directing the hit FX series “Atlanta.”

In 2016, he also released his third studio album titled “Awaken my Love.” “Atlanta” aired its third season in the spring of 2018. He ended up stealing the show in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” You also can’t forget his role in the upcoming remake of the “Lion King.”

8. Samuel L. Jackson

It seems as if Samuel L. Jackson is always working on something in Hollywood. Jackson exploded in popularity throughout the early 90s and has remained relevant ever since. In 2015 he appeared in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Avengers Age of Ultron,” and “The Hateful Eight.”

The following year he was credited in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” and “The Legend of Tarzan.” He appeared in several more films in 2017 including “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage,” “Skull Island,” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” Jackson refused to slow down going into 2018, by reprising his role as Frozone in “The Incredibles 2.”

7. Sarah Paulson

Sarah Paulson has dominated the TV landscape in the early 21st century. While she’s recently starred in numerous movies including the critical darlings “Carol” and “The Post,” it’s her work in television that’s made Paulson a household name.

She has consistently starred in “American Horror Story” since 2011 and she received unanimous praise for her role as Marcia Clark in the “People vs OJ Simpson” in 2016. Her career is only looking better as she signed on for the third season of “American Crime Story,” subtitled “Katrina,” as well as the star-studded “Ocean’s Eight.”

6. Channing Tatum

It’s safe to say that the 2010′s were a very prosperous decade for Channing Tatum. He’s appeared in over 25 movies since its beginning. In 2015, he appeared in three movies: “Jupiter Ascending,” “Magic Mike XXL,” and “The Hateful Eight.”

While he only starred in one movie in 2016, he appeared in three more in 2017: “The Lego Batman movie, “Logan Lucky,” and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.” In 2018, he lent his voice the animated movie “Smallfoot,” and produced the YouTube Red series “Step Up: High Water.”

5. Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson is one of those movie stars you don’t consider a movie star until you look at his tremendous body of work. He has appeared in 10 movies between 2015 and 2017, including one short film. Most of them have been highly successful at the box office or with critics.

He had a very prosperous 2015, as he appeared in “Ex Machina,” “Brooklyn,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “The Revenant.” His 2017 was just as good appearing in “American Made,” “Mother,” and “The Last Jedi.” He followed these up with a live-action role and a voice role in the 2018 movie “Peter Rabbit.” The man is doing it all.

4. Idris Elba

Elba starred in an astounding 13 movies between 2015 and 2017 all while appearing in six episodes of the Showtime series “Gorilla.” In 2015, he starred in “Age of Ultron,” and “The Beasts of No Nation.”

He followed this up by appearing in six movies in 2016, most of them animated including “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Finding Dory,” as well as “Star Trek Beyond.” He starred in another four in 2017 including “The Dark Tower,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Molly’s Game.” It seems as if Stringer Bell has finally hit the big time.

3. Kevin Hart

If you’ve been thinking that Kevin Hart has been in literally every movie released in the 2010s you would almost be right. While Hart sporadically appeared in various comedies throughout the 2000s, he finally hit the big time around 2014. He appeared in eight fictional movies between 2015 and 2017. Most of them blockbuster comedies like “Ride-Along,” to “Central Intelligence,” and “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

In 2016, he released his standup comedy film “Kevin Hart: What Now,” which earned over $20 million at the box office. The man has an infectious energy and is wonderfully entertaining.

2. Nicole Kidman

Kidman is arguably one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and she’s just as relevant and busy today as she was in the 90s and 2000′s. She appeared in ten films between 2015 and 2016 including “Lion,” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer.” She landed more films in 2018 including landing role as Queen Atlanna in the upcoming DC film “Aquaman.”

She was also a major television star in 2017, appearing in six episodes of “Top of the Lake,” as well as starring in and executive producing the major HBO hit “Big Little Lies,” a role that earned her a Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe.

1. Dwayne Johnson

The Rock has certainly come a long way from his wrestling days. Johnson has become one of the biggest action stars of the early 21st century. He appeared in several blockbusters between 2015 and 2017 including “Moana,” “Jumanji,” and two “Fast and Furious” films. In 2018, he signed on for “Rampage.” He also spent 2015 executive producing and starring in the HBO series “Ballers.”

Born and raised in Wasilla, Alaska. I am citizen journalist and looking to find a official paying journalism job somewhere in the country. I enjoy watching TV, reading books and traveling.

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