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Hot Movie Stars: Teens Tell All

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The other day I made a comment about how good George Clooney looked in a tux, and my 15-year-old said something that broke my heart, “I guess he looks OK. For an old guy.” I should have punished her, but she’s taller than me and I have a really hard time putting her in a choke hold these days.

So I did the next best thing: I sat down with her and my 17-year-old and had them tell me which movie stars that they thought were hot so that I could say things like, “I guess he’s OK. For an infant.” Here’s the list of who’s hot in Hollywood right now, according to two teen girls and some of their friends on Tumblr. Feel free to bust it out the next time you strike up a conversation with someone in line at Chipotle.

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1. Logan Lerman—Known for his role as Percy Jackson in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, he became every teen girl’s dreamy awkward boyfriend after starring in The Perks of Being A Wallflower. According to my 15-year-old, he’s the "It" boy now, and way cuter than George Clooney.

Upcoming Film: Fury with Brad Pitt

2. Chloë Moretz—People got their panties in a twist when a 12-year-old Chloë sliced people up as Hit Girl in the edgy, violent Kick Ass but she became a favorite antihero with teens. (Adults breathed a little easier when Roger Ebert singled out her performance while slamming the film.) She endured a horrific prom night covered in pig’s blood in last year’s Carrie.

Upcoming Film: The Equalizer with Denzel Washington

3. Zac Efron—He was hot, then he was not, now he’s hot again! After making his debut in Disney’s High School Musical he got overexposed and all the fickle teens shunned him like last semester’s skinny jeans, but after seeing his toned arms on the big screen in the Lucky One they changed their minds. They almost forgave him for breaking up with Vanessa Hudgens.

Upcoming Film: Neighbors with Seth Rogan and That Awkward Moment with Michael B. Jordan

Although word from the inside is “she’s not very nice in person.”

4. Michael B. Jordan—After appearing on TV in Friday Night Lights, The Wire and Parenthood, Michael had his breakout role in 2012’s Chronicle. He played a popular high school student who looked good, was smart and knew how to party—what more could a teen ask for? Now he’s super hot after his lead in the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station, and stars alongside hot-again Zac Efron in the upcoming That Awkward Moment.

Upcoming Film: That Awkward Moment, and a still-under-wraps, much-talked-about role alongside Cate Blanchett and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Triple Nine.

5. Elle Fanning—Elle got her start playing younger versions of her sister Dakota in films like I Am Sam and Taken, but held her own when she starred in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. She’s a hit with the critics, and the teens love her quirky style—she’s a fixture on fashion blogs and a fave on the red carpet. Although word from the inside is “she’s not very nice in person.” Hmmmmm?

Upcoming Film: Maleficent with Angelina Jolie

6. Vanessa Hudgens—Like her ex, Zac Efron, Vanessa got her start in the High School Musical franchise and then disappeared for awhile, during which time we surmised she was plotting how to shed her good-girl image. And boy did she, surfacing in the controversial Spring Breakers doing all sorts of bad things with James Franco. She followed that with the gritty Machete Kills, and is getting raves from critics as a homeless teen in the just released Gimme Shelter.

Upcoming Film: Kitchen Sink with Patton Oswalt and Joan Cusack

7. Jennifer Lawrence—What can we say except who doesn’t like Jennifer Lawrence? She became an instant favorite of teens after the first Hunger Games movie, then they fell in love with her even more after The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Those whose parents let them see an R-rated movie related to, and sympathized, with her troubled character in Silver Linings Playbook. Now she’s playing grown-up roles in movies like American Hustle, but teens still like her for her down-to-earth vibe and diatribes against dieting. The two remaining Hunger Games movies should escalate the J-Law love to mythical heights.

Upcoming film that isn’t a Hunger Games movie: X-Men: Days of Future Past with Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender

8. Taylor Lautner – According to my girls, teens still like Taylor and his superhuman abs. (His much more famous Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson has fallen out of favor, though.) Taylor came close to being shunned completely after his small, uncredited role in the beyond-awful Grown Ups 2 but his amazing chest—I mean acting—seems to keep him in the spotlight.

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Upcoming Film: Unless there’s another Twilight movie we don’t know about, the only thing Taylor has coming up is Tracers, about a bike messenger on the run from the Mafia.

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