Variety Power of Youth 2013

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Hollywood’s Top Young Stars Set a Charitable Example 

Witness Variety Power of Youth 2013  


Young Hollywood has continued to set an example of responsibility and concern for others to the world’s youth.

There can be no doubt of this, given the impressive turnouts of A-listers at some of this year’s top charity events geared to twenty-somethings or under.  For evidence, just look up the spring salute to City Year Los Angeles, the winter gala for The Art of Elysium and most recently, the 2013 Variety Power of Youth, presented by Hasbro, Inc.  

The magazine’s annual block party, which took place July 27 at Universal Studios, recognized five outstanding talents for their philanthropic endeavors. Taking home Variety’s generationOn awards were Nina Dobrev of “The Vampire Diaries” for Free the Children; Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Jake T. Austin of “The Wizards of Waverly Place” for Ronald McDonald House New York; 2007 Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin of “Little Miss Sunshine” for Project Sunshine; and 2013 Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” for the Teaching Gardens.

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So Many Stars Came Out… 

The afternoon of games, good eating and live performances brought out scores of young stars. Some were Patrick Schwarzenegger, Joey King of “Ramona and Beezus,” Claudia Lee of “Kick-Ass 2” and Kiernan Shipka of “Mad Men.”

More were Garrett Clayton of “Teen Beach Movie,” Olivia Holt of “Kickin’ It,” Jennette McCurdy of “iCarly,” Amandla Stenberg of “The Hunger Games,” Audrey Whitby of “Bad Fairy” and Taylor Spreitler of “Days of Our Lives.”

Still others were Laura Marano and Raini Rodriguez of “Austin & Ally,” Roshon Fegan and Zendaya of “Shake It Up!” Katherine McNamara of “Girl vs. Monster,” Joel Courtney of “Super 8,” Sierra McCormick of “A.N.T. Farm” and Ryan Newman of “Zeke and Luther.”

Hosted by comedian Brandon T. Jackson, VIPs taking turns at the podium included Maria Canals-Barrera of “Wizards of Waverly Place,” Dermot Mulroney of “The Grey,” “Teen Wolf” creator Jeff Davis, “Vampire Diaries” co-creator Julie Plec, and more. 

(Check out this page and the gallery below to see the Variety Power of Youth 2013 party pictures.)

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Variety has a history of honoring top young talents who care, and so the 2013 Power of Youth continued a tradition.

At last year’s Power of Youth, awards went to Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, for their own Change for the Children Foundation; Vanessa Hudgens of “High School Musical” for Make a Wish; “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks of “Sparkle” for her “I’m M.A.D, Are You?” foundation for ChildHelp; Diego Boneta of “Rock of Ages” for the Vannie E. Cook Jr, Children’s Cancer Center, Kat Graham of “The Vampire Diaries” for The Water Project; and Sarah Hyland of “Modern Family” for the George Lopez Foundation.

At Variety’s previous year’s Power of Youth, honors went to Darren Criss of “Glee” for The Trevor Project; Hayden Panetierre of “Nashville” for the Whaleman Foundation; Bailee Madison of “Bridge to Terabithia,” for Alex’s Lemonade Stand; Hailee Steinfeld of “True Grit” for the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry Campaign; Chloe Moretz of “Hugo” for the Film Foundation; Rico Rodriguez of “Modern Family” for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times; and Angus T. Jones of “Two and a Half Men” for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Click here to read about the 2011 Variety Power of Youth.


My Best-Ever Celebrity Photograph: Darren Criss at a Previous Power of Youth … 

Regarding Darren Criss, a.k.a. Blaine Anderson of “Glee,” the picture I took of Criss and one of his young fans at the 2011 Variety Power of Youth is still – without a doubt – my all-time favorite of all the celebrity photos I’ve ever taken.

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Judging from his friendliness and our lengthy conversation about his songwriting, the musical group “Starkid Productions,” (which he co-founded,) and his then-upcoming private concert for the “Festival of New American Musicals,” he was clearly a good guy. Still, I couldn’t have anticipated his priceless reaction to the 5-year old admirer, who approached him as we talked.

Just check out the expressions on both their faces in the photo at the 2011 event.

Here’s what he said back then – with all due modesty – about his fellow honorees: “A lot of these kids are barely in their teens and they’ve done more work for charity than most people in their 70s,” he said. “It’s pretty amazing to see what a difference they can make.” 


Photos, this page:

Top photo: From left, honorees Jake T. Austin, Abigail Breslin, Quvenzhane Wallis, Nina Dobrev and Tyler Posey at Variety Power of Youth 2013  (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Variety)

Second photo: Actors Patrick Schwarzenegger and Joey King at Variety Power Of Youth 2013 (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Variety)

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Third photo: Brandon T. Jackson hosted Variety Power of Youth 2013 (Photo by Maury Phillips/ Getty Images for Variety)

Fourth photo: From left, Actors Raini Rodriguez, Bailee Madison, Rico Rodriguez, and Taylor Spreitler at Variety Power of Youth 2013 (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Variety)

Fifth photo: Garrett Clayton and Laura Marano spend a moment together at Variety Power of Youth 2013 (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Variety)

Sixth photo: Maria Canals Barrera, center, with the Rage Crew at Variety Power of Youth 2013 (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Variety)




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Published August 19, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA