Posted on September 10th, 2013

Since the dawn of cinema, the relationship between director and muse has been one of mutual reliance, forging some of the most beloved, and powerful, relationships in Hollywood history. From Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hendren, Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, to Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, many of filmdom’s most brilliant minds have relied upon their on-screen ingénues for that incendiary je ne sais quoi and transformed budding actresses into leading cultural icons. Herewith, 12 upcoming stars with the power to inspire, and the directors with the cinematic aptitude to make them shine.

Mia Wasikowska & David Cronenberg
Mia Wasikowska, 23, gained worldwide prominence in 2010 after winning the much-coveted titular role in Tim Burton’s $1 billion-grossing adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (2010). David Cronenberg, oft cited as the King of Venereal Horror, gained renown for exploring the boundaries of bodily transformations and disease. With Wasikowska’s ghostly looks and quiet, contemplative persona, she’s an oddly perfect match for Cronenberg’s macabre sensibility. She stars in his latest film, Maps to the Stars (2014), alongside Robert Pattinson. The film’s subject, Hollywood’s perverse culture of fame, seems apropos: Pattinson, who is currently a Cronenberg favorite—having starred in his prior feature Cosmopolis (2012)—was thrust into the universe of cinema superstardom following his title role in the blockbuster Twilight series; we can only imagine that Cronenberg’s masterful eye will transform Wasikowska to equal measure.

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