The Top Indie Actors and Actresses

An indie movie is an independently produced film with a minimal shooting budget. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean low budget. Instead, it is any movie that uncompromisingly expresses a unique, personal vision.

Initially, indie movies were everything that the major film studio films were not. However, there is now an appropriation of the indie back into the mainstream. Some of the top actors behind this transformation include:

  1. Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Adam Eisenberg was born on October 5, 1983, in Queens, New York. He has starred in the films The Squid and the Whale, Adventureland, and The Education of Charlie Banks. Eisenberg became famous after the release of the indie films Zombieland, and Now You See Me. He is also known for playing the role of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the indie movie ‘The Social Network.’

  1. Michael Cera

Canadian actor Michael Cera was born in Brampton, Ontario, to parents who worked for Xerox. Starting his career at the age of eight in a commercial, Cera has appeared in several indie movies. Cera is famous for starring as George Michael Bluth on the sitcom ‘Arrested Development.’ He has also had lead roles in the feature blockbusters Superbad and Juno.

  1. Miles Teller

Miles Alexander Teller is an American actor from Downington, Pennsylvania. As a child, Miles went to various places due to his father’s job. Miles gained international fame when he starred in the movies Divergent, Whiplash, and That Awkward Moment. He won the Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Miles has also appeared in American superhero films based on Marvel Comics.

  1. Zach Braff

Zach Braff was born and raised in South Orange, New Jersey. He has an enthusiasm for acting that can be traced back to his childhood. Zach Braff landed minor roles in several indie movies before getting his big break as J.D. on TV’s Scrubs. His portrayal of the lead character in Scrubs has been etched in the minds of sitcom viewers. Zach is a lover of coffee, and she probably takes an easy espresso every morning.

  1. Jonah Hill

¬†Jonah Hill was born on December 20, 1983, in Los Angeles. Jonah Hill is an indie actor and comedian who has been ranked 28th on Forbes magazine’s world’s highest-paid actors. He is renowned for his acting prowess in Superbad (2007) and Gets Him to the Greek (2010). Hill’s ability to switch from a fast-talking clown to a serious commentator has brought him great fame.

  1. Emma Watson

Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France. She attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress at the Stagecoach Theater Arts. Watson gained fame when she starred as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Throughout her career, Watson has been a champion for women’s rights.

  1. Alex Pettyfer

Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire and raised in Windsor. He is best known for his roles in indie movies such as ‘Stormbreaker’ and ‘I am Number Four.’ Alex has also been seen as a model in several advertising campaigns for Burberry. In 2013, Pettyfer took part in the indie biographical drama “The Butler.’

  1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

California-born Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a producer and an actor. Joseph Gordon-Levitt grew up in front of the camera as a child and teen actor. Gordon is also popular as an on-screen actor, singer, and business person. As a child star, he appeared in the films A River Runs Through It. He is mostly popular for his roles in 500 Days of Summer, 50/50, Don Jon, and Snowden.

  1. Seth Rogen

Seth Rogen was born on April 15, 1982, in the city of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. While still residing in Canada, Seth got a minor role in the series Freaks and Geeks. He continued acting as an amateur for a couple of years but eventually took his act to the United States. Since then, Seth Rogen has come a long way from doing stand-up comedy as a teen.

  1. James Franco

James Franco is an American actor, director, screenwriter, producer, teacher, and author. He debuted his acting career at the age of 21. However, he is well known for his works as a teen heartthrob on the NBC series Freaks and Geeks. Similarly, James has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Stoner of the Year Award by Times magazines.


Mainstream movies and massive franchises are always a great joy to watch, but many people are now moving towards indie movies. To get started, you can consult this list of the top 10 indie actors and actresses you need to watch in action.