The biggest breakout stars of 2015

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Constance Wu has made waves on her hit ABC comedy "Fresh Off the Boat" and this year she earned herself a Critics Choice Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. The 33-year-old's spunky spirit and spot-on comedic timing have earned her a spot as someone to watch in 2016. 

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Jussie Smollett... is there anything better than the "Empire" star? Prior to joining the hit Fox show Smollett was a relative unknown, but a star has been born with Smollett playing the smooth-talking, sweet and insanely talented singer Jamal Lyon. The star, who came out as gay this year, is definitely going to be a massive icon -- and dare we say, might even pass up Terrence Howard someday. 

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Alicia Vikander has gone from a hardly-known, Swedish ingenue to a serious Oscar contender for her role in "The Danish Girl" and  we can't get over how awesome she is/ The 27-year-old actress also snagged roles in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E" and "Burnt" this year and has a stacked lineup of roles in 2016. Also, it doesn't hurt that she's dating Michael Fassbender, an equally talented actor. 

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Wagner Moura's rise to fame as drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Netflix's "Narcos," is almost as impressive as his alter-ego's drug ring. The Brazilian-born actor learned Spanish in a pinch in order to play the horrifying, real-life villain and his performance, with piercing stares and menacing moments make him one of the best characters on TV right now. 

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Dakota Johnson turned heads in 2015 as the sweet and innocent girl-turned-sex maven Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades of Grey" this year -- and permanently cemented her status as a breakout star. The daughter of actors Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson certainly has star power and with two more "Fifty" films coming out in 2017 and 2018, she'll definitely be around for a very long time.

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Scott Eastwood may be known best as being the handsome son of Clint Eastwood, but in 2015 Scott has really come into his own. The 29-year-old actor starred in the Nicholas Sparks flick "The Longest Ride" and has a packed lineup of movies in 2016, including "Suicide Squad."

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Tori Kelly snagged Billboard Women in Music's Breakthrough Award and we can see why. The 23-year-old singing sensation came out swinging in 2015 with two Top 100 hits "Should've Been Us" and "Nobody Love" and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.  Her sweet demeanor and pop tunes are infectious and will very likely lead to an incredible career for the young star. 

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Ruby Rose has to be one of the best-looking prisoners we've ever seen. The "Orange Is the New Black" star has quickly become a fan favorite as Stella and has also made headlines in  her personal life. The openly gay star was engaged to Phoebe Dahl, however they split earlier this year. Not to worry -- we're sure she'll continue to shine in 2016. 

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John Boyega is packing a serious punch in 2015. The 23-year-old star broke onto the scene this year as Finn in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and he's set to reprise his role in the next "Star Wars" franchise. Watch out world -- John is coming for ya. 

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Emily Ratajkowski may have started out as the "hot girl" in Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" music video, but she's far surpassed her music video days. The 24-year-old star snagged roles in "Entourage" and "We Are Your Friends" in 2015 and remains as one of the most beautiful women in the business. 

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Rami Malek stars in hit show "Mr. Robot" as Elliot Alderson, a troubled and emotional hacker. While he's difficult to root for in the show, his incredible performance make him one of the best tragic figures on television. 

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Maddie & Tae kicked off their country music career with this hit "Girl in a Country Song" and have continued to ride to the top with their catchy and fun tunes. The duo scored a CMA Award for Music Video of the Year in 2015 and their new album "Start Here" is already soaring to the top of the country charts.

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From a sexy supermodel to an actress's steamy "Fifty Shades of Gray" performance, it's safe to say that some notable stars left a lasting impression on everyone in 2015.

Jussie Smollett won over America's hearts with his incredible vocal pipes in hit show "Empire," while Scott Eastwood fulfilled all our "Wildest Dreams."

Dakota Johnson had every woman in America go green with envy over her sexy on-screen love affair with "Fifty Shades of Grey" co-star Jamie Dornan. And then there's Ruby Rose -- what don't we love about the "Orange Is the New Black" actress?

Check out the biggest names who made an even bigger mark in Hollywood this year in the slideshow above!

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