From comedians to a Hunger Games heartthrob, this year's brightest stars storm the A-list

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Whether a goofball comedian like Andy Samberg or an Oscar-contender such as Fruitvale Station‘s Michael B. Jordan, this year’s coveted list of PEOPLE’s Ones to Watch has something for everyone.

Samberg, who stars in Fox’s new police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, says the family member most proud of his success is his father.

“There’s a joke now that my dad will somehow find a way to work into a conversation anywhere with anyone that I’m his son,” says the actor, laughing. “Probably to try and leverage it to get free stuff. Where they live that happens about one in every thousand times because no one cares, but bless his heart for trying.”

British actor Sam Claflin makes the list with his portrayal of victor Finnick Odair in this fall’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

With the film’s anticipated success, “I’ve been told, ‘Beware what’s about to happen,’ ” says Claflin. “But nothing has ever changed. I’ve witnessed the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart kind of not being able to walk five meters without having like knickers thrown at them. For me, being able to walk down the street and go to the butcher’s is a good thing.”

As for Michael B. Jordan, who stars as Bay Area 22-year-old Oscar Grant in the drama, Fruitvale Station, the accolades are just gravy.

“There’s been a different kind of recognition in the industry,” he says. “It’s more of an acknowledgment so it feels like I got to another level. I feel like I’ve been growing. Usually you can’t really tell the stepping stones that you reach, but on this one, I can tell it’s a step in the right direction.”

Tune in to Katie on Thursday for more on PEOPLE’s Ones to Watch

And for more exclusive Ones to Watch interviews, including Anna Faris and Benedict Cumberbatch, pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday