57 Acting Roles Celebrities Had Before They Were Famous
We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors they were surprised to learn were in ~that~ TV show or movie before they became famous. Here are the wild results.
Austin Butler got his start as an uncredited extra (later called “Zippy Brewster”) in Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
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Glen Powell’s first acting credit ever was as “long-fingered boy” in Spy Kids 3: Game Over.
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Tyler James Williams’ first TV appearance ever was on Sesame Street.
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Elisabeth Moss made her big-screen debut — opposite Hulk Hogan — as a girl whose cat got stuck in a tree in Suburban Commando.
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Jason Momoa’s first acting gig ever was as Jason Loane in 44 episodes of Baywatch, starting in Season 10.
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Ashley Tisdale played a student in Donnie Darko when she was 16 years old.
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Rainn Wilson played Lahnk in Galaxy Quest, his first movie ever.
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Scarlett Johansson played Molly, Alex’s older sister, in Home Alone 3.
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Cameron Monaghan played a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it traffic cop elf in The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.
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Molly Shannon’s second TV gig ever was in a few episodes of In Living Color.
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Octavia Spencer played Cynthia, one of Drew Barrymore’s coworkers, in Never Been Kissed.
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Zac Efron was on the short-lived WB series called Summerland.
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Leonardo DiCaprio was an uncredited extra in Roseanne, playing one of Darlene’s classmates for a single episode.
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Jena Malone played Susan Sarandon’s daughter in the iconic movie Stepmom.
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Zachary Quinto played a TV commercial director in an episode of Lizzie McGuire.
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Ryan Gosling’s first two acting credits were in an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? (in 1995) and an episode of Goosebumps (in 1996).
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Aubrey Plaza’s TV debut was as an NBC Page with one line in 30 Rock.
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Alanna Ubach made her big-screen debut as Maria in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.
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Kaley Cuoco played Elisa in the Disney Channel movie Alley Cats Strike.
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Kevin McHale was a student at PCA in two episodes of Zoey 101.
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Emmy Rossum played Claire in the Disney Channel movie Genius.
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Ben Affleck played an uncredited basketball player in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.
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Jennifer Lawrence’s first acting role was as a school mascot in one episode of Monk.
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James Marsden was in two episodes of The Nanny.
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Jon Huertas played Brad, a witch hunter/Harvey Kinkle’s best friend on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
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Adam Scott played Griff Hawkins, the new kid/bully, in a few episodes of Boy Meets World.
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Danielle Fishel played Jennifer P., one of Stephanie Tanner’s classmates, in two episodes of Full House.
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Dianna Agron played a girl who could fit her whole fist in her mouth on Drake & Josh.
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Amy Adams was on a single episode of Charmed in one of her very first acting credits.
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John Cho played a parking valet in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.
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Rachel McAdams played Riley’s sister in a very emotional episode of Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson.
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Kevin Hart played a cameraman in Along Came Polly.
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Jessica Alba was a school bully in The Secret World of Alex Mack.
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Sara Ramírez was the cashier in You’ve Got Mail.
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Elijah Wood is credited as “video game boy” in Back to the Future Part II.
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Simon Helberg played a nerdy student who had a crush on Hilary Duff’s character in A Cinderella Story.
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Kat Dennings played Claire in the spooky Disney Channel movie The Scream Team.
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Don Cheadle was in a single episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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Maggie Wheeler was a camp counselor — aka Marva Jr. — in The Parent Trap.
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Hugh Laurie was actually in Spice World.
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Julie Bowen played Virginia in Happy Gilmore.
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Laurence Fishburne was 14 when he lied about his age to get the part of a soldier in Apocalypse Now.
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Taran Killam was Frankie Muniz’s bully in Big Fat Liar.
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Kristen Stewart was in an extra for .3 seconds in Disney Channel’s The Thirteenth Year.
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Michael Cera was in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s iconic movie Switching Goals.
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Eric Stonestreet played a hotel receptionist in 10 seconds of Almost Famous.
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Steve Carell played a security guard in the super underrated movie Sleepover.
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Abigail Breslin was the little girl at the parade in The Princess Diaries 2.
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Noel Fisher played the bully in Max Keeble’s Big Move.
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Joe Manganiello was Peter Parker’s bully in the original Spider-Man.
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Angela Bassett was a flight attendant in about two seconds of Kindergarten Cop.
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Mike O’Malley was the host of Nickelodeon’s Global Guts.
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Selena Gomez played a kid for two years on Barney & Friends.
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Kate Berlant had one line as “Student #2” in her first acting gig ever on Lizzie McGuire.
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Ryan Reynolds was the love interest in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV movie.
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Katherine Heigl was in Disney’s TV movie Wish Upon a Star.
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And Adam Sandler got his start as Smitty on The Cosby Show.
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