57 Acting Roles Celebrities Had Before They Become Celebrities

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors were surprised to find out which actors were in ~that~ drama or movie before they became famous. Here are the wild results.


Austin Butler got his start as an unnamed extra (later “Zippy Brewster”) at Nickelodeon’s. Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.

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Glen Powell’s first acting credit was “The Long Fingered Boy.” Crazy Boys 3: Game Over.

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Tyler James Williams made his television debut Sesame Street.

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Elisabeth Moss made her screen debut as a girl with a cat stuck in a tree opposite Hulk Hogan. Suburban Commando.

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Jason Momoa’s first acting performance was as Jason Loane in 44 episodes. Coast GuardFrom Season 10.

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Ashley Tisdale played a student. Donnie Darko at the age of 16.

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Rainn Wilson played Lahnk. galaxy questfirst movie.

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Scarlett Johansson played Alex’s older sister, Molly. Home Alone 3.

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Cameron Monaghan played a traffic cop genie in the blink of an eye. Santa Clause 3: Escape Clause.

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Molly Shannon’s second ever TV concert was in several episodes. Vivid Color.

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Octavia Spencer played Cynthia, one of Drew Barrymore’s co-workers. never been kissed.

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Zac Efron appeared on the short-lived WB series. Summer land.

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Leonardo DiCaprio was an unnamed extra. roseanneShe plays one of Darlene’s classmates for a single episode.

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Jena Malone played Susan Sarandon’s daughter in the iconic movie. Stepmother.

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Zachary Quinto played a TV commercial director in one episode of the series. Lizzie McGuire.

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Ryan Gosling’s first two acting credits were in one episode. Are you afraid of the dark? (in 1995) and one episode goosebumps (in 1996).

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Aubrey Plaza’s first television appearance was a one-line NBC Page. 30 Rock.

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Alanna Ubach made her screen debut as Maria. Sister Act 2: Back to the Habit.

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Kaley Cuoco played Elisa in the Disney Channel movie. Stray Cats Strike.

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Kevin McHale was a student at PCA in two divisions. Zoey 101.

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Emmy Rossum played Claire in the Disney Channel movie. Genius.

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Ben Affleck played an unnamed basketball player. Buffy the vampire hunter film.

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Jennifer Lawrence’s first acting role was as the school mascot in one episode. monk.

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James Marsden appeared in two episodes of the series. nanny.

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Jon Huertas played Brad, a witch hunter/Harvey Kinkle’s best friend. Young Witch Sabrina.

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Adam Scott played new boy/bully Griff Hawkins in several episodes of the series. Boy Meets the World.

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Danielle Fishel played Jennifer P., one of Stephanie Tanner’s classmates in two episodes of the series. Full house.

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Dianna Agron played a girl who can fit an entire fist in her mouth. Drake and Josh.

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Amy Adams appeared in a single episode of the series. Charmed in one of her first acting credits.

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John Cho played a parking valet. The Flintstones at Viva Rock Vegas.

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Rachel McAdams played Riley’s sister in a very emotional episode of Disney Channel. Celebrity Jett Jackson.

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Kevin Hart played a cameraman. Polly Arrived.

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Jessica Alba was a school bully. The Secret World of Alex Mack.

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Sara Ramírez was the cashier. You’ve got mail.

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Elijah Wood has been referred to as the “video game boy”. Back to the Future Part II.

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Simon Helberg played a nerdy student who falls in love with Hilary Duff’s character. Cinderella story.

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Kat Dennings played Claire in the spooky Disney Channel movie. Scream Team.

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Don Cheadle appeared in a single episode of the series. The Young Prince of Bel-Air.

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Maggie Wheeler was a camp counselor – aka Marva Jr. Parent Trap.

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Hugh Laurie actually Spice World.

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Julie Bowen played Virginia. Happy Gilmore.

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Laurence Fishburne was 14 when he lied about his age to get the role of a soldier. apocalypse now.

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Taran Killam was Frankie Muniz’s bully. Big Liar.

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Kristen Stewart got an extra 0.3 seconds on the Disney Channel. Thirteenth Year.

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Michael Cera starred in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s iconic movie Change the purpose.

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Eric Stonestreet played a hotel receptionist in 10 seconds of the movie. almost famous.

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Steve Carell played a security guard in the much-underestimated movie. boarding stay.

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Abigail Breslin was the little girl in the parade. Princess Diaries 2.

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Noel Fisher played the bully Max Keeble’s Big Move.

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In the original movie, Joe Manganiello was Peter Parker’s bully. Spider Man.

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Angela Bassett became a flight attendant in about two seconds. Kindergarten Police.

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Mike O’Malley was the host of Nickelodeon. Global Courage.

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Selena Gomez played a boy for two years. Barney and Friends.

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Kate Berlant had a line as “Student Number 2” at her first acting gig in her history. Lizzie McGuire.

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Ryan Reynolds was the love interest of the series. Young Witch Sabrina telefilm.

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Katherine Heigl starred in Disney’s TV movie Make a wish.

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And Adam Sandler started out as Smitty The Cosby Show.

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