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    17 Very Famous Celebs You Forgot Were In Very Random Music Videos

    "Is that...NO, it can't be!" β€” Me watching every single one of these music videos.

    1. Keanu Reeves in "Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul


    Year of Release: 1991

    Fun Fact: When Paula went to introduce herself to Keanu on the set of the video, she found that his trailer door was slightly open. Upon peeking inside, she discovered that Keanu was doing maybe the most early-'90s Keanu thing of all time: Playing air guitar in this underwear. Also, despite years of rumors, Paula confirmed that the two never dated.

    2. Angelina Jolie in "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through" by Meatloaf


    Year of Release: 1993

    Fun Fact: Angelina actually started her career in music videos, and Michael Bay β€” yes, that Michael Bay β€” directed this music video and a couple of others for Meatloaf (including "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" and "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are") before he began directing feature films. Also, this song still slaps.

    3. Sebastian Stan in "Wake Up Call" by Hayden Panettiere

    Hollywood Records

    Year of Release: 2008

    Fun Fact: Long before he was Captain America's main man, Sebastian was an early 00's music video heartthrob. And, randomly enough, this isn't even the first time he and Hayden worked together β€” having played brother and sister previously in the 2006 crime drama The Architect.

    4. Wesley Snipes in β€œBad” by Michael Jackson


    Year of Release: 1987

    Fun Fact: Wesley, a newcomer at the time, beat out Prince (or, depending on your age, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince) for the role in the music video. "Michael had told Prince that he had the role...then he met me," Wesley joked. "And he kicked Prince to the curb."

    5. Channing Tatum in β€œShe Bangs”by Ricky Martin


    Year of Release: 2000

    Fun Fact: The 20-year-old aspiring actor and dancer was paid $400 for five days of work on the music video, but only appears in the background of the final cut for a few seconds.

    6. Matthew McConaughey in β€œWalkaway Joe” by Trisha Yearwood ft. Don Henley

    MCA Nashville

    Year of Release: 1992

    Fun Fact: This music video was the future Oscar winner's first on-screen role, and was released one full year before his big break came in Dazed and Confused.

    7. Jennifer Lopez in β€œThat’s the Way Love Goes” by Janet Jackson


    Year of Release: 1993

    Fun Fact: The then-unknown J.Lo played a backup dancer in the music video with a single spoken line in the opening scene. The whole thing is very full circle, as J.Lo often credits Janet with being her inspiration for getting into the industry in the first place.

    8. Josh Holloway in β€œCryin'” by Aerosmith


    Year of Release: 1993

    Fun Fact: Long before Lost, Josh starred as a handsome thief alongside Alicia Silverstone in her first on-screen appearance β€” and the middle-finger she gives in this video actually led to her being cast in Clueless a few years later.

    9. Kim Kardashian West in "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy


    Year of Release: 2007

    Fun Fact: Kim K appeared as bassist Pete Wentz's love interest in this emo staple, and to this day, they keep in touch! β€œI stay in touch with her a little bit β€” just emails here and there,” Wentz said in 2018. β€œI ran into her, and she was probably the nicest person ever. She’s exactly the same as she was then, except she’s, like, a trillion times more famous.”

    10. Charlize Theron in "Crossfire" by Brandon Flowers


    Year of Release: 2010

    Fun Fact: While Charlize was already VERY well-known by this point, it's still pretty jarring to see her appear in a music video. It turns out there's a great reason: She's a huge fan of The Killers. Upon meeting Brandon Flowers, she outright expressed interest about appearing in one of his future music videos, and even led him to director Nash Edgerton, who ended up directing this video.

    11. Matt LeBlanc in "Into the Great Wide Open" by Tom Petty


    Year of Release: 1991

    Fun Fact: Along with being one of the first on-screen roles ever for the future Friends star, this video is STAR-STUDDED, including Faye Dunaway, Johnny Depp, Chynna Phillips, Terence Trent D’Arby, and Gabriele Anwar. Also, Tom Petty's got a wacky hat on that I love.

    12. Zooey Deschanel in "She's Got Issues" by The Offspring


    Year of Release: 1998

    Fun Fact: The video stars 18-year-old Zooey (and some colorful hair) before she was a household name, and (similarly to Matthew McConaughey) the video was released one full year before her first on-screen film role in Mumford (1999).

    13. Norman Reedus in "Judas" by Lady Gaga

    Streamline/Kon Live/Interscope

    Year of Release: 2011

    Fun Fact: Norman β€” known at the time for his role in the indie classic, The Boondock Saints, and the recently debuted TV show, The Walking Dead β€” didn't even have to audition for the role, Gaga just picked him! "No audition process," Norman said. "I was in LA doing a movie and had the weekend off, and my manager had been talking to Gaga. She asked if I wanted to do the video so I said, β€˜Fuck yeah, that should be fun!’"

    14. Eva Mendes in "Miami" by Will Smith


    Year of Release: 1997

    Fun Fact: I know what you're thinking: Hey wait, didn't Will and Eva costar in one of the greatest rom-coms of our time, "Hitch"? Yes, yes, they did. But this video was actually filmed a full EIGHT YEARS before that. Truly wild.

    15. Jeremy Renner in "Trouble" by Pink


    Year of Release: 2002

    Fun Fact: Before he was in 2008's Academy Award-winning Hurtlocker (and also, ya know, before he was Hawkeye), Jeremy starred as a guyliner-wearin' sheriff opposite Pink. The two have remained vocal supporters of each other on social media through the years.

    16. Juliette Lewis in "Come to My Window" by Melissa Etheridge


    Year of Release: 1993

    Fun Fact: This music video was filmed at the height of Lewis' indie-darling fame β€” right after she starred in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) and right before she starred in Natural Born Killers (1994). Also, the video was directed by Samuel Bayer β€” a celebrity in his own right β€” known for some of the most iconic music videos ever, including Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," every music video from Green Day's "American Idiot" album, AND My Chemical Romance's "Welcome to the Black Parade."

    17. And finally, Chris Evans in "Tainted Love" by Marilyn Manson


    Year of Release: 2001

    Fun Fact: Okay, so...this one might be cheating a little bit, since the music video was FOR the film Not Another Teen Movie β€” Chris Evans' first feature film β€” but it's still pretty jarring to see Marilyn Manson push Captain America.

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