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21 Famous People You Might Not Know Were In Music Videos

Everything from starring roles to blink-and-you’ll-miss-them cameos.

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1. Charlize Theron in Brandon Flowers' "Crossfire" (2010)

Charlize played an awesome ass-kicker who rescues damsel in distress Brandon Flowers. The video also happened to be Brandon's first solo video.

2. Kristen Dunst in Savage Garden's "I Knew I Loved You" (1999)

Kirsten played the object of lead singer Darren Hayes' affection in the video. Which was a little creepy considering she was 17 at the time and he was 27.


5. Sarah Michelle Gellar in Stone Temple Pilots' "Sour Girl" (2000)

Sarah appeared in the video during the peak of Buffy — so it was a pretty cool get for STP. Also the video looked like "Teletubbies" as seen through the eyes of Donnie Darko.


9. Johnny Depp in the Lemonheads' "It's a Shame About Ray" (1992)

The video featured Johnny just sitting around a room moping, pushing his hair back, and smoking cigarettes — which is how I imagine early-'90s Johnny spent most of his days.

10. Zooey Deschanel in the Offspring's "She's Got Issues" (1999)

Zooey basically spends the entire video having an acid trip while sorta dressed up like Lola from Run Lola Run.

12. Eva Mendes in Will Smith's "Welcome to Miami" (1998)

The small cameo in the video was one of Eva's first roles. She would later reunite with Will for a much bigger role in 2005's Hitch.


13. Channing Tatum in Ricky Martin's "She Bangs" (2000)

Channing appeared as a bartender/backup dancer in the underwater club that Ricky visits in the video — clearly this is a video that could have ONLY existed in the early '00s. He was reportedly paid just $400 for five days' work.

16. Matthew McConaughey in Trisha Yearwood's "Walkaway Joe" (1992)

Matthew appeared in the video just one year before his breakthrough role in Dazed and Confused.


21. Katy Perry in Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold" (2006)

Katy was then an unknown singer when she appeared in the video, but she happened to be the girlfriend of Gym Class Heroes lead singer Travie McCoy.