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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.

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

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AhU12zC8fc

    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)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjnmICxvoVY

    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.

    3. Angelina Jolie in the Rolling Stones' "Anybody Seen My Baby" (1997)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BinwuzZVjnE

    Surprisingly this was not actually Angelina's first music video! She appeared as a runaway teenager in Meat Loaf's 1993 video for "Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through."

    4. Jeremy Renner in Pink's "Trouble" (2003)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFu3YzRnyDU

    Jeremy (who was then an unknown actor) played a sheriff in the Old West with a penchant for earrings and guyliner!

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

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxS4lqppZ6Y

    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.

    6. Robert Downey Jr. in Elton John's "I Want Love" (2001)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufbexgPyeJQ

    The video was Robert's first job after relapsing and going back to rehab earlier that same year.

    7. Andrew Garfield in Arcade Fire's "We Exist" (2013)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRXc_-c_9Xc

    In the rather emotional and powerful video, Andrew portrays a young person who is struggling with gender identity.

    8. Mila Kunis in Aerosmith's "Jaded" (2001)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbexOeoH5hg

    Mila played the "jaded" actress or princess (?) who appears to be trapped in some sorta goth Victorian circus.

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

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFYFj5q8_Qk

    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)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kenF3_77774

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

    11. Eljiah Wood in Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" (1989)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pyxKqdtrH8

    Elijah was just 8 years old when he appeared in the video!

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

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBS6QGsH_4

    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)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ihtX86JzmA

    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.

    14. Djimon Hounsou in Janet Jackson's "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" (1990)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEGLwr4MDAg

    Djimon played one of the models who paraded around in the desert in just a Speedo in the Herb Ritts-directed video.

    15. Aaron Paul in Korn's "Thoughtless" (2002)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVPvzX-AeSM

    This is actually the first of two music videos Aaron appeared in. He was also in the 2004 music video for Everlast's "White Trash Beautiful."

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

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCdCuduv0H0&list=RDRCdCuduv0H0

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

    17. Adrien Brody in Tori Amos's "A Sorta Fairytale" (2003)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_C23JCduok

    Adrien appeared in the video the same year he won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Pianist.

    18. Ben Stiller in Jack Johnson's "Taylor" (2004)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTXqR1nsEMo

    Ben's actually appeared in several music videos. Prior to this one he was in Limp Bizkit's video for "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" (I know 😑) and P. Diddy's "Bad Boy for Life."

    19. Gwyneth Paltrow in Melissa Etheridge's "I Want to Come Over" (1995)

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckt0TuK0qv0

    Yup, Gwyneth performed her signature pouty face in the vid!

    20. Anna Kendrick in LCD Soundsystem's "Pow Pow" (2010)

    Joe Scarnici
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYCV2zybQoI

    Anna had just been nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (for Up in the Air) when she appeared in the video.

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

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiiU-Fky18s

    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.

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