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    21 Roles That Completely Changed The Way We See These Actors

    Yes, Bryan Cranston will be discussed here.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the times actors pleasantly surprised them by taking on a role different to the ones we were used to seeing them in. Here's what they said!

    1. Jon Hamm in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    NBC

    "After all those years of Mad Men, it was just such an unexpected turn! And he was so funny!"

    mrsheathermartin

    2. John Krasinksi in Jack Ryan

    Amazon

    "Seeing Jim Halpert in a role like this really threw me off. It was a good show though!"

    munchkin06

    3. Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

    HBO

    "AMAZING."

    jessicapitrone

    4. Steve Carrell in The Morning Show

    Apple TV

    "His role in was EXCEPTIONAL!"

    effyocouch

    5. And Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show

    Apple TV

    "She’s so good!"

    allysonf4b86222dc

    6. Matthew Perry in The West Wing and The Good Wife

    CBS

    "Matthew Perry was firmly a comedy actor to me for so long but his turns as a dramatic actor were highly impressive. I wish he would do more."

    francisq

    7. Aziz Ansari in Master of None

    Netflix

    "It was such an amazing comedy-drama, especially considering he’s more traditionally a pure comedian."

    christianf4f13844d1

    "He was brilliant in it!"

    marionamte

    8. Betty White in Golden Girls

    NBC

    "She played more 'Blanche-type' of characters before becoming a Golden Girl. She took the risk and it definitely paid off in the end! Love you Betty White! 💖"

    artistryviaanna

    9. Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad

    HBO

    "I remember doubting being able to take him seriously once I heard about the series, because he was the dopey dad from Malcolm in the Middle during a large part of my childhood. All vanished once I watched the first episode of Breaking Bad."

    papierherz

    10. David Tennant in Jessica Jones

    Netflix

    "It absolutely floored me. I told all of my friends that knew him from theatre or Doctor Who not to watch that show unless they wanted their perceptions shattered. Yes, he was evil in HP but that was 10 mins at most. He was so so good at being a villain I couldn’t see him in anything after a while."

    erinburson

    11. Gillian Anderson in Sex Education

    Netflix

    "We were used to seeing her in kickass law enforcement roles or serious period dramas but she's also a fantastic comedic actor!"

    skiinggnat

    12. Chris Rock in Fargo

    FX

    "He was brilliant!"

    djane8

    13. Rob Lowe in Parks and Recreation

    NBC

    "After years of seeing him as Sam Seaborn on The West Wing, I was really surprised to see him cast in a comedy. And omg, he is hilarious as overly optimistic health nut Chris Traeger."

    leahk40ca7fc83

    14. Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown

    Netflix

    "I know she’s a brilliant actor and has played the most eccentric characters like, but seeing her play Princess Margaret put her in a totally new light! She portrayed her so well that you could feel the pain and emotions she was going through, and using her dark humour as a defence mechanism. She’s just the best, tbh."

    mishapanchal79

    15. Andre Braugher in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Fox / NBC

    "His dramatic background and serious tone is what makes him so funny as Captain Holt."

    cleverdaredevil61

    16. Zendaya in Euphoria

    HBO

    "She portrayed Rue so brilliantly and beautifully."

    fannyfolye

    17. Catherine Tate in Doctor Who

    BBC

    "Before that, she was best known for her comedy characters in The Catherine Tate Show, and a fair few people didn't think she'd be able to pull off a more serious character, but she was amazing in the role. I'm still half-hoping she'll make a comeback one day and get her memories and character growth back."

    beverleyc4b7c81aa6

    18. James Van Der Beek in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

    ABC

    "He totally mocked himself and he was hilarious, so far removed from the always serious Dawson we were used to seeing."

    silentword

    19. John Lithgow in Dexter

    Showtime

    "I had only ever seen him be in comedy roles and he was bone-chilling in Dexter."

    adrianavecchio

    20. Jason Bateman in Ozark

    Netflix

    "Before that, he was known as Michael from Arrested Development and for similar funny and comedic works, but Ozark showed just how good a dramatic actor he could be."

    hibahchughtai

    21. Kate Winslet in Extras

    BBC / FX

    "The sweary sex-obsessed actor playing a nun instead of her usual dramatic roles was hilarious."

    cuteclcactus91

    Some submissions have be edited for length and/or clarity!

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