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    Updated on May 17, 2020. Posted on May 14, 2020

    31 Side-By-Sides Of Celebs In Their First Big Role Vs. Their Memorable Netflix Role

    The cast of Grace and Frankie was iconic then and now.

    1. Christina Applegate

    Fox, Saeed Adyani / Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was Kelly Bundy on Married...With Children from 1985 to 1997.

    Now: She currently stars as Jen Harding on Dead to Me.

    2. Linda Cardellini

    NBC, Saeed Adyani / Netflix

    Then: While she had a small part on Boy Meets World, Linda's first major TV role was as Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks from 1999 to 2000.

    Now: She currently stars as Judy Hale on Dead to Me.

    3. James Marsden

    ABC, Netflix

    Then: While he had small roles on The Nanny and Party of Five, his first major role was on the short-lived series Second Noah from 1996 to 1997.

    Now: He currently stars as Steve Wood on Dead to Me.

    4. Rita Moreno

    Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images, Michael Yarish / Netflix

    Then: While she appeared in several earlier movies, including The King and I, her first notable role was as Anita in West Side Story in 1961. The role earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    Now: She currently stars as Lydia on One Day at a Time. While the series was canceled by Netflix, it was revived by Pop this year.

    5. Gillian Anderson

    Fox, Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was as Dana Scully on The X-Files from 1993 to 2002. She even returned to the character for a revival series from 2016 to 2018.

    Now: She currently stars as Jean Milburn on Sex Education, and she will appear in Season 4 of The Crown as Margaret Thatcher.

    6. Asa Butterfield

    BBC Films / Miramax Films, Netflix

    Then: His first major role was as Bruno in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in 2008.

    Now: He currently stars as Otis Milburn on Sex Education.

    7. Jason Bateman

    NBC / Getty Images, Tina Rowden / Netflix

    Then: His first acting role was as James Cooper Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie in 1981.

    Now: He currently stars as Martin "Marty" Byrde on Ozark.

    8. Winona Ryder

    Warner Bros., Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was as Lydia Deetz in Beetlejuice in 1988.

    Now: She currently stars as Joyce Byers on Stranger Things.

    9. David Harbour

    Focus Features, Netflix

    Then: One of his first notable roles was as Randall Malone in Brokeback Mountain in 2005.

    Now: He currently stars as Jim Hopper on Stranger Things.

    10. Jane Fonda

    AFP via Getty Images, Netflix

    Then: Her first major acting role was as June Ryder in Tall Story in 1960.

    Now: She currently stars as Grace Hanson on Grace and Frankie.

    11. Lily Tomlin

    NBC / Getty Images, Saeed Adyani / Netflix

    Then: Her first notable role was on the variety sketch series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 to 1973. Her work on the series earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

    Now: She currently stars as Frankie Bergstein on Grace and Frankie.

    12. Sam Waterston

    Ullstein Bild Dtl. / Getty Images, Ali Goldstein / Netflix

    Then: While he had a notable theater career prior, his first major movie role was as Oliver in Fitzwilly in 1967.

    Now: He currently stars as Sol Bergstein on Grace and Frankie.

    13. Martin Sheen

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Lara Solanki / Netflix

    Then: His first major role was as Timmy Cleary in The Subject Was Roses in 1968.

    Now: He currently stars as Robert Hanson on Grace and Frankie.

    14. Rashida Jones

    NBC, Gabriel Delerme / Netflix

    Then: Her first notable role was as Karen Scarfolli on Freaks and Geeks in 2000.

    Now: She currently stars as Joya Barris on #BlackAF.

    15. Drew Barrymore

    Sunset Boulevard / Getty Images, Saeed Adyani / Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was as Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982.

    Now: She starred as Sheila Hammond on Santa Clarita Diet.

    16. Henry Thomas

    Sunset Boulevard / Getty Images, Steve Dietl / Netflix

    Then: His first major role was as Elliott in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1982.

    Now: He starred as young Hugh Crain on The Haunting of Hill House. He will also appear in the upcoming season, The Haunting of Bly Manor.

    17. Robin Wright

    20th Century Fox, David Giesbrecht / Netflix

    Then: Her first notable acting role was as Buttercup in The Princess Bride in 1987. At the same time, she also starred on the soap opera Santa Barbara.

    Now: She starred as Claire Underwood on House of Cards. The role earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama.

    18. Patti LuPone

    NBC, Netflix

    Then: While she had a notable theater career prior, her first major TV role was as Lady Bird Johnson in the TV film LBJ: The Early Years in 1987.

    Now: She currently stars as Avis Amberg on Hollywood.

    19. Holland Taylor

    CBS Photo Archive / Getty Images, Netflix

    Then: While she had a major theater career prior, her first notable TV role was as Ruth Dunbar on Bosom Buddies in 1980.

    Now: She currently stars as Ellen Kincaid on Hollywood.

    20. Dylan McDermott

    Vestron Pictures, Netflix

    Then: His first major role was as Chris in Twister in 1989.

    Now: He currently stars as Ernie on Hollywood.

    21. Octavia Spencer

    20th Century Fox, Amanda Matlovich / Netflix

    Then: Her first notable role was as Cynthia in Never Been Kissed in 1999.

    Now: She starred as Madam C.J. Walker on Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker.

    22. Natasha Lyonne

    Miramax Films, Courtesy Of Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was as D.J. Berlin in Everyone Says I Love You in 1996.

    Now: She starred as Nicky Nichols on Orange Is the New Black and currently stars as Nadia Vulvokov on Russian Doll.

    23. Laura Prepon

    Fox, Jojo Whilden / Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was as Donna Pinciotti on That '70s Show from 1998 to 2006.

    Now: She starred as Alex Vause on Orange Is the New Black.

    24. Anthony Mackie

    Universal Pictures, Netflix

    Then: His first notable role was as Papa Doc in 8 Mile in 2002.

    Now: He currently stars as Takeshi Kovacs on Altered Carbon, and he appeared in an episode of Black Mirror.

    25. Paul Rudd

    Paramount Pictures, Eric Liebowitz / Netflix

    Then: His first notable acting role was as Josh in Clueless in 1995. Around the same time, he also appeared in the TV series Sisters.

    Now: He currently stars as Miles Elliot and Miles' clone on Living With Yourself.

    26. Helena Bonham Carter

    Curzon Film Distributors, Des Willie / Netflix

    Then: Her first major acting role was as Lucy Honeychurch in A Room With a View in 1985.

    Now: She currently stars as Princess Margaret in The Crown.

    27. Gwyneth Paltrow

    TriStar Pictures, Netflix

    Then: Her first notable role was as a young Wendy Darling in Hook in 1991.

    Now: She currently stars as Georgina Hobart on The Politician.

    28. Toni Collette

    Miramax, Beth Dubber / Netflix

    Then: While she had a notable theater career in Australia prior, her first major movie role was as Wendy Robinson in Spotswood, also known as The Efficiency Expert, in 1992.

    Now: She starred as Grace Rasmussen on Unbelievable.

    29. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

    BBC, Laurie Sparham / Netflix

    Then: While she had a notable theater career in the UK prior, her first notable TV role was as Tish Jones on Doctor Who in 2007.

    Now: She starred as Kelly Booth on Black Mirror.

    30. Lauren German

    Warner Bros., John P. Fleenor / Netflix

    Then: Her first memorable role was as Belinda in A Walk to Remember in 2002.

    Now: She currently stars as Chloe Decker on Lucifer.

    31. And finally, Kiernan Shipka

    AMC, Diyah Pera / Netflix

    Then: Her first major role was as Sally Draper on Mad Men from 2007 to 2015.

    Now: She currently stars as Sabrina Spellman on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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