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    Updated on Aug 1, 2020. Posted on Jan 31, 2020

    35 Celebrities Who Appeared In TV Shows Before They Were Famous

    Zac Efron was in Firefly?!

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which celebs they've spotted in TV shows before they became famous. Here are the ones you probably didn't know about:

    1. Before starring as Dwight on The Office, Rainn Wilson played a demon alchemist on Charmed.

    The WB

    Episode: "Coyote Piper," Season 3, Episode 9

    Year: 2001

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    2. Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell once appeared as a model on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    CTV

    Episode: "Up Where We Belong," Season 8, Episode 17

    Year: 2009

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    3. Yara Shahidi was cast as a young Olivia Pope in two episodes of Scandal before starring as a college student in Grown-ish.

    ABC

    Episodes: "Icarus," Season 3, Episode 6 and "YOLO," Season 3, Episode 9

    Year: 2013

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    4. And later that season of Scandal, 13 Reasons Why actor Dylan Minnette played President Fitz's teenage son for several episodes.

    ABC

    Episodes: "Mama Said Knock You Out," Season 3, Episode 15, plus five additional episodes.

    Year: 2014

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    5. Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom was once a womanizing thief on Midsomer Murders.

    ITV

    Episode: "Judgment Day," Season 3, Episode 3

    Year: 2000

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    6. Jane the Virgin actor Gina Rodriguez appeared on The Mentalist as the cousin of a victim.

    CBS

    Episode: "Pink Tops," Season 4, Episode 8

    Year: 2011

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    7. Before doing "Carpool Karaoke" segments on The Late Late Show with James Corden, the host played a Colchester man who rents a flat to the Doctor in Doctor Who.

    BBC

    Episodes: "The Lodger," Season 5, Episode 11 and "Closing Time," Season 6, Episode 12

    Year: 2010 and 2011

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    8. And on a different season of Doctor Who (with a different Doctor), The Amazing Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield played a 1930s New Yorker.

    BBC

    Episodes: "Daleks in Manhattan," Season 3, Episode 4 and "Evolution of the Daleks," Season 3, Episode 5

    Year: 2007

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    9. Tiffany Haddish played a museum tour guide on That's So Raven before making everyone laugh in Girls Trip.

    Disney

    Episode: "When in Dome," Season 3, Episode 22

    Year: 2005

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    10. Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo was cast as an old college classmate of Ross and Chandler's on Friends.

    NBC

    Episode: "The One Where the Stripper Cries," Season 10, Episode 11

    Year: 2004

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    11. The Office actor Leslie David Baker played a janitor on That '70s Show back in the day.

    Fox

    Episode: "Backstage Pass," Season 3, Episode 24

    Year: 2001

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    12. Before joining the royal family, Meghan Markle played a murderer on Castle.

    ABC

    Episode: "Once Upon a Crime," Season 4, Episode 17

    Year: 2012

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    13. Sebastian Stan played a teenage sniper who was kidnapped on Law & Order years before he became Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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    Episode: "Sheltered," Season 13, Episode 22

    Year: 2003

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    14. In his very first role, Matthew McConaughey portrayed murder victim Larry Dickens in a reenactment on Unsolved Mysteries.

    NBC

    Episode: "#5.12," Season 5, Episode 12

    Year: 1992

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    15. American Horror Story star Evan Peters once played a friend of Phil's in several episodes of Phil of the Future.

    Disney

    Episodes: "Unification Day," Season 1, Episode 2, plus four others.

    Year: 2004 and 2005

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    16. Way back when, James Marsden was cast as Maggie's boyfriend on The Nanny before starring in shows like Westworld and Dead to Me.

    CBS

    Episodes: "The Nanny," Season 1, Episode 1 and "The Nuchslep," Season 1, Episode 4

    Year: 1993

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    17. Before starring on This Is Us, Sterling K. Brown played a hospital lawyer on ER.

    NBC

    Episode: "Get Carter," Season 10, Episode 13

    Year: 2004

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    18. Millie Bobby Brown had her bike stolen by Manny on Modern Family long before she was fighting demogorgons on Stranger Things.

    ABC

    Episode: "Closet? You'll Love It!," Season 6, Episode 17

    Year: 2015

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    19. Hasan Minhaj once played a medical student on Arrested Development before appearing on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

    Netflix

    Episode: "A New Start," Season 4, Episode 5

    Year: 2013

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    20. Zac Efron was cast in his very first role as a young Dr. Simon Tam in an episode of Firefly before his High School Musical days.

    Fox

    Episode: "Safe," Season 1, Episode 5

    Year: 2002

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    21. Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Melissa Fumero once played one of Blair's minions on Gossip Girl.

    The CW

    Episodes: "The Empire Strikes Jack," Season 3, Episode 16, plus five others.

    Year: 2010

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    22. A Star is Born director Bradley Cooper played a sexy smoker interested in Carrie on Sex and the City, in his very first role.

    HBO

    Episode: "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?," Season 2, Episode 4

    Year: 1999

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    23. Dakota Johnson played Kevin's replacement in the series finale of The Office before going on to star in Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Fox

    Episode: "Finale," Season 9, Episode 23

    Year: 2013

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    24. X-Men star Jennifer Lawrence got her start playing a school mascot on Monk.

    USA

    Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Game," Season 5, Episode 3

    Year: 2006

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    25. Bohemian Rhapsody actor Rami Malek once starred as a student on Gilmore Girls in his first role.

    The WB

    Episode: "In the Clamor and the Clangor," Season 4, Episode 11

    Year: 2004

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    26. Jeremy Renner played a vampire on Angel before joining The Avengers.

    The WB

    Episode: "Somnambulist," Season 1, Episode 11

    Year: 2000

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    27. Before she was Captain Marvel, Brie Larson played a student interested in Abed on Community.

    NBC

    Episodes: "Herstory of Dance," Season 4, Episode 8, plus two others.

    Year: 2013

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    28. Little Women actor Timothée Chalamet portrayed the vice president's son on Homeland.

    Showtime

    Episodes: "The Smile," Season 2, Episode 1, plus seven others.

    Year: 2012

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    29. Pedro Pascal was turned into a vampire on Buffy the Vampire Slayer before starring on Game of Thrones.

    The WB

    Episode: "The Freshman," Season 4, Episode 1

    Year: 1999

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    30. Model Emily Ratajkowski once played Gibby's girlfriend on iCarly, before acting in Gone Girl and I Feel Pretty.

    Nickelodeon

    Episodes: "iSpeed Date," Season 3, Episode 3 and "iEnrage Gibby," Season 3, Episode 11

    Year: 2009

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    31. Sharp Objects star Amy Adams was cast in Smallville as a girl who craved body fat after committing to a diet of meteor-infested veggies.

    The WB

    Episode: "Craving," Season 1, Episode 7

    Year: 2001

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    32. Before solving weird-ass crimes on Riverdale, Lili Reinhart played a teenage murderer on Law & Order: SVU.

    NBC

    Episode: "Lost Traveller," Season 13, Episode 9

    Year: 2011

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    33. Chris Hemsworth appeared in The Saddle Club long before he was cast as Thor.

    ABC

    Episode: "Tenderfoot," Season 2, Episode 17

    Year: 2003

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    34. X-Men actor James McAvoy once played a soldier on Band of Brothers.

    HBO

    Episode: "Replacements," Season 1, Episode 4

    Year: 2001

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    35. Very early into his career, All My Children star Mark Consuelos was a cop who pulled Rachel over on Friends.

    NBC

    Episode: "The One with Chandler's Dad," Season 7, Episode 22

    Year: 2001

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