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    46 Surprising Celebrity Acting Roles From Waaayyyyy Before They Were Famous

    I will never see these TV shows and movies the same way again.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors they were surprised to learn were in ~that~ TV show or movie before they became famous. Here are the wild results.

    1. Ashley Tisdale was a student in Donnie Darko:

    Ashley as a student in "Donnie Darko" and Sharpay in "HSM 3"

    2. Scarlett Johansson was Alex's older sister in Home Alone 3:

    ScarJo in "Home Alone 3" and as Black Widow in the newest movie trailer

    3. Octavia Spencer was the check-in lady at the wrestling arena in Spider-Man:

    Octavia in "Spider-Man" and accepting her Oscar

    4. Leonardo DiCaprio was an extra as one of Darlene's classmates in Roseanne:

    Leo as a child on "Roseanne" vs. him accepting his Oscar

    5. Zachary Quinto played a TV commercial director in an episode of Lizzie McGuire:

    Zachary Quinto on "Lizzie McGuire" vs. being interviewed in 2020

    6. Ryan Gosling was in an episode of both Goosebumps and Are You Afraid of the Dark? in the '90s:

    Ryan Gosling in "Goosebumps" in the '90s from him in "La La Land" as an adult

    7. Aubrey Plaza had one line as an NBC page on 30 Rock:

    Aubrey as a Page in "30 Rock" and as Harper in "Happiest Season"

    8. Kaley Cuoco played Elisa in the Disney Channel movie Alley Cats Strike:

    Kaley in a red bowling outfit and then her in a flight attendant uniform

    9. Kevin McHale was a student at PCA in two episodes of Zoey 101:

    Kevin as a kid on "Zoey 101" vs. a selfie of him in 2021 on Instagram

    10. Ben Affleck played an uncredited basketball player in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie:

    Ben in a red basketball uniform on court in "Buffy" and him in Colbert's late-night show

    11. Jennifer Lawrence's first acting role was as a school mascot in one episode of Monk:

    Jennifer Lawrence in a bear costume on "Monk" vs. her being interviewed as an adult

    12. James Marsden was in two episodes of The Nanny:

    James Marsden on a date at the movies in "The Nanny" and on Colbert's talk show

    13. Jon Huertas was Brad, a witch hunter, in Sabrina the Teenage Witch:

    Brad in the cafeteria "Sabrina" and Old Miguel in "This Is Us"

    14. Adam Scott was Griff Hawkins, the new kid/bully, in a few episodes of Boy Meets World:

    Adam Scott as Griff in "BMW" and Ben on "Parks and Rec"

    15. Dianna Agron played a girl who could fit her whole fist in her mouth on Drake & Josh:

    Dianna Agron at the movie theater and in "Glee"

    16. Amy Adams was on a single episode of Charmed in one of her very first acting credits:

    Amy Adams on "Charmed" and on The "Tonight Show"

    17. John Cho played a parking valet in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas:

    John Cho as a valet in the "Flintstones" movie vs. him being interviewed on a talk show in 2018

    18. Rachel McAdams played Riley's sister in a single episode of Disney Channel's The Famous Jett Jackson:

    Rachel with poofy hair in 2001 and her in "Game Night"

    19. Kevin Hart played a cameraman in Along Came Polly:

    Kevin Hart as an extra in "Along Came Polly" vs. him on the "Tonight Show" in 2018

    20. Jessica Alba was a school bully in The Secret World of Alex Mack:

    Jessica Alba on a Nickelodeon show in the early '90s vs. her on the Tonight Show in 2019

    21. Sara Ramírez was the cashier in You've Got Mail:

    Sara as a cashier in "You've Got Mail" vs. Sara in an interview in 2008

    22. Elijah Wood is credited as "video game boy" in Back to the Future Part II:

    Elijah Wood as a kid in "Back to the Future Part II" vs. him being interviewed by Conan O'Brien in 2020

    23. Simon Helberg was a nerd in A Cinderella Story:

    Simon at the Halloween party in "A Cinderella Story" vs. him in the final episode of "The Big Bang Theory"

    24. Julie Bowen played Virginia in Happy Gilmore:

    Julie Bowen in "Happy Gilmore" vs. as Claire in the final season of "Modern Family"

    25. Don Cheadle was in a single episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:

    Don Cheadle in "Fresh Prince" with his arm around Hilary vs. him at Tony Stark's funeral in "Avengers: Endgame"

    26. Hugh Laurie was actually in Spice World:

    Hugh Laurie with a mustache in "Spice World" vs. him as the Vice President in "Veep"

    27. Laurence Fishburne played a soldier in Apocalypse Now, even though he was only 14 and lied about his age to get the part:

    Laurence Fishburne in "Apocalypse Now" holding a machine gun vs. him being interviewed in 2018

    28. Taran Killam was Frankie Muniz's bully in Big Fat Liar:

    Taran Killam in "Big Fat Liar" vs. him being interviewed by Conan O'Brien in 2017

    29. Michael Cera was in Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's iconic movie called Switching Goals:

    Michael Cera as a kid vs. as an adult in "Molly's Game"

    30. Maggie Wheeler was the camp counselor in The Parent Trap:

    Maggie as the camp counselor in "The Parent Trap" and as Janice in "Friends"

    31. Eric Stonestreet played a hotel receptionist in 10 seconds of Almost Famous:

    Eric Stonestreet as a hotel clerk in "Almost Famous" vs. him in the final episode of "Modern Family"

    32. Johnny Galecki was Rusty in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation:

    Johnny as a kid in "Christmas Vacation" vs. in the last season of "The Big Bang Theory"

    33. Steve Carell played a security guard in the iconic movie Sleepover:

    Steve Carell as the mall cob vs. him being interviewed by Stephen Colbert

    34. Adam Sandler got his start as Smitty on The Cosby Show:

    Sandler in his early 20s on "The Cosby Show" vs. him as an adult on "The Tonight Show"

    35. Katherine Heigl was in Disney's TV movie Wish Upon a Star:

    Katherine Heigl as a teen vs. her as an adult being interviewed

    36. Noel Fisher played the bully in Max Keeble's Big Move:

    Noel Fisher as a kid vs. him as an adult in "Shameless"

    37. Kristen Stewart was an extra in Disney Channel's The Thirteenth Year:

    Kristen Stewart as a kid vs. as an adult in an interview

    38. Joe Manganiello was Peter Parker's bully in the original Spider-Man:

    Joe in a fight with Peter Parker vs. stripping at a gas station in "Magic Mike XXL"

    39. Abigail Breslin was the little girl at the parade in The Princess Diaries 2:

    Abigail as a kind in "Princess Diaries 2" vs as a sorority sister in "Scream Queens"

    40. Mike O'Malley was the host of Nickelodeon's Global Guts:

    Mike hosting "Guts" on Nick in the '90s vs. him as Kurt's dad on "Glee"

    41. Nikki Cox played Eric Matthews' girlfriend in a single episode of Boy Meets World:

    Nikki as a teen on "Boy Meets World" vs. as an adult in a casino on "Las Vegas"

    42. Selena Gomez played a kid for two years on Barney & Friends:

    Selena Gomez on "Barney" as a kid vs. her own cooking show in 2021

    43. Emmy Rossum played Claire in the Disney Channel movie Genius:

    Emmy in "Genius" in the late '90s vs. her as an adult in a talk show

    44. Zac Efron was on the short-lived WB series called Summerland:

    Zac Efron as a young teen vs. him being interviewed in 2019

    45. Angela Bassett was a flight attendant in about two seconds of Kindergarten Cop:

    Angela Bassett as a flight attendant and a cop on TV

    46. And Ryan Reynolds was the love interest in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV movie:

    Ryan Reynold with Sabrina vs. him as an adult being interviewed

    Did we miss your favorite early role of a famous person? Tell us about it in the comments below!