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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"
    Pandora Cinema/ Disney Channel

    Suggested by hopestyles

    What you know her from: The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, the High School Musical series, and Merry Happy Whatever

    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
    Hughes Entertainment / Marvel

    Suggested by Shubham Deo Pujan, Facebook

    What you know her fromJojo Rabbit, the Avengers series, Lost in Translation, and Marriage Story

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

    Octavia in "Spider-Man" and accepting her Oscar
    Sony / ABC

    Suggested by siverth

    What you know her from: Hidden Figures, Fruitvale Station, The Help, and The Shape of Water

    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

    Suggested by jordans431

    What you know him from: Titanic, The Revenant, The Great Gatsby, and Inception

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

    Zachary Quinto on "Lizzie McGuire" vs. being interviewed in 2020
    Disney Channel / NBC

    Suggested by brieannad

    Where you know him from: Heroes, the Star Trek series, American Horror Story, and The Boys in the Band

    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
    Fox Kids / Summit Entertainment

    Suggested by wtfxalicia

    What you know him from: La La Land, Half Nelson, The Notebook, Drive, and Blue Valentine

    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"
    NBC / Hulu

    Suggested by notetonotehourtohour

    What you know her from: Parks and Rec, Happiest Season, Ingrid Goes West, and The To Do List

    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
    Disney Channel / HBO Max

    Suggested by spenceralthouse

    What you know her from: 8 Simple Rules, The Flight Attendant, and The Big Bang Theory

    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
    Nickelodeon / @kevinmchale /

    Suggested by goodgurl

    Where you know him from: Glee, The Office, and The X Factor: Celebrity

    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
    20th Century Fox

    Suggested by sineadf4

    What you know him from: Gone Girl, Argo, Good Will Hunting, and The Town

    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
    USA Network / CBS

    Suggested by alixlund

    Where you know her from: Joy, the Hunger Games series, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle

    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

    Suggested by rachelc43

    What you know him from: 30 Rock, the X-Men series, Westworld, and Hairspray

    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"
    The WB / NBC

    Suggested by sarahwainschel

    What you know him from: This Is Us and Castle

    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"
    ABC / NBC

    Suggested by fredzesty

    What you know him from: Parks and Rec, Big Little Lies, and Party Down

    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"
    Nickelodeon / Fox

    Suggested by dawnraenicolec

    What you know her from: Glee, I Am Number Four, and The Family

    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"
    The WB / NBC

    Suggested by nerinarciso

    What you know her from: Enchanted, Sharp Objects, Arrival, and Doubt

    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
    Universal Pictures / ABC

    Suggested by seansean3769

    What you know him fromSearching, the Star Trek series, Harold and Kumar, and Selfie

    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"
    Disney Channel / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Suggested by laurengarafano

    What you know her from: Game Night, Mean Girls, Red Eye, The Notebook, and Spotlight

    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
    Universal Pictures / NBC

    Suggested by acole3077

    What you know him fromJumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ride Along, Central Intelligence, and Get Hard

    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
    Nickelodeon / NBC

    Suggested by dougfancy101

    What you know her fromNever Been Kissed, the Fantastic Four series, and Sin City

    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
    Warner Bros. Pictures / People /

    Suggested by adityaaswaminathan

    What you know them fromGrey's Anatomy, Sofia the First, and Madam Secretary

    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
    Amblin Entertainment / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Suggested by cinnamonrolls

    What you know him fromWilfred, the Lord of the Rings series, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over

    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"
    Warner Bros. Pictures / CBS

    Suggested by amberb4c

    What you know him from: The Big Bang TheoryFlorence Foster Jenkins, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

    24. Julie Bowen played Virginia in Happy Gilmore:

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

    Suggested by annf42805

    What you know her from: Modern Family, Horrible Bosses, Boston Legal, and Hubie Halloween

    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"
    NBC / Marvel

    Suggested by hasenaa

    What you know him from: Hotel Rwanda, the Avengers series, House of Lies, and Crash

    26. Hugh Laurie was actually in Spice World:

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

    Suggested by innaa4e7

    What you know him from: House, Veep, and Stuart Little

    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
    United Artists / Columbia Pictures

    Suggested by Kathy Balis, Facebook

    What you know him from: Black-ish, the Matrix series, What's Love Got to Do With It, and 21

    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
    Universal Pictures / TBS

    Suggested by chrisa443

    What you know him from: Saturday Night Live, 12 Years a Slave, and Stuck in the Suburbs

    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"
    Dualstar / STXfilms

    Suggested by annakopsky

    What you know him from: Molly's Game, Superbad, Juno, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    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"
    Disney / NBC

    Suggested by annee4b1c

    What you know her from: Friends, Archer, and Everybody Loves Raymond

    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"
    DreamWorks Pictures / ABC

    Suggested by spenceralthouse

    What you know him from: Modern Family, American Horror Story, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    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"
    John Hughes Entertainment / CBS

    Suggested by lino2939

    What you know him from: The Big Bang Theory, Roseanne, and The Conners

    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
    MGM / CBS

    Suggested by emilyk4723

    What you know him from: The Office, Foxcatcher, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Big Short

    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"

    Suggested by jessiep4a1

    What you know him fromClick, Saturday Night Live, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, and Uncut Gems

    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
    Disney /

    Suggested by sac9488

    What you know her fromGrey's Anatomy, 27 Dresses, Knocked Up, and Life as We Know It

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

    Noel Fisher as a kid vs. him as an adult in "Shameless"
    Walt Disney Pictures / Showtime

    Suggested by casbag

    What you know him fromShameless, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

    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
    Disney Channel / Sony Pictures Releasing

    Suggested by abbyv40

    What you know her from: Happiest Season, the Twilight series, Still Alice, and Into the Wild

    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"
    Sony Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Suggested by amandat4

    What you know him from: True Blood, the Magic Mike series, One Tree Hill, and How I Met Your Mother

    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"
    Walt Disney Pictures / Fox

    Suggested by Kirsty L. Powell, Facebook

    What you know her from: Little Miss Sunshine, Scream Queens, New Year's Eve, and My Sister's Keeper

    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"
    Nickelodeon / Fox

    Suggested by spenceralthouse

    What you know him fromGlee, The Good Place, and Yes, Dear

    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"
    ABC / NBC

    Suggested by tessafahey

    Where you know her from: Las Vegas, Baywatch, General Hospital, and Unhappily Ever After

    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
    PBS / HBO Max

    Suggested by dkman

    Where you know her fromWizards of Waverly Place, The Fundamentals of Caring, Spring Breakers, and The Dead Don't Die

    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
    Disney Channel / CBS

    Suggested by spenceralthouse

    Where you know her from: ShamelessThe Phantom of the Opera, Poseidon, and The Day After Tomorrow

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

    Zac Efron as a young teen vs. him being interviewed in 2019
    The WB / ABC

    Suggested by jbmasta

    Where you know him fromThe Greatest Showman, the High School Musical series, Hairspray, Baywatch, and 17 Again

    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
    Universal Pictures / Fox

    Suggested by Allyson Guy, Facebook

    What you know her from: What's Love Got to Do With It, 9-1-1, Black Panther, and the Mission: Impossible series

    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
    Showtime / NBC

    Suggested by j4aca54

    What you know him fromGreen Lantern, the Deadpool series, The Proposal, and Buried

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