TV and Movies·Posted on Jul 1, 202146 Surprising Celebrity Acting Roles From Waaayyyyy Before They Were FamousI will never see these TV shows and movies the same way again.by Spencer AlthouseBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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: Pandora Cinema/ Disney Channel Suggested by hopestylesWhat 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: Hughes Entertainment / Marvel Suggested by Shubham Deo Pujan, FacebookWhat you know her from: Jojo 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: Sony / ABC Suggested by siverthWhat 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: ABC Suggested by jordans431What 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: Disney Channel / NBC Suggested by brieannadWhere 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: Fox Kids / Summit Entertainment Suggested by wtfxaliciaWhat 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: 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: Disney Channel / HBO Max Suggested by spenceralthouseWhat 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: Nickelodeon / @kevinmchale / instagram.com Suggested by goodgurlWhere 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: 20th Century Fox Suggested by sineadf4What 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: USA Network / CBS Suggested by alixlundWhere 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: CBS Suggested by rachelc43What 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: The WB / NBC Suggested by sarahwainschelWhat 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: ABC / NBC Suggested by fredzestyWhat 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: Nickelodeon / Fox Suggested by dawnraenicolecWhat 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: The WB / NBC Suggested by nerinarcisoWhat you know her from: Enchanted, Sharp Objects, Arrival, and Doubt 17. John Cho played a parking valet in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas: Universal Pictures / ABC Suggested by seansean3769What you know him from: Searching, 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: Disney Channel / Warner Bros. Pictures Suggested by laurengarafanoWhat you know her from: Game Night, Mean Girls, Red Eye, The Notebook, and Spotlight 19. Kevin Hart played a cameraman in Along Came Polly: Universal Pictures / NBC Suggested by acole3077What you know him from: Jumanji: 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: Nickelodeon / NBC Suggested by dougfancy101What you know her from: Never Been Kissed, the Fantastic Four series, and Sin City 21. Sara Ramírez was the cashier in You've Got Mail: Warner Bros. Pictures / People / youtube.com Suggested by adityaaswaminathanWhat you know them from: Grey's Anatomy, Sofia the First, and Madam Secretary 22. Elijah Wood is credited as "video game boy" in Back to the Future Part II: Amblin Entertainment / Warner Bros. Pictures Suggested by cinnamonrollsWhat you know him from: Wilfred, 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: Warner Bros. Pictures / CBS Suggested by amberb4cWhat you know him from: The Big Bang Theory, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 24. Julie Bowen played Virginia in Happy Gilmore: Happy Madison Productions / ABC Suggested by annf42805What 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: NBC / Marvel Suggested by hasenaaWhat you know him from: Hotel Rwanda, the Avengers series, House of Lies, and Crash 26. Hugh Laurie was actually in Spice World: Columbia Pictures / HBO Suggested by innaa4e7What 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: United Artists / Columbia Pictures Suggested by Kathy Balis, FacebookWhat 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: Universal Pictures / TBS Suggested by chrisa443What 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: Dualstar / STXfilms Suggested by annakopskyWhat 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: Disney / NBC Suggested by annee4b1cWhat you know her from: Friends, Archer, and Everybody Loves Raymond 31. Eric Stonestreet played a hotel receptionist in 10 seconds of Almost Famous: DreamWorks Pictures / ABC Suggested by spenceralthouseWhat 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: John Hughes Entertainment / CBS Suggested by lino2939What you know him from: The Big Bang Theory, Roseanne, and The Conners 33. Steve Carell played a security guard in the iconic movie Sleepover: MGM / CBS Suggested by emilyk4723What 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: NBC Suggested by jessiep4a1What you know him from: Click, Saturday Night Live, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, and Uncut Gems 35. Katherine Heigl was in Disney's TV movie Wish Upon a Star: Disney / youtube.com Suggested by sac9488What you know her from: Grey's Anatomy, 27 Dresses, Knocked Up, and Life as We Know It 36. Noel Fisher played the bully in Max Keeble's Big Move: Walt Disney Pictures / Showtime Suggested by casbagWhat you know him from: Shameless, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 37. Kristen Stewart was an extra in Disney Channel's The Thirteenth Year: Disney Channel / Sony Pictures Releasing Suggested by abbyv40What 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: Sony Pictures / Warner Bros. Pictures Suggested by amandat4What 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: Walt Disney Pictures / Fox Suggested by Kirsty L. Powell, FacebookWhat 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: Nickelodeon / Fox Suggested by spenceralthouseWhat you know him from: Glee, The Good Place, and Yes, Dear 41. Nikki Cox played Eric Matthews' girlfriend in a single episode of Boy Meets World: ABC / NBC Suggested by tessafaheyWhere 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: PBS / HBO Max Suggested by dkmanWhere you know her from: Wizards 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: Disney Channel / CBS Suggested by spenceralthouseWhere you know her from: Shameless, The Phantom of the Opera, Poseidon, and The Day After Tomorrow 44. Zac Efron was on the short-lived WB series called Summerland: The WB / ABC Suggested by jbmastaWhere you know him from: The 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: Universal Pictures / Fox Suggested by Allyson Guy, FacebookWhat 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: Showtime / NBC Suggested by j4aca54What you know him from: Green Lantern, the Deadpool series, The Proposal, and Buried Did we miss your favorite early role of a famous person? Tell us about it in the comments below!