Many of today’s fan-favorite actors were already releasing tunes long before or while they were trying to make their big break in the acting world. And yes, some of the big names in today’s entertainment world are triple threats like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Will Smith. Fans likely still have their tunes as regulars on their Spotify playlists while counting down the days until their next big movie.
But with some of today’s performers putting all the skills into Juilliard’s playbook, fans have probably forgotten that these actors and actresses first burst onto the entertainment scene with their vocal chops instead of take a bus directly to Hollywood.
8/8 Mark Wahlberg was in a boy band as a teenager
He may not sing in his films, but yes, it’s true. Mr. Boogie Nights himself began testing the boy band waters at the ripe old age of 13! I heard about the 90s boy band wonder NKOTBWhere New Kids On The Block? Even the biggest Wahlberg fans can say “uh, what?” But just FYI, in the late 80s and early 90s they were an undeniable pop sensation!
Mark Wahlberg’s brother, Donnie Wahlberg, was a founding member of the band, and they went on to conquer the charts. NKOTB rolled chart after chart selling 80 million album copies worldwide. Unfortunately for Mark though, he didn’t get around to seeing much of that huge success. He only had a brief stint as a member of the band in 1984, but looking back, saying goodbye wasn’t that hard for either party.
The actor then formed his own hip hop group in 1990 named Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch giving him his iconic nickname. His hip hop group was also a huge hit. their song good vibes peaked at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Billboard, and thus, the 90s Marky Mark was born.
7/8 Lucy Hale was on a reality TV show
Long before Lucy Hale had her breakout role on the small screen with the hit TV show Pretty little Liarsthe actress used to sing tunes on Foxit is reality TV-show American juniors. The young starlet ended up finishing her run on the show in fourth place, but then formed a group with some of her other on-screen contestants on the show.
Although the band disbanded shortly after the release of their debut album, and despite Hale now being a bona fide star, the actress still reminds herself and her fans that music remains. a real passion for her.
In an interview with Time magazine, she went on to detail how she first moved to Los Angeles to become a singer. She expressed her dedication to music saying, “Music is me. These are my stories. I don’t hide behind anything. With the game, obviously, it’s not Lucy, it’s a character. .”
6/8 Maya Rudolph used to sing
fans of Saturday Night Live to know and love Maya Rudolph as generally one of the funniest women in show business. However, few of her adoring fans know that she was a backing vocalist and band keyboardist before her days at SNL even started. In the 90s, the comedian was part of a group called Rentals. Maya Rudolph later said that she wasn’t as comfortable with music as she was with acting, which is why she decided to fully pursue her chops instead. Fun fact: Maya’s mom was iconic singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton.
5/8 Keanu Reeves plays bass
He might have been every kid’s idol of the 90s, but who knew Keanu Reeves could sing, right? Reeves joins this list of actors everyone forgot were musicians with bass skills for the books. His rock band Dogstar, obviously a creation of the 90s, were active until the early 2000s with Reeves himself as bassist and backing vocalist. As much as fans wish a band named Dogstar would still exist, Keanu’s followers are likely just as pleased when they rewatch his most iconic performances on film. The group disbanded in 2002 mainly because Reeves wanted time to focus on his acting career.
4/8 Leighton Meester released an entire album
This Gossip Girl The star released her own debut album in 2014, but it wasn’t her first attempt at music. In 2009, Meester featured on a song called “Good Girls Go Bad” before releasing her debut single and EP titled “Love is a Drug” in 2011. The actress/singer also sang a few tunes on the musical drama. strong country.
3/8 Idris Elba releases fire mixes
Elba is not only a mega star today and possibly our new James Bond, but he also dominated as a fire DJ! He started turning records and appearing in music videos like Fat Joe as early as 2002. At the time, Elba had yet to burst onto the big screen. He did, however, get his time in the spotlight with a few minor roles on TV shows such as Criminal minds.
2/8 Russel Crowe was in a rock band
Being an actor who played a gladiator and having a band called “Roman Antix” is never too far for someone like Russel Crowe! The veteran actor with 2 Oscars under his belt and many other accolades had a rock band in the early ’80s, and fans loved every minute of it.
1/8 Brie Larson sang on the Barbie movie soundtrack
Ms. Marvel herself released her own EP in 2005 titled Finally off PE! As if we needed more proof that she does indeed have show biz superpowers, Larson wrote her music herself. In an interview with Vulture the actress shared why she named her debut EP that way, saying, “My PE teacher didn’t like me at all, which was hard to deal with because I was usually a pet for kids. teachers. So when I found out I had my record deal, I was like, “Yeah, I’m finally out of PE”
Another fun fact, no one would probably have guessed that the actress sang on the soundtrack of Barbie and the magic pegasus, right? Well, I guess they’ll just have to see it to believe it.