Famous Musicians Who Went On To Make It Big As Hollywood Actors

You probably have seen them as Hollywood stars recently, but they started their career in music first proving they are very talented

By Ingrid Mateos

- June 11 , 2022 - 18:43 hs
Musicians Who Went On To Make It Big As Actors

Musicians Who Went On To Make It Big As Actors (AFP, Amazon Studios, STX Films)

Lady Gaga

Stefani Germanotta better known as Lady Gaga is well known by everyone not only for her music and her fashion sense but also because she has been successfully working as an actress and more recently, earning a lot of recognition for her role as Patrizia Ragianni in 'House of Gucci'.

Gaga has appeared in four movies. In Machete Kills as La Chameleon, while in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For she made a cameo. However, her biggest roles came with 'A Star Is Born' where she played Ally Maine, earning an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and a BAFTA nom in the same category.


Later, with House of Gucci, she was awarded the Capri Hollywood International Film Festival and New York Film Critics Circle, but also received a bunch of nominations for her performance.

Harry Styles

Who would have thought that an X-Factor competitor would go so far? Harry Styles started to be known thanks to the reality music competition and later became a member of One Direction. Then, he continued his career as a solo artist but chances were given when he appeared in his first film.


His first credit in a movie was in Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. At the time it was proven that Styles had acting talent since Nolan cast him without knowing who he was. “I don’t think I was that aware really of how famous Harry was. I mean, my daughter had talked about him. My kids talked about him, but I wasn’t really that aware of it. So the truth is, I cast Harry because he fit the part wonderfully and truly earned a seat at the table.”

Fortunately for everyone, Harry is not stopping there. We already saw him in a post-credit scene in Eternals as Eros, but also has two other movies, Don't Worry Darling where he stars alongside Florence Pugh, and 'My Policeman'.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is one of the few stars that started their path into music and acting at the same time. In 2007 she landed her first leading role in the movie Selena, becoming the first Latina to earn a million dollars for a film.


Because in the film she portrayed the famous Tex-Mex singer Selena Quintanilla, Jennifer Lopez knew she could be a singer too and went on to release her first album in 1999. Currently, she has 8 albums and around 30 films.

Will Smith

More recently, Will Smith earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of Richard Willims, the father of Venus and Serena Williams in 'King Richard.' Despite he started as an actor in the famous series 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' he later went on to start his music career as a rapper.

He has four albums under his name, Big Willie Style in 1997, Willenium in 1999, Born To Reign in 2002, and the last one Lost and Found in 2005. Smith's debut solo album Big Willie Style reached the top ten of the US Billboard 200 and was certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The single from the album, "Gettin' Jiggy wit It", became Smith's first Billboard Hot 100 number one when it was released in 1998.

Unfortunately, it appears that Will Smith has left music behind since it does not look like he is working on something at the moment.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson rose to fame in 2004 as a finalist on the third season of American Idol, While she started as a singer, she later went to star in her breakthrough role in Dreamgirls for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the youngest African-American to win in a competitive acting category.


Hudson has a total of four albums and has several acting credits in films such as Cats, Monster, Sing, and more recently, in Respect where she portrayed Aretha Frankling earning a lot of honorific mentions.


Rihanna's first role as an actress was linked to music, but it did not stop her there. Rihanna first appeared in 2006’s Bring It On: All or Nothing but later her film credits expanded and continued as an actress.

She played Cora Raikes in 2012’s Battleship, a “Moon Goddess” in 2014’s Annie, Marion Crane in the Bates Motel series, a singer in 2017’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and a hacker named Nine Ball in 2018’s Ocean’s Eight.

Ocean's Eight

However, Rihanna is most known as a singer since her debut album in 2005. Having in total eight albums, her last one was released in 2016, Anti, making fans wait long for the ninth one. Among Riri's hits, we can mention "SOS," "Umbrella," "Rude Boy," "S&M," and "Work."

Justin Timberlake

Britney Spears' ex Justin Timberlake started his career on The Mickey Mouse Club, however, he raised to fame with the pop band NSYNC. In 1997. Later, in 2002 he started his solo career and released four albums.

Some of his hits include SexyBack, Cry Me A River, and Can't Stop the Feeling! Later he also starred in movies such as Alpha Dog, The Social Network, Bad Teacher, and "Friends With Benefits but it has been a long time since fans saw him working on music or films.

Queen Latifah

Quen Latifah started her music career back in 1989 when releasing her first album 'All Hail The Queen'. However, her opportunity to become an actress quickly came years later in 1991 when she appeared in the sitcom living single from 1993 to 1998.

Amid those years, she released another album, 'Black Reign' for which she became the first album by a solo female rapper to receive a RIAA certification, In total, Latifah has seven albums and has appeared in more than 50 films. The most known ones include Hustle, Bessie, Ice Age, Hairspray, and Chicago.

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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