8 Celebrities Who Have Explored Both Singing And Acting
The idea of a triple threat has long been celebrated in the entertainment industry. A triple threat is someone who is talented in three distinct areas. In the entertainment industry, these areas usually relate to singing, dancing, and acting. When an actor or a singer gets into the business, he gets the freedom to explore his other talents if he achieves a certain level of success.
However, there has long been a stigma against actors trying to start a music career. They are generally not taken seriously and do not perform very well. Despite this, there are also a few who have made it work. There are also artists who were not established actors before becoming singers who have achieved significant success in music. Some even started as dancers, but worked their way to successful acting and singing careers.
Here’s a look at the celebrities who’ve explored both music and movies, with varying degrees of success.
8/8 Lady Gaga
While Lady Gaga is known for her music career, many people forget that she started acting before pursuing a singing career. Gaga was very involved in theater at her school when she was growing up. She passed several auditions and even had portraits done when she was in high school. Gaga landed a small role in an episode of the popular HBO series The Sopranos. Many years after her singing career took off, Gaga landed her first starring role in a film directed by Bradley Cooper. A star is born.
7/8 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez started as a dancer in New York. The future pop sensation danced in various music videos before landing a spot on In living color. Her experience as one of the Fly Girls gave Lopez the acting bug, leading her to pursue an acting career. Lopez eventually landed small roles in TV shows and movies. Her big break came when she starred in the biopic Selena. Soon after, Lopez signed a deal with Epic Records and made her debut album. Her stardom exploded once her music career started and she became the icon we know today.
6/8 Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan’s acting career is extremely nostalgic for people growing up in the 2000s. Her feature debut, The parent trap, put it on the map. This led to classics like terrible friday, mean girlsand Herbie: fully charged. What people from this era might also remember is that Lohan released two albums during the height of his movie star powers. She almost made a deal with Emilio Estefan, but it didn’t work out. Lohan then signed a deal with Tommy Mottola and released his debut album. Talk in 2004. Lohan followed that up with A little more personal (raw) in 2005. Most recently, Lohan covered “Jingle Bell Rock” for her Netflix movie, Fall for Christmas.
5/8 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is known for her incredible voice. She has sold millions of records and performed for fans around the world. However, her debut actually came as an actress on the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious. Her role on the show led to a spin-off series sam and cat with Jennette McCurdy. Grande released her debut album in 2013 and her successful music career took off. Grande stayed away from the acting world until very recently. Grande is currently working on the next film adaptation of the musical Nasty. She will play the role of Galinda, or Glinda the Good Witch.
4/8 Hilary Duf
Disney has produced a legion of young, multi-talented stars. These stars can act, sing and dance. Hilary Duff is one of those very talented stars. The young actress made a name for herself on the hit Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire. Duff began her singing career while she was still on the show. Her first album was a Christmas album, released in 2002. She continued to release music and earned hit singles such as “So Yesterday”, “Why Not” and a cover of “Our Lips Are Sealed” with his sister Haylie. She also continued to make films, including Cheaper by the dozen, A Cinderella storyand The perfect man.
3/8 Jared Leto
Jared Leto started his career as an actor in the series my so called life in 1994. It was in 1998 that he formed the group Thirty Seconds To Mars with his brother Shannon. Leto has appeared in several movies over the years. These films include Chapter 27, fight cluband Guucci’s House. Leto received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto’s musical career has also seen success. The band’s album A beautiful lie helped propel them into the public eye and garner more attention.
2/8 Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson grew up in the shadow of her famous family, including her brother Michael. She would later grow beyond that shadow and make a name for herself in music. Before that, however, she started acting in sitcoms as a child. Her first role was in the hit series Good time. She later appeared in Different strokes and Notoriety. Jackson’s Third Album Control became his decisive success. Despite her successful music career, Jackson still found time to act. His first feature film, poetic justicecame in 1993. She also starred in the sequel to The mad professor alongside Eddie Murphy.
1/8 Eddie Murphy
Most people know Eddie Murphy as a brilliant comedian and actor. Murphy first made a name for himself as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He also had outrageous stand-up routines, captured in the specials Delusional and Raw. He became an actor, starring in films such as Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to Americaand The mad professor. His musical career began with the single “Party All the Time” in 1985. In 1993 he also gained attention when he released the song “Whatzupwitu”, a duet with Michael Jackson.