At one point in time, your favorite stars were just struggling actors looking for their big breaks. And many of them kickstarted their acting careers as kids, auditioning for commercials, uncredited roles, and appearing as background extras in various movies. Let’s go through these 6 surprising starting roles of now established actors. These big names are more relatable than you may have thought…
ELIJAH WOOD IN A CHEESE COMMERCIAL
Before he was Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,” a young Elijah Wood was cast in a cheese commercial!
ALEXIS BLEDEL AS AN UNNAMED STUDENT IN RUSHMORE
Alexis is well known for her portrayal of Rory Gilmore in the beloved TVF series “Gilmore Girls.” But before her big break, Alexis starred in the uncredited role of an unnamed student in Wes Anderson’s 1998 movie ‘’Rushmore’’. She can be seen in various scenes including dancing with another character at the end of the film. Watch a scene with here in the video below:
JENNIFER LAWRENCE AS A HIGH SCHOOL MASCOT IN MONK
Today, Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood’s top-earning actresses. But in 2007 her very first role was as a school mascot in “Monk”, a popular detective TV series. Is it just us or crowd cheering and being goofy is a role rather fitting to the charming JLaw?
SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR IN BURGER KING COMMERCIAL
Sarah Michelle Gellar received widespread recognition for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in WB series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, but did you know that at just 4 years old she starred in a Burger King commercial? In fact, the TV spot became quite controversial for the star: in it, her character criticized McDonald’s and claimed to eat only at Burger King. The ad even led to a lawsuit by McDonald’s, naming Gellar and banning her from eating at the food chain; she recalled in a 2004 interview: “I wasn’t allowed to eat there. It was tough because, when you’re a little kid, McDonald’s is where all your friends have their birthday parties, so I missed out on a lot of apple pies.” That didn’t stop her from reaching her goals and dreams in acting though!
KRISTEN STEWART AS “RING TOSS GIRL” IN “THE FLINTSTONES IN VIVA ROCK VEGAS”
Before becoming Bella Swan in the the “Twilight” saga that grossed more than $3.3 billion worldwide, Kristen Stewart’s had a tiny part in “The Flinstones In Viva Rock Vegas” where she appeared for a couple of seconds as a ‘’Ring Toss Girl’’. At least the part was credited.
MILA KUNIS AS 11 YEAR OLD GIA IN THE MOVIE “GIA”
The movie Gia has certainly been an important experience for Angelina Jolie, but just as important it was for Mila Kunis when she played an 11 year old Gia. The resemblance is certainly there and it’s not surprising why Mila was chosen for this gig.
Just like the stars above, your kid could begin their career with an extras job on a hit show or movie found through KidsCasting. Try it out now. With dedication and regular submission to casting calls, your kid WILL land roles.