While it’s true to say that a lot of budding superstars are taught to sing and act from a young age, not many of them can honestly claim they’ve succeeded in both industries. However, a select few have gained fame, critical appraisal and a lot of extra money (like they need it!) for reaching the top of the charts with their music as well as breaking box office records with their acting prowess. Take a read of our top five A-Listers who we think have most successfully worked their way to the top, both with singing and acting!
1. Jennifer Lopez
Famous for songs such as Jenny From The Block and On The Floor, it may come as a surprise to learn that J-Lo first appeared on the big screen back in 1986, as a character called Myra in My Little Girl. In fact, she didn’t launch her music career until 1999 and while garnering up support for herself in that industry, she continued to pursue her acting dreams, appearing in films such as The Wedding Planner (2001) and Maid In Manhattan (2002). The most successful film that she was credited for was Ice Age: Continental Drift, in which she voiced Shira.
2. Justin Timberlake
As one of the globe’s biggest popstars, JT has had a bigger career in music than most ever get a glimpse of. After parting ways with the band of his teenage years, *NSYNC, Justin went onto release four successful solo albums and recently completed The 20/20 Experience World Tour which spanned 14 months, raking in a revenue just short of $220 million. However, during a music hiatus from 2007 – 2012, Justin appeared in films such as The Social Network (2010) and Friends With Benefits (2011). Despite high appraisal for his acting efforts, we definitely like the musical Justin more and can’t wait to hear what his new material sounds like when he gets back in the studio!
Most people can easily recall a Rihanna tune when quizzed on the pop star but what you may not know is that the Barbadian singer has also been partaking in an acting career since 2006, when she featured in Bring It On: All Or Nothing. Since scoring hits with songs such as Umbrella and Don’t Stop The Music, Rihanna has appeared in six films, most notably Battleship in 2012. Recently, she made a cameo appearance in Annie (2014) and is also on the voice cast for Home, due for release this March. While we think it’s brilliant that Rihanna has become accustomed to the silver screen, hopefully she will return to music soon – her last album Unapologetic was released more than two years ago.
While technically comedians rather than actors, the Australian boys have grown an incredible fanbase since providing the online community with prank videos, skits and mockumentaries. Despite claiming they had no singing ability, the boys then bizarrely put out five singles and have completed a tour titled #NotABoyband, something that undoubtedly carries a great sense of irony… In any case, demand for the Janoskian boys is still strong, with Lionsgate announcing in May 2014 that they had already planned a feature film based around the group. Given that they used heavy autotune in their ‘music’ career, we definitely think Beau, Jai, Luke, James and Daniel should stick to their comedic ways!
5. Zooey Deschanel
L.A.-born Zooey may be well-renowned for her roles in films such as The Good Girl (2002) and (500) Days Of Summer (2009) but it is partly due to her musical abilities that she has become so famous. The talented singer-songwriter can play the keyboard, ukulele and banjo, and has performed in a jazz cabaret band as well as being one half of indie duo, She & Him. Showing she’s a dab hand at both music and acting, she not only appeared in festive favourite Elf (2003) but also performed Baby, It’s Cold Outside alongside Leon Redbone for the film’s soundtrack. It seems she is able to intertwine both professions, something very few stars are able to do, but who said being the exception to the rule was ever a bad thing?
There you have it – five celebrities who have all managed to stamp their mark on the worlds of music and acting. Do you have a favourite?