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Actors Who Killed It On Their First Acting Gigs

Imagine walking into a job interview for the job you’ve always dreamed of, and being so nervous you can’t even contain yourself. Surely, some have seized the moment, while others have failed under pressure.

For an actor, the perfect role can be so few and far between that they only get one chance to truly show their worth. Not only do they need the right agency, timing, and all that other stuff, but bombing isn’t forgivable when high-class filmmakers and producers have hundreds of other hopefuls banging on their doors.

One doesn’t usually acquire success and fame overnight, but for a select few of Hollywood’s A-list superstars, that rule wasn’t exactly in effect. There are a group of actors that caught their big break in the very first role they earned, and since then, have built monumental careers for themselves.

Here are some familiar faces that completely stole the show in their first acting gig:

Jennifer Lawrence
Lawrence first appeared on TBS comedy The Bill Engvall Show
She was 17 at the time and showed mega-potential
Now she’s a highly sought A-LIST talent

Josh Brolin
The epic adventure The Goonies made Josh Brolin an overnight success
The Goonies became a much loved cult classic

Natalie Portman
Portman captivated in her role as an orphan assassin in Leon: The Professional
She was 12 at the time

Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman acted in theatre and television in the UK
America got its first taste of his villainy in Die Hard

Lindsay Lohan
Li-Lo remains one of Hollywood’s most memorable child actors
The Parent Trap is still loved to this day

Anna Paquin
True Blood star Anna Paquin got her big break in The Piano
Her first outing won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress

Kate Beckinsale
Beckinsale first appeared on film in Much Ado About Nothing
America soon became obsessed with the gorgeous actress

Carey Mulligan
Mulligan as Kitty in the film Pride and Prejudice gave her career a kickstart
Although the role was small, it put her on the map