10 Celebs Who Appeared in Music Videos Before They Were Famous

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We see celebrities as these perfect specimens who appear out of thin air onto our television screens. What we don’t realize is that each and every person you have ever watched on television has a story about how they got there. When you hit a certain level of fame, people forget that you once worked smaller scale jobs.

For actors and singers, the best job you can get is working on the set of a music video. This allows you to not only see the entire process first hand, but it allows you to be surrounded by people who can potentially help your career. Appearing in a music video can give you enough exposure to change your life.

The following ten celebrities have all left their mark in show business for various reasons; some are comedians while others are Academy Award-winning actors. What they all have in common is that they all appeared in music videos before they reached their peak of fame. This list goes to show you that hard work, perseverance and dedication really do pay off.

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10 Jennifer Lopez  - "That's The Way Love Goes" (Janet Jackson)

Jennifer Lopez is a woman who has done it all. She is a singer, dancer, actress and mother. Jennifer Lopez has dedicated fans throughout the world and pretty much everyone knows who she is. However, what many of you don’t know is that before J-Lo became a worldwide sensation, she appeared on screen in a music video for Janet Jackson. Her incredible dancing and undeniable good looks allowed her to stand out in the video. Watching this video makes you realize why Jennifer Lopez became the international superstar she is today. She definitely stands out even though she is not the center of attention in the music video; even then, her superstar energy was shining through.

9 Katy Perry - "Cupid's Chokehold" (Gym Class Heroes)

Before Katy Perry “kissed a girl” and became a household name, she was a young girl trying to break into show business. At the time, she was dating Travis McCoy from the band Gym Class Heroes. McCoy hired her to star as the “girl” in the video for “Cupid’s Chokehold.” In the video, Perry is adorably charming and is definitely the best part of the music video. Since then Perry has made a name for herself and has found more success than her ex McCoy. Katy Perry is the definition of a superstar and not many know that she appeared in this music video! Check it out, it's totally worth it.

8 Kesha - "I Kissed A Girl" (Katy Perry) 

Kesha appeared in both music videos and reality television shows before she was discovered. Kesha appeared on The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. A few years later, she appeared on screen again, this time in Katy Perry’s music video for “I Kissed a Girl.” Kesha is now known for her strong vocal skills and unique style, yet she is one of those celebrities that people don’t really know much about. Not only is she highly intelligent, but she has always been a hard worker who had her eyes set on her dreams which were fulfilled the day she released her first single.

7 Zooey Deschanel - "She's Got Issues" (The Offspring)

Zooey Deschanel is best known for her role on the hit television series New Girl where she plays the quirky and adorable Jess. Before her role on New Girl, Deschanel appeared in the movie Elf with Will Ferrell. However, that was not her first big appearance on screen. Before all of this, Zooey played an adorable character in The Offspring's video for the song “She’s Got Issues.” Her innocent, big blue eyes are not only captivating but also mesmerizing. Many people fell in love with her in this music video but it was not until she appeared in Elf that people began truly paying attention to her.

6 Eva Mendes - "Hole in My Soul" (Aerosmith)

Eva Mendes is stunning, talented and has a child with Ryan Gosling. Mendes worked hard to get where she is; born and raised in Miami Florida she always had her sights set on fame. The legendary rock band Aerosmith recognized her talent and had her star in their video for “Hole in My Soul.” If you watch the video, there is no denying how much the camera loves Mendes. After this role, she began booking more gigs and eventually starred in hit movies like Hitch and Training Day. Eva Mendes has worked hard to get where she is today and I am sure when she filmed this video, she had no idea where her life would be leading her.

5 Sean William Scott - "Hole in My Soul" (Aerosmith)

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Sean William Scott is a hilarious and charming actor who is best known for his iconic role as Stifler in the American Pie series. After the first American Pie came out, everyone began to take notice of William Scott. What many don’t know is that Sean William Scott actually starred alongside Eva Medes in Aerosmith’s video for “Hole in My Soul.” The pair has incredible chemistry and together they showed their individual talents. Both Sean and Eva found great success after this music video and I am sure it is a part of their career they won't ever forget.

4 Matthew McConaughey - "Walkaway Joe" (Trisha Yearwood)

This heartthrob first appeared on screen in 1992 when he starred in Trisha Yearwood’s video for “Walkaway Joe.” McConaughey starred as the main character in this video and he most definitely stole the show. There is no denying McConaughey’s talent or good looks. The world began to fall in love with him after this music video, and they have not stopped since. McConaughey has earned a lot of praise for his acting chops and even earned himself an Academy Award. He has definitely come a long way since appearing in this video in the early nineties.

3 Zach Galifianakis  - "Not About Love" (Fiona Apple)

Zach Galifianakis is by far one of the funniest people in show business. He has played a number of hilarious roles in films like The Hangover series, as well as Due Date, The Campaign and even Birdman. Zach Galifianakis has made his fans laugh on numerous occasions, not only in his films but in his interviews as well; he is always in character. That's why seeing him in Fiona Apple’s music video for “Not About Love” was amazing. This video shows an entirely new side of Galifianakis, where he plays the “sensitive lover” of the video.

2 Channing Tatum - "She Bangs" (Ricky Martin)

There is no denying the amount of sex appeal that oozes out of Mr. Channing Tatum. He is an actor, comedian, dancer, husband and father and he has women all around the world going crazy over him. In 2002, before Channing Tatum became one of the sexiest men in Hollywood, he was paid $400 to dance in Ricky Martin's “She Bangs” video. This video helped jumpstart his career as a dancer, which opened doors for him as an actor. After watching the video, I realized why he was cast in Magic Mike. He is sexy, sultry and he definitely knows how to move.

1 Angelina Jolie - "Rock N' Roll Dreams Come Through" (Meat Loaf)

Angelina Jolie is Hollywood royalty. She has appeared in countless films including Girl Interrupted, which won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1999. Angelina Jolie is also married to Brad Pitt, making them by far one of Hollywood’s most influential couples. Many people know a lot about Brad and Angelina, however what many people don’t know is that before Jolie became a household name, she appeared in a music video. In 1993, Jolie starred in the video “Rock N’ Roll Dreams Come Through” by Meat Loaf and she is just as beautiful in the video as you would think.

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