We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which actors they were surprised to learn they were in ~this~ TV show or movie before they became famous. Here are the wild results.
Austin Butler debuted as an uncredited extra (later called “Zippy Brewster”) on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
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Glen Powell’s first acting credit was as “long-fingered boy” in Spy Kids 3: Game Over.
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Tyler James Williams’ first TV appearance took place sesame street.
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Elisabeth Moss made her big screen debut – opposite Hulk Hogan – as the girl whose cat got stuck in a tree in suburban commando.
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Jason Momoa’s first acting gig was as Jason Loane in 44 episodes of Baywatchfrom season 10.
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Ashley Tisdale played a student in Donnie Darko when she was 16.
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Rainn Wilson played Lahnk in Galactic Questhis very first film.
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Scarlett Johansson played Molly, Alex’s older sister, in home alone 3.
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Cameron Monaghan played a flashing traffic elf and you will miss him in Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause.
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Molly Shannon’s second TV gig was in a few episodes of In living color.
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Octavia Spencer played Cynthia, one of Drew Barrymore’s coworkers, in never been kissed.
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Zac Efron was on the short-lived WB series called Summer country.
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Leonardo DiCaprio was an uncredited extra in Roseaneplaying one of Darlene’s classmates for a single episode.
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Jena Malone played Susan Sarandon’s daughter in the iconic film Stepmother.
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Zachary Quinto played a TV commercial director in an episode of Lizzie McGuire.
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Ryan Gosling’s first two acting credits were in an episode of Are you scared of the dark? (in 1995) and an episode of Goosebumps (in 1996).
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Aubrey Plaza’s TV debut was as an NBC page with a line in 30 Rock.
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Alanna Ubach made her big screen debut as Maria in Sister Act 2: back to normal.
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Kaley Cuoco played Elisa in the Disney Channel movie Alley Cats Strike.
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Kevin McHale was a student at PCA in two episodes of Zoe 101.
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Emmy Rossum played Claire in the Disney Channel movie Genius.
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Ben Affleck played an uncredited basketball player in the buffy the vampire slayer movie.
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Jennifer Lawrence’s first acting role was as the school mascot in an episode of Monk.
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James Marsden was in two episodes of The nanny.
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Jon Huertas played Brad, a witch hunter / Harvey Kinkle’s best friend on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
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Adam Scott played Griff Hawkins, the new kid/bully, in a few episodes of boy meets the world.
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Danielle Fishel played Jennifer P., one of Stephanie Tanner’s classmates, in two episodes of Full house.
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Dianna Agron played a girl who could put her whole fist in her mouth on Drake and Josh.
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Amy Adams was on just one episode of Charm in one of his very first acting credits.
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John Cho played a valet in The Flintstones at Viva Rock Vegas.
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Rachel McAdams played Riley’s sister in a very emotional Disney Channel episode The famous Jett Jackson.
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Kevin Hart played a cameraman in Along Came Polly.
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Jessica Alba was a bully at school The Secret World of Alex Mack.
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Sara Ramírez was the cashier at You’ve got mail.
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Elijah Wood is referred to as “the video game boy” in Back to the future part II.
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Simon Helberg played a nerdy college student who had a crush on Hilary Duff’s character in A Cinderella story.
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Kat Dennings played Claire in the scary Disney Channel movie The Scream Team.
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Don Cheadle was in only one episode of The prince of Bel-Air.
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Maggie Wheeler was a camp counselor — aka Marva Jr. — in The parent trap.
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Hugh Laurie was actually in spice world.
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Julie Bowen played Virginia in Happy Gilmore.
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Laurence Fishburne was 14 when he lied about his age to get the role of a soldier in Revelation now.
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Taran Killam was Frankie Muniz’s bully in Huge liar.
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Kristen Stewart was extra for 0.3 seconds in Disney Channel The thirteenth year.
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Michael Cera was in the iconic film by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Change of objectives.
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Eric Stonestreet played a hotel receptionist in 10 Seconds of almost known.
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Steve Carell played a security guard in the super underrated movie Sleepover.
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Abigail Breslin was the little girl in the parade of The Princess Diaries 2.
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Noel Fisher played the tyrant in Max Keeble’s big hit.
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Joe Manganiello Was Peter Parker’s Bully In The Original Spider Man.
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Angela Bassett was a flight attendant in about two seconds from kindergarten cop.
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Mike O’Malley was host of Nickelodeon Global Guts.
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Selena Gomez played a child for two years Barney and his friends.
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Kate Berlant had a line as ‘student No. 2’ in her first ever acting gig Lizzie McGuire.
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Ryan Reynolds was the lover of the Sabrina the Teenage Witch tv movie.
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Katherine Heigl was in the Disney TV movie wish on a star.
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And Adam Sandler made his debut as Smitty on The Cosby Show.
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