Not only is it every fan’s dream to be in the music video for their favorite band or artist, but it’s also where many aspiring actors get their first gig. Whether they are chosen for their beauty or they meet the whole vibe of the video, it is quite common that many models, actors and actresses are chosen in various projects.
Although some stars of the music videos aren’t as well-known, some fans were able to spot some really big celebrities in older music videos. From Scarlett Johannson to Jennifer Lawrence, there are quite a few A-Listers many fans didn’t know about in music videos.
“Big Girls Don’t Cry” door Fergie
Mostly known for his role in the TV show It’s us, Milo Ventimiglia played Fergie’s love interest quite early in his career. The actor is seen in the music video sporting a heavily tattooed look and frequently cuddling with Fergie, illustrating a clearly intimate relationship.
However, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” is about loving someone but knowing it’s time to move on to better things, so at the end of the video, viewers can see Fergie walking away from the relationship. and this specific period of his life. While fans aren’t sure exactly why she felt the need to leave a seemingly good relationship, the mystery is part of what makes the video so entertaining, and it’s clear that Ventimiglia got her character right with her charm.
“The Galway Girl” by Ed Sheeran
An artist who has many of the most-watched music videos on YouTube, Ed Sheeran was responsible for many mainstream hits of the 2010s. Considering the two were already good friends before, it was almost a given to have Saoirse Ronan in the video, especially since she is Irish and the song is about a girl from the Irish town of Galway.
The music video provides a fun perspective, with the camera being Ed’s point of view. The video features the two’s adventures throughout the night, ranging from dancing the night away in a pub to frolicking through the streets of Galway hand-in-hand.
“Cryin'” by Aerosmith
Before the hit movie clueless was born, Alicia Silverstone got a starring role in Aerosmith’s music video as an independent, tough girl no one wants to deal with. The group is no stranger to casting cute “it girls” in their videos, as they even cast Mila Kunis in one, but it’s clear they got their hands on the rising star just in time.
A bad girl through and through, she wasn’t afraid to kick ass throughout the video. It was pretty clear that her character would do anything to antagonize those trying to take control of her, and fans love that energy and edgy attitude.
“She’s in Trouble” van The Offspring
It’s no secret that Zooey Deschanel has always been “the cool girl” in media, but even before she was truly famous, she was even cooler just by being in an Offspring video. Released in 1999, this video was truly Deschanel’s first taste of the spotlight.
Although the low quality of the production leaves a bit to be desired, the video is unique with animation presentations and different eye-catching shots by Deschanel that really stand out.
“Blame It” by Jamie Foxx Ft. T-Pain
Although there isn’t much to his character in the video, Jake Gyllenhaal pretty much played himself out and just got to have a good time at a party. With the song being simply about the pleasures and downfalls of alcohol, Gyllenhaal played a minor but recognizable role in the video simply by getting into the party and having a good time.
Between his slow-mo entry and his path with the ladies, it became even clearer just how undeniably cool Jake is, even when he’s just playing himself, which he’s not quite as used to.
“La Dévote” By Panic! At the disco
A fan-favorite character in stranger things, Noah Schnapp was invited by Panic! to Disco singer Brendon Urie to star in his LA lifestyle video. However, the music video isn’t quite what fans expected, but they soon realized why Schnapp was perfect as a star.
In a bizarre cult-like twist of events, Schnapp is kidnapped and held hostage, while he is forced to drink certain substances and watch Brendon on the big screen with some truly chilling footage. Considering Schnapp is so used to starring in sci-fi projects, fans loved every second of watching him squirm and freak out in this intense music video.
“The Mess I Made” door Parachute
Before being known as Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence played the primary love interest in the Parachute music video. The vibe of the video was light and airy and perfectly complimented the romantic slow song, with their relationship very obviously innocent and deep, yet intimate.
The music video was memorable for many reasons, one being the captivating split-screen cinematography that made even laying still in bed together interesting and desirable.
“Cupid’s Chokehold” by Gym Class Heroes
In this funny yet relatable song, Katy plays one of Travis McCoy’s many love interests. Fans love the song itself because it comically pokes fun at those who fall in love over and over again, even if they think the previous love interest was “the only one.”
Long before Katy Perry had her own successful pop career, she portrayed the sweet “endgame” girl who would end up with Travis, with the music video even literally spotlighting her in a crowd. Perry and McCoy’s playful chemistry was indeed palpable and his glowing presence made the music video what it was.
“What Goes Around…Comes Back” by Justin Timberlake
Amid her stardom heyday, Scarlett Johansson can be spotted playing Justin Timberlake’s two-stroke girl in the pop video. As Justin Timberlake has starred in a few movies himself, the singer definitely has a natural storytelling ability, and fans loved the duo’s chemistry, until things went sour plot-wise.
The music video can almost be categorized as a short film lasting nearly ten minutes, however, the story that was told during this time was action packed and filled with both love and betrayal. While they certainly had chemistry, the video ends in a pretty devastating way, which shocks viewers watching the video for the first time.
“Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” door Fall Out Boy
One of the projects fans forgot Kim Kardashian was involved in, she played Pete Wentz’s leading lady in Fall Out Boy’s “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” music video. Although the video was quite weird and random, and even there were monkeys on set, Kim definitely caught everyone’s attention and played the role perfectly.
Even before she was super famous, she was a captivating on-screen presence, and her appearance and role even proved her slight comedic ability by being able to work with those straight-faced chimps.
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