These Celebs Starred in Music Videos (And You Totally Forgot About It)
20th July, 2020
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Many actors appeared in music videos, some before they became famous and some because why not! Let’s see if you knew how many celebs starred in these. Singers are known to bring on some extra pizzazz to their videos and, by now, we know celebrities starring in music videos are common. But, we may have not paid enough attention to cameos back then. We don’t blame anyone, some weren’t that known then. It’s time to revisit some music collaborations that we probably didn’t know about until today. From Katie Holmes to Ben Afflick to Mike Tyson, here are a few celebs that starred in music videos. Read on and you might just come across your favourite pop song.
Angelina Jolie - Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through by Meatloaf www.zimbo.com
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Angelina Jolie - Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through by Meatloaf
Before becoming an A-list celebrity, Angelina Jolie featured in two hit music videos. In this 1993 hit video, a much younger Jolie is comforted by a fortune-teller while she’s away from her family. That’s not all! The video is directed by Michael Bay, the director of Pearl Harbor and Transformers, who worked on some of Meat Loaf’s videos before getting started with movies.
Jennifer Lopez - That’s the Way Love Goes by Janet Jackson weheartit.com
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Jennifer Lopez - That’s the Way Love Goes by Janet Jackson
Did you know the then-unknown J.Lo played a backup dancer in a music video? Yes, we were as shocked as you are! She was supposed to do the entire Janet tour but wanted out after this video to start her own thing but she’s always spoken very fondly of Janet, who was J.Lo’s inspiration for getting into the industry. From back-up dancer to actress to music icon, J.Lo has had quite a journey.
Kim Kardashian - Thnks Fr Th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy www.captialfm.com
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Kim Kardashian - Thnks Fr Th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy
Kim was on the brink of stardom when she starred in “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” music video back in 2007. We saw Kim play Pete Wentz’s love interest, where she not only kisses him but also kisses an actual monkey. The video is over ten years old but Kim and Wentz have kept in touch. Interestingly, they both have sons named Saint.
Keanu Reeves - Rush Rush by Paula Abdul www.imdb.com
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Keanu Reeves - Rush Rush by Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush” music video in 1991 starred Keanu Reeves, where they recreated scenes from James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause. It was at a charity event where Paula asked Reeves if he’d like to be a part of the video, and he accepted. After the video, many speculated a romantic relationship between the two, but Paula set the record straight on a talk show.
Matthew McConaughey - Walkaway Joe by Trisha Yearwood ft. Don Henley www.wideopencountry.com
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Matthew McConaughey - Walkaway Joe by Trisha Yearwood ft. Don Henley
Who knew Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey would’ve started off in music videos at that time! It was his first break on the small screen. In this country music video, McConaughey stars as the boyfriend who frolics through cornfields with his girlfriend. If you’re not convinced enough to revisit the video, let us remind you that he goes skinny dipping. Need we say more?
Charlize Theron -  Crossfire by Brandon Flowers www.imdb.com
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Charlize Theron - Crossfire by Brandon Flowers
Charlize was quite famous by the time she starred in Crossfire. In the video, Theron rescues Brandon Flowers from being tortured by ninjas who have held them captive. It’s an action-packed video, where Theron plays a badass savior. The video ends with Flowers and Theron driving off into the sunset. Sounds just like a movie plot, doesn’t it?
Eva Mendes - Miami by Will Smith www.elitedaily.com
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Eva Mendes - Miami by Will Smith
Yes, that girl driving the car is Eva Mendes! We all remember the song in its full glory, and it sure is a catchy number. In an interview, Eva shared how her original role was to play a battlefield nurse that Will falls in love with. The plot was canned at the last minute. Will and Eva were again seen together eight years later in the movie Hitch.
Scott Eastwood - Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift www.elitedaily.com
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Scott Eastwood - Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift
The dreamy video was a huge hit, and Scott looks downright dashing in it! Fun fact: Eastwood’s agents thought it was a bad idea to co-star with Swift, but Scott didn’t agree with his agents and how thankful we are for that! After filming the video, Scott posted a picture of him and Swift with a sweet caption. This makes us want to watch the video all over again!
Jeremy Renner - Trouble by Pink www.billboard.com
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Jeremy Renner - Trouble by Pink
Jeremy, the movie star from Avengers, Hurt Locker, and Bourne Legacy, played a sheriff opposite Pink in this hit song. The singer also bagged a Grammy for it. Jeremy and Pink have stayed in touch over the years and are seen supporting each other on social media, In 2017, Jeremy reminded Pink of “Trouble” in a tweet, too. Revisit the song to live it all over again.
Ben Stiller - Bad Boy For Life by Diddy www.intouchweekly.com
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Ben Stiller - Bad Boy For Life by Diddy
Let’s flashback to this star-studded video by Diddy. Alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, many icons shared the screen, including Mike Tyson, Shaquille O'Neal, Baron Davis, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Richard Dunn. This song from 2001 was known for its famous cast, and in this overwhelming cameos, we are guilty to have missed Ben Stiller. Did you catch him though?
Ben Affleck - Jenny from the Block by Jennifer Lopez rebloggy.com
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Ben Affleck - Jenny from the Block by Jennifer Lopez
Since we’re taking a trip down the memory lane, let’s reminisce about the former A-list couple who also starred in “Jenny from the Block” in 2002. The song and her appearance with her then-fiancé got J.Lo on countless magazine covers and got her a lot of publicity as part of the media fascination. Everyone rooted for them, but the couple sadly split in 2004.
Kristen Stewart - Ride ‘Em on Down by Rolling Stones www.justjared.com
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Kristen Stewart - Ride ‘Em on Down by Rolling Stones
The down-and-dirty bad girl in the “Ride ‘Em on Down” video is Kristen Stewart! After the world ends, Kristen is seen rolling around LA in a blue 65 Mustang, gyrating around a petrol pump without any fear of an explosion, and dodging stray zebras. She is seen dancing as wildly as she drives. She’s also shown licking a blue lollipop, which is a homage to the record’s logo.
Courteney Cox - Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen www.thesun.co.uk
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Courteney Cox - Dancing in the Dark by Bruce Springsteen
Courteney Cox, better known as Monica from FRIENDS starred in Bruce Springsteen’s video in 1984, where she’s seen playing a fan who’s invited up on stage. In June, 2016, a Springsteen superfan appeared at a concert in Wembley Stadium, UK, who was dressed like Courtney to grab Springsteen’s attention. And guess what!! He did share the stage with his idol.
Matt LeBlanc - Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty ispyafamousface.tumblr.com
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Matt LeBlanc - Into the Great Wide Open by Tom Petty
Like Courtney Cox, Matt LeBlanc from FRIENDS also appeared in a music video. The video featured cameos by Matt LeBlanc, Terence Trent D'Arby, and Chynna Phillips. The concept revolves around a cautionary tale about fame featuring Johnny Depp as an inspiring musician. He hits it big with his debut album but has to watch everything fall apart when he can’t deliver the follow-up.
Tom Hanks - I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen www.billboard.com
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Tom Hanks - I Really Like You by Carly Rae Jepsen
There’s no way you can miss Tom Hanks in this video, unless, of course, you haven’t watched it. It’s surprising to see an A-list movie star feature in a music video. To Jepsen’s luck, Hank is friendly with her manager, Scooter Braun, and Hank proposed to play the male lead when Braun shared the video concept with him over a casual chat. And boy, did we like the video?
Norman Reedus - Judas by Lady Gaga imqur.com
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Norman Reedus - Judas by Lady Gaga
Norman is best known for his roles in The Walking Dead and The Boondock Saints. He went to share that Gaga didn’t audition him for the music video. He also often speaks about his experience working with Gaga and how he absolutely enjoyed it. The part where Gaga pulls out a gold gun to put lipstick on Norman was her spontaneous decision while shooting.
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Hero by Enrique Iglesias www.imdb.com
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Jennifer Love Hewitt - Hero by Enrique Iglesias
The girl we saw Enrique romancing in his much-loved song Hero was Jennifer. The video also starred Mickey Rourke, who plays a gangster and guns down Enrique while he is on the run with his lover. This enigmatic singer gained global fame and it always topped the charts. It’s safe to admit, we can never have enough of Enrique’s songs!
Katy Perry - Cupid’s Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes www.buzzfeed.com
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Katy Perry - Cupid’s Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes
Before her global stardom, Katy Perry featured in various music videos, one of which includes “Cupid’s Chokehold.” She plays the love interest of lead singer, Travie McCoy, who splits with two women before he meets Perry. The video also features musician Patrick Stump. While we love Perry’s catchy songs, we also enjoyed watching her in this music video. Can you blame us?