Rihanna is making her big debut on the silver screen inBattleship today, which puts her into the musician-turned-actor category! Asexciting as it is to see RiRi show off her acting chops, we here at Hollywirecouldn’t help but notice the long list of singers who make that cross-over intothe acting world.
To celebrate Rihanna’s film, take a look at just a few ofour favorite musicians turned movie stars!
Who knew that Justin Timberlake was actually a REALLY good actor? Withgritty films like Alpha Dog and Southland Tales mixed with Bad Teacher andFriends With Benefits, he’s a very well-rounded actor. And, of course, we can’tforget his role at Sean Parker in the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network.
Giving the acting gig a whirl with Austin Powers inGoldmember back in 2002, Beyonce received major praise in 2006’s Dreamgirls and2008’s Cadillac Records. She made it pretty clear that the drama category isdefinitely her forte.
When musicians try out the acting world, they usually do amovie here and there but stick to what they’re comfortable with – music. NotMandy Moore! Making her debut in The Princess Diaries, she’s gone on to do anumber of different films like A Walk to Remember (major tearjerker!), Saved! andDisney’s Tangled.
Jennifer Hudson is definitely one of THE most successful musiciansturned actor. After missing out on the 2004 American Idol title, she won anOscar for Best Supporting Actress for Dreamgirls and followed it up with hercomedic “I-want-her-as-my-NYC-friend” role in the Sex and the City movie. Shelater went on to land the lead role in 2008’s The Secret Life of Bees alongsideDakota Fanning.
Starting off as Jenny from the Block, Jennifer Lopez hasproved to be the definition of a triple threat. With films like Selena, TheCell, The Wedding Planner and her new film What to Expect When You’reExpecting, she always seems to bring in the female viewers. Notice how we didn’tmention Gigli? Let’s just pretend that one didn’t happen.
Out of all the actors, which one is YOURfavorite? Let us know in the comments section below!