10+ Celebrities Fans Forgot Were In These Movies

All big stars had to start somewhere, but a few started in movies that were such great hits to begin with.

You may want to go back and rewatch your old favorites and see what major stars you can spot in the background.

Brie Larson

Almost a full 15 years before starring the titular role in Captain Marvel, Brie Larson played one of the 13 Going on 30 bullies.

Angela Bassett


The Queen of Wakanda herself had a brief role in Kindergarten Cop as a flight attendant on Arnold Schwarzenegger's flight.

Cate Blanchett


Cate Blanchett was in Hot Fuzz as Janine, Simon Pegg's ex-girlfriend.

She already had an Oscar under her belt but took this role since she was a fan of Edgar Wright's films.

John Krasinski


He appeared in Nancy Meyers' star-studded romantic comedy The Holiday as Ben, one of Cameron Diaz's employees.

Joe Manganiello


The Magic Mike and True Blood actor is unrecognizable in his first film role as Flash Thompson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man.

Seth Rogen


Before he was a comedy powerhouse, he played a one-dimensional bully in Donnie Darko whose most memorable line is: "I like your boobs."

Natalia Dyer


Well, before her breakout role in Stranger Things, Natalia Dyer had a role in Hannah Montana: The Movie as Clarissa Granger.

This required putting on a British accent for her lines.

Ashley Tisdale


Also in Donnie Darko, was Ashley Tisdale waaay before she became known to us as Sharpay from the High School Musical trilogy.

Hugh Laurie


Best known across the pond for his work on House, the British comedian had a delightful cameo in Spice World, aka the Spice Girls movie.

Elijah Wood


Can y'all believe a baby-faced Frodo got paid to insult Michael Fox in Back To The Future II?

Natasha Lyonne


Natasha Lyonne as Jessica in American Pie was a small ray of feminist sex-positivity amidst outdated sexual humor.

Maggie Wheeler


You may know her as Janice from Friends but did any of you spot her in The Parent Trap?

She was the camp counselor where Hallie and Annie first met.

Jake Gyllenhaal


Jake Gyllenhaal's film debut was in City Slickers as Billy Crystal's son, Danny Robins.

He was only 10 at the time, which makes his brief performance all the more impressive.

Ben Affleck


Five whole years before the TV show, there was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie featuring Ben Affleck as "Basketball player #10".

Prestigious stuff.

Zoe Saldana


Before she was Gamora, Zoe Saldana was Kit in Crossroads starring alongside Britney Spears as they road tripped their way to adulthood.

Donnie Wahlberg

Hollywood/Buena Vista

The former New Kid On The Block appears at the very beginning of The Sixth Sense.

He confronts (and kills!) Dr. Malcolm Crowe in his home.

Jessica Alba

Buena Vista Pictures

The hilarious tween comedy Camp Nowhere was Jessica's first professional acting role.

Though she doesn't play a very prominent part, she does appear on camera a handful of times.

Johnny Galecki

Warner Bros. Pictures

Way before he tackled string theory as Leonard Hofstadter and even before his days as David Healy on Roseanne, Johnny Galecki was Rusty Griswold in Christmas Vacation.

Emmy Rossum


Songcatcher was actually the film debut of Emmy Rossum; she played a character named Deladis Solocumb.

She's better known to the world as Fiona Gallagher from Shameless.

Steve Carell

Warner Home Video

It's young Michael Scott! In Steve Carell's early acting days, he made his film debut playing a waiter in Curly Sue.

I wonder if the restaurant in the film was a Chili's?

Ryan Gosling

There are a number of young famous actors in Remember The Titans but none more noteworthy than Ryan Gosling.

Up until this point, the actor was still largely known for his TV roles in Breaker High and Young Hercules.

Taylor Momsen

Taylor Momsen is best remembered as Jenny Humphrey from the CW smash hit series Gossip Girl.

But before she began spreading rumors, she was Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Christian Bale

Buena Vista Pictures

People tend to forget that Christian Bale was a very successful child-actor. He appeared in a number of film projects from the time he was a small boy.

None more memorable, however, than Newsies.

Chris Messina

Warner Bros. Pictures

Chris Messina broke into Hollywood in 1998.

He appeared in three films that year; one of which was the runaway success You've Got Mail.

Miley Cyrus

Sony Pictures

Blink and you might miss her. The next time you sit down to watch Tim Burton's Big Fish, pay extra close attention to the group of kids outside the witch's house.

The young girl is Miley Cyrus, who plays a young Ruthie.

Glenn Close

TriStar Pictures

Nope - this isn't a mistake. The actor you see in this picture is Glenn Close.

I didn't believe it myself until I saw the credits roll at the end of Hook and checked the IMDB - but it's her.

Kirsten Dunst

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Having just recently watched Jumanji: The Next Level, I have a whole new appreciation for just how great the original was.

This is largely due to the incredible acting of a very young Kirsten Dunst in Jumanji.

Robin Wright

Paramount Pictures

For my money, Forrest Gump is one of the greatest films that's ever been made.

Yet for some reason, I always seem to forget that Jenny is actually House of Cards star Robin Wright.

Tom Felton


It turns out Draco Malfoy (or rather Tom Felton) isn't all bad after all!

Way before he roamed the halls of Hogwarts, Tom starred in The Borrowers.

Liam Cunningham

Warner Home Video

You could be forgiven for missing Liam Cunningham in A Little Princess.

Especially when we've all grown so used to seeing him with a full grizzled beard as Ser Davos in Game of Thrones.

Mila Kunis

HBO Video

One of Mila Kunis' first-ever on-screen acting roles occurred back in 1998. It was a TV movie called Gia, starring Angelina Jolie.

Kunis portrayed a younger version of Jolie.

Lena Headey

Buena Vista

This one rocked me to my foundation - I loved this movie as a kid!

It turns out one of Lena Headey's first on-screen love interests was a man named Mowgli in The Jungle Book.