Over the years, audiences have seen various musical artists try their hand at acting and that too, with success! It is a known fact that many Hollywood actors can also sing and dance. But to see the reverse and that also singers emerge brilliantly, we can only salute their exploits. It seems that singers don’t want to limit themselves and express their creative flair while performing. We’ve seen pop singers from Selena Gomez to Lady Gaga take on their roles with poise and style. Audiences, meanwhile, are also very enthusiastic about these movie appearances as they watch their favorite singers put themselves in the shoes of an actor.
Here are some of the most popular singers of the moment who have managed to make their acting career another feat in their career, as well as mentions of their best works to date.
Rihanna’s exploits are endless with nine Grammys and the recent success of her makeup line, Fenty Beauty. This talented and fierce artist has been a fan favorite since her early days in the industry, a legacy that continues to reign to this day. However, RiRi didn’t stop at music, but expanded her acting skills in films like This Is the End and in Guava Island alongside Donald Glover. However, she is best known and loved for her role as Nine Ball in Ocean’s Eight in 2018. She plays a sassy hacker who joins the heist team. Her fashion sense is something of a whole different subject as she has worn some of the most memorable outfits on various red carpets.
Nick Jonas has been acclaimed around the world as a Disney star with the Jonas Brothers and now as a successful solo artist. His popularity, especially among teenagers, led to a successful music career before he tried his hand at acting, the first in his family to make such a change. He was lucky in Hollywood to have landed several leading roles. Some of her roles include her voice in the movie Ugly Dolls and Midway. However, he freed his movement with his role as a pilot in the iconic game of Jumanji. He later landed leading roles in Welcome to the Jungle as well as The Next Level, turning many heads.
Selena Gomez once ran television, specifically Disney as the lead actor in Wizards of Waverly Place, but after the series ended, she embarked on a hugely successful music career. However, at the height of her career, she decided to give the actress another chance. Her film Spring Breakers received critical acclaim as she lent her voice to Hotel Transylvania. But his hidden gem came with The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver. She was part of the satire as well as an amazing cast. But is now set to return with her next TV series.
Harry Styles burst into the acting world with his role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. After that, he bagged three films including Don’t Worry Darling and My Policeman. He also had an incredible singing career with three Grammy wins. He has turned the heads of audiences and critics alike with his glamor and music. Her performance in Dunkirk is highly unlikely given her public image which is gendered, strong and dazzling. But it proves that personal interests do not come into characterizations.
Zoe Kravitz was born with creativity in her blood. She’s played little roles here and there and now it’s time for her to shine. She burst onto the scene with her role in the Big Little Lies television series which earned her various accolades and appreciations. She then starred in Divergent with her Big Little Lies co-star Shailene Woodley. Among her upcoming projects is her role as the iconic Catwoman.
Gwen has run the music industry for years and is also a popular face on The Voice. However, his creative flair is not limited to music. She played a role in Trolls and then set out to conquer Hollywood in the movie The Aviator alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Taylor Swift is perhaps the most successful musician of the decade with a dozen Grammy Awards to her name. Over the years, she not only created a legacy, but also contributed her part to Hollywood. She’s worked in films like Valentine’s Day and Cats, but what set her aside in the film industry is her role in the movie The Giver. She stars as Rosemary in this dystopian teen drama where she continues to captivate audiences with her pianist skills. She is also in an upcoming David O. Russell project.
From his voice in the trolls to his performance as an outsider in Inside Llewyn Davis, Justin Timberlake is a former Hollywood gamer. He also starred alongside Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits and also starred in the movie The Love Guru. But the role that made him a successful actor overnight was that of Sean Parker in the acclaimed film, The Social Network. He worked alongside Jesse Eisenberg for one of the most memorable roles of his career.
Jennifer Lopez first succeeded as an actress, and then received even more acclaim with her musical career. Some of her memorable roles include The Cell, Selena, Maid in Manhattan, and Gigli, among others. But her most promising and mature performance as an actress came with the 2019 film, Hustlers, where she contributes her acting and singer prowess with equal confidence.
Lady Gaga is truly one of the most iconic pop stars to ever walk the earth. She surprised everyone when she took on the role for the movie A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper playing the character of a rising musician called Ally. It seems her singing talent has been extremely beneficial for this role. Not only was she nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, but she also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Shallow”. She will then be seen as the iconic Patrizia Reggiani in the movie “House of Gucci” alongside Adam Driver.
Many musicians have a flair for acting and their creative sequences can be seen in various films. It was a countdown of new-age artists who rocked the stage as well as the big screen. If we look back in history, we can see many musical artists who have had successful acting careers such as Cher, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, and more. If you want to see your favorite artists don the shoes of different characters, use our guide and don’t miss a thing.
Jennifer Stone turned her love of music to writing. She is one of the Daily Music Roll writers and is engaged in creating positive reviews, music blogs and music press releases for various artists here.