25 Actors We Didn’t Recognize in Their First Movies

“I think I know this face...” is a common thought when you watch a movie with an actor you’re sure you’ve seen before. And then, you find out that this beautiful woman from the movie you saw yesterday is actually a girl who starred in thrillers decades years ago. And sometimes, it’s the other way around when you have no idea what young Gandalf looked like and then you see a Pet Shop Boys music video with young Ian McKellen.

Bright Side offers you to take a look at popular actors who looked really different in their first movies from how we know them today.

25. Michelle Trachtenberg

  • TV show: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 5, 2000.
  • Role: Don Summers.

24. Dakota Fanning

  • Movie: Man on Fire, 2004.
  • Role: Lupita Ramos.

23. Russell Crowe

  • Movie: Proof, 1991.
  • Role: Andy.

22. Jennifer Garner

  • Tv-series: Alias, 2001.
  • Role: Sydney Bristow.

21. Ian McKellen

  • Movie: A Touch of Love, 1969.
  • Role: George Matthews.

20. Elizabeth Berkley

  • Movie: Showgirls, 1995.
  • Role: Nomi Malone.

19. Robert Downey Jr.

  • Movie: Weird Science, 1985.
  • Role: Ian.

18. Alyson Hannigan

  • Movie: American Pie, 1999.
  • Role: Michelle Flaherty.

17. Eva Green

  • Movie: Kingdom of Heaven, 2005.
  • Role: Sibylla.

16. Woody Harrelson

  • Tv-series: Cheers, 1982.
  • Role: Woody Boyd.

15. Lucy Liu

  • Movie: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, 2003.
  • Role: O-Ren Ishii.

14. Hugh Grant

  • Movie: The Lair of the White Worm, 1988.
  • Role: Lord James D’Ampton.

13. Eliza Dushku

  • Movie: Wrong Turn, 2003.
  • Role: Jessie Burlingame.

12. Nicole Kidman

  • Movie: Dead Calm, 1989.
  • Role: Rae Ingram.

11. Liam Neeson

  • Movie: The Mission, 1986.
  • Role: Fielding.

10. Scarlett Johansson

  • Movie: If Lucy Fell, 1996.
  • Role: Emily.

9. Til Schweiger

  • Movie: Manta, Manta, 1991.
  • Role: Bertie.

8. Kate Beckinsale

  • Movie: Uncovered, 1994.
  • Role: Julia.

7. Jeremy Renner

  • Movie: Senior Trip, 1995.
  • Role: Mark ’Dags’ D’Agastino.

6. Mila Kunis

  • Movie: Gia, 1998.
  • Role: Gia at the age of 11.

5. Willem Dafoe

  • Movie: Streets on Fire, 1984.
  • Role: Raven Shaddock.

4. Milla Jovovich

  • Movie: Return to the Blue Lagoon, 1991.
  • Role: Lilli Hargrave.

3. Edward Norton

  • Movie: Primal Fear, 1996.
  • Role: Aaron.

2. Jennifer Connelly

  • Movie: Phenomena, 1984.
  • Role: Jennifer Corvino.

1. Adam Sandler

  • Movie: Airheads, 1994.
  • Role: Pip.

Which of the actors amazed you the most? Tell us in the comments section below.

Preview photo credit Showgirls / Carolco Pictures Inc., Invision / East News

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