Popstars and musicians are great at expressing themselves through their music. For this reason, it is not surprising to find some of these pop singers take a crack at acting. Here are some pop stars which from tried to leap of faith from music to movies:


She started as a comedian-rapper but quickly became famous when her rap song "My Vag" went viral on YouTube. So far, Akwafina has released two albums in her music career. She launched her debut album "Yellow Ranger" in 2014 and second studio album "In Fina We Trust" in 2018. Now, she is known for her supporting roles in various films such as "Ocean's 8" and "Crazy Rich Asians."


The Houston-based R&B singer was a member of Destiny's Child before she pursued a solo singing career. Not long after, she landed roles in comedy films such as "Austin Powers" and "The Pink Panther." But Beyoncé was at her best in more serious roles, especially in "Dreamgirls," where she got nominated for Best Actress at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.


Cherilyn Sarkisian is considered the Goddess of Pop because of her distinct contralto voice. This earned her many opportunities in Broadway and films. Cher played Loretta Castorini in "Moonstruck" movie, and her performance impressed everyone. She won the Best Actress Awards not only at the Oscars but also at the Golden Globes.

Harry Styles

The popular songs of One Direction brought them remarkable success, but the boy band members eventually went on to pursue solo music careers. However, "Dunkirk" by Christopher Nolan allowed Harry Styles to show off the band member's acting skills. Hopefully, this is a start for Styles to land major roles in upcoming films.

Justin Timberlake

Aside from One Direction, N'Sync was also one of the biggest boy bands back then. Like Styles, Timberlake pursued a solo singing career before landing roles on several movies. He got prominent roles in "In Time," "The Social Network," "Bad Teacher," and "Friends with Benefits."

Lady Gaga

Working with Bradley Cooper as co-star and director, Lady Gaga got her leading role in "A Star Is Born." Their song "Shallow" won Best Song at the Critic's Choice and the Golden Globes. On top of that, the pop singer was awarded Best Actress at the Critic's Choice Award.

Mariah Carey

The Songbird Supreme is known for her singing range and whistle register. So much so that she is said to have inspired other artists in pop and R&B music. Carey tried her luck on the big screen but was not able to hit the mark with "Glitter." However, many were impressed by her portrayal of Ms. Weiss on "Precious."

Whitney Houston

The late singer was considered as the most awarded female artist of all time. Houston starred in "The Bodyguard," a box-office hit that was not well received by reviewers. The film's soundtrack was "I Will Always Love You," Houston's version of the 1973 hit song by Dolly Parton. The track was a huge hit again as it stayed on the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks.

From Music to Movies: 8 Popstars Who Tried Acting
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