Many of Hollywood’s most famous actresses starred in music videos before they found stardom or just as their star was rising.
Christina Hendricks. She may be forever associated with her Joan Holloway character from AMC’s “Mad Men,” but long before she was playing Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s buxom office manager she had an iconic starring role in the 1999 music video for Everclear’s “One Hit Wonder.”
Katie Holmes. Just as the first few episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” were hitting the air, establishing Katie Holmes’ character of Joey Potter, the young actress could also be seen in the music video for “Got You (Where I Want You)” by the Flys.
Angelina Jolie. The year was 1997. Angelina Jolie was on the cusp of becoming a superstar, but fame was still looming on the horizon when she appeared as a dancer in the Rolling Stones’ “Anybody Seen My Baby?” music video.
Salma Hayek. Salma Hayek was rising to prominence in 1995 thanks to her excellent performance opposite Antonio Banderas in the Robert Rodriguez-directed “Desperado.” Around the same time, the beautiful actress could also be seen playing the role of a woman stuck in an abusive relationship in the music video for Better Than Ezra’s “Rosealia.”
Serinda Swan. Prior to her role as Erica Reed on A&E;’s “Breakout Kings,” this stunning actress starred in the music video for Theory of a Deadman’s 2008 hit “So Happy.” Interestingly, Serinda Swan’s character in this rock music video is seen hiding a body in the trunk, which fits nicely with Erica Reed’s backstory on “Breakout Kings.” Reed was suspected of murdering the men who killed her father but she hid the bodies so well that they were never found.
Courteney Cox. The “Friends” actress famously appeared in the Counting Crows music video for “A Long December” during the height of Friends-mania, but it was another music video that marked her first major TV appearance. Courteney Cox danced on stage with Bruce Springsteen in his “Dancing in the Dark” video ten years prior to her role as Monica Geller on “Friends.”
Alicia Silverstone. Alicia Silverstone became a pop-culture icon with her leading part as Cher Horowitz in “Clueless,” but before her 1995 breakout role, she landed the starring role in one of the most iconic music videos of the 1990s, “Cryin'” by Aerosmith. She subsequently appeared in the Aerosmith’s videos for “Amazing” and “Crazy,” making her a true music video star prior to her breakout film success.