Humble beginnings? Or just a really early start? Although famous faces now, there was a certain point that the celebrities of today would have been not so famous. And it may be at these points that some of them may or may not have gotten the exposure that led to the fame and the fortune they enjoy today. And some, you may not even have noticed played these roles.

We all have our very own favorite movies and evergreen classics. While some characters may have been immediately noted and remembered as the characters, most others may have simply disappeared into the background. This is especially true when it comes to minor roles and child actors. However, looking at these movies anew, it is rather refreshing to see some familiar faces, albeit a much younger version of what you are used to.  So let’s have a look at some of the most classic examples.

Bryan Cranston

How many times have you watched That thing you do and how many times have you NOT noticed Bryan Cranston? The Breaking Bad star actually had a long career prior to becoming famous on the hit TV series.

Mila Kunis

Prior to being cast on That 70’s Show, Mila Kunis’s first break was in the sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves

Mae Whitman

Despite being a child star right throughout the 90’s, nobody has really noticed Mae Whitman in classic hits like Independence Day and Hope Floats. This was long before her big break on Arrested Development.

Charlize Theron

Yes, she was in That thing you do too

Scarlett Johansson

Johansson? In Home Alone 3? Nooooo! And yet, yes she was!

Jake Gyllenhall

Did you know that Billy Crystal’s son in City Slickers was played by a very young Gyllenhall?

Elijah Wood

Before his metamorphosis into a hobbit, Elijah Wood also played a minor part in Back to the Future Part II

Keira Knightley

This may be slightly tricky. Keira Knightley briefly appeared in Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace as the decoy of Queen Amidala played by Natalie Portman. No wonder as there is a striking resemblance between the two.

Jack Black

The actor was a frequent face in the 90’s and this includes a role in Neverending Story III.

Michelle Williams

Before Shutter Island, an adorable 14 year old Michelle Williams appeared in Lassie in 1994.

Alexis Bledel

We all know her as Rory Gilmore from the Gilmore Girls. But did you know that prior to that she had a minor role in Rushmore?

James Franco

James Franco played a small role in Never Been Kissed. Never suspected? Us neither.

 Katherine Heigl

Chucky was a hit, it still is considered a cult classic and children of today still shudder at the name of this murderous doll. But Bride of Chucky? Even less so. And believe it or not, Katherine Heigl was actually in The Bride of Chucky, a not-so-critically acclaimed film.

 Elisabeth Moss

Remember the movie, Escape to Witch Mountain? Before her success in Mad Men as Peggy Olson, Elizabeth was actually part of the Escape to Witch Mountain cast.

Nick Offerman

Did you know that the classic love story City of Angels has Nick Offerman in it? This was before his success as  Ron Swanson in NBC’s Parks and Recreation

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