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Every star has their big break, and they all have to start somewhere. From made-for-TV films to blockbuster franchises, see some of today’s biggest actors and actresses in their very first movie roles.
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Zendaya in ‘Frenemies’ (2012)
Zendaya made her film debut in Disney’s TV movie Frenemies, where she plays a young magazine editor dueling with her best friend, opposite Bella Thorne.
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Dakota Fanning in ‘Tomcats’ (2001)
Fanning first appeared on the big screen with a small role in the movie Tomcats.
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Taraji P. Henson in ‘Streetwise’ (1998)
Henson made her film debut in this 1998 crime thriller about drug dealers in Washington D.C.
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Chris Hemsworth in ‘Star Trek’ (2009)
Although he’d been acting on television for years before, Hemsworth’s first part in a movie was as George Kirk (aka Chris Pine’s dad) in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot.
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Chris Pine in ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’ (2004)
Pine starred as the dashing Nicholas Devereaux in the The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement for his first moment on the big screen.
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Anne Hathaway in ‘The Princess Diaries’ (2001)
Also in The Princess Diaries franchise, Hathaway captured hearts as the lovable Mia Thermopolis, a teenager who suddenly found out she was royalty.
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Saoirse Ronan in ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman’ (2007)
The three-time Oscar-nominated actress made her film debut acting opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd in this 2000s romantic comedy.
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Selena Gomez in ‘Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over’ (2003)
Gomez made her film debut in the iconic early 2000s Spy Kids franchise, when she was 11 years old.
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Eva Longoria in ‘The Dead Will Tell’ (2004)
Longoria appeared in this TV movie thriller about a woman haunted by her fiancé’s murder victim.
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Cara Delevingne in ‘Anna Karenina’ (2012)
Model-turned-actress Delevingne made her silver screen debut as Princess Sorokina in the 2012 period piece Anna Karenina, based on the novel by Leo Tolstoy.
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Demi Lovato in ‘Camp Rock’ (2008)
Five years later, Demi Lovato snagged her first movie role in Disney’s take on a summer musical, Camp Rock.
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Jennifer Aniston in ‘Camp Cucamonga’ (1990)
Aniston starred as Ava Schector in this ’90s TV comedy, also about a summer camp.
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Jessica Biel in ‘It’s a Digital World’ (1994)
When she was 12 years old, Biel played Regrettal in the ’90s fantasy movie It’s a Digital World.
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Penelope Cruz in ‘Jamón, Jamón’ (1992)
Cruz’s first movie role was in this romantic drama about a young woman caught between two men.
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Margot Robbie in ‘Vigilante’ (2008)
For her first role, Robbie starred in the Australian crime thriller Vigilante, about a man seeking revenge after his fiancée is killed.
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Kristen Stewart in ‘The Safety of Objects’ (2001)
Stewart acted opposite Glenn Close in this drama about suburban family life.
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Nicole Kidman in ‘Skin Deep’ (1983)
Kidman starred in this little-known Australian TV movie about the vicious fashion industry.
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Angelina Jolie in ‘Lookin’ to Get Out’ (1982)
Jolie played a young girl in this ’80s film, which also starred her father, Jon Voight.
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Tiffany Haddish in ‘The Urban Demographic’ (2005)
For Haddish’s first role, she starred in this drama about a Seattle radio station.
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Scarlett Johansson in ‘North’ (1994)
Johansson appeared in this ’90s film starring a young Elijah Wood, about a boy who runs away from home.
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Hugh Jackman in ‘Paperback Hero’ (1999)
Jackman first appeared on film in the Australian movie Paperback Hero where he played a tough truck driver turned romance writer.
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Emilia Clarke in ‘Triassic Attack’ (2010)
Before tackling Game of Thrones, Clarke starred in this Syfy network movie about dinosaur fossils come to life.
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Ryan Reynolds in ‘Ordinary Magic’ (1993)
For his first role, Reynolds starred in this Canadian film about a boy trying to save his family’s home from being destroyed.
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Jennifer Hudson in ‘Dreamgirls’ (2006)
The Oscar- and Grammy-winning star made her movie debut in this iconic musical, which earned her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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Eva Mendes in ‘A Night at the Roxbury’ (1998)
Mendes made a cameo as a bridesmaid in this classic comedy.
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Reese Witherspoon in ‘The Man in the Moon’ (1991)
The iconic blonde first acted in this sweet, coming-of-age romance about falling in love.
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Gal Gadot in ‘Fast & Furious’ (2009)
Gadot established early on that action movies are kind of her thing when she showed up for her first role in the Fast & Furious franchise.
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Kate Hudson in ‘Desert Blue’ (1998)
Hudson’s first role was in this ’90s drama about a father-daughter road trip.
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Zoë Kravitz in ‘No Reservations’ (2007)
While still in high school, Kravitz played a punk rock babysitter in this 2007 movie.