Hollywood celebrities who’ve starred in music videos!

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Hollywood’s famous actors have a storied history of popping up in music videos, from Eddie Murphy’s campy turn alongside Michael Jackson to Jennifer Love Hewitt’s devastated ‘Hero’ heroine. Here’s presenting to you, a list of our favourite music video cameos:

  1. Rupert Grint

The Harry Potter actor can be seen as an obsessed fan, lip-syncing to Ed Sheeran’s Lego House in the music video of the same. The song is a play on the similar appearances of the two celebrities, and was a big hit when it first released.

  1. Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood can easily be given the title of ‘Music Video King’ for the number of features he has made over the years in music videos. However, the first time he popped up in a video was during his childhood, and that too for a Paula Abdul song. He can be seen in the video of her single Forever Your Girl.

  1. Alicia Silverstone

Silverstone gained further prominence as a teen idol when she appeared in three music videos for the band Aerosmith during her peak as a teenage actor. Her most memorable feature would probably be the cinematic Cryin clip, in which the young actress leaps off a ledge with a bungee and flips off her man instead of plummeting to her death.

  1. Scarlett Johansson

Get a taste of Justin’s seduction strategy as Justin Timberlake woos Scarlett Johansson in a retro mansion with a vintage microphone, in the music video of his single What Goes Around… Comes Around.

  1. Eddie Murphy

Do you remember the time Eddie Murphy starred in Michael Jackson’s music video? (Yes, pun intended) Eddie Murphy played a sultan trying to “entertain his queen,” and the only one who can impress him is Michael Jackson himself.

Starting out on a musical note!

bollywood celebrities in music videos

Looking at the recent craze of celebrity music videos, one may think that this is a thing of the present, but little does one know that this fad began way back in the 90’s. The 90’s was the epitome of pop music success and saw many solo artists, boy bands and girl gangs emerging into the industry. While Sonam Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan may be some of the ‘known’ stars to have featured in music videos, we present to you five B-town celebrities who practically began this fad, quite unknowingly, at the beginning of their acting careers.

  1. Shahid Kapoor:

Before blowing us away with his performances in Udtaa Punjaab and Haider, the Kapoor boy was seen as a love-struck young lad, trying to woo the girl next door, in the song ‘Aankhon Mei’ by the band Aryans.

  1. Deepika Padukone:

Little do people know that it was actually Himesh Reshamiya who launched Deepika into the film fraternity and not Farah Khan. The then model, starred in the music video of ‘Naam Hai Tera’ and this feature got her noticed and led to her bagging the lead role opposite SRK in Om Shanti Om.

  1. Ayesha Takia:

Ayesha Takia was a child model for Complan and other brands. What got her noticed however was, Falguni Pathak’s ‘Meri ChuCnar Udd Udd Jaye’ that also featured Southern actress Trishna Krishnan. The song showed Takia as a doe-eyed young girl who is feeling home-sick, and led to her bagging various roles in Bollywood.

  1. John Abraham:

Before he made his debut in Pooja Bhatt’s ‘Jism’, John Abraham starred in Pankaj Udhas’s number ‘Chupke Chupke’. Who would have ever imagined that? He can be seen flaunting his long, floppy hair and flashing cute dimples, knowing little of how famous this one song would make him.

  1. Bipasha Basu:

She may have climbed the success ladder with a spate of good and cringe worthy movies, but Bipasha Basu started out her career by starring in Sonu Nigam’s ‘Kab Ye Janegi’. Though the video may not be as visually appealing as others on the list, it kick started her Bollywood career.