9 Actors Who Proved They Weren’t Defined By Their First Roles



When we think of Daniel Radcliffe, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a famous school of witchcraft. When you think of Robert Pattinson, you see elegant vampires. We all know these actors whose names evoke a hero or a very specific genre in our memory. But despite these stereotypes, many actors got rid of the label that had stuck with them since their first films and brilliantly continued their careers in Hollywood.

Friendly invites you to remember these actors who managed to escape the stigma of their leading roles and forge fascinating careers in Hollywood.

1. Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe grew up before our eyes on the screen, while many people grew up with him. Today, he did his best to “divorce” Harry Potter and prove that he is a talented young actor, not just “the boy who survived”.

He particularly tackled independent films very experimental, daring, and creative. Among them, Kill Your Darlings, where he plays the beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg, and Swiss Army Man, where he plays the most insolent and odious role, but also the most sincere and the most considered … of a farting corpse. Yes, you read that right. And it was a great success.

2. Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake gyllenhaal has forged the reputation of bizarre Hollywood darling. And he actually made performance intriguing over the past decade. His decisive role was that of the eponymous hero of Donnie Darko, a strange and menacing character in an equally strange and menacing film.

Today, he often plays characters that one could describe as “bizarre”, that they are disturbing (Enemy, Zodiac, Nocturnal Animals) or psychopaths (Night Call, Demolition, Spider-Man: Far From Home).

3. Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, another eccentric Hollywood, went on a crusade to pick the most bizarre roles in order to distance himself from Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and with the charming vampire of Twilight. It is no wonder that his projects are often both controversial and stimulating. This is the case for example of the monochrome horror film The Lighthouse. Pattison has declared: “I just want to do something weird”, and he admitted accepting the role after reading the script and figuring he would have a cool mustache.

He will also play the role of Bruce Wayne in the upcoming film on Batman, who promises to be very special, if only because Pattinson refuses categorically to gain muscle for this role.

4. Elijah Wood

The career by Elijah Wood reached its peak with his role in the trilogy of Lord of the Rings. So he decided to launch into more eclectic cinematic choices and undertook several unusual projects.

He is the star of two weird TV series: Dirk Gently, holistic detective, and Wilfred. The actor focuses mainly on horror movies and the dark comedy – and everything in between – we are far from the fantastic adventures of Frodon Sacquet.

5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt started out playing small roles in rosewater sitcoms (Third planet after the Sun) and romantic comedies no less out of date (Ten good reasons to dump you). Since then, he has shown his formidable talent of the actor: independent dramas tense like 50/50 and Mysterious Skin, to blockbusters like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, passing by the highly acclaimed 500 Days Of Summer, a clever movie showing what a real-life relationship looks like, which has little to do with ordinary romantic comedies.

6. Emma Watson

Since Harry Potter, Emma Watson has evolved into mature roles with elegance and confidence, proving that she is capable of playing any type of character. In Charlie’s world, she masterfully played a teenage girl who has nothing in common with Hermione Granger. Unlike Daniel Radcliffe, she continues to star in blockbuster movies, like the remake of The beauty and the Beast.

Watson is also known to be very strict in the choice of roles and gravity generally around feminist and progressive stories, like the recent adaptation of Little Women.

7. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is typically the daughter of Disney Channel children’s actor posters: The Palace Life of Zack and Cody, Hannah Montana, The Wizards of Waverly Place, etc. After the end of this last series, Selena Gomez came out of the Disney bubble and took on more adult roles in a few films. controversial, as Bad Company and spring breakers, where she performed in intense scenes.

The young actress has proven herself in the unique field of dubbing: she gave her voice to a teenage vampire in the franchise Hotel Transylvania and landed the role of the lead actress in the trilogy Arthur and the Invisibles.

8. Ezra Miller

The two most famous performances by Ezra Miller are teen dramas: Charlie’s world and We Need to Talk About Kevin. While the first film is a powerful story about adulthood, the second is a thriller, exploring mother-son relationships, parenting failures, and “difficult children”.

The career of the actor has progressed dramatically towards films on a larger scale, and he’s now featured in DC superhero films and the Harry Potter spinoff franchise, Fantastic Beasts.

9. Anne Hathaway

For years, Anne Hathaway has confined herself to innocent roles in Disney films like The Princess Diaries, before being catapulted into the position of a renowned superstar. Her actress portfolio is one of the most diversified who are: comedy The devil wears Prada, the sinister Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton, the blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, the science fiction drama Interstellar and the female version ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s 8.

And when you think she’s done and she has nothing else up her sleeve, she deploys her voice in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Wretched, and performs a poignant song; and she wins an Oscar with this song.

Bonus: Kristen Stewart

People tend to judge Kristen Stewart for his role in the franchise Twilight; however, she has long proven that she is a versatile actress. Just like her partner Robert Pattinson, she now has intriguing and quirky films to her credit. Among them, the horror film Underwater, which takes place on a platform on the high seas, where filming often required the immersion actors. This film was very hard for the actress, both physically and mentally.

And who could have predicted that she would be playing the role of Princess Diana in an upcoming movie? As the said the director: “Kristen can be very mysterious and very fragile, but deep down very strong”. This is exactly what they needed to play Lady Di. So it’s time for Stewart to dust off his British accent.

Which actors have exceeded your expectations since their first roles? Give us your opinion in the comments!

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