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There are people that have it all. Then there are the people that have it all and then some. Not every actor can sing (Sorry, Pierce Brosnan). Not every singer can act (I don’t care how many films Madonna has done.) And there are a lot of athletes that can’t do much of anything else.
Then we have the celebrity shapeshifters. The ones that seem to flow seamlessly from one craft to another and have a lot of success doing it.
These multi-talented souls don’t come along every day. But they’re definitely out there. So let’s celebrate some of the crossover wonders who just can’t seem to stick to one thing. Lucky for us!
Justin Timberlake: From Mickey Mouse to Bringing Sexy Back
Good old JT. He started out on the All-New Mickey Mouse Club before he was catapulted into major fame with one of the most successful boy bands of all time, NSYNC.
Who knew that such a teeny-bopper start to his career would actually lead to various Grammy awards as a solo artist and a more than respectable acting career?
He’s appeared in The Social Network, Trouble With the Curve, Runner, Runner and Friends With Benefits, just to name a few. Plus he can dance.
This dude is definitely what you call a triple threat.
Dwayne Johnson: From WWF to “WTF Another Fast and Furious?”
Our favorite muscle-bound tough guy came, not surprisingly, from a family of wrestlers. He burst onto the scene in the late ‘90s with his trash-talking character The Rock and went on to become one of the most successful smacker-downers of all time.
But he didn’t stop there. By 2001 he took up acting and promptly started to kick butt in Hollywood too. The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, Hercules, Baywatch and The Fast Furious franchise are just a few hits that have made him one of the biggest box office draws worldwide.
We also love that he starred in a film called The Tooth Fairy. This hunk is definitely fearless.
Amanda Seyfried: From Soap Operas to Real Opera
Hey, anybody that starred in both Mean Girls and Les Miserables deserves serious props.
This crossover queen was a model in her younger years but broke into acting in soaps like As the World Turns and All My Children.
By the early 2000’s she made it to the big screen. And sure, we all found out she could sing in 2008’s Mama Mia! But in 2012, we found out she could sing her ass off in the film version of Les Miserables. Turns out she studied opera!
Now with a ton of film credits to her name, it looks like her career won’t be over until many, many fat ladies sing.
Lady Gaga: From Born This Way to a Star Is Born
This chameleon sang her way to major success with her first album, The Fame. Her unique sound kept her on the top of the charts with follow up albums The Fame Monster and Born This Way.
As if being a mega music star wasn’t enough, Lady Gaga branched out into acting with a major role in American Horror Story: Hotel and took home a Golden Globe.
But was that enough? Nope. She then went on to expand her horizons by acting and contributing to the soundtrack of the major Hollywood film; A Star is Born.
Her number-one single “Shallow” made her the first person to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award all in one year.
Suck on that, Madonna.
Will Smith: From the Fresh Prince to Hollywood Royalty
Will Smith rapped his way to success as one half of the duo DJ Jazzy Smith and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The group picked up Grammy’s for their hits “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime.”
By 1990 Smith was starring in the successful sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. After six seasons, he set himself the goal of becoming the biggest movie star in the world.
Turns out visualization works, because Will Smith has had a non-stop series of Hollywood hits. In fact, he’s the only actor to have eight consecutive films that grossed over 100 million dollars domestically.
Take all that and a couple of Academy Award Nominations (for Ali and The Pursuit of Happiness), and it’s no exaggeration to say that Will Smith has it all wrapped up.
Jennifer Lopez: From Fly Girl to Full Fledged Idol
You might call this lady the queen of crossover, and she would probably let you. J-Lo first caught our attention as a Fly Girl dancer on the sketch comedy show In Living Color.
But her first breakout hit as an actress was in the biopic Selena from 1997. By 1999 she crossed over to the pop charts with her debut album On the 6.
But did she leave her acting career behind? Nope.
Her second album J-Lo debuted the same week as the Wedding Planner, making her the first female to have a number one album and number one film in the same week.
And she hasn’t slowed down since. She now has a string of successful films to her credit, continues to sing and dance (hello, Super Bowl!), and even showed up as a judge on American Idol. Which is totally appropriate considering she is one.
Mark Wahlberg: From Rap to Boogie
This crossover dude first made a splash as the frontman for the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in the early 1990s.
But for people that weren’t fans of rap, he was more famous for dropping his pants in a Calvin Klein ad. Was it his abs that made Hollywood come calling? Maybe.
By the mid-‘90s, Wahlberg pulled up his jeans and transitioned into acting. He even received critical props for his role as porn star Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. From there he went on to make a string of Hollywood hits including The Italian Job, The Fighter, Ted and Daddy’s Home.
Sure, he’s definitely courted controversy over the years. But that hasn’t affected his staying power as a major Hollywood actor. And he’s got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to prove it. Who’s your daddy now?
Queen Latifah: From Hip-Hop to Non-Stop
What is it about rap stars that make them such great crossover artists? Is it because they talk a good game? Whatever it is, the Queen is yet another singer/rapper that went on to major success as an actress.
Between her music and acting career, she’s picked up a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors’ Guild Awards and an Academy Award nomination for her role in the movie musical Chicago.
More recently she’s known for her role Carlotta Brown in the series Star. And from the looks of it, her star will be shining for a long time to come.
Jamie Foxx: From Standup to Hip Hop
He’s a standup comedian, an Academy Award-winning actor and a successful singer. To sum it up, there’s no summing up Jamie Foxx because he seems to have it all and done it all.
Highlights from this chameleon's career include his hilarious sketches from the show In Living Color, an Oscar that he was awarded for his performance in the biopic Ray, and his double-platinum album Unpredictable.
Speaking of unpredictable, you never know what Jamie Foxx is going to do next. But you can rest assured he’ll be amazing at it.
Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato: From Disney to Billboard
No, they are not one person. But you have to admit, Disney sure knows how to pick major stars. In this case, crossover stars.
Both of these childhood actresses cut their teeth on the popular kids show Barney before going on to star in some of the most beloved Disney Channel original movies of all time. Included among them is the Princess Protection Program, in which they starred together.
That’s when they were still BFFs in real life. Now that they’re both major singers, not so much.
I think they should make up and start a new group. They can call it The Disney Chicks.
Caitlyn Jenner: From Bruce Jenner to “What’s Her Name Now?”
Okay, she may be a little light on the artistry part. But Caitlyn is definitely a celebrity, and there’s been a major crossing over here.
She went from a male Olympic gold medal winner in the Decathlon (as Bruce Jenner) to a Wheaties cereal box, to reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, to a transgender woman with her own reality show (I Am Cait).
As far as this crossover is concerned, there’s no going back.