“Started from the bottom now we’re here.” Most actors work hard to get where they are, but before they were somebody, they were nobody. Here are some first time views of your favorite celebs. Check it!
01. ROBERT DOWNEY JR.
A 5yo Ironman first appeared in Pound (1970), directed by his father Robert Sr. His only line in the film is “Have any hair on your balls?”
02. LEONARDO DICAPRIO.
9yo Leo is seen here auditioning for The Outsiders (1983). He didn’t get the role obviously, but instead worked his way up the ladder by doing commercials and eventually landing a role on the TV show Growing Pains.
03. ANGELINA JOLIE
Angelina found her way into film early on because of her father, Jon Voight. Here is her first on screen appearance in Lookin’ To Get Out (1982), which also stars Mr. Voight. She’s was 7 at the time.
04. JOAQUIN PHOENIX
8yo Joaquin started out with his brother River in the TV series Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1982). Joaquin would later go on to rule at life and blow us away with his role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2014 masterpiece, Inherent Vice.
05. NICOLAS CAGE
All hail the one true God and acting legend, Nicolas Cage. I’m sure being a Coppola helped Cage get his foot in the door. Here he is at age 17 showcasing his badassness in Best of Times (1981). Side note: This film is also Crispin Glover’s first time on screen. You may know Crispin as Marty McFly’s dad in Back to the Future.
06. REESE WITHERSPOON
15yo Reese stars in The Man in the Moon (1991). She actually auditioned for a smaller role but ending up getting the lead as a young girl who falls in love with her older neighbor. Not bad for her first time on screen.
07. JOSEPH-GORDON LEVITT
JGL first shows up on screen at age 6 in a TV film called Stranger on My Land (1988). Out of this whole list, he’s the one who looks least like his older self.
08. SCARLETT JOHANSSON
ScarJo is film’s hottest superhero and also Bill Murray’s BFF in Japan. She is seen here at a casting audition at the age of 9. Her first roll later that year was in the fantasy comedy North (1994).
09. BEN AFFLECK
Big Ben! Everyone’s favorite new Batman, amiright? Before he got geared up to fight Superman, Ben (age 10) starred in the PBS children’s series Voyage of the Mimi (1984). Sidenote: He also acted in a small indie film before this, but we couldn’t find footage of it.
10. JAKE GYLLENHAAL
Before crushing it in Nightcrawler, with one of the best performances of 2014, Jake (age 11) got his debut in Billy Crystal’s 1991 comedy film City Slickers.