Sometimes it seems like celebrities get famous overnight. When in reality, they’ve been in the Hollywood biz for a long time. Some stars even began their careers before they were teenagers! It may look like celebrities go from virtually unknown to worldwide sensations in a few months, but that’s not the case. Did you know Taylor Lautner got his start on TV long before he was cast in Twilight? Plus, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez both got their start on Barney & Friends before becoming famous on the Disney Channel!
It takes most actors a little while before they become household names. So in order to build up their resumes, a lot of actors get their start on television. They appear in a few episodes of a show in order to gain some recognition. Now, to show you some examples of stars before they were mega famous, we’ve rounded up a bunch of photos. For this #ThrowbackThursday we are taking a look at our favorite celebrities in some of their first TV roles. Check out the gallery and let us know if you’ve seen any of the episodes featuring these superstars!
1. Ashley Benson on The West Wing!One of Ashley's first television roles was on the NBC drama The West Wing in 2002.
2. Demi Lovato on Barney & Friends!Demi was on Barney & Friends for 9 episodes from 2002-2004!
3. Selena Gomez in Barney & Friends!Selena appeared as "Gianna" on 14 episodes of Barney & Friends from 2002-2004.
4. Taylor Lautner in Summerland!In 2004, Taylor appeared in one episode of this WB series as "Boy on the Beach."
5. Kristen Stewart in The Thirteenth Year!Kristen appeared in one scene for this Disney Channel movie in 1999!
6. Lindsay Lohan on Another World!Lindsay appeared as "Alexandra Fowler" on four episodes of this soap opera from 1996-1997.
7. Hayden Panettiere on Aliens in the Family!In 1996 Hayden was on one episode of a show called Aliens in the Family. She was only 7 here!
8. Lucy Hale on American Juniors!Lucy got her big break on the singing competition show American Juniors in 2003.
9. MIley Cyrus in Doc!Miley appeared as "Kylie" in three episodes of this TV series that starred her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.
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10. Shailene Woodley in Replacing Dad!Shailene appeared in this CBS TV movie in 1999. She was only 8 here!
Demi Lovato looks stunning in her latest photo shoot!