A successful acting career doesn’t just happen overnight, you know. In fact, some of today’s biggest (and hottest!) actors got their start on 90′s television. We’re sure you know about Ryan Gosling‘s stint on The New Mickey Mouse Club, but did you know he ALSO starred on a couple other shows?
Also, prior to Growing Pains fame, Leonardo DiCaprio was featured on a soap opera called Santa Barbara. To see other hot actors in forgotten roles of the 90′s scroll below!
1. Ryan Reynolds, Sabrina the Teenage Witch
OK, so this isn’t technically a show, but before this was turned into the popular TV show with Melissa Joan Hart, it was a made-for-TV movie, and Ryan played the ever-so-dreamy Seth.
2. Ryan Gosling, Goosebumps
RyGos starred in an episode based off the hit book series tiled “Say Cheese and Die.”
3. …and RyGos AGAIN Are You Afraid of the Dark
What’s with Ryan and all these creepy shows?! He took part in the popular Nickelodeon show by starring in the episode “The Tale of Station 109.1.”
4. Joseph Gordon Levitt, Dark Shadows
Before starring in Angels in the Outfield and 3rd Rock From the Sun, JGL starred in a reboot of the popular vampire series, Dark Shadows, back in 1991. And yes, this is the same Dark Shadows as the Johnny Depp movie that came out last year.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio, Santa Barbara
Yes, most of us know that Leo got his start on Growing Pains, but he also was on a soap opera called Santa Barbara. Here’s a video but just a warning — it’s not the best quality.
6. Shia LaBeouf, Freaks and Geeks
OK, so technically this showed on the 1999-2000 season, but we’re counting it anyways. Before Shia got his start on Even Stevens just a couple years later, he starred on the critically acclaimed NBC series that helped launch the (eventual) careers of Jason Segel, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and many more.
7. James Franco, Pacific Blue
Before becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest commodities, James got his start with a bit role in 1997 on the show, Pacific Blue.
What’s going on with Shia these days?