At first, when YA novels get turned into big-budget films, the actors can be kind of… obscure. In other words, for the young people who star in these films, it’s very possible that these movies are their first big break in Hollywood. However, once the hoards of die-hard fans show up to the midnight premier of the film adaptation to their fave YA novel, all obscurity is out the window. Suddenly, these once unknown celebrities can’t seem to move their fingers fast enough to follow back their millions of fans on Twitter, Instagram and everything in between.
Not only do these celebs suddenly have to deal with paparazzi and crazed fans, but they’re also approached to participate in many more projects once the world finally knows who they are. For some, it’s another movie. For others, they’re asked to endorse a product or appear on the cover of a high-fashion magazine. Some of these fresh faces are even asked to appear in the music videos of some of their favorite musicians, which, we’re not going to lie, is pretty freakin’ cool.
The most recent YA actress to be rumored to be in an upcoming music video is The Host‘s Saoirse Ronan. If you keep up with the young star, you’ve probably heard all the chatter about her possibly being featured in Ed Sheeran‘s music video for his song, “Galway Girl.” But before we get too excited about the rumors, let’s take a look back at the female stars from one of our ~other~ fave film adaptations, Twilight — which just so happens to be written by the same author as The Host, Stephenie Meyer — and the incredible music videos that they were featured in:
It's no surprise that KStew became Hollywood's ~It Girl~ when Twilight first came out in 2008. However, what may actually be surprising is that after she was done falling in love with a vampire and befriending a werewolf, she actually starred in a music video for the legendary band The Rolling Stones.
Kristen''s totally bad-ass attitude lent itself well to the song, titled "Ride 'em on Down." In the super artistic video, Kristen is seen driving a blue Mustang, jamming out to the radio and dancing freely at a gas station. We told you she's a bad-ass!
It's no secret that Nikki Reed (a.k.a Rosalie) has released music of her own and has, therefore, starred in her own music videos. However, it's not one of her own music videos that we're talking about... it's one of Lady Gaga's!
As many of you know, in 2015, Lady Gaga released a music video for her song, "Til It Happens to You," which is about sexual assault on college campuses. In the video, Nikki is featured as one of the victims of campus rape, and while we can only imagine how difficult it must've been to film something like this, it's amazing to see that Nikki is working on projects that are truly making a difference.
Photo: Interscope Records
It's been a hot minute since Ashley Greene has played the role of Alice in the Twilight films, and now it seems like she's onto some even more challenging and artistic roles.
In January, BANNERS (a.k.a. Michael Joseph Nelson) released his music video for the song, "Holy Ground," starring Ashley as the singer's love interest.
In the emotionally charged video, Ashley finds her boyfriend lying on the floor, appearing to have suffered some sort of medical emergency with no one home to save him in time. Although the video is very well done and gets us into our feels, we can't help but miss the adorable Alice with the pixie cut we've all come to know and love!
Photo: Island Records
Dakota Fanning (or Jane, as Twi-hards know her best) didn't have to put in too much extra work to be featured in a highly anticipated music video by a super talented and extremely popular artist. That's because Ellie Goulding's song, "I Know You Care," was made for the film Now is Good, starring the young vampiress.
The video, which came out in 2012, was composed almost entirely of footage directly from the film, making Dakota's job pretty simple. And although she didn't necessarily put in any extra work to make the music video happen, it doesn't mean the MV didn't turn out to be incredibly moving, just like the film.
Photo: Interscope Records
Anna Kendrick, who played Bella's friend, Jessica, in the series, jumped on the opportunity to be featured in LCD Soundsystem's music video for "Pow Wow." The song came out in 2010, in the midst of the craziness of the Twilight franchise. In the video, Anna has some sort of superpower and is able to use it to control the men who approach her.
More recently, Anna's was featured in Justin Timberlake's video for "Can't Stop the Feelin'," in which she can be seen dancing along with many of the other Trolls cast members.
Photo: DFA Records
If you were a true Twi-hard, you'll remember Bella's friend, Angela, who was played by Christian Serratos. Around the same time that the last couple of films were coming out, Christian was featured in a music video by The Black Keys for the band's song, "Howlin' for You." The music video was unique in that it appeared to be a trailer for a movie that never existed, and Christian is featured towards the end in some sort of sword fight. The music video is a little... confusing, to say the least, but it still looks like it was super fun to film!