15 Movie Stars Who Accidentally Became Actors

Updated June 26, 2017
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Acting, like any performing art form, is not an easy task. It requires an adequate amount of training and experience. An actor has to a go through a lot of barriers to become successful. Today we are presenting a list of actors, who chose a different path for themselves but ended up where destiny wanted them to be. They stepped out to become ordinary human beings, but were destined to become something greater. Here is the list of stars who accidentally became actors.


15. Rosario Dawson

The backstory of this beautiful actress is short, devoid of real struggle, and is like a fantasy tale. Imagine that you are sitting at your house and some big shots come out of nowhere, and make you an offer you cannot refuse. Same thing happened with Dawson. At the age of 15, Dawson was sitting on the front porch, and discovered by photographer Larry Clark and his assistance Harmony Korine. Both of them were working on the 1995 movie ‘Kids’. This sudden discovery by them, landed Dawson in a supporting role, in the same movie.


14. Sharlto Copley

Becoming a helping hand to someone, actually pays you back. After completing high school, Copley began his career as a TV producer. During this time, he met Neil Blomkamp, whom he assisted by providing computers, as the latter used to work as a 3D animator. But as time passed by, the latter ended up becoming the director of the sci-fi hit ‘District 9’ (2009). And guess what! Blomkamp returned the favor by offering Copley his first lead role.


13. Sarah Michelle Gellar

‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ (1992), ‘Scream 2’ (1997), ‘I know What You Did Last Summer’ (1997), Sarah Michelle Gellar’s filmography is packed with horror films. The way this horror-slasher queen got her first role was a miracle. Just at the age of four, she got the attention of a talent agent, while eating at a restaurant. Even at that age, she was talented enough to impress director Mat Damski, who cast her in his 1983 TV film ‘An invasion of Privacy’.


12. Evangeline Lilly

Best known for the role of ‘Kate Austen’ in the famous TV series ‘Lost’(2004-2010), Evangeline Lilly had no intention of becoming a popular face. While walking on the streets of Kelowna, British Columnbia, Lilly was discovered by an agent working at the Ford Modelling Agency. She took the path of modelling just to pay her college fees. However, this unintentional choice landed her in several TV commercials and small roles, until the release of the above mentioned TV series in 2004.


11. Kangna Ranaut

Actress Kangna Ranaut’s path to fame, was filled with hurdles and obstacles. She took the leap of faith, without any financial support from her conservative family. Started out as a model, Ranaut soon shifted to theatre because of her thirst for creativity. After giving some stellar performances on stage, she decided to become a movie star. Then started the hardest days.

As an adamant individual, she refused any sort of financial assistance from her father. As a result, she ran out of money and spent her days, eating only bread and pickle. Soon, because of her unique looks, she was spotted by a talent agent who took her to the production house of Mahesh Bhatt. There, after having a fruitful interaction with director Anurag Basu, she finally got her major break in the 2006 hit ‘Gangster’ alongside Emraan Hashmi.

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