Breakout Roles in Movies

For many well-known actors and actresses, there is the one part in a movie that made them stars.  It could happen to them on the first movie they make or many years down the line.  In this article, I will talk about a few of those celebs’ roles that propelled them into stardom.

Julia Roberts: Julia started acting in 1987.  Her first movie was in “Satisfaction” with Justine Bateman and Liam Nesson in 1988.  Roberts played the loose bassist Daryle.  It would be another two years until Julia Roberts would capture everyone’s hearts as the hooker Vivian Ward in “Pretty Woman”.

Will Smith: Before he was the king of the box office, Will Smith was known as “The Fresh Prince”.  In 1985, Jeff Townes and Will Smith formed the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.  They became known for such singles as “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Summertime”.  Will started his acting career in 1990 as lead in the NBC sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  The show lasted for six years and after it came to a close, Smith decided to pursue a movie career.  His first two movie roles cemented a promising career but it was “Independence Day” , which was released in the summer of 1996, that made Smith a star.

Cameron Diaz: At the age of 22, Diaz landed her first role in a motion picture as Tina Carlyle in the 1994 hit movie “The Mask” with Jim Carrey.  Cameron would go on to act in five more movies before she became a household name.  In 1997, Diaz co-starred along side of Julia Roberts in the comedy hit “My Best Friend’s Wedding” as the sweet, naive Kimberly Wallace.  It was the role that struck gold for Cameron because of her comedic timing which led to her first leading role as the title character in “There’s Something About Mary”.


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