Before they were stars, Jennifer Garner, Will Smith, Tiffany Haddish, and other recognizable names in Hollywood were just actors looking for their big break. They were armed with big dreams and, of course, the all-important headshot they gave out to get cast in what they hoped was the next critically acclaimed blockbuster.
Over the weekend, as actors reminisced on the early days of their careers with the hashtag #oldheadshotday, some of the faces that turned up looked familiar.
The 13 Going on 30 star is rarely without a smile these days, but that wasn’t so when she first came on the scene.
Smith was the epitome of ’80s cool in so many ways in the photo he shared. Has anyone ever looked fresher?
If Holmes used this pic, it’s no wonder she was cast as Joey Potter on Dawson’s Creek.
The Girls Trip star managed to keep herself from laughing long enough to snap a few serious photos for her first jobs.
Before she starred in movies such as Black Swan, Portman was just a pouty, photogenic little lady.
Since Damon isn’t on Instagram, his best buddy Ben Affleck kindly posted pics of his friend’s early headshots, which looked strikingly similar to a GQ photo shoot. Of course, Affleck didn’t share any of his own vintage snapshots.
Do you even recognize the star of There’s Something About Mary in this photo? Neither do we.
The Aussie star noted her many freckles and thicker eyebrows in her headshot pic.
Seriously, this guy was born to play Steve Sanders on Beverly Hills, 90210.
The Saturday Night Live comedian admitted that she had attempted to look a lot like a certain Ghost star in her first acting photos.
Before Remini shook things up on Who’s the Boss and Saved by the Bell, she posed for this sweet photo.
Another Saved by the Bell alum shared a snapshot from one of her first modeling shoots, which appears to have taken place around the time she enrolled at Bayside High.
Even though her dad was mega-producer Aaron Spelling, she still had to submit a photo at auditions. The 90210 alum looks so different with darker hair!
Who knew the future Hermione Granger had a thing for pink … and for baking? Ha.
The jokester posted a photo of his awkward years with the hashtag for old headshots.
If you’re wondering why Davis looked so happy in this vintage photo, it’s simple: She was totally feeling herself!
When the model began acting in the late ’90s, she was married to actor John Stamos. In case you forgot that they’re no longer together and that she married actor Jerry O’Connell in 2007, someone helpfully crossed out the last name she used during the marriage.
Before she starred on Blossom, Bialik was just a blue-eyed, blonde-haired gal — without a floppy hat! — looking for a job.
The talk show host’s ’80s look helped her swing a role on All My Children that lasted 20 years.
Pre-Samantha Jones, Cattrall was a brunette.
The offspring of the famous Barrymore family began acting as an infant, partly thanks to this cute snapshot.
Shannon, a future SNL star, was willing to get dramatic for her big break.
Black-ish star Anderson began his journey into stardom with a too-cool-for-school look to remember.
The generous Oscar winner used her old headshot to pay tribute to all those who helped her as a struggling actress.
Apparently, you even need a professional photo to be in a band with your brothers. Joe and Kevin had one too.
Check out that scrunchie in the future Mrs. Timberlake’s hair!
Notice anything different about Griffin’s face? According to the funny lady, you should.
We now know definitively that, yes, Cruz always looked perfect.
Union’s cute snapshot helped earn her early roles as the unnamed “Mall Girl” on Family Matters and Ashli on Moesha.
Baby Bell could really bring the drama!
Crowe felt compelled to point out that he was more than just another pretty face.
The crew behind High School Musical liked what they saw in Hudgens’s angelic photos so much that they cast her as high schooler Gabriella Montez in the Disney hit.
Leave it to Schumer to crack a joke, even when she’s recovering from a kidney infection that put her in the hospital.
It’s understandable if you didn’t recognize Sofia Vergara’s hubby at first glance. In the headshot he shared from nearly 20 years ago, Manganiello looked a lot different than he did in Magic Mike or Justice League, although the hairstyle was similar to what he has going on today.
Witherspoon poked fun at her early snapshots, but the truth is that they worked. Two years after they were taken, she nabbed her first role, in the movie The Man in the Moon, which earned her rave reviews.
Pretty sure McCarthy was making people laugh long before Bridesmaids, thanks to her tiny cowboy hat and tiny cowboy boots.
Seriously? Sidibe’s homemade snapshot rivaled the quality of the others.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Gellar began acting when she was 4, so, yeah, her headshots are pretty dated. They’re also adorable and sent her on a career that’s lasted decades.
Philipps might not have gotten any jobs with her headshots, but they’re fantastic fodder for her beloved Instagram feed.
Do you think it was this shot that helped Facinelli earn his role as the popular jock in Can’t Hardly Wait a few years into his career?
The Modern Family actor rocked an English professor look in his early days.
Actually, Larter looked pretty similar to the way she looks now in the vintage headshot she posted.
Snow was acting by the time she was 8, and by the time she was a teenager, she was a regular on Guiding Light. The Pitch Perfect actress must have several headshots in old photo albums, but she chose to highlight a painting of herself as a little girl. While Snow referred to it as “terrifying,” she can take comfort in the fact that everyone who was alive in the ’90s will totally get it.
Check out more early headshots of the stars here.
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