Selena Gomez kicked off her career on the kids show Barney & Friends before catapulting to stardom when she seized the lead role of Alex Russo on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place. She also kick started her music carrier around the same time, releasing the three albums.
While she’s currently focusing largely on the carrier as an artist, she has appeared in movies like The Big Short, Spring Breakers and more.
Kat McPhee came in fifth during her season of “American Idol” — nowhere near the top. But McPhee went on to star in “The House Bunny,” “Shark Night: 3D,” and the TV series, “Smash”.
She says , “ It’s really hard for directors to take a chance on actors, even if they might know them from something. In some cases, it’s almost like your name is bigger than what you stand for. The Idol thing obviously played into that, but you keep working and you keep your chops up and become more and more comfortable”.
From appearing on the WB’S Popstars to getting a spot in the group, Scene 23, which ended up recording seven tracks. He later started acting, and appeared on ‘Maybe It’s Me’ and ‘Do over’. Now he can be see in American drama series ‘The Arrangement’.
Nene Leakes who was first starred in ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ got a real kick from this American show as she could be seen in the reality world with her series “I Dream of Nene: The Wedding,” and roles on “The New Normal” and “Glee. She also dabbled in Broadway, appearing in ‘Cinderella’ in late 2014, and competed on other famous reality series including ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.’
The reality show, The Hills, followed Lauren Conrad after she graduated high school and was trying to make it in the fashion industry. On the show, Conrad starts interning with Whitney Port at Teen Vogue. One of her assignments is to help a future pop star get ready for a performance. One of their ordeals in the episode, was zipping up Lady Gaga’s latex cat suit. We also get a glimpse of Gaga performing her first hit, “Just Dance.”
Jamie Chung is a familiar face
on TV these days, most recently starring as Mulan on ABC series Once Upon a Time and showing up for
bit roles in The Hangover series.
But the petite California native didn’t initially intend to go into Hollywood
— in 2004, she auditioned for MTV’s The
Real World: San Diego, and the rest is reality history.
When she was 16, Stone actually won the singing competition for the role of Laurie Partridge. Her break came when she was cast in “Superbad.” Now well-known for her roles in movies including “Zombieland,” “Easy A,” and for playing Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” She won an Oscar for “La La Land.
Starting her carrier at the age of nine she first appeared on Star Search with her former group, Girls Tyme. Now she rules the world these days as she became a music icon, topping the charts and changing the musical world with her innovative ideas and projects. She acted in the Oscar-winning movie “Dreamgirls” and will next voice Nala in “The Lion King.” And to top it all off, she’s now a mother of three children.
An 11-year-old Timberlake donned a cowboy hat and sang a country song to compete as Justin Randall on “Star Search.” He didn’t win, but he did join the cast of “The Mickey Mouse Club.” From there, he became a part of the hit boy band NSYNC. He went solo and released his debut album in 2002. His newest album, “Man of the Woods” will be out this year. His first acting gig was Disney’s “Model Behavior.” His most recent film is Woody Allen’s controversial “Wonder Wheel.” He’s also performing during the Superbowl halftime show for the second time.
The most famous of all the reality star-turned-models, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star broke into the world of modelling aged 14. At first the brands turned up their noses because of her famous family but today she’s one of the highest paid models in the world.