Today is Michael Cera‘s birthday, which got us thinking about his career – where he began, where he is now, and everything in between. It’s been over a year since Arrested Development broadcast its fourth season on Netflix, but I still recall the mild reluctance Michael Cera expressed at reprising his role as George Michael Bluth. I understand it somewhat, because he’s in a different place in his life and he’s older and wiser and wants to switch up his “Nervous Nellie” casting image, blah blah blah. But it poses the question: Why do so many celebrities tend to forget where they came from? I don’t mean geographically or financially. I mean celebrities who forget where the roots of their career lie – what made them famous in the first place.
Here’s our list of such celebrities. Tell us if you agree.
1. Megan Fox
Megan Fox (with a little help from Dr. Rhinoplasty, just guessing) may be all sensual and pinup-y now, but lest we forget that this little vixen got her start in that one Olsen twins movie that took place in a foreign country with dreamy teenage boys and an easily solved predicament. Don’t think we forgot, Megan. I had a younger sister who would watch this on VHS daily as if her life depended on it.
2. Kelly Ripa
She’s now known for making everyone say “Kathie Lee WHO?” and showing off her rock-hard abs on the cover of tabloid magazines, but this little lady was a soap opera star throughout most of the ’90s. I only know this because I became intimately familiar with the plot lines of All My Children every day after school.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Okay, so this might be my Captain Obvious moment of the day, but the list would be incomplete without her so shut up. Can I just say I LOVED The Parent Trap growing up? Both versions, of course (What do you take me for?). It’s so sad that Annie James and Hallie Parker are now just one, unified, barely-recognizable, shell-of-her-youthful-self Instagrammer with alotta sad sideboob.
4. George Clooney
It may seem implausible now, but maybe in five or 10 years Patrick Dempsey will leave Grey’s Anatomy and make Oscar-worthy films. The Cloonster abandoned
Grey’s Anatomy of the ’90s ER to focus on his film career, so anything’s possible. And don’t think we forgot about your acting stints on Roseanne and The Golden Girls, either, George!
5. Alec Baldwin
Long before he made it his mission to make everyone forget about his solid acting career by becoming an insufferable twat, Alec Baldwin got his start on soap operas as well. I fondly remember him as Melanie Griffith’s asshole boyfriend in Working Girl, and reluctantly still think Young Alec is pretty cute. Old Alec needs to put a sock in it, though.
6. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston’s early days on the acting scene live forever in gems like Leprechaun and the very-quickly-cancelled TV spin-off of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now she gets paid to pretend Aveeno made her face look younger and totally different than it used to, in addition to making shitty movies. Because I’m a Friends fan for life, I do still think of her fondly. Mostly because I know she’s better than Rumor Has It. Or maybe not. Ugh, I forget!
7. Sean Penn
Before he was known for being an Oscar nominee, helping Haiti, allegedly abusing Madonna, marrying Princess Buttercup, and dating Charlize Theron, Sean Penn was everyone’s favorite burnout in Fast Times at Ridgemont High – also known as one of your dad’s favorite movies.
8. Miley Cyrus
I suppose most Disney stars will end up on a list like this someday, but Miley Cyrus has been especially vocal about how determined she is to distance herself from Hannah Montana. Though if she thinks her family and her career would have gone places thanks to “Achy Breaky Heart”, she’s probably mistaken. So I hope she clasps those foam-fingered hands together every night and thanks the universe for ol’ Hannah.
9. Mara Wilson
Look, I know Mara has made it clear that she’s not interested in acting. Which is why she’s not interested in a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel (for the record, neither am I). But I love her, and I still think this GIF demonstrates one of the most adorable kids-in-movies moments of all time. I know she hasn’t forgotten where she came from; I just wanted to put her on this list. Because I love her. Got it? Good.