Last week, inspired by Lucy Hale’s new album, we gave you a list of other TV actresses who decided to step off the screen and behind a microphone… to varying degrees of success. Today, it’s time to look at the flip side of that — pop stars who set out try their hand at acting. Some of them fared better than others.
So obviously it just makes sense to rank them from “Yeah, you can totally do both. What a multi-talented performer you are” to “Please never be in anything ever again, thank you very much.”
You know who’s a great singer and a fabulous performer? Cher. You know who’s also a great actress who’s been in classics like Moonstruck, Silkwood and Mask? Cher. You know who won an Oscar? Cher.
2. Jennifer Hudson
Another Oscar winner who can belt it out and then go turn in an emotional performance. In Dreamgirls, the belting and the emotion went hand in hand. And the fact that she didn’t even win her season of American Idol makes it even cooler.
3. Mandy Moore
I think the sign of a singer who’s successfully transitioned into acting is when I see them and think about them as equal parts singer and actor. That’s what I think when I see Mandy Moore. I love her music, and I also think she’s a natural actress. Even if A Walk to Remember was cheesy.
Before she was sporting grills and showing off her armpit hair, Madonna was in some pretty big movies. There was A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, and of course Evita, for which she took home a Golden Globe. Not too shabby.
5. Justin Timberlake
Justin’s another example where I typically think of him as both a singer and an actor. In addition to some great SNL hosting gigs, he’s tried his hand at a variety of genres, from romantic comedy to drama to action. He’s not always that great at it, though, and we’ve seen so much of him you have to wonder if it’s time to focus on just one thing for a while.
Other than Dreamgirls, the movies Beyonce’s been in haven’t always been high quality. Anyone else remember Obsessed? Cringe. Still, you gotta give her credit for the good stuff.
6. Britney Spears
Oh, Britney. Britney, Britney, Britney. Crossroads was… interesting. She had some pretty entertaining turns on sitcoms like Will & Grace after that, but she should probably keep her day job. And by that I mean lip-syncing. (I know, I know, leave Britney alone.)
8. Christina Aguilera
Aside from a role as herself in Get Him to the Greek, Christina’s only appeared in Burlesque. And that got less than positive reviews, to put it nicely. It’s okay, Christina, you’ve still got that incredible voice.
9. Jessica Simpson
If that whole “chicken or tuna” dumb blonde thing on her reality show was for sure an act, I might have to put her higher. But based on her movie career alone, it doesn’t look like Jess has a very bright future on that front. Anyone remember Employee of the Month?
10. Taylor Swift
She made out with Taylor Lautner in Valentine’s Day, gave an over-the-top, super short performance on New Girl, and now she’s going to be in The Giver, one of the most highly anticipated YA adaptations of the year. Maybe she’ll prove us wrong and earn a higher spot on this list. We shall see.
11. Mariah Carey
At least Mariah more recently starred in the critically acclaimed Precious, although it was a small role. But then there’s Glitter. She won the Razzie for Worst Actress, and her cleavage was nominated for Worst Couple. Oh, and then years later she was nominated for Worst Actress of the Decade.
I don’t know about you, but I forgot Battleship was even a movie (I think I blocked it out), let alone that Rihanna starred in it. And that’s probably for the best.