Celebrities That Started Their Careers in Commercials

Celebrities That Started Their Careers in Commercials

Aug 19, 2020Roshanak

Everyone in the world starts their careers at the bottom. Even celebrities have to work their way up in the acting industry, and most of them begin with TV commercials. Do you remember seeing Matt LeBlanc in a 7UP advertisement? Did you know that Mark Ruffalo promoting acne cream? Let’s discover more of these ads!

JENNIFER LAWRENCE – MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEEN

The actress might be an Academy Award winner now, but one of her first gigs ever was a commercial for MTV’s ‘My Super Sweet Sixteen.’ You might remember this reality show where kids showed off their lavish parties and presents. However, Jennifer was never part of the show. She just played the part of a birthday girl in the ad.

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STEVE CARELL – BROWN’S CHICKEN

Carell is considered an amazing comedian and actor in Hollywood. However, before he became a household name thanks to ‘The Office,’ he featured in a commercial for Brown’s Chicken. They were promoting their “Cholesterol Free Cooking,” but his character moves the letters to only show the word “free.”

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT – POP-TARTS

Joseph Gordon-Levitt started his career at a young age and got a major role in the sitcom ‘3rd Rock from the Sun’. However, he also started out in TV commercials, such as a memorable one for Pop-Tarts. In it, he plays a child that wants his father to have breakfast before leaving for work. It’s pretty adorable, although it is so old that you cannot find it in proper quality online.

CHARLIE DAY – CASCADE COMPLETE DISHWASHER

This might be one of the most confusing commercials ever made. Charlie Day plays a college graduate that does not want to enter the workforce as his parents want. For some reason, this is the story that Cascade Complete dishwasher detergent used to promote their product. Luckily, Day later became known as the janitor in ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.’

AMY ADAMS AND ANDREW RANNELLS – COMMERCIAL FEDERAL BANK

While most people understand that this is a parody, it’s still rather embarrassing to watch an actress like Amy Adams in it. Adams and Andrew Rannells’ characters are channeling the main characters from ‘Grease’ to promote Commercial Federal Bank. Yes, that’s pretty odd. Luckily, they both went on to bigger projects.

MATT LEBLANC – 7UP

The actor became one of the biggest names in Hollywood thanks to the character of Joey Tribbiani in the sitcom ‘Friends.’ However, LeBlanc was known for several TV commercials before landing his main role. He appeared in spots for KFC, Coca Cola, Heinz ketchup, and several others. One of them was a commercial for 7UP.

COURTENEY COX – TAMPAX

Another actress from ‘Friends’ started her career doing ads on television. Courteney Cox played the role of Monica Geller on the show, and one of her first gigs was Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’ video. After that, Cox appeared in a commercial for Tampax, where she plays a woman in a gym room telling the viewers about the product.

MEGAN MULLALLY - MCDONALD'S

People remember Megan Mullally best from her role as Karen in the sitcom ‘Will & Grace.’ But the actress appeared in a commercial for McDonald’s Egg McMuffin many years before landing her big part on the show. Additionally, Mullally was selling McMuffins for 99 cents. Boy, everyone wishes for those prices these days!

JANE LYNCH - FROSTED FLAKES

Jane Lynch became a household name thanks to her role as Sue Silvester on the show ‘Glee.’ But before she landed the Ryan Murphy gig, she appeared in many commercials through the 90s. The actress was also a guest on the ‘Best In Show’ in 2000. One of her memorable ads was for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, which she attributes to her success later on.

DEMI MOORE - DIET COKE

With her beautiful looks and talent, Demi Moore was on her way to stardom even in the 80s when she was making commercials. However, this spot was not ordinary. The actress was promoting Diet Coke, and it aired during the Super Bowl 22. Moore is rocking that amazing 80s hair that most women used at the time.

BEN AFFLECK - BURGER KING

Ben Affleck is another Academy Award winner that started his career doing commercials. Of course, he shortly moved on to write and appear in amazing movies like ‘Good Will Hunting. However, back in 1989, Affleck was seen using a car phone to promote Burger King. Apparently, a girl called his phone and he pretended to work at the shop to deliver her food.

MILA KUNIS - LISA FRANK

Almost every young girl had at least one Lisa Frank item. It was psychedelic with colorful unicorns, and everyone loved it. Mila Kunis got the role of Jackie in the sitcom ‘That ‘70s Show’ at the age of 14, but a few years earlier, she was in a commercial for Lisa Frank. Her clothes are so adorable, and it’s hard to believe how the actress has changed since then.

MARK RUFFALO – CLEARASIL

Mark Ruffalo is a huge name in the business, especially now with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Before he was cast as the Hulk, he was a teenager with acne in 1989. The actor appeared in a commercial for Clearasil. The ad does not last long, but Ruffalo shows a wide range of emotions that worked in his favor for the future.

LINDSAY LOHAN – JELLO

Lindsay Lohan became a huge name in the business from an early thanks to ‘The Parent Trap’ and several other roles. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see her in a commercial for Jello that was released back in 1996. Additionally, the actress is dressed in purple because it was grapy-flavored Jello!

DAKOTA FANNING – TIDE

Fanning is another child star on this list, but she started her career at an incredibly young age. You might remember her from ‘Uptown Girls’ with the late Brittany Murphy. Around that time, the actress appeared in an advertisement for Tide’s new Bleach Alternative detergent. Apparently, it’s the best one for children that love getting creative!

It’s almost encouraging that even celebrities have to work so hard to get major roles in Hollywood. Let us know which commercial was the funniest. If you liked this article, share it with your friends that cannot get enough of the stars. See you next time!