For some, there is life after boy-band stardom. Pop stars making appearances in movies is hardly a new phenomenon, as cinema has a long history of making movies featuring music's dreamiest boy band heartthrobs. Even though it is rare that boy band actors successfully cross-over to have an actual career in film, here are 11 movies that you forgot featured members of your favorite boy band crushes.
Of course, a few singers-turned-actors will immediately come to mind. Guys like Justin Timberlake of NSYNC and Mark Wahlberg of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch are not just your regular, run of the mill Hollywood actors - they're bona fide A-List celebrities. And Harry Styles, formerly of One Direction, may earn the honor of joining their ranks after having appeared in Chris Nolan’s epic WWII drama, Dunkirk.
From the New Kids on the Block to NSYNC, New Edition, and 98 Degrees, once the screaming teenage girls stopped buying records, these boyz (turned) to men had to look to the silver screen to take another chance at stardom. You may remember some of these roles better than others, but each film certainly played its part in eternally encapsulating the varying talents of notorious boy band stars.
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Yes, that scrawny, scared little kid who shoots Bruce Willis's character, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, at the beginning of The Sixth Sense is none other than New Kids on the Block member, Donnie Wahlberg. He is nearly unrecognizable in his role as Vincent Grey, one of Dr. Malcolm's former patients. And Wahlberg has actually gone on to have a very successful career as an actor. He currently stars in the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, and still manages to fit in tours with the NKOTB.
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Joey Fatone, the baritone voice of NSYNC, played Angelo - Toula's (Nia Vardalos) cousin - in the 2002 surprise hit comedy, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. His character also had a dramatic moment in the film's 2016 sequel when he came out as gay to his conservative Greek family. Fatone has worn several different hats following his boy-band career including being a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, hosting a cooking competition on the Food Network, and being a lead actor in a Broadway production of Rent.
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After producing four studio albums with the boy band The Jonas Brothers, Nick left his siblings to pursue his own music projects as well as a career in acting. Nick appeared in several television shows, including episodes of Hawaii Five-O and Scream Queens. However, it was his starring role as Brett in the R-Rated, college drama Goat that proved Jonas could actually take on a heavy acting role. Unfortunately Goat, perhaps because it was such a brutal look at college hazing and the drawbacks of fraternity life, did not perform well at the box office.
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Justin Timberlake first introduced his musical talents to the world as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club in 1993. He would then go on to become the breakout star of the 1990s boy band, NSYNC. Timberlake ultimately took his talents to the big screen, but could he actually act?
One of his first prominent silver screen roles was in the 2006 Nick Cassavetes gritty crime drama, Alpha Dog, based on the real-life murder of Nicholas Markowitz. Timberlake proved his acting mettle, stepping up to the plate in his role as Frankie Ballenbacher - a character based on Jesse Rugge, who is currently serving life in person for his part in Markowitz's murder. Timberlake has gone on to have a successful career in film, appearing in major motion pictures such as The Social Network and starring in Trouble with the Curve.