15 Celebs You Never Noticed in Your Favorite ’90s Movies

From Amy Adams to Jason Segel and Jessica Alba, here are some small roles you might've missed in your favorite '90s flicks.

No one’s born a star, unless you’re Blue Ivy or North West. Most people in the entertainment industry had to hustle to get to the top, and took thankless, odd roles decades ago that now look like weird smudges on their otherwise pristine resumes. Which is why it’s not uncommon to recognize some of your favorite A-list actors schlepping through the ’90s in cameos here and there.

From Amy Adams in Drop Dead Gorgeous to Jessica Alba in Camp Nowhere, here are 15 celebs you never noticed in your favorite ’90s movies.

  • 1 Amy Adams, Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
    In her film debut, Adams plays an overly optimistic pageant queen, and insanely flexible cheerleader, Leslie Miller. [Photo Credit: New Line Cinema]

  • 2 Casey Affleck, Chasing Amy (1997)
    Making a cameo in his older bro Ben’s film, Casey plays a burnout comic book fan who accuses Jason Lee’s character of being of a tracer. [Photo Credit: Miramax]

  • 3 Dave Chappelle, You’ve Got Mail (1998)
    A depature from stoner fare, Chappelle plays Tom Hanks’ business partner, and wingman, in this guilty-pleasure rom-com. [Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment]

  • 4 Jake Gyllenhaal, City Slickers (1991)
    It’s not a bad get to start your career playing Billy Crystal’s son, which Gyllenhaal adorably does in this ’90s comedy. [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]

  • 5 Jason Segel, Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
    Segel kicked off his career playing stoners and has never looked back. Case in point: his minor role in this teen rom-com. [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]

  • 6 Jessica Alba, Camp Nowhere (1994)
    Blink and you’ll miss her, but Alba pops up in a lot of background scenes as a regular camper. [Photo Credit: Buena Vista]

  • 7 Keira Knightley, Star Wars: Episode 1 (1999)
    Knightley just got nominated for an Oscar for The Imitation Game, but back in the day she used to play back-up to Natalie Portman. [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]

  • 8 Mila Kunis, Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
    You probably remember Kunis in the movie, but just never imagined she’d be the “Mila Kunis” we know now. [Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

  • 9 Milo Ventimiglia, She’s All That (1999)
    Milo went from playing that random dude in the background just waiting to play soccer with Freddie Prinze Jr. to basically becoming the Freddie Prinze Jr. of television on Gilmore Girls. [Photo Credit: Miramax]

  • 10 Rainn Wilson, Galaxy Quest (1999)
    Before he was the weirdo on The Office, Wilson was the weirdo on Galaxy Quest, except from another planet. [Photo Credit: Universal Studios]

  • 11 Sam Rockwell, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
    NBD, just a young Rockwell playing one of the hooligans in the first live-action TMNT movie. [Photo Credit: New Line Cinema]

  • 12 Scarlett Johansson, Home Alone 3 (1997)
    For those of you bold enough to admit you like rewatching Home Alone 3 (no judgement here), you couldn’t have missed Johansson as Alex’s older sister. She looks exactly the same. [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]

  • 13 Vince Vaughn, Rudy (1993)
    Before Vaughn became the king of bro comedies, he played a big shot who gets his ass handed to him by Rudy. [Photo Credit: TriStar Pictures]

  • 14 Walton Goggins, The Next Karate Kid (1994)
    The Justified star is every man’s favorite character actor now. But, apparently, he got his start playing silent muscle men. [Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures]

  • 15 Paul Rudd, Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    Rudd’s best ’90s moment was playing Cher’s brother-turned-boyfriend on Clueless, so it’s understandable if you forgot he also plays Paris in this batshit crazy adaptation. [Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox][/item

Watch Adams and Jason Segel, co-stars on 2011’s The Muppets, rap about their favorite characters.

Tara Aquino is an entertainment writer based out of L.A. She likes people, places, and things.