Let’s face it — every actor in Hollywood has to start somewhere. For some of your favorite actresses it means working the small screen as a video vixen. While it’s not uncommon for celebrities to lend their star power to music videos, several award-winning actresses’ first roles were music videos. At that time, they were just the featured extra or eye candy. For Angelina Jolie, that’s a long way away from her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Girl, Interrupted in 2000. Back in 1993, she was the star of Meat Loaf’s video for “Rock ‘n’ Roll Dreams Come Through.”
In fact, the ‘90s were a pivotal time for the video vixen and for actresses getting much of their early work. Alicia Silverstone famously appeared in two Aerosmith music videos — one alongside Steve Tyler’s daughter Liv — before becoming the star of Clueless. Courteney Cox danced in the dark for Bruce Springsteen long before she was one of six Friends hanging out at Central Perk. And then are TV stars like Keri Russell and Mila Kunis, who appeared in music videos just as they secured their first major TV roles.
So really, thanks are owed to Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Everclear, Green Day, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Meat Loaf, The Offspring, and Will Smith for giving these women their “big break” or at least keeping them in Hollywood long enough for them to find their footing.
Can’t get enough of your favorite video vixens? Neither can we! That’s why we’re celebrating all month long with I <3 Video Vixens.