Actors With Secret Pop Careers (Who Aren’t Brie Larson)

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During the buildup to the Oscars, much was made of Brie Larson’s former career as an Avril Lavigne-like pop rocker. Once a forgotten piece of pop ephemera, her 2005 album Finally Out of P.E. and the even poppier career that came before it turned into a talking point and a beautiful (if slightly embarrassing) marker of how far the actor has come, and that we all have odd, smile-inducing corners of our personal histories (though, admittedly, few of us have iTunes entries to go along with them). Yes, she channeled that experience into her amazing performance in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but Finally Out of P.E. still hung out there, a candy-flavored skeleton in her closet.

You can see why below. 


Now that Larson is, blessedly, your Academy Award winner for Best Actress 2016, we turned our eyes outward, sniffing around to finding the other beautiful actors with shiny, shiny hair who also have buried pop secrets. Guys, they’re out there. And we’re not talking about the Eddie Murphys and Lindsay Lohans of the world, either. Keep your Milla Jovovichs and Ryan Goslings to yourself. These are the true—often embarrassing—surprises. Enjoy and never, ever forget what you see here.