Just in case you needed an excuse to fall in love with theater and sign up for CYT, here are some famous actors who got their start on the stage.
[Disclaimer: While all of these celebrities have gone on to have impressive film careers, we are especially fond of #7]
1. Robert Pattinson
Yup, Edward of Twilight fame started off performing in amateur theatre. Notable roles included unnamed Cuban Dancer in Guys and Dolls and Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes.
2. Lea Michele
Long before she was our favorite character on Glee, Lea Michele was the understudy for the role of Young Cosette in the Broadway musical Les Miserables at age 9 in 1995.
3. Andrew Garfield
The Amazing Spiderman movie franchise star played Billy in Kes at the Manchester Royal Exchange and Romeo in a 2005 stage production of Romeo and Juliet.
4. Kristen Bell
Kristen’s debut into acting was as the (hugely integral) dual role of a banana and a tree in a suburban Detroit production of Raggedy Ann and Andy. She also appeared in the short- lived Broadway musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
5. Sarah Jessica Parker
She was the lead in the Broadway revival of Annie in 1979!
6. Hugh Jackman
Wolverine. Van Helsing. Curly? Yes. Hugh Jackman become semi-famous for his role as Curly in the production of Oklahoma! at the Royal National Theatre in 1998. Before that, he played Gaston in Beauty and the Beast at a local theater in Melbourne, Australia.
7. Michelle Williams
This three-time Oscar nominated actress spent much of her childhood on the CYT San Diego stage in shows like Sound of Music, Annie, and Tom Sawyer. No matter how hard we try, we could not be more proud of her and all that she has accomplished since then.
8. Natalie Portman
Before being Queen Amidala in the revamped Star Wars movies or winning an Oscar for Black Swan, she grew up going to theater camps and was an understudy for the lead role (along with Britney Spears) in the Off-Broadway musical Ruthless.
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
In 1990, she took to the stage at the acclaimed Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. She started garnering fame in movies in 1995 and went on to win an Oscar for Shakespeare in Love in 1998.