Those photos are the calling card that gets their foot through the audition room door. Beyond that, the talent (or simply good looks) will have to speak for itself. It’s hard to remember that the massive stars we know today were ever just young and bright-eyed aspiring actors trying to land auditions and get their big breaks, but they were.
Here are some celebrity headshots from before they were famous that you will hardly believe.
12. Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington’s young headshot looks remarkably similar to the man that he is today, just … younger. Denzel studied acting for years before he started working, and started out doing plays. He had a huge career breakthrough in the 1980’s when he booked a role on NBC’s hospital drama St. Elsewhere.
11. Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey first started getting attention as an actor when he landed a gig on the sketch comedy show In Living Color. He has said that as a child he wrote a letter to Carol Burnett requesting that he be considered for a role on the Carol Burnette Show because he considered himself a master of impressions.
10. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence was spotted by a talent agent at the age of 14 and started booking TV work immediately. She had been working for years before landing the major role of Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise. In 2016 she was named the highest-paid actress in the world by Forbes.
9. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart found massive fame with the Twilight franchise, but she was acting way before that. She got her professional start when an agent saw her performing in her school’s Christmas play. That’s what happens when kids grow up in L.A. Prior to that she has assumed that she wanted to be a screenwriter or director like her parents.