10 Musicians You've Probably Seen on the Big Screen

Including indie-folk band Ben&Ben.

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) Chances are, you've seen biopics about real-life musicians on the big screen. But sometimes, it's also interesting to see real-life musicians show off their acting chops in movies. In fact, some of your favorite stars might have already had their red-carpet premieres. 

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Here are 10 movies that feature acting performances by talented musicians:

Ben&Ben in LSS (Last Song Syndrome) (2019)

In the Philippines, it’s common to see actors and actresses become pop stars, which is why this piece of news comes as a nice surprise. In case you missed it, indie-folk band Ben&Ben are starring in LSS (Last Song Syndrome) for the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino in September 2019. The film also stars Khalil Ramos and Gabbi Garcia, who play Zak and Sarah, respectively, whose lives intertwine as they follow an up-and-coming indie group.

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Lady Gaga in A Star is Born (2018)

Everyone knows Lady Gaga has some major pipes on her, but we all got to see another side to her singing with her film debut in A Star is Born. She played struggling musician Allie, who meets then falls in love with famous country singer Jack (Bradley Cooper). Lady Gaga was later nominated for Best Actress in the Golden Globes.

Boboy Garovillio in Ang Nawawala (2012)

If Boboy Garovillo seems like a familiar face, then you might know him from the popular Filipino music group, APO Hiking Society. Back in 2012, he lent his acting skills to the indie film Ang Nawawala, playing the role of Wes Bonifacio, the father of Gibson Bonifacio (Dominic Roco), a young man who hasn’t spoken a word since the death of his twin brother.

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John Legend in La La Land (2016)

John Legend plays Keith in La La Land, the colorful musical romance starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The American singer and pianist portrays Sebastian’s (Gosling) long-time friend, who eventually invites Sebastian into his jazz fusion band. Aside from acting on the big screen, Legend also lent his songwriting skills for the track, "Start a Fire."

Mackie Empuerto in Bakwit Boys (2018)

Mackie Empuerto is best known as being one-third of the TNT Boys, the hit singing sensation that took the world by storm with performances on Little Big Shots US and Little Big Shots UK. So, it doesn’t sound surprising that Empuerto plays a role in Bakwit Boys as one of the four brothers who try to let the healing power of music back into their lives, especially when a hurricane forces them out of their hometown.

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Dave Matthews in Just Go With It (2011)

In the hilarious romantic comedy Just Go With It starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, we see Dave Matthews—vocalist and lead guitarist of the Dave Matthews Band—portray the hilarious Ian. He's one-half of the passionate and competitive Maxtone-Jones couple alongside Devlin (Nicole Kidman). This also isn’t the first film he’s appeared in, as he also has roles in Because of Winn-Dixie and You Don’t Mess with The Zohan, among others.

Donnie Wahlberg in Saw II (2005)

Many know Donnie Wahlberg as one of the founding members of popular boy band New Kids on the Block, but others know him as Detective Eric Matthews in Saw II. In the horror thriller, he must endure the demented Jigsaw’s games in order to save his estranged son. Wahlberg has also starred in other feature films like The Sixth Sense and The Zookeeper.

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Taylor Swift in Valentine’s Day

The romantic film Valentine’s Day features an ensemble cast, each with their own experiences of how their Valentine’s Day is going. And one of the members of the cast was none other than Taylor Swift making her film debut, alongside her then-boyfriend Taylor Lautner. She plays the ditzy yet well-meaning Felicia Miller, the supportive and lovesick girlfriend to student athlete William (Lautner).

JoJo in Aquamarine

Remember the days when JoJo’s songs would play on the radio? The young pop star didn’t stop there; she later had multiple television and movie appearances—one of them being the whimsical, coming-of-age fantasy, Aquamarine. Together with Emma Roberts, JoJo plays one-half of two best friends who discover the existence of mermaidss. They work together to help one mermaid in particular (Sara Paxton) who's in search of true love.

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Beyoncé in Dreamgirls

Before adding the 2019 remake of The Lion King to her resume—she voices Nala!—Beyoncé made a red carpet appearance for her role in Dreamgirls. She plays Deena Jones, a shy girl who eventually is turned into the star of her girl group, The Dreams. Beyonce was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film. 

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