16 Famous Celebrities And Their Breakout Roles That Made Them A Star

5Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake was born into the Gyllenhaal family where his father Stephen Gyllenhaal was a director and his mother Naomi Foner was a screenwriter. People had high hopes for the young actor. He made his debut in 1991’s ‘City Slickers’. This was followed by a number of side roles in his father’s productions. It was in 2001’s ‘Donnie Darko’ that Jake became a huge name in Hollywood. The movie flopped at the box office but the critics loved it.

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6Emma Stone

Emma Stone began her career as a TV show actresses on a number of shows like ‘In Search of the New Partridge Family’, ‘Lucky Louie’, ‘Heroes’, etc. Her first movie role was in 2007’s ‘Superbad’ which became a huge sleeper hit. Even today it is ranked as one of the best comedies of the 2000s. The critics noted Emma’s excellent performance.

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7Rachel McAdams

Nobody will ever forget seeing Rachel McAdams for the first time in the now cult classic ‘Mean Girls’. The teen comedy based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 non-fiction self-help book, ‘Queen Bees and Wannabes’ was a huge hit at the box office and even with critics. Rachel McAdams played the now iconic ‘Regina George’.

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8Kristen Dunst

She began her career at the age of 12 in 1994’s ‘Interview with the Vampire’. The movie was a hit and Kristen gained widespread recognition for her performance. Movies like ‘Jumanji’ and ‘Small Soldiers´ which are both not cult classics made her even more famous. Many credit the Sam Raimi ‘Spider-Man’ movies as her breakout role but those movies just boosted her stardom.

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