Singers With an Acting Career, Some Successful Some Not So Much

It’s not rare for singers to try to expand their Hollywood horizons and dip their toes in acting. During Hollywood’s Golden Age, musical films were extremely popular, so the most famous actors could also sing. With multi-talented stars like Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Fred Astaire, it wasn’t hard to switch from the music world to cinema. Nowadays, there is more of a division between singing and acting. While some celebs transition successfully, others should stick to what they are good at.

Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker
Black Nativity – 2013. Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker. Photo By Phil Bray/Maven/Kobal/Shutterstock

Singing sensations like Mark Wahlberg, Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Hudson made beautiful transitions into moving and found lasting success in the acting world. Other’s like Madonna, Jessica Simpson, and even 50 Cent had a bumpier road. Some people were put on this earth to sing, but not necessarily act.

Check out these singers who attempted to act but failed miserably.

Britney Spears: Crossroads

Back in 2002, Britney Spears was at the height of her career. The girl was on fire. She had a chart-topping album, an incredible deal with Pepsi, and Forbes called her the most powerful celebrity. To capitalize on her popularity, it made for her to star in a movie. She landed the lead in Crossroads, and her acting was actually better than expected.

Crossroads - 2002, Zoe Saldana, Britney Spears, Taryn Manning
Crossroads – 2002, Zoe Saldana, Britney Spears, Taryn Manning. Photo By Richard Foreman/Paramount/Zomba/Mtv/Kobal/Shutterstock

However, the singer’s acting did seem a little forced. “It’s a little eerie how machinelike Ms. Spears often appears,” according to the New York Times. “Although she is obviously a human being, her looks, singing, dancing, and acting all suggest computerized composite of some people’s idea of the post-teenage American girl.” I personally loved Crossroads, but now I know why Britney never acted again.

Jessica Simpson Attended the Chuck Norris School of Acting

Jessica Simpson loves the spotlight. She spent most of her career in front of a camera, and as a child, she auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club. She made it to finals before producers told her to get acting lessons. She listened and visited Chuck Norris. “I was destined to get a Razzie,” she later told Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Dukes Of Hazzard - 2005, Jessica Simpson
The Dukes Of Hazzard – 2005, Jessica Simpson. Photo By Sam Emerson/Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock

After several successful albums, Simpsons made her cinema debut in 2005, with her role in Dukes of Hazzard. Let’s just say she fulfilled her destiny of earning a few Razzie nominations. One year later, she appeared in Employee of the Month, which didn’t receive the best reviews. The girl is certainly determined and tried again with Blonde Ambition in 2007. Only 48 people watched it opening day, and the $384 one-day-told was “one of the lowest-grossing theatrical films ever,” according to The New York Times. Yikes! She should just stick to singing.