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When Actors Want to Sing Too...
Written by Raffy Ermac
 
More often than not, there is a stigma with actors who want to break out into the music business and work with other musicians who have been in the game a lot longer. There’s never real commercial appeal lost when musicians want to break out into film, but when an actor or actress wants to do their own record, people -- and fans especially -- like to turn the other cheek.
 
There are, however, quite a few acting pros who, despite the odds, have made a lot of headway in the field of songwriting (and especially performing) and have even worked with some of the most recognized and respected names in the music business. Don’t believe us? Take a look below, and see (or hear) for yourselves!
 
Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino
Glover, who made a name for himself in the hit show "Community", is also an extremely talented rapper and has worked with the likes of the legendary ?uestlove to produce a few records off of his 2011 album Camp.
 
 
 
Zooey Deschanel in She & Him
When one of America’s hipster sweethearts from the hit show "New Girl" joined forces with M. Ward, a solo musician who just also happens to be in the group Monsters of Folk, the result was She & Him, a hugely successful indie music duo.
 
 
 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
And speaking of Zooey, her good friend JGL, star of the upcoming Don Jon movie, has also forayed into music, often performing covers of popular songs and sometimes alongside Zooey herself.
 
 
 
 
 
The Lonely Island
Although a comedic group of "Saturday Night Live" actors at heart, the funny men who consist of Akiva SchafferAndy Samberg, and Jorma Taccone have collaborated with the superstar likes of Rihanna and Justin Timberlake for some of their more well-known and biggest hits.
 
 
 
 
 
Jared Leto in Thirty Seconds to Mars
Leto had a rich acting career before he joined band mates and musicians Shannon Leto and Tomo Miličević to form what is now one of the most recognized rock bands with a huge cult following. The crew has worked with the likes of fellow mystifyingly mysterious musician Kanye West for the hit “Hurricane”.
 
 
 
If these actors are any indication of how well people in film can transition to music, then we’re gonna need for all film stars with a talent and love for music to release some good music!
 
 
- Raffy Ermac, YH Staff