Scarlett Johansson

21 actors you probably didn’t know were musicians

From Scarlett Johansson's foray into folk rock to Jeff Goldblum's journeys in jazz, you might be surprised by some of these musically inclined thespians

Clockwise from top left: Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (Screenshot: “Cantaloupe Island” Live/YouTube); David Duchovny (Screenshot: “Layin’ On The Tracks” Live In-Studio/YouTube); Zooey Deschanel performs in 2010 (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LA Times), Christopher Lee (Screenshot: “The Bloody Verdict Of Verden” Official Video/YouTube); and Scarlett Johansson at the Coachella Music Festival in 2007 (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images).
Graphic: The A.V. Club

The cliché goes that actors want to be rock stars and rock stars want to be actors, and in some cases, the two worlds do overlap. There are obvious names that have done both relatively well, like Johnny Depp, who’s been performing with the Hollywood Vampires; Keanu Reeves and his band Dogstar; Donald Glover, who certainly made waves as Childish Gambino; and the tongue-in-cheek escapades of Jack Black in the mock metal duo Tenacious D.

But there are plenty of other movie and TV stars who have musical talents that they’ve put to use over the years—including some who might surprise you. Trying to get a wider audience to recognize that talent can be tricky. It’s one thing to moonlight in the musical arena, and it’s another to lure people into one’s more serious side on the screen. Here, in alphabetical order, is The A.V. Club’s list of thespians who are also musicians on the side—and some have definitely curated a special experience for their fans.

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