13 Actors You Didn’t Know Were In A Band

Jada Pinkett-Smith, Wicked Wisdom
Wicked Wisdom, Jada Pinkett-Smith

Known as Jada Koren when she hits the stage with her metal band Wicked Wisdom, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s band has opened for the likes of Britney Spears and played the iconic Ozzfest in 2005.

Ryan Gosling, Dead Man's Bones
Dead Man's Bones, Ryan Gosling
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Performing under the alias, Baby Goose, Ryan Gosling and his buddy Zach Shields formed Dead Man’s Bones in 2009 to write musical love stories about ghosts and monsters.

Adam Brody, Big Japan
Big Japan, Adam Brody

The OC star wasn’t fronting the indie-rock four-piece back when they formed in 2005, but kept the beat going from behind the drums. Due to Adam Brody and bandmate, Bret Harrison’s, crazy schedules, the band was a casual hobby, only playing shows and recording when there was free time.

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Jason Schwartzman, Coconut Records


Coconut Records, Jason Schwartzman
You might know him better for Wes Anderson films like, Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, but Jason Schwartzman is an accomplished musician who not only played in the band Phantom Planet, but channeled his musical talent into his own indie-solo act, Coconut Records.
Ed Westwick, The Filthy Youth
The Filthy Youth, Ed Westwick

Formed in 2006, The Filthy Youth was fronted by the former Gossip Girl star. Specializing in indie-rock tunes, the group had two of their songs featured in the first season of GG. However, Ed Westwick’s acting career ended up taking center stage and the group broke up in 2010.

Keanu Reeves, Dogstar
Dogstar, Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves only added to his hotness in the mid-90s and early '00s by playing bass for his band Dogstar. While it was mainly a side project for Keanu, the band shared concert billings with Bon Jovi and David Bowie. Soon after their 2002 performance in Japan, the band broke up.
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Shane West, Jonny Was
Jonny Was, Shane West
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We’ve seen Shane West in everything from A Walk To Remember to Nikita, but when he wasn’t on set, he was fronting the pop-punk band, Jonny Was. However, his acting career took up so much time, Shane had to move music to the back burner and hasn’t performed since 2009.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, The Young Rapscallions


The Young Rapscallions, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
We’ll always affectionately know him as McLovin from Superbad, but turns out Christopher Mintz-Plasse can do more than just get a fake ID. The actor linked up with three friends from his childhood to form his rock band, The Young Rapscallions which, in addition to acting, he'd love to make a living from.
Maya RudolphThe Rentals
Maya Rudolph, Late Night With Seth Meyers
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Prior to being one of the most recognizable and loved female comedians, Maya Rudolph worked out her musical talents playing keyboard for band, The Rentals. Rumor has it she now plays in a Prince cover band appropriately called Princess.

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Scarlett Johansson, The Singles


Scarlett Johansson
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When Scarlett Johansson decided to form an all-girl musical group, she reached out to some of the industry’s best, including Este Haim (of sister trio Haim), and pulled together a five-piece band to write and perform super-pop dance music.
Johnny Depp, The Hollywood Vampires
The Hollywood Vampires, Johnny Depp
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When Johnny Depp linked up with Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, the trio got busy orchestrating rock shows full of special guests including, KeshaPerry Farrell and other rock legends of music’s past.


Michael CeraThe Long Goodbye - Mister Heavenly

Michael Cera
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Michael Cera is a notable young Hollywood face thanks to his stint on Arrested Development and starring in multiple teen movies, but he’s also a musician, playing bass for indie rock band, Mister Heavenly, and a one-time member of The Long Goodbye.

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Adrian Grenier, The Honey Brothers - Kid-Friendly
Adrien Grenier, The Honey Brothers
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When he wasn’t busy filming eight seasons of Entourage, Adrian Grenier was pursuing his passion for music on the side. Tinkering around between two bands, The Honey Brothers and Kid-Friendly, he stopped playing in 2012 and began producing music instead.