10 Famous Actors Who Made Their Reality TV Debut


There’s no one way to carve out an acting career. Some enter the industry as children, while others slowly build a resume of commercial work and guest spots. Yet others work as background players to support themselves and grab that coveted SAG card. But there is a whole other category of actors who actually started their career in a different place – reality TV. You might be surprised to learn that many popular celebrities have been on reality TV shows before.

It’s no surprise that those who can sing or dance can – most of the time – also act. The performing arts tend to overlap, which is why so many singing and dancing competition contestants can make the leap to Hollywood. Additionally, these types of reality shows far outnumber those focused on acting (VH1’s Scream Queens seems to be the only notable example, really).

In some cases, however, the actor in question isn’t doing any kind of show on TV – he’s just on the show as an average person, mingling with singles on The big meeting or guess the price of a car on The price is right. You really never know whose career will take off.

Below, you will find out about 10 successful actors who starred in reality TV shows before they got famous. From Emma Stone to Jon Hamm, these actors prove that a path to stardom starts differently for everyone.

10 Famous Actors Who Made Their Reality TV Debut

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