Music videos have become an art form all their own, complete with storylines, special effects, and famous movie and TV stars. Many of your most beloved actresses have appeared in music videos, lending their presence to bring songs to life.
Check out this list of 15 Actresses who have appeared in music videos
Before she hit mass fame as Olivia Pope, Kerry Washington co-directed and starred in Common’s music video for “I Want You” in 2007. The video, which stars Washington as Common’s obsessed ex-girlfriend, also features Alicia Keys as his new girlfriend as well as Kanye West, Serena Williams (who was his real girlfriend), actor Derrick Fisher, and his wife Sophia Luke.
The talented Olivia Wilde appeared in rock band Dashboard Confessional’s video for “Stolen” in 2006, right around the time she also had a small role in the movie Alpha Dog which co-starred her future movie-child Justin Timberlake. The two would play mother and son in JT’s film In Time. Coincidence? I think not!
Salma Hayek and ZZ Top is an unlikely pairing to say the least, yet they appeared together when ZZ Top’s released their video for “She’s Killing Me” which appeared on the soundtrack to the 1996 film From Dusk til Dawn which stars Hayek. In the video a sultry Salma in red haunts George Clooney, who also stars in the film. The video also includes clips from the film throughout, most notably Salma’s s e x y table dance.
To her long list of career achievements Halle Berry can also add music video star and making out with Fred Durst for her role in Limp Bizkit’s “Behind Blue Eyes” music video. This melancholy video depicts Berry and Durst in a relationship similar to the storyline of Halle’s 2003 film Gothika. The video was highly praised and the song was featured in the film but did not appear on the movie’s soundtrack.
Angelina Jolie starred in the Rolling Stone’s music video for their song “Anybody Seen My Baby” back in 1997. In the video she plays a stripper who leaves mid-performance to wander the streets of New York. Jolie sports a buzz cut for her role.
Taraji P. Henson
The ever talented and funny Taraji has shared the screen with many movie stars and handsome music men. She was the leading lady in Jamie Foxx’s “Just Like Me” video, Tyrese’s “Stay,” and Common’s “Testify“. It’s good to be her!
Scarlett Johansson plays the girl who steals Justin Timberlake’s heart and then crushes it by cheating with his best friend, which sparks a car chase between her and Timberlake that leaves her dead with a devastated Timberlake running to her side in his music video for “What Goes Around…Comes Around.” We won’t even begin to read into that video concept but rumor had it that JT cheated on Cameron Diaz with Scarlett back then.
Regina King isn’t just a talented actress, she’s a director, too! The Southland star stepped behind the camera to direct Kelly Price’s video for “Not My Daddy” feat. Stokley from Mint Condition and R&B artist Jaheim’s video for his single “Finding My Way Back” in 2010. She also stars in the video as Jaheim’s neglected lover.
In perhaps the most dramatic and substantive role of her career, Megan Fox stars in the Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie” video. Fox and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings series) portray a volatile couple in a tumultuous relationship.
In 2011 The Parenthood star appeared in TV On The Radio’s psychedelic video for their song “Will Do.” Bryant plays the lead singer’s ex-lover who now only exists in the memories he relives in virtual reality.
Kunis has appeared in her share of music videos, most notably Aerosmith’s video for “Jaded” in 2000. She played a young woman who is living a lavish lifestyle but is utterly bored and numb to feeling.
An unknown Eva Mendes was getting jiggy with Will Smith in his “Miami” video in 1998. She made a brief appearance as one of the girls in the car who sings “bienvenido a Miami.” You know, the only part where you hear a woman’s voice in the chorus. Mendes also appeared in an Aerosmith video, and “The End Never Ends” video by the Strokes just like the actress on our list, Mila Kunis.
This bite-size bombshell played 50 Cent’s ride or die chick in his video for “21 Questions” back in 2003.
Back in the day when Jennifer Lopez was only known for being a Fly Girl on In Living Color she appeared in Janet Jackson’s music video for “That the Way Love Goes,” getting her groove on on the dance floor.
15. Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria appears alongside Christina Applegate, Christina Milian, and Jessica Simpson in Simpson’s music video for her song “Public Affair” in 2009. The four gals star as BFF’s who are so famous and beautiful they can get whatever they want. The group hits the roller rink where they groove to Jessica’s song on wheels. The video also features Ryan Seacrest, Andy package, and Maria Menounous.