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Music

When film stars sing!

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ReganS

In this day and age it is sometimes difficult to know what a person is famous for. They are always in magazines and on television, but you could not say what their talent was exactly. Yet, at the same time, there are those who are famous for having a range of talents.

Take film stars. We all have our favourites. We watch all of their films, read their interviews and root for them during award season. It is nice when their talent transcends into a different field, for example, music.

Of course, sometimes the results of actors branching out are not very good, or just very funny. Sometimes they only produce one record before going back to acting. There are, however, a number of actors who have dipped their toes into the music pool, producing something great. Here are a few of my favourites.

Jared Leto, who still young when he found fame in the TV show My So-Called Life, appeared in numerous films before forming the band 30 Seconds to Mars with his brother and two friends in 1998. The Panic Room actor fronts the band, which has released four very successful albums and toured the world, producing emotive rock songs. Whilst proving himself as a strong vocalist, Leto continues to take evocative roles in numerous independent films.

When people think of Ryan Gosling, the heartthrob star of The Notebook, they tend to focus on his diverse acting career and the various tabloid stories about what a great guy he is. It is easy to miss that he is also a member of an intriguing, indie band. He formed the duo Dead Man's Bones with a friend in 2008. Inspired by monsters, ghosts and Disney's Haunted Mansion, their songs are a little bit spooky and ever so catchy.

Zooey Deschanel has recently journeyed further into the limelight, thanks to the international success of her TV show New Girl. People would be forgiven for not knowing that she has been starring in indie films, such as Almost Famous, for well over a decade. They would be even more forgiven for not knowing that, since 2007, she has been one half of the duo She & Him. Whilst her acting style may be quirky, her music writing skills produce albums that are catchy, soulful, retro and ever so upbeat.

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Do you know any of the actors mentioned in the article? Who's your favourite film star who sings? 

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Looneytribute0002 13 May, 2015 - 17:20

*hands down* JARED LETO , OF COURSE. HE STARTED OF AS THE LEAD SINGER OF 30 SECONDS TO MARS AND WENT ON TO BECOME AN OSCAR WINNING ACTOR. HE IS INDEED AN EPIC PERSON !:)

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Jo - Coordinator 14 May, 2015 - 08:34

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Aytekin1D 24 May, 2014 - 07:12

My favorite film star is Selena Gomez.My favorite band singers,ONE DIRECTION's have only one film,but this film is so natural.Because this film speak about their music life.This film's name is THIS IS US

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Negar1995 19 February, 2014 - 16:29

i think that film stars have a pseus self confidence! thy think that because the are famous they should be a singer too! but d they dont have a good sound.

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ellen 30 November, 2013 - 18:08

I want a real issue.
My favorite film srars , I also know the Disney stars like first Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato , Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Miley Cyrus ,Ashley Granade and s.on/
My best star SELENA GOMEZ.

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MALINE 30 November, 2013 - 17:17

I like Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato.
I´ve seen movies about Ryan and Zooey but I have never hear them sing,I like Zooey and her sister Emily at Bones,they are very funny.

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SandraB 28 November, 2013 - 21:48

I knew all the three of them and they are amazing actors and singers too.I also know the Disney stars like Demi,Miley,Vanessa,Selena,Ashley,but the only ones that can really sing are Miley,Demi and Zendaya.And also the Jonas Brothers,they are relly talented i don't know why they broke up.

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Natalija 2 November, 2013 - 14:42

Yes, I heard for Ryan Gosling, I really liked The Notebook. My favourite film stars who sing are Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn. They are dead now, but they were really great. I like when actors sing as well, and that's why I like the old Hollywood.

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Hanyc 26 October, 2013 - 17:02

I don't know an of the actress that is in the text....But My favourite ones are: Ros Lynch, Selena Gomez....

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lovelive 18 October, 2013 - 16:06

I don't know they both. My favorite singers are Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato. Demi sings and also acts on movies. She acts so well and sings amazingly.

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Harabeli Supersweet 17 October, 2013 - 17:30

I have heard about the actors who are mentioned in this article, but I'm not a fan of them. I like Taylor Swift, a music star who acts. Selena Gomez is such a nice actress and singer too.

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Lavender 17 October, 2013 - 08:24

I know Ryan Gosling and Zooey Deschanel. I watched their movies (I'm really into The Notebook) but I've never heard them singing before. Among my favorite singers there are some stars who can sing and act they are Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus (she's not my favorite any more but I still love her songs).

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