People are quick to criticize actors who try to crossover into the music industry and vice versa but instead of focusing on the negative here are my picks for five actor/singers who actually delight audiences when they showcase their various talents.
5. Mandy Moore - She's not the most stellar actress or singer but when she did A Walk to Remember all the stars seemed to align for a nice blend of both sets of her artistic skills. She shed her "Candy" pop music style for a more subtle sound with her album Wild Hope and in films like Dedication she gracefully submerges into quirky roles.
4. Emmy Rossum - If you're a fan of Imogen Heap and Frou Frou then Emmy Rossum's music might be for you. She was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit Award plus she just had a film at Sundance. She has the potential to be a great actress and I could totally see her starring on Broadway.
3. Will Smith - Okay, so he's not a singer but who doesn't know the theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He scores big at the box office and he's able to flex his dramatic chops in films like Seven Pounds.
2. Zooey Deschanel - Paste magazine named She & Him's Volume One as the 2008 album of the year. She's gained loads of "street cred" in both the music and film independent scenes and a continuous yellow brick road to further success seems quite likely.
1. Jennifer Hudson - She's only at the beginning of her career and she already has an Oscar and a Grammy for her mantle. Enough said.
Honorable Mentions: Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathaway - They don't have albums but they did a nice job on their duet at the Academy Awards.
Labels: Misc., Zooey Deschanel
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