8 Singers Who Dazzled in Acting Roles

Whitney Houston showcased her acting prowess in addition to her legendary singing career, notably in 1992's The Bodyguard, where she portrayed a character with guardedness and vulnerability.

Whitney Houston

Jared Leto's performance in Dallas Buyers Club as a transgender woman, despite controversy, highlighted his dedication to staying in character even between scenes, showcasing his commitment and talent.

Jared Leto

Lady Gaga's transition into acting proved her versatility, from A Star Is Born to House of Gucci, demonstrating a range of emotions and accents, underscoring her artistic depth beyond music.

Lady Gaga

Cher, known for her iconic singing career, has also captivated audiences with her acting in films like Burlesque and Moonstruck, showcasing charisma and magnetism on screen.


Jennifer Hudson's acting career soared with roles in Dreamgirls, for which she won an Oscar, and other notable films like Hairspray, blending her powerful voice with compelling on-screen presence.

Jennifer Hudson

Bette Midler's transition from singer to actress yielded memorable performances in films like Hocus Pocus and Beaches, known for her emotional depth and comedic timing.

Bette Midler

Queen Latifah's versatility spans romantic comedies like Last Holiday and gritty roles in Set It Off, showcasing her range from charming leading lady to formidable actress.

Queen Latifah

Barbra Streisand's nervousness about performing live contrasts with her confident and engaging performances in films such as The Way We Were and Meet the Fockers, highlighting her comedic and dramatic talent on screen.

Barbra Streisand