Hollywood Actors Who Crossed Over To Music And Somehow Made It

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By Vanessa Doctor | September 4, 2014 1:45 PM EST

Acting and singing can go together if you have the right background and talent. A few gifted stars managed to build a successful career in both films and music industry, even garnering awards along the way.

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Singer Jennifer Lopez performs at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles

These Hollywood stars are proof multi-tasking works. Some of them are listed as follows:

1. Gwyneth Paltrow

The world realized that Paltrow has talent in singing when she performed in the 2000 movie "Duets" together that was directed by her father. She sang "Cruisin" with Huey Lewis that topped the Australian charts. She also did a cover of "Bette Davis Eyes" that ranked No. 3. She also sang in the movie "Infamous". According to Contactmusic.com, she married Chris Martin, the frontman of Coldplay. Until 2011, she sang in the movie "Country Strong" with Tim McGraw. Every now and then Paltrow continues to display her singing skills while being featured on television and live performances.

2. Taylor Momsen

The 21-year-old actress is best known for her role as Jenny Humphrey on the TV series "Gossip Girl". In between her stints as an actress, Momsen likes to indulge in music. In 2009, she said that her band, The Pretty Reckless, signed a deal with Interscope Records. She had her first tour, being the lead vocals as well as playing rhythm guitar.

3. Jamie Foxx

Foxx started his acting career in 1991. Three years later, he had a debut album entitled "Peep This". His singing and rapping talent was warmly welcomed by fans. According to Biography.com, the Academy Award winner worked with a number of artists, making hits like "Slow Jamz" with Twista and "Gold Digger" with Kanye West. "Gold Digger" became a chart topper. He has released three albums since.

4. Jared Leto

Although Leto was best known as an eye candy for teenagers during his younger years, playing roles in films like "My So-Called Life" and "Urban Legend", the world later realized that he had the vocal chops and musical talent to spearhead a band. In 1998, his rock group "Thirty Seconds to Mars" was born, featuring Leto as lead singer. The band has released four albums and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

5. Jennifer Lopez

Lopez is an actress, singer, dancer, author, producer and fashion designer. She started out as an actress in 1986 and gained fame through movies like "Selena" and "Jack". She later on established herself as "J. Lo" and featured her debut album entitled "On the 6". Since then, many of her songs became big hits like "Jenny from the Block" and "On the Floor". She continues to perform at present, even singing the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Pitbull and Claudia Leitte.

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Singer Jennifer Lopez performs at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles
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