Stars who got their start in music videos

Stars who got their start in music videos
Elijah Wood, who played Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

COURTENEY COX, 49

Before she played bit roles on TV shows like As The World Turns, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Family Ties, Cox was the girl living every Bruce Springsteen fan's dream - in the music video for the 1984 hit Dancing In The Dark, she played a fan who was called up on stage to dance with the rocker. She went on to star in Friends, the Scream films and Cougar Town.

ELIJAH WOOD, 32

Frodo got his first big break at the tender age of 7, when he appeared in the music video for Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl, directed by David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network). He went on to be a much-lauded child actor in indie films before landing a role in The Lord Of The Rings film trilogy.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE, 37

She'd already won two MTV Movie Awards for playing a psychotic, dangerous teen in 1993 flick The Crush. But it was her appearances in not one, but three Aerosmith videos - Cryin' (with Stephen Dorff and Lost's Josh Holloway), Amazing and Crazy (with Steven Tyler's daughter Liv) - that got Silverstone cast in 1995's Clueless, the flick that made her a Hollywood A-lister.

EVA MENDES, 39

Before she became the stuff of Hollywood tabloids, Mendes was struggling in C-grade films like Children Of The Corn V: Fields of Terror and My Brother The Pig (which also starred a pre-Lost In Translation Scarlett Johansson). Mendes, however, was living the life in MTV-land, appearing in Pet Shop Boys' Se A Vida E (That's the way life is), Aerosmith's Hole In My Soul, and Will Smith's Miami.

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