From Hilary Duff to Jamie Foxx and even Zooey Deschanel, it’s very common these days for actors to try and cross over into music. But for every one of those, there are many more who fail. Instead of focusing on the bad, we thought we’d take a look at actors that you might not remember releasing hit songs:
1. Jennifer Love Hewitt – “BareNaked”
Jennifer Love Hewitt first rose to fame in the mid-‘90s when she starred in “Party of Five” and films like “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Sister Act 2.” Though the actress released a few albums during the ‘90s, Hewitt had a surprise hit with her 2002 single, “BareNaked,” from her album of the same name. The album peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200, but the actress hasn’t recorded an album since. Still, Hewitt has been plenty busy with her Lifetime original series, “The Client List,” for which she released a promotional single called "I'm a Woman." That's not to mention the fact that she is engaged to co-star Brian Hallisay and is pregnant with their first child!
2. Joey Lawrence – “Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix”
Former teen heartthrob Joey Lawrence capitalized on his success in the as Joey Russo on “Blossom” by branching out from TV into music. Lawrence released a self-titled album in 1993, and struck one-hit wonder gold with his song “Nothin’ My Love Can’t Fix,” which was featured on his show and several others. His music career never really took off, but don’t feel too bad, because Lawrence has a hit on his hands with fellow ‘90s icon Melissa Joan Hart on ABC Family’s Melissa & Joey.
3. Patrick Swayze – “She’s Like the Wind”
The late “Dirty Dancing” actor had a hit back in 1987 with the release of “She’s Like the Wind.” The song, which Swayze co-wrote about his wife, Lisa Niemi, was featured in the film, though Swayze actually recorded the track for another film but didn’t make the cut. The song got swept up in the frenzy of the film’s success, reaching No. 3 on the Hot 100. Swayze passed away in 2009, but we still love Johnny Castle’s classic power ballad.
4. Lindsay Lohan – “Rumors”
These days, Lindsay Lohan is more famous for making headlines than for her acting roles. Still, for a few years, Lohan was the queen of child stars, starring in films like “The Parent Trap” and “Freaky Friday.” The same year she transitioned into more adult roles in the 2004 hit “Mean Girls,” the starlet also released her debut album, “Speak.” The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200 at spawned the memorable single “Rumors,” about her run-ins with the paparazzi. With the recent “rumors” about Lindsay taking her current stint in rehab seriously, we hope she can get her career back on track.
5. Anna Kendrick – “Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me)”
The newest surprise crossover from acting to singing comes from Anna Kendrick. Kendrick, who already proved her acting chops with her Oscar-nominated role in “Up in the Air.” Last year, she starred in the surprise smash “Pitch Perfect,” about an all-girl college a cappella group. In the film, Kendrick covers Lulu & the Lampshades’ “Cups (You’re Gonna Miss Me).” Not only did the song peak at No. 17 on the Hot 100, but her turn in the film also presumably helped her land a possible role in Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of “Into the Woods,” which is also in negotiations with other A-list stars like Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Emily Blunt.