Before they starred in blockbusters and hit shows, these actors were honing their skills via some pretty hilarious (in retrospect) ad campaigns.
Take a look back at who tried to sell us everything from soda to tampons in their pre-A-list days.
Dressed as a dancer, Cox and her unforgettable haircut “told it to us straight” about Tampax in the ’80s.
Affleck played an optimistic would-be suitor equipped with a car phone in a 1989 Burger King ad.
Pre-Growing Pains, a young DiCaprio starred in a number of commercials, including a Bubble Yum spot and the Kraft Singles gem above.
Lawrence got flirty with a giant Burger King burger (really) before hitting it big.
Once upon a time, the Breaking Bad star was a wayward teen who just wanted to enjoy his Pops. Paul also did some great work as a telekinetic Juicy Fruit fan around the same time.
Before he played a lovable, yet completely irresponsible, menace on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, McElhenney declared that he didn’t need to smoke to fit in on behalf of Philip Morris’ Youth Smoking Prevention program.
Sporting another can’t-miss hair style, Fey said “Hi” to the world for Mutual Savings Bank in 1995.
Among LeBlanc’s many commercial credits is this romantic Cherry 7Up TV spot.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
A pint-sized Gellar totally slayed her Burger King commercial, in which she throws some shots at the company’s competition.
Ryan’s early ’80s Burger King ad did, in fact, get us hungry.
FirsTier Nebraska recruited the now-talk show host to promote their many locations in the state.
Just a few years before stealing our hearts in E.T., an adorable Barrymore had us craving Pillsbury cookie dough.
Stewart once played a clever young girl who schemed Porsche rides to school out of her dad.
The Office alumnus broke some “big news from Brown’s Chicken” in the early ’90s.
Ruffalo double-zapped his zits for Clearasil as a teen, and bravely looked back at his earliest work on The Tonight Show in 2016.
Young Gordon-Levitt knew how important it was to grab a something for breakfast — like Pop-Tarts.
There’s nothing like Mullally cheerily discussing the merits of Egg McMuffins in 1983 (look out for a John Goodman cameo, too!).
Yep, Cranston put his now-revered acting chops to work for Preparation H during his early days in entertainment.
Even in a Frosted Flakes ad, Lynch managed to bring the funny,
Day’s character employed some early Charlie Kelly logic when he tried to retire immediately after graduation in a Cascade commercial.