SAG Stars: Before They Were Famous

From this nominee's battle with kangaroo monsters to a blonde bombshell's jaw-dropping Pepsi ad, see your fave SAG-nominated actors in their pre-fame roles

01 of 09

BRADLEY COOPER

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Nominated for: SAG Award for actor in a leading role (Silver Linings Playbook)
But in 2001…: PEOPLE’s former headed to Camp Firewood alongside fellow nominee in tongue-in-cheek comedy Wet Hot American Summer, where his stint as counselor Ben leads to a covert relationship with a fellow staffer (Michael Ian Black).

02 of 09

SOFIA VERGARA

SOFIA VERGARA

Nominated for: SAG Award for actress in a comedy series (Modern Family)
But in 1990… the 17-year-old Colombian actress turned heads in a Pepsi commercial, stripping down to a barely-there bikini on the beach in a bid to grab a soda. Check out her cheeky beachfront striptease here.

03 of 09

NAOMI WATTS

NAOMI WATTS
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Nominated for: SAG Award for actress in a leading role (The Impossible)
But in 1995 : fast-forwarded to the future to play Jet Girl, the companion of Tank Girl’s title character, who’s tasked with saving a planet stricken with extreme drought-like conditions and human-kangaroo hybrids.

04 of 09

JON HAMM

JON HAMM

Nominated for: SAG Award for actor in a drama series (Mad Men)
But in 2002…: suited up to play Peyton Sanders, a Don Draper-like character courting Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) on Gilmore Girls. Watch a clip from his one episode arc here.

05 of 09

AMY POEHLER

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Nominated for: SAG Award for actress in a comedy series (Parks and Recreation)
But from 1996-2000…: She regularly tied her hair in pigtails and put on her brace face to stop by the Late Night with Conan O’Brien studio in hopes of wooing the talk show host as Stacy, sidekick Andy Richter’s fictitious little sister.

06 of 09

TY BURRELL

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Nominated for: SAG Award for actor in a comedy series (Modern Family)
But in 2004…: He played a jerky businessman who sought refuge from a zombie-filled world in a suburban mall in Dawn of the Dead. (And based on that picture, the zombies won.)

07 of 09

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Nominated for: SAG Award for actress in a leading role (Silver Linings Playbook)
But in 2007 : The honed her acting chops on crime drama Cold Case playing Abby Bradford, a troubled girl piecing through the mysterious death of her mother, played by Paula Malcomson. Five years later, Malcomson would reprise the role of Lawrence’s mother in wait for it, The Hunger Games!

08 of 09

STEVE BUSCEMI

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Nominated for: SAG Award for actor in a drama series (Boardwalk Empire)
But in 1995…: Buscemi took an uncredited bit part in pal Adam Sandler’s comedy Billy Madison, playing Danny McGrath, Madison’s former high school foe who turns out to have a quirky fetish for wearing lipstick.

09 of 09

NICOLE KIDMAN

NICOLE KIDMAN
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Nominated for: SAG Award for actress in a supporting role (The Paperboy)
But in 1983…: The made her way to the farmland of rural Australia to hunt down a pair of thieves in the ’80s remake of 1947 holiday flick Bush Christmas, which was only the teen’s third credited film project.

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