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Screen Stars and Music Makers: 7 Actors who are Also Talented Musicians

They have played well known characters on the screen but can also rock the stage. Here are 7 actors you can also experience through your headphones.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling and his friend Zach Shields folk on with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir in their band “Dead Man’s Bones”. The kids add some lovely quirk to the strange lyrics. You’ll be fine with being haunted by this dead man and the obviously gorgeous Gosling.

Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel has a sprawling history of musical creativity. In her band “She & Him”, she plays instruments like the ukulele while singing like an angel. Her band mate M. Ward plays and produces. Zoe sang on the Christmas hit “Elf”, so we all know her voice is great.

Robert Pattinson

Far better known for being a sad looking vampire, Robert Pattinson probably missed his true calling: music. His voice is gold like classic rock. He doesn’t put his musical side out there that often so this is a wonderful surprise. He’ll have a whole new set of fans for this stuff.

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton has released a number of albums in the past 10 years. He has a bluesy voice with a country edge. Thornton made an effort to have a music career distinct from his acting fame so it’s worth a listen beyond the Bad Santa novelty.

Kevin Costner

Kevin Costner sings in a band called “Kevin Costner & Modern West”. This is probably obvious from the title, but it’s a country band. With his music, Costner cements himself as a very well rounded talent.

Taylor Momsen

From Cindy Lou Who to fronting “The Pretty Reckless”, Taylor Momsen has had a creatively diverse career. Taylor’s voice is reminiscent of our favorite 90s female rockers as she slays any doubters by placing them in the “former haters” category. Suess' sweet little Cindy is now a full blown rocker girl.

Jared Leto

From iconic 90s crush to Oscar winner, Jared Leto would be comfortable as an actor. But Jared ventured into rock star territory with his well known band “Thirty Seconds to Mars”, and it wasn’t a terrible choice. Jared would make Jordan Catalano proud with his bad boy rock sound.