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16 Amazing Actors Who Became Legit Musicians

It's not just child actors and Disney Channel stars! The move from screen to studio is a challenging one. From 'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale to 'Degrassi' Drake, check out who made the cut

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Lucy Hale

When this Pretty Little Liar isn't running away from stalkers and dating teachers she's dedicated to making country music cool again. Hale might play the alt-rock Aria on PLL, but her true passion is found down South with an acoustic guitar in hand. Check out the almost-too-sweet "You Sound Good to Me" from her debut album Road Between.

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Jennifer Lopez

For more than 20 years, Jennifer Lopez has worked hard to make herself a mogul. She did one better: she's now an industry, someone to be reckoned with. We know her so much more now as a musician, but Jenny from the Block was initially famous for being an actress. May we never forget Selena.

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Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx is an interesting case. He's known both as a musician and an actor, not one more than the other...that's a rare accomplishment. These days it seems like he's taken more to being in front of a camera than a microphone. We won't hold it against him.

BTW, he and J.Lo got their start on Fox's '90s series In Living Color, Foxx as a comedic actor and Lopez as a Fly Girl dancer.

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Jared Leto

Who could forget Jordan Catalano, arguably the most beautiful man to ever walk this Earth? The apple of Claire Danes' eye, Jared Leto was a young (acting) heartthrob before discovering arena rock. Enter 30 Seconds to Mars, his emo baby. The band has a massive following and Leto is still oppressively gorgeous. Your childhood crush was on point.

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Lindsay Lohan

The days before crazy LiLo! Lindsay Lohan started acting at an incredibly young age before attempting a singing career. While her 2004 debut Speak hit No. 4 on the album charts, her music career never totally took off. Still, she got two pretty good records out of the deal. We're hoping for a Pink Slip reunion, truly.

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Hilary Duff

You loved her as Lizzie McGuire, you loved her as a singer. Remember "Come Clean"? "Why Not"? It would do you well to listen to her 2015 album Breathe In. Breathe Out. The girl still knows how to sing over a hook!

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Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson can do a lot of things. Singing is not one of them, but her 2008 album of Tom Waits covers and her 2009 collabo record with Pete Yorn have their defenders. Either way, being an A-list actress and one of the most beautiful people to ever exist is pretty cool, too. Give her a chance with the intimate "Falling Down" above.

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Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens was the star of High School Musical, so her move to a solo music career was all but surprising. What is shocking, however, is that her music was super sexual. One word: "$$$ex." We want you on the silver screen, girl!

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Donald Glover

Comedian and former Community star Donald Glover loves music—the dude lives and breathes the stuff. His rap alter ego Childish Gambino has a pretty large cult following. The guy can clearly do whatever he wants and we're not complaining.

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Miley Cyrus

NEVER FORGET HANNAH MONTANA! It seems as though the Miley we know now—the Miley we now love—is anything but a movie star. We see her as a ferocious (and fearless!) pop icon. She made the transformation and she made it well.

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Ahh, Degrassi: The Next Generation. The teen drama to end all teen dramas. Unlike prudish primetime programming in the United States, Degrassi was controversial, dealing with issues of drugs and sex in a real way. Perhaps one of the sweetest characters was the wheelchair-bound Jimmy Brooks, played by Drake. ICYMI, the Canadian talent went on to become on of the most massive rappers today. That, my friends, is how you do a 180.

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Ariana Grande

There's been no shortage of Disney stars leaving their mid-afternoon sitcom slots for bigger and better things on arena stages. The success rate of Nickelodeon stars, however, has been much less. Ariana Grande is the first to hit super-stardom after leaving the show Victorious (where she was not the lead.) Now with two No. 1 albums, there's no stopping our baby Mariah!

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez has been working since she learned to walk. Okay, maybe not that long, but it certainly feels that way. She started alongside fellow Disney star Demi Lovato on Barney and Friends before landing her own show, Wizards of Waverly Place. After releasing three albums as Selena Gomez & the Scene, she's released two No. 1 solo LPs, including last year's very adult Revival.

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Eddie Murphy

Here's a fun throwback fact: Eddie Murphy, the absolutely beloved comedian, actually released a successful pop album in 1985. His single "Party All the Time," featuring vocals from Rick James, even hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. These days, The Nutty Professor actor continues making music, but he's anything but silly when it comes to his adult contemporary R&B styling. Click above to hear some smooth jamz.

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Miranda Cosgrove

Miranda Cosgrove is another one of those young female go-getters. She started acting at the age of three (!!!) when she was in a series of commercials before making her film debut with 2003's School of Rock. She later landed a role on Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh before starting iCarly, a show that made her break the record for the highest-paid child actress. In the midst of all this, she released her debut album Sparks Fly in 2010. It did well, but not great. Guess we know what her true calling is!

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Demi Lovato

The true mark of an actor-gone-musician is that you can barely remember their earliest days. Demi Lovato is a singer, through and through. Just look at the success of her version of Frozen's "Let It Go"! She's only 23 and she has five full-length albums under her belt. What's wrong with being confident?

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