There is nothing more annoying than finding a familiar face amongst the actors in a new movie or TV show only to not— for the life of you—be able to place where you’ve seen them before. Honestly, trying to figure out which Bollywood movie I’ve seen Never Have I Ever‘s Poorna Jagannathan in, kept me up at night. Here are 8 such actors you probably didn’t recognise in popular films and TV shows that will have you doing a double take:
Actors You Didn’t Know Were In These Famous Movies And TV Shows
1. Natalia Dyer In Hannah Montana
You may know Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler from Stranger Things but chances are you’ve seen her before! Back in 2009, Natalia made her acting debut in Hannah Montana as Clarissa Granger, the daughter of the film’s villain. Yup, she was that super fan schoolgirl.
2. Poorna Jagannathan In Delhi Belly And Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Poorna Jagannathan, best know for her portrayal of Nalini Vishwakumar in Never Have I Ever has not only been a part of some big Hollywood productions, but also two Bollywood films— Delhi Belly and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The trending reel audio ‘What you lookin’ at Kabir?’ is her voice!
3. Deacon Phillippe In Never Have I Ever
If you’re a Reese Witherspoon fan, Des’ friend from Never Have I Ever may have looked familiar. Deacon Phillippe who made his debut as high-school student Parker on the show is actually Reese’s son and makes frequent appearances on her Instagram.
4. Jamie Campbell Bower In Twilight
Being a big Twihard back in the day, this one was quite a surprise. Before Jamie Campbell Bower became supervillain Vecna in Stranger Things, he was a vampire and member of the Volturi in Twilight. Bonus fact: He also made a cameo in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1.
5. Bailee Madison In Just Go With It And Bridge To Terabithia
Bailee Madison plays Imogen in Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin but you’ve definitely seen her as a kid in quite a few movies and TV shows including Bridge To Terabithia, Just Go With It, Once Upon A Time and even on a few episodes of Wizards Of Waverly Place.
6. Shahid Kapoor In Dil Toh Pagal Hai
Shahid Kapoor may have made his acting debut with Ishq Vishk but he was no stranger to the camera even years before that. The star was part of choreographer Shiamak Davar’s dance group and had featured as a background dancer in movies like Dil To Pagal Hai and Taal.
7. Alia Bhatt In Sangharsh
Not many would know this but Student Of The Year wasn’t Alia Bhatt’s first film. The actress actually made her debut in 1999 when she played young Preity Zinta in Sangharsh. We can’t get over that cute face!
8. Ishaan Khatter In Vaah Life Ho Toh Aisi
If Alia Bhatt’s debut revelation didn’t surprise you enough, this one surely will. Before starring opposite Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak, Ishaan Khatter made an appearance as a kid alongside Shahid Kapoor in Vaah Life Ho Toh Aisi.