Keep Rising To The Top: Supporting Actresses Who Became Leading Ladies

March 24, 2012  |  
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I love when sidekicks become leading ladies. We usually don’t even remember the humble roots of a star once she becomes big. But, if you look back at some of the first roles of these best friends/little sisters/love interests turned charming leading ladies, you’ll realize just how versatile an amazing she is…

Emma Stone

She caught our attention in Breaking Bad, but she was just the push that got the ball rolling for all the antics of a couple of teenage boys. We barely saw her after that. She’s starred in Easy A, The Help and has been in countless Hot photo shoots like this one for Vanity Fair.

Jennifer Hudson

She was first known for her voice in the 2004 season of American Idol, her curves in Dream Girls, her quirks in Sex and the City, the movie and now she is the spokesperson for Weightwatchers.

Kat Dennings

This classic beauty with dangerous curves was once the angsty, pseudo-gothic daughter of the love interest in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Now she stars in her own show, Two Broke Girls.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe shared the fame with a group of dancers in Center Stage in 2000, was the mysterious and exotic Anamaria in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, and then took the kick*A$$ leading role in Colombia.


Lea Michele

She may be constantly fighting for the attention of her boyfriend in Glee, but Lea has no trouble catching Ashton Kutcher’s eye in the holiday movie New Year’s Eve.

Rooney Mara

Rooney starts the action in The Social Network when her character dumps Mark Zuckerberg, but she basically disappears after that. She caught someone’s attention though, since she earned the role of the lead in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo over Scarlett Johansson.

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  • Prncssmn7

    I’m sorry, the biggest MOVIE ever. 

  • Prncssmn7

    Zoe Saldana was the female lead in the BIGGEST MOVE EVER (Avatar). How did that escape your attention?

  • Me

    The movie was “Colombiana” not “Colombia”. I’ma need whoever wrote this article to get it together. 

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  • sahdiyah

    “Breaking Bad” C’mon, thats just laziness on the author of this post part. Super Bad was one of the biggest break out comedies of the decade…*rolls eyes* Get it together.

  • Jazz

    Emma Stone was in Superbad not Breaking Bad…

  • Dani

    Too many freaking ads!

  • oh please everybody starts somewhere Joanne Woodwards first lead was her 3rd film and she won the best actress oscar for her work in  it. people that start as leads also eventually end up as supporting characters as they age

  • Hi, I love this post, but there is a small mistake, she played in the first Pirate of the Caribbean ^^