Reality TV Actors: Stars Who Turned Reality Gigs Into Acting Careers

August 19, 2013 ‐ By Iva Anthony

There’s more than one way to break into the entertainment industry. These 15 reality TV actors got their start in reality television before developing a legitimate career in acting.

reality tv actors: Emma Stone


Emma Stone

She may have scored in Easy A, but before Emma Stone was an actress playing the lead in a film, the talented redhead was on reality television. Determined to break into show biz, Stone first appeared on the 2004 VH1 reality show “In Search of the New Partridge Family.” Although she won the spot of Laura Partridge, Stone would have to wait a little longer for her turn in the spotlight. The resulting show “The New Partridge Family” never made it past the pilot. Stone went on to grab a Golden Globe nod for Easy A and will reprise her role as Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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  • D

    So we just taking Karlie’s word for it that she is gonna be in a movie. And non speaking roles don’t count in my book. No shade

  • kickash

    One person I would add to the list is DJ Pierce (aka Shangela) from RuPaul’s Drag Race. He’s showed up in TV shows in and out of drag. And I don’t count Karlie Redd until I actually see receipts.

    • Momma Dee Tha Q.U.E.E.N

      YYYAAASSSS Shagela is MY homegirl! THE most successful ladyboy on RPDR!!

  • Jemyla

    y’all didn’t need to add ol’ karlie redd….

    • Reese

      She hasn’t been successful or notable.

    • L.T.

      I agree. Why IS Karlie Redd even mentioned. She still hasn’t made it. She’ll be collecting social security by the time she makes it big. If that EVER happens.