10 performers who cross the musical-acting divide

  • Updated: August 21, 2014 - 1:29 PM

10 other performers who are credible both in drama and music:

• Zooey Deschanel. She’s equally cute in TV’s “New Girl” and in her Linda Ronstadt-like role in the duo She & Him.

• Jamie Foxx. He proved his acting and music chops (and won an Oscar) with “Ray” but his Grammy-winning voice can be heard on such hits as Twista’s “Slow Jamz” and Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.”

• Jennifer Hudson. “Idol,” schmidol. She won a supporting actress Oscar for “Dreamgirls” and her Grammy-winning singing career has included the hit “Spotlight.”

• Queen Latifah. She wears many crowns — rapper (she won a Grammy), jazz singer, TV talk-show host and Oscar-nominated actress for “Chicago.”

• Jared Leto. He’s been concentrating on his band 30 Seconds From Mars with his brother Shannon (they’re at the State Fair Tuesday) but he took time out to pick up a best supporting actor Oscar for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

• Jennifer Lopez. She was the first person to have a No. 1 movie and album in the same week.

• Ludacris. He’s been as consistently impressive as a Grammy-winning rapper on such hits as “Stand Up” and “Money Maker” as he has been as an actor, notably in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

• Mos Def. The acclaim has been steady for his work, whether as a rapper or an actor on TV (“Dexter,” “House”), movies (“Brown Sugar,” “The Woodsman”) or Broadway (“Topdog/Underdog,”  “A Free Man of Color”).

• Justin Timberlake. One of pop music’s biggest-selling artists, the nine-time Grammy winner has also earned Emmys for his work on “Saturday Night Live” and strong reviews for such films as “Friends With Benefits” and “The Social Network.”

• Dwight Yoakam. Since the mid-1980s, he’s been a standard-bearer for California-styled traditional country music, while receiving raves for occasional acting gigs that included “Sling Blade.” He’s currently featured (without his hat or hairpiece) in CBS’ “Under the Dome.”


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