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9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums

If you feel like you want some new music in your life, why not check out your favorite actor's forgotten album? Yes, you read that right. It turns out there are quite a few actors who decided to try their luck in the music industry. Most of them didn't find as much success as they did on screen, but you may be in for a pleasant surprise when you hear their vocals.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Actress Taylor Momsen of the band The Pretty Reckless promotes "Light Me Up" at Best Buy Union Square on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Zooey Deschanel.

She's been called an indie darling for a while now, but you probably thought that was because of her marriage with Postal Service/Death Cab For Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard. Deschanel has rightfully earned her title as one half of the folk duo She & Him. The group has released six albums so far, including 2 Christmas ones. And yes, that really is her voice in the New Girl theme song.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 22: Actress Zooey Deschanel poses at Fox Television's "The X Factor" Season Finale at CBS Television City on December 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Zoe Kravitz.

She's the daughter of Lenny Kravitz, so music is in her blood. Zoe Kravitz is mostly known for her acting, having starred in blockbuster film series like Divergent, Mad Max, and Fantastic Beasts. However, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Young Zoe is (sort of) following in her father's footsteps with her R&B/electro-pop band Lolawolf.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Zoe Kravitz attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Kevin Mazur/MG18/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

Scarlett Johansson.

Is there anything this blonde bombshell can't do? Johansson released an album that mostly consisted of Tom Waits covers back in 2008. A year later, she released her second album, a collaboration with singer Pete Yorn. Her musical career never really picked up, but she's since gone on to collaborate on songs for film soundtracks.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Scarlett Johansson attends the world premiere of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures "Avengers: Endgame" at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

Ryan Gosling.

He's an Academy-Award nominated movie star, international heartthrob, and was also temporarily in a band called Dead Man's Bones. Gosling and his friend/bandmate Zach Shields had originally set out to create a spooky musical theatre production in 2009 but ended up making an indie album instead.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Actor Ryan Gosling attends "The Nice Guys" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Robert Downey Jr.

As if being Ironman isn't enough, Robert Downey Jr has tried his hand at music. In 2004 he released his one and only debut album, The Futurist. He's also been featured on the soundtrack for several of his movies and TV shows.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Robert Downey Jr. arrives for UK film premiere "Captain America: Civil War" at Vue Westfield on April 26, 2016 in London, England (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Naomi Campbell.

She's best known as one of the original supermodels and has had a successful career in the fashion industry that's lasted for decades. During the 90s, Campbell decided to branch out into music and released an R&B album. It didn't do too well in her home country (the UK), but it was something of a hit in Japan!

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Naomi Campbell attends the premiere of 'Franca: Chaos And Creation' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Giardino on September 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Taylor Momsen.

Gossip Girl fans will know her for bringing a rocker-chic aesthetic to the show. As it turns out, Momsen shares a love of rock music with her character Jenny. In fact, Momsen is the lead singer of the band The Pretty Reckless. The group has been together since 2008 and have released three albums.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Actress Taylor Momsen of the band The Pretty Reckless promotes "Light Me Up" at Best Buy Union Square on April 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Leighton Meester.

Yet another Gossip Girl star that's also a musician. Meester was featured in 2009 hit ‘Good Girls Go Bad' by Cobra Starship and starred in the musical Country Strong the following year. But it wasn't until 2014 that she released her debut (and so far only) album.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Leighton Meester on location for "Gossip Girl" on November 26, 2007 in New York City, New York. Photo by James Devaney/WireImage

Michael Cera.

He's played a musician in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and he's also dropped his own album in real life. Cera surprised fans by unexpectedly releasing the indie-folk album True That in 2014.

9 Actors You Never Knew Released Albums
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Michael Cera attends the "End Of Love" dinner party at the Acura Studio on January 21, 2012 in Park City, Utah. Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Acura

He's also the bass player for the band Mister Heavenly, was featured on the Weezer song ‘Hang On,' and has collaborated with musician Alden Penner. And fun fact: that really was Cera playing bass and singing in Scott Pilgrim (also Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist).