9 Young TV and Movie Stars You Didn’t Know Moonlight as Musicians
When they're not acting as characters in films and on TV, these nine actors and actresses express themselves through another art form: music.
It's no secret that many teen and young adult stars pursue musical projects exclusive from their on-screen work: Big Little Lies' Zoe Kravitz, 13 Reasons Why's Dylan Minnette and Stranger Things' Joe Keery all moonlight in cool kid indie bands, while Baby Driver heartthrob Ansel Elgort and Famous in Love leading lady Bella Thorne have poppier solo aspirations.
Below, check out nine young movie and TV stars who you probably didn't know have musical projects on the side.
Back in 2013, Charlie Heaton, who plays Will Byer's big brother Jonathan on Stranger Things, served as the drummer for a cult British noise rock trio known as Comanechi. Fronted by lead singer Akiko Matsuura, Charlie, then just a teen, toured with the band for over a year, even opening for established groups like Gossip.
When she's not starring in critically acclaimed HBO shows and blockbuster films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Zoe Kravitz (daughter of Lenny Kravitz) fronts Brooklyn-based experimental R&B/electro-pop duo LOLAWOLF, who have toured with artists like Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen.
Yet another Stranger Things cast member with musical aspirations, since 2014 Joe Keery, who portrays fan favorite Steve on the cult series, has played guitar in a Tame Impala-esque Chicago psych-rock band called Post Animal.
When he's not acting, 13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette gigs with his surfy synth-rock band Wallows, formerly known as The Feaver and The Narwhals. The band even recently performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Another Disney Channel upstart, Bella Thorne is most currently known for starring on Freeform's Famous in Love, as well as in an assortment of films, but on the side the wild child It Girl drops bizarre bars on "TiK ToK"-esque tracks like "B---h I'm Bella Thorne."
Formed in 2014, Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard sings lead and plays guitar for Vancouver based indie-rock band Calpurnia.
When he's not actively DJing under the name Ansølo, musically inclined Baby Driver star Ansel Elgort is busy dropping glossy R&B pop tracks like "Supernova" and "Thief."
Though his musical talents were on full display during his breakout role on Disney Channel's Austin & Ally, some might not know that Ross Lynch is a musician off-screen as well. The singer and multi-instrumentalist formerly performed in successful pop-rock band R5, now an alt-pop/hip-hop duo known as The Driver Era, and as a solo artist Ross has contributed vocals to Tritonal's "I Feel the Love."
When she's not starring on The Fosters and in films like Hot Summer Nights, Welsh actress Maia Mitchell flexes her vocal chops as one half of Rudy Mancuso's YouTube pop duo project. Maia also uploads her own covers to YouTube, performing songs like "Let Me Love You" by DJ Snake and Justin Bieber.