Channing Tatum, Danny DeVito, Diplo & More: The Best Celebrity Music Video Cameos

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Diplo in Charli XCX's music video for "Boys"

On Tuesday (Nov. 21), P!nk shared her video for “Beautiful Trauma” starring Channing Tatum as her dancing husband, turning a mundane nuclear family into cross-dressing clubbers and exciting fans of both artists everywhere in the process.  

It’s always a great surprise to see a celebrity star unexpectedly pop up in a music video, showing a new side of themselves. In honor of worlds colliding, we have compiled a list of our favorite celebrity cameos in music videos. See them all below. 


Danny DeVito in “Steal My Girl” by One Direction 

The veteran actor plays One Direction’s director, coming up with crazy, artsy ideas. DeVito assigns different roles for each member: Harry Styles is “love”, Niall Horan is “light”, Liam Payne is “power”, Louis Tomlinson is “danger” and Zayn Malik is “mystery.” DeVito brings a hilarious wackiness to the video that feels like a lighthearted version of his It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia character Frank Reynolds. 

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Tom Hanks in  “I Really Like You” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Tom Hanks has played every type of role imaginable and in this Carly Rae Jepsen video he embodies Jepsen’s optimism upon falling for someone. Hanks lip synchs throughout the whole video, showing a fictionalized day in the life of the superstar actor. 

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Angelina Jolie in “Anybody Seen My Baby?” by The Rolling Stones

Back when Angelina Jolie was still in her dark, edgy phase, the then-emerging actress appeared in The Rolling Stones’ sultry video. She plays an exotic dancer with a shorn head who bursts out of the strip club onto the busy New York City streets as Mick Jagger follows her. 

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​Liv Tyler and Alicia Silverstone in “Crazy” by Aerosmith

Before she was a 1990s starlet in iconic teen flicks like Clueless, Alicia Silverstone was best known as the young blonde bombshell in Aerosmith’s "Crazy" video. She appears as a rebellious teen accompanied by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler.

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Rupert Grint in “Lego House” by Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran and Rupert Grint have often played up the joke of Sheeran being compared to Grint’s Harry Potter character Ron Weasley, with Grint even joking once on MTV that Sheeran was a character he created. The pair took the joke to the next level when Grint played Sheeran in the singer's “Lego House” video.  

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Robin Williams in “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin

Robin Williams spent his career cheering others up and it’s no surprise that the late comedian would use his talents in Bobby Mcferrin’s video, goofily dancing along and playing an array of hilarious characters reminding us to smile. 

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Scarlett Johansson in “What Goes Around… Comes Around” by Justin Timberlake

Scarlett Johansson plays Justin Timberlake’s conquest in this heartbreak jam's cinematic video, following an elaborate story of a doomed romance and betrayal. 

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Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Ellen Pompeo, Lena Dunham, and more in "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift gathered her all-star squad for “Bad Blood,” featuring some of her heroes and closest friends in this action-packed video. 

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Jeremy Renner in “Trouble” by P!nk

P!nk consistently has some of the best music videos around and many include some familiar faces. In this one, Jeremy Renner appears as a brooding, sultry cowboy. 

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Ben Affleck in “Jenny from the Block” by Jennifer Lopez

In this video, Jennifer Lopez plays up her celebrity lifestyle, complete with paparazzi following her, from snapping topless photos of her on a yacht to spying on her lunch date with then-boyfriend Ben Affleck. 

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Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, Brie Larson in “Just One of the Guys” by Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis, who besides being a musician starred in multiple Hollywood movies during her youth, had some of her movie star friends join her for this video with a humorous twist: the leading ladies dress up as male alter egos. The stars rock track suits and mustaches as they dance along.

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Eva Mendes in “Miami” by Will Smith

Before playing Will Smith’s love interest in Hitch, Eva Mendes played a small role in his "Miami" video where she flirts with the rapper while driving down the highway. 

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Channing Tatum in “She Bangs” by Ricky Martin

Before Channing Tatum became a big star, he was best known for his sexy dance moves --  something he shows off wildly as one of the many dancers in Ricky Martin’s "She Bangs" video, rocking face paint while shirtless in a blink-and-you-miss-it cameo. 

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Ashley Graham in “Toothbrush” by DNCE

For this sultry love song, Joe Jonas had one girl in mind: Ashley Graham. Jonas invited the curvy model to be his love interest, conjuring some perfect on-screen chemistry. 

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​Gigi Hadid in “Pillowtalk” by Zayn Malik

Gigi Hadid and Zayn have been going strong as a couple for two years, recently celebrating their anniversary. Instead of hiring a stranger to be his love interest in his "Pillowtalk" video last year, Malik didn’t have to pretend when he booked Hadid for the project -- giving the two a chance to show off their love on camera. 

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​Courteney Cox in “A Long December” by Counting Crows

Both Friends stars Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox dated Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, but only Cox appeared as his love interest in this video. 

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Ben Stiller in “Bad Boys For Life” by Puff Daddy

Ben Stiller has a long history of playing antagonistic characters and for this video, he played Diddy’s passive aggressive neighbor who doesn’t enjoy his partying ways. 

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Matthew McConaughey in “Synthesizers” by Butch Walker and the Black Widows

One of Matthew McConaughey’s first starring roles was in the stoner classic Dazed and Confused as David Wooderson, popularizing the catchphrase “Alright, alright, alright.” McConaughey reprised the iconic role in this Butch Walker and the Black Widows video.

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Alexander Skarsgård in “Paparazzi” by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga always has something exciting up her sleeve in her videos and for her 2009 hit, she brought in Alexander Skarsgård to play her evil lover, paying homage to the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo

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Whoopi Goldberg, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Steven Spielberg, Billy Dee Williams, Dan Aykroyd and more in “Liberian Girl” by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson had plenty of cinematic videos but, along with “Thriller,” his video for “Liberian Girl” is the closest one to a Hollywood spectacle. This star-studded video features some of the biggest names of the era who were all friends with the king of pop at the time.

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Every boy in “Boys” by Charli XCX

Charli XCX wanted to flip the script and playfully objectify men for a change, featuring dozens of recognizable men in her "Boys" video. The long list includes Joe Jonas, Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie, Joey Bada$$, Aminé, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, The Swet Shop Boys, The Libertines’ Carl Barat, Mac DeMarco, Will.i.am, Diplo, Portugal. The Man and more. 

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