Keanu Reeve shook up gamers and non-gamers alike when he appeared in the trailer for Cyberpunk: 2077 as the breathtaking Johnny Silverhand. That seconds-long cameo alone created much of the hype for the forthcoming video game.

But little did anyone know, there are already tons of other Hollywood celebrities– some of them A-list, like Keanu– who have gone beyond film and TV and ventured into acting for the fictional worlds in games. Be prepared to have your minds blown by this list of well-known celebs who were also video game actors.

Kristen Bell


You know her as the voice of Princess Anna in Frozen. Just recently, she made you laugh out loud with her portrayal of Eleanor Shellstrop (a.k.a the best person on earth) on NBC’s The Good Place. But did you know she’s also the voice behind Lucy Stillman in three Assassin’s Creed games?

Samuel Jackson


Apart from acting, the prolific, American actor-producer has voiced many of the most forgettable characters that have graced the big screen including Frozone from The Incredibles, Mace Mindu in Star Wars, and Whiplash in Turbo.

It turns out, the legend who gives life to Nick Fury in the Avengers franchise has also breathed life to a highly notorious video game character. If you remember the police officer Frank Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, well, that annoying, corrupt cop is played by the great Samuel Jackson himself. 

Jesse McCartney


He was a teenage heartthrob in the early ‘2000s. He officially earned stardom when he released ‘Beautiful Soul’ that became a worldwide hit. He also appeared in various films and shows, like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana. Interestingly, Jesse was the voice behind Roxas, a character from the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

Emma Stone


Earning her first major role in 2007’s Superbad which also starred Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, Emma went on to become one of the greatest female actors of today. At the 2017 Oscars, she won the Best Actress award for her role in La La Land.

But what many of her fans probably didn’t know was that she actually had a role in the crime-based video game Sleeping Dogs. 

Elijah Wood


Whenever we see him or his name, the first thing that comes to mind is the character of Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. But you’re never gonna see him the same way again when you find out that he’s also the voice behind Spyro the Dragon in the Legend of Spyro series.

Hayden Panettiere


Apparently, she’s more than being a two-time Golden Globe nominee for her role Juliette Barne in Nashville. Kingdom Hearts actually owes the female protagonist Kairi, to the voice acting of Hayden.

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