It’s no secret that Hollywood is a cutthroat business. In order to make it big, celebrities often have to take on roles in R-rated films. These movies can be a great way to show off their acting chops and stretch their boundaries as performers. In this blog post, we will take a look at 10 famous celebrities and the first R-rated films they starred in. Some of these actors and actresses are more well-known for their family-friendly work, while others are known for being edgy and controversial. Regardless of where they started, all of these celebrities went on to achieve great success in Hollywood.
10. Leonardo DiCaprio: This Boy’s Life
Leonardo DiCaprio’s role in This Boy’s Life was his first r-rated role. The film follows the story of a 15-year-old boy, and Dicaprio played the role of Tobias Wolff, a teenager who is trying to survive on his own. This Boy’s Life was released in 1993 and received critical acclaim. The film also helped to launch Dicaprio’s career as a Hollywood actor. He went on to star in other successful films such as Titanic and The Wolf of Wall Street.
09. Kerri Washington: Our Song
Kerri Washington is known for her roles in films like The Pelican Brief and Traffic. However, her first starring role was in the independent film Our Song, which was released in 2000. The film follows three teenage girls from Brooklyn as they navigate their way through high school and love. Washington plays the lead role of Maria, a girl who is trying to find her place in the world. The film was praised by critics for its realistic portrayal of teenage life and Washington’s performance was highly acclaimed.
08. Natalie Portman: Leon: The Professional
Natalie Portman’s role in Leon: The Professional was her first foray into R-rated territory. The film was a critical success, and Portman’s performance was praised by both audiences and critics alike. She would later go on to star in other R-rated films such as V For Vendetta and Black Swan
07. Elisabeth Moss: Separate Lives
Elisabeth Moss’s role in Separate Lives was her first R-rated role. The film follows the story of two teenage lovers, one from a wealthy family and the other from a working-class family, who are forced to keep their relationship a secret. The film was a moderate success at the box office, but it helped to launch Moss’s career as a successful actor. Since then, she has starred in many other critically acclaimed and commercially successful films.
06. Jennifer Lopez: My Family
The movie follows the life of a family in transition and stars Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, and Diane Keaton. Lopez played De Niro’s character’s mistress, which was a pretty big departure from her previous roles at the time. My Family was released in 1995 and is still one of Lopez’s most popular and well-known films. It was also a turning point for her career, as it showed that she was capable of taking on more serious roles.
05. Amy Adams: Cruel Intentions
Adams played the role of Kathryn Merteuil, the step-sister of Sebastian Valmont (played by Ryan Phillippe). The role was originally offered to Reese Witherspoon, who turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Kathryn is a manipulative and seductive woman who uses her sexuality to get what she wants. Adams said of the role, “I loved playing a bad girl. She’s so conniving and ruthless. It was fun to play someone who is completely unapologetic about being evil.”
04. Selena Gomez: Spring Breakers
Spring Breakers was released in 2013 and also starred James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine. Spring Breakers is a crime drama about four college students who rob a restaurant to get money for their spring break trip. They are arrested and bailed out by Alien (James Franco), a drug dealer who wants them to do some dirty work for him. Gomez played the role of Faith, a good girl who is seduced by Alien and ends up getting in over her head. Selena Gomez has gone on to star in other R -rated films too.
03. Zac Efron: The Paperboy
The Paperboy follows the story of a journalist (played by Matthew McConaughey) who is trying to exonerate a man on death row. Efron plays McConaughey’s brother, who is also on death row. The film was released in 2012 and received mixed reviews from critics. However, Efron’s performance was praised. Zac Efron followed up his role in The Paperboy with another R-rated film, Neighbors.
02. Jennifer Lawrence: The Poker House
The Poker House is about a teenage girl who is forced to raise her younger sisters in a violent home with an alcoholic mother. Lawrence has said that the role was very emotional and challenging for her, and it helped her to grow as an actress. The Poker House was released in 2008 and received mixed reviews from critics. The Poker House is not Jennifer Lawrence’s only R-rated film. In fact, she has starred in a few other films that have received this rating.
01. Jodie Foster: Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver is considered one of the most controversial and influential films ever released. It’s also the first R-rated movie that Jodie Foster starred in. She was just 12 years old at the time. The Taxi Driver is an intense, dark film that follows the life of a disturbed taxi driver named Travis Bickle. The Taxi Driver is still considered one of Jodie Foster’s best performances to date.