Rihanna and Other Singers with One Name that Became Actresses

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Rihanna and Other Singers with One Name that Became Actresses

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Rihanna turned her singing career into an acting career.

Rihanna is making the rounds as she prepares for the release "Battleship," the film that will mark her acting debut. The former flame of Chris Brown recently sported a pajama-inspired outfit for the Tokyo premiere of the highly anticipated film. Most of us won't get to see her performance until the movie comes out in May but Rihanna is already being linked to some much bigger projects. She recently expressed excitement at the idea of playing Whitney Houston on the big screen. "That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do, because I would really want to pull it off," said the star. "That's a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job." It seems like Hollywood is on her radar for the foreseeable future. She isn't the only one-named recording artist to follow in the footsteps of Cher and Madonna. Here is a look at some other ladies that made a similar move from song to screen.


In the early 2000s, the beautiful singer hit it big with her self-titled debut album and continued to turn out quality music. With her stunning looks and charming presence, it seemed like a natural fit for her to take on the challenge of acting. She did that in 2005 with a dramatic role in "Coach Carter." After that, the star appeared in lighter fare with the teen comedy "John Tucker Must Die" in 2006. Though she is currently focusing on music, Ashanti still plans to get involved with acting again down the road.


There isn't much that the former Destiny's Child leader can't do. After breaking away from the popular trio and starting a successful solo career, the singer showcased her ability to perform in front of the camera. She played the leading lady in the third "Austin Powers" movie and earned critical praise for her turn in "Dreamgirls." Even though she has started an exciting new chapter in her life as a mom there are no plans to slow down when it comes to singing or acting.


Aaliyah was a superstar during her early teenage years and had released several hit albums by the time she was 18. Her early fame gave her the opportunity to star alongside Jet Li in the 2000 action thriller "Romeo Must Die." After earning praise for that movie, she filmed the vampire hit "Queen of the Damned" and was set to take on a big role in the sequel to "The Matrix." Unfortunately, a plane crash ended her life at the age of 22. There is no telling how far the talented entertainer could have gone in Hollywood had that tragic incident not happened.

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