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14 Actors That Suddenly Changed Their Type, and It Reinvented Their Career

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It’s believed that the most important gift for actors and actresses is the ability to change themselves. However, it often happens that an actor gets stuck in a certain “type” that is hard for them to change thereafter. Viewers begin expecting to see these actors in only one type of role, making it very hard for them to show their multidimensional talent.

Bright Side has made a list of famous actors and actresses who managed to do something outside of their role type on the big screen. Some of them changed from comedy to a more serious genre, while others decided to stop doing dramatic films and opted for action movies and thrillers.

1. Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy started her career as a stand-up comedian, so there’s nothing surprising about the fact that she was a successful comedic actress for some time.

Most viewers remember her as the charmingly plump Molly from the show, Mike & Molly. After that, she played successful roles in Bridesmaids, Tammy, and The Heat. These roles made Melissa McCarthy’s appearance in the serious drama, Can You Ever Forgive Me? last year even more surprising. She played the part of Lee Israel and was even nominated for an Oscar.

2. Liam Neeson

At the beginning of his career, Neeson was great at dramatic roles. Fans remembered him as Oskar Schindler who saved the Jews during World War II in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. For this work, the actor received an Oscar nomination. After that, he played very successful roles in Michael Collins, К-19, and Gangs of New York.

But as he got older, Neeson’s career took a change in direction as he started taking part in action films with roles of brutal men who knew how to deal with bad guys. You can see this in movies like Taken, Non-Stop, and The Commuter.

3. Emma Stone

It’s hard to believe this today but Emma Stone started her career as a comedic actress. She was noticed after her supporting role in Superbad and was offered a lot of roles as “the funny, cute girl”. Only 4 years later did she win a role in the serious film, The Help. This movie was the start of her path toward more serious dramatic roles that she took on just as easily as the comedic ones.

Later, for her supporting role in Birdman, the actress was nominated for an Oscar, and 2 years later she actually won “Best Actress” in La La Land. Today, Stone is one of the most promising actresses in Hollywood.

4. Matthew McConaughey

The creative path of this actor was not simple. He started with thrillers but became famous once he started doing romantic comedies. At the end of the ’90s and the beginning of the 2000s, McConaughey was only seen as a sweet guy with a beautiful smile. Only in 2001, after he appeared in The Lincoln Lawyer, did he prove to be a talented dramatic actor, able to truly transform.

After this role, McConaughey was offered really interesting and difficult parts that revealed his full potential. His work in Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, and True Detective caused people to forget his womanizer type with the perfect body.

5. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston became widely popular thanks to her role as Rachel in the famous sitcom, Friends. But Aniston was seen by producers and directors as the perfect actress for romantic comedies. For several years, she did the same kinds of comedic flicks like She’s the One, The Object of My Affection, and The Good Girl.

In 2005, Jennifer Aniston started to get away from her regular comedy type when she performed in Derailed. But her most unexpected and strongest role was in the psychological drama, Cake. This movie was completely different than any other movie Aniston had done.

6. Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf made his first steps in Hollywood very quickly and then suddenly changed his role type. As the young star of Transformers and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the actor seemed to have a promising future in blockbuster movies. But LaBeouf didn’t want such a future for himself, he wanted to showcase his acting talent and tell the world he could do more.

LaBeouf started looking for a new image and began taking on parts for independent directors, playing completely non-typical roles. For some time, there was even information floating around the media that LaBeouf was a little insane. He did some weird things but later explained that he was looking for his new self. And it seems like he succeeded: he acted in the crime drama, Lawless, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and a war drama called Fury.

7. Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson started her career in comedy. In the early 2000s, she appeared mostly in such romantic comedies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Bride Wars with Ann Hathaway, and Raising Helen.

Later, she tried to change up her career’s direction and acted in the musical Nine alongside Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, and Sophia Loren. This was the beginning of her creative success. Later, Hudson did a great job in her dramatic roles in A Little Bit of Heaven, Wish I Was Here, and the thriller, Good People.

8. Jonah Hill

2 years ago, Jonah Hill shocked everyone not only with his drastic change in appearance but with his career turn. For a long time, Hill played funny, fat guys in comedies such as 21 Jump Street and was even nominated for a Teen Choice Award as “Best Comedy Actor” in Superbad.

But later, Hill started choosing more serious projects where he could show his full acting potential. The first step on his journey was as one of the main roles in the crime comedy, War Dogs. After that, he made an unusual choice to star in He Won’t Get Far on Foot which uncovered the actor’s deep dramatic potential. Today, Jonah is trying himself as a director.

9. Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock also started her career as a romantic comedy actress. Her first works were not very successful — few people can even remember the movies, Religion, Inc., Love Potion No. 9, and The Thing Called Love.

The boost in her career started with Speed which also starred Keanu Reeves. After that, Bullock returned to her comedy roots in Miss Congeniality. But her most prominent movies were dramas. For her role in The Blind Side, she received both an Oscar and a Golden Globe. She also did very serious roles in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Gravity, and Bird Box.

10. Steve Carell

Steve Carell started with supporting roles, and until recently, was known strictly as a comedic actor. Viewers remember him from Crazy, Stupid, Love, Date Night, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

Everything changed in 2014 after the release of Foxcatcher where Carell played John du Pont, the owner of a wrestling team. Critics loved his work and he was even nominated for an Oscar. After that, Carell played a part in Woody Allen’s film, Café Society, Vice, and Beautiful Boy. Today, he’s considered a full-fledged dramatic actor.

11. Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller’s fame as a comedic actor came after he started his comedy show on MTV called The Ben Stiller Show. At the end of the ’90s, after starring in There’s Something About Mary with Cameron Diaz, Stiller was invited to take on bigger roles in more expansive comedies. Among his most famous works, you may recall Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Duplex, and Zoolander (which Stiller also directed).

Eventually, Stiller decided to do some independent movies and performed in the drama, Greenberg. But working on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was a true breakthrough for him. It’s a movie that tells the story of a shy man who dreams of the amazing things he could do. He also worked on the very successful films, The Mayerowitz Stories, and Brad’s Status.

12. Robert Pattinson

It seems that even the actor himself didn’t believe that he would ever get away from his image as the vampire Edward from Twilight. He reprised this role 4 times and has said many times that the role made him very uncomfortable.

Later, the actor tried to take on very different roles in order to prove that he’d grown out of the teenage stories. First, he did Water for Elephants with Christoph Waltz and then starred in Cosmopolis along with the thriller, Mission: Blacklist. Most recently, Pattinson starred in the movie, High Life. Needless to say, after this list of films, the actor has definitely outgrown his character from Twilight.

13. Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams has always been a serious actress and has had chances to win an Oscar 4 times: twice for “Best Actress” in Blue Valentine, and My Week with Marylin, and twice for “Best Supporting Actress” in Manchester by the Sea and Brokeback Mountain. Michelle did a great job in these dramatic roles full of internal tragedy.

But last year, she changed up her usual image by playing characters in the action film, Venom and the comedy, I Feel Pretty.

14. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise’s career has continued to thrive over the years. He was first noticed by Francis Ford Coppola who invited him to take part in The Outsiders. At the age of 26, Tom Cruise acted in the iconic film, Rain Man and then did a great job playing a traumatized veteran in Born on the Fourth of July. Yes, in 1996, Tom Cruise did play the role of a special agent in Mission: Impossible, but in general, he mostly performed in dramas and psychological thrillers. Later, he also appeared in movies with famous directors like Eyes Wide Shut, Vanilla Sky, and The Last Samurai.

But in 2004, Cruise appeared as a killer in the film, Collateral. Since that moment, we’ve seen Cruise in different kinds of action films, sci-fi movies, and crime dramas.

Do you have favorite actors who suddenly changed their types? Tell us down below!

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s CEO ranking plummeted this year

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Facebook employees have long been known for their fierce loyalty to the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. In the aftermath of numerous privacy debacles, including ones in which Facebook has exposed users’ personal information and facilitated attempts to undermine American democracy, that enthusiasm seems to have flagged.

The Facebook CEO saw his ranking among top US CEOs plummet this year, from No. 16 in 2018 to No. 55 this year, though he does have an approval rating of 94 percent, according to new data from Glassdoor, a site where employees can anonymously rate their jobs and their CEOs. His approval rating was 96 percent last year.

The average CEO approval rating among the 900,000 employers reviewed on Glassdoor is 69 percent — so Zuckerberg’s 94 percent approval is well above average, even if it’s not as high as it used to be.

Back in 2013, when Glassdoor first started ranking CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg was ranked as the No. 1 CEO in the US, with a 99 percent approval rating, and the company overall was considered the best place to work. This year it dropped to the seventh-best place to work, from No. 1 in 2018.

Last year, even after Facebook had undergone a brutal 18 months of scandals and reshuffling, Recode’s Kurt Wagner wrote that “no one in Facebook’s upper ranks ever seems to leave the company.” That changed this year when two of the company’s most important executives — both named Chris — left. The company has also seen defections from leaders of the companies it has acquired, including the founders of WhatsApp and Instagram.

Employees at tech companies including Google, Uber, and Amazon have become increasingly vocal in their criticism of their employers. Facebook largely has avoided such blowback, but increased employee dissatisfaction could portend protests among Facebook workers as well.

Why Zuckerberg — and Facebook — are only now losing favor with some employees is unclear, though recent comments on Glassdoor about the company’s leadership provide some clues:

“Start taking your morale issue seriously. Leadership needs to take several steps back, really listen, and show that you are serious by taking action.” —Lead Data Specialist

“Due to the recent scandals, the company has become cautious to an extreme and every privacy decision is taken with painstakingly slow speed because it’s been vetted by layers and layers of people. It’s also a very fast paced and competitive place, so some people find it hard to keep up.” —Product Manager

“Very competitive environment. No[t] possible to succeed if you don’t work 60+ hours. Focus on short term impact due to performance cycle every 6 months. No clarity on expectations of roles. Mix signals from leadership about culture.” —Data Scientist

General public sentiment toward Facebook has become more negative in the last few years as the company has struggled with a number of issues on its platform, including Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and several privacy mishaps related to storing passwords on unencrypted servers and buggy software.

As a result, Zuckerberg and his company have been under fire from the media and politicians alike. The Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly preparing for a potential antitrust investigation of Facebook.

Facebook did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

Other notable takeaways from the Glassdoor report: The CEO of enterprise software company VMware, Pat Gelsinger, has been buoyed by positive employee reviews and now ranks No. 1, a huge jump up from No. 78 last year. Salesforce CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block made the top 100 for the first time, ranking No. 17. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella jumped up from 20 to No. 6. The rank of Google CEO Sundar Pichai remained steady, dropping one to 46. Apple’s Tim Cook rose from 96 to 69.

Glassdoor’s large company CEO ratings were tabulated using reviews written by current and former employees between May 2, 2018, and May 1, 2019. Glassdoor uses a proprietary algorithm that considers quantity, quality, and consistency of reviews to calculate the exact approval rating. Only companies with at least 100 reviews each from both rank-and-file employees as well as senior management are considered in these rankings.


Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.

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20 People Whose Looks Smash Ordinary in the Face

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A flawless body, big eyes, plump lips, a straight nose, thick hair, and perfect skin — all these so-called beauty standards are not only outdated and old-fashioned, but also a little boring and distorted. Freckles, unusual eye colors, and skin and body features — these are what truly fascinates and catches one’s eye.

Bright Side has collected 20 pictures of people with unique appearances that will definitely get your attention.

1. Sem Kobelyan has vitiligo that affects his hair and even his eyebrows — and it creates an even more unique look!

2. TK Wonder is not only a writer and a singer, but she is also the owner of unbelievably voluminous hair.

5. This blue-eyed child with vitiligo won our hearts.

6. Yulianna Yussef’s birthmark covers most of her back and she raises positive awareness of CMN through her Instagram.

8. Ia Östergren’s legs are extremely long — her height is 5’8″ and the length of her legs is 3’5″.

9. Mekhi Lucky gained people’s attention thanks to his striking eyes — one is blue and one is brown.

10. This beautiful baby girl with albinism is Nova Winter and her parents have their own blog — the Larson family.

11. Samuel Silva — a unique-looking kid model with vitiligo

12. Cassandra Naud, a professional dancer, says her big birthmark is exactly what distinguishes her from everyone else.

13. Russian illustrator, Maria Oz amazes everyone with her non-standard appearance and huge beautiful eyes.

15. James Stewart calls himself a “13-year-old kid with grey hair” and openly tells his audience what life with vitiligo is like.

16. Hamad Jaman has embraced his freckles and made a modeling career out of his unique appearance.

17. This textile-design student, Gao Qizhen, started her modeling career thanks to her non-standard look.

18. Daria Svertilova is a photographer who captures non-obvious beauty as she embraces her own.

19. This young makeup artist, Lauren Elyse, doesn’t let vitiligo stop her from showing the world her amazing skills.

20. Stef Sanjati is a video blogger who is famous for her non-standard appearance due to a rare genetic condition.

Which unusual traits are there in your appearance? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comment section below!

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Reddit Users Talk About the Awkward Situations They Will Remember for the Rest of Their Lives

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We’re pretty sure that everyone has been in a situation when they were super embarrassed and just wanted to disappear forever. However, these otherwise awful situations prove to be quite interesting and unique which is why they’re enjoyed by hundreds and thousands of people online. The stories we’ve collected here are by far the best and we couldn’t help but share!

We at Bright Side think that if you can transform your unpleasant memories of an embarrassing situation that happened years ago into a funny story, you should. And that’s exactly what the people in this article managed to do.

  • I get into the elevator with some guy. We start going and he asks me, “Do you want to go to a cafe?” I smiled at him and said, “I do.” He looked at me in a weird way and pointed at his Bluetooth earpiece. So, have you ever wanted to jump into an elevator shaft?
  • The 2 things that our camp guides were most scared of were losing someone and someone getting pregnant. And so my friend Mary (we were 12 years old) told the camp guide that she seemed to have gotten pregnant (she just loved attention). The camp counselor was terrified and whispered, “From who?” Mary was scared and whispered back, “Does it have to be from someone?” The counselor yelled at her so loudly that I think half the camp woke up. -NikkiKi
  • I snapped this intriguing shot while driving. I captioned it with something like, “When you have a crazy day and a lot of work but you can’t forget about beauty because your skin won’t take care of itself”.
  • I was in the elevator area of my former job and wearing a skirt that was a little too big for me. Luckily, I had one of those long sweaters on over it because I was talking to the maintenance guy and the skirt just dropped to the floor like, “and we’re done here…” and the guy and I just stared at each other for a small eternity. — © sinicuichi
  • I’ll never forget how on one of my first days in college, I met a guy whose name was Chandler. When he asked me for my name, I told him I was Monica. My friend witnessed this conversation and later asked me why I lied. I said I wanted us to be like the characters from Friends. And he was like, “Are you nuts? Your name is Rachel, and there was a Rachel on the show!”
  • Once, I had this really weird conversation with a guy. I think he was too nervous:
  • I ran face first into a street light lamp post because I was staring (while walking) at a beautiful girl walking toward the direction where I was coming from. It was in front of the main gate of our university. Hundreds of students saw it. My friends laughed so hard. — © KiwiPin0
  • I’m a very responsible person. But once, after a crazy party, instead of setting my alarm clock, I entered “8:30” in my calculator.
  • Yesterday, after a bachelorette party, we went to a water park where I almost drowned. The next day I was very angry that the employees didn’t care about the safety of the visitors. But then my friends sent me this photo and it just turned out that it was me who was crazy and thought I was drowning in a pool for children.
  • A blind woman wanted to know where the front of the bank was and I pointed and said, “It’s over there.” — © Kirjath
  • My wife and I went out for a drink one night. We walk into a bar and I see someone I know with their back turned. I walk up behind them and tickle their sides. Turned out, I didn’t know this person, they just gave me a weird look and walked away. Got their spot at the bar though. — © buefordbaxter

  • My wife and daughter gave me an iPhone. I had never used one before and I decided to text a voice message. This is what I sent to my daughter:

  • I took my grandmother to Starbucks for the first time. A barista asked her a standard question: “What name should I put on the coffee?” Grandma was amazed, looked at him, then turned to me and said, “He wants to give my coffee a name. Is he a junkie? How was he even hired in the first place?”
  • It happened in my childhood. My mom was in the kitchen with her friend who was complaining that men don’t care about her at all. Then I said, “This is very bad. I also didn’t take care of my fish and now it’s dead. It’s sad, you are still so young.”
  • Before the prom, I went to a salon and asked to make the hairstyle like the one in the left photo to look like a princess. But I ended up looking like our principal:

Which of these stories did you like this most? Maybe you could tell us about some other similar situations from your own experience!

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