For celebrities, one of the best keys to longevity master the art of multitasking. Take Clint Eastwood: the actor/mayor also shown himself as a great director and composer. The latest wave of celebrities have taken note, tackling a wide variety of projects. Here are 10 of the best young celebrity multitaskers.
10. Ryan Gosling
Having started out on the Mickey Mouse Club at a young age, Gosling showed that he could not only act, but sing and dance. This year, Gosling has been in three high-profile movies, The Ides of March, Drive, and Crazy, Stupid Love. Gosling has also released an album with his band Dead Man’s Bones popultated with monsters and ghosts.
9. Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen might have only been a minor character on Freaks and Geeks, but he’s been one of the biggest of the many stars to come from that show. In addition to having great roles in Judd Apatow’s latest films The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People, he’s also written the screenplays for Superbad, Pineapple Express and The Green Hornet wrote for TV, with credits for Undeclared, and was even nominated for an Emmy with his work on Da Ali G Show.
8. Donald Glover
Donald Glover is now known for his role as Troy on Community, but Glover actually got his start writing for The Daily Show and 30 Rock as well as with his comedy troupe, “Derrick Comedy” with their hilarious web videos. Now, Glover is focusing more on his rap career, under the pseudonym Childish Gambino. After releasing several albums for free on his website, he’ll release his first physical release, Camp, next month.
7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
It seemed like Joseph Gordon-Levitt would end up one of the many child-actor casualties on the ‘90s, after starring in Angels in the Outfield, 10 Things I Hate About You and the TV show 3rd Rock From The Sun. But in the last few years, JGL has proven himself to be a workhorse, with great films like Days of Summer, Inception, and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises and Lincoln. He also manages his own online website hitRECord.org, which allows artists to contribute short films, many of which he has worked on himself.
6. Justin Timberlake
Another product of the Mickey Mouse Club, it seems so long since Justin Timberlake was the lead member of ‘N Sync. But now, Timberlake has more than moved beyond his boy-band past. After two solid poppy dance albums, Timberlake focused more on acting in such varied films as The Social Network, Black Snake Moan and Southland Tales. Timberlake has also become a favorite and consistent guest on Saturday Night Live, having won four Emmy Awards for his work with the show.
5. Danger Mouse
We recently called Danger Mouse the greatest producer of the last decade and looking at his credentials, it’s no wonder. Since he released his The Beatles/Jay-Z mashup project The Grey Album, Danger Mouse has worked with Gorillaz, The Black Keys, Beck and is now working with U2. He’s even come from out of the studio to form bands with Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley) and The Shins’ James Mercer (Broken Bells).
4. Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel showed her great singing skills in the Will Ferrell film Elf, and since has seemed able to stop working on several projects at once. Deschanel has had great roles in Almost Famous, (500) Days of Summer and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and is now starring on Fox’s New Girl. She also collaborates with M. Ward to create She & Him, who are about to release their third album, and is the co-creator of the female-centric comedy website Hellogiggles.
3. Jack White
It is almost amazing to think that only a decade ago, Jack White was just making a splash in the music scene with The White Stripes. Since then he’s done production with Loretta Lynn, created bands like The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, created his own record production company and store and has even played in a few films like Cold Mountain and Walk Hard.
When you’re one half of entertainment’s biggest marriages, you have to be able to be a great multitasker, and Beyonce has greatly proven that. After leaving Destiny’s Child, she released four solo albums, including this year’s 4 which she apparently recorded over 250 tracks for. She’s also starred in films like Austin Powers in Goldmember, Cadillac Records and Dreamgirls. Beyonce even has her own clothing line, fragrance, has done great amounts of charity work and has had endorsement deals with Pepsi, Nintendo and Tommy Hilfiger.
1. James Franco
James Franco has become the epitome of a workaholic. In the last few years, Franco has become a prolific and versatile actor, started directing, written a book of short stories, hosted the Academy Awards, directed dance theater pieces, endorsed Gucci’s fragrance line, accepted his doctorate at the University of Houston, attended Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University and is now teaching a class at New York University. If anyone wants to become a multitasker, it would be hard to beat Franco.