Being a crossover talent in the City of Angels is something we’re getting more and more used to seeing every day. Musicians becoming actors. Actors becoming directors. Directors making cameos as actors. With so many talented artists in Hollywood, it only makes sense that they have a multitude of skills they can integrate into other creative areas.
Screenwriting and creating comic books seem to be another untapped source of inspiration that many actors have delved into, some with great success. Take a look at the 10 actors below and discover some of their lesser-known hidden talents.
10. Alyssa Milano
Not only is she best known for her television roles on shows such as Who’s the Boss? and Charmed, Alyssa is also a prominent activist for all things relative to Internet freedom. Based on the conceptual idea of if Anonymous was actually just one person, Hacktivist was born. She enlisted Jackson Lanzig and Colin Kelly to write and Marcus To to illustrate the critically acclaimed graphic novel. The idea was inspired by her friend Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter.
9. Thomas Jane
The star of The Punisher became inspired after the producers sent him a ton of comic books to check out. After immersing himself in the world of comic books, Thomas was hooked. He and Steve Niles co-authored a critically acclaimed series of six books called Bad Planet featuring death spiders battling an alien warrior. What could be better than that?
8. Quentin Tarantino
While it might not be too surprising that the Pulp Fiction director has dabbled in the world of comics, his precise storytelling abilities are where his talent shines. Fans went wild for his recent comic, a prequel to The Hateful Eight, which was featured in Playboy. His previous comic Django/Zorro paid homage to the two great defenders of the underprivileged.
7. Rashida Jones
The Parks and Recreation actress has begun to make strides more as a writer these days, with Toy Story 4 added to her resume. Rashida co-wrote a comic series called Frenemy of the State, loosely based on the persona of Paris Hilton. However, her character had a lot more going on under the surface when the CIA ends up recruiting her. It was opted to turn into a screenplay, but plans have since been placed on hold.