If you grew up in the ‘90s, then there’s a high chance you begged your parents to let you go to Claire’s every Saturday to stock up on all your favorite accessories. Oh, and some glitter hairspray, of course. Luckily, all of your ‘90s dreams are coming true again as these are the jewelry styles that are making a comeback.
Ah, where would we have been at a school dance without the tattoo chokers? They were definitely for the edgiest of teens – and Reese Witherspoon, of course. Luckily, they’re coming back and now you can look edgy once again.
Dramatic Drop Earrings
No outfit is complete without a pair of dramatic drop earrings, and it’s one of the jewelry styles that we kind of missed when it went away. Luckily, statement earrings are all the rage again, and they’re the perfect way to show off your personality. The bigger the better in this case.
Damian Hurley has been bringing back the safety pin look made famous by his mom, Liz Hurley, and we can’t wait to cover our clothes in these again. It’s a kind of ‘punk lite’ trend that was massive in the ‘90s and is only set to get bigger in 2019 and beyond.
Glitter In The Hair
Okay, so technically not a jewelry piece but definitely an accessory it’s time to get back out of the attic. Glitter headbands, glittery butterfly clips, sparkly hair ties… It’s all coming back! Don’t forget to finish it off with some of that glitter hairspray for extra sparkle.
The ‘90s is making a comeback and not just with plaid shirts! Add some of these jewelry pieces to your next outfit and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Not many people know this, but some of the most famous actors and celebs in Hollywood actually started out as athletes. How do you think they made the transition? Maybe they woke up one day and realized that they wanted to be a star or perhaps they have always dreamed of becoming an actor. While the shift may have been natural for some, others had to put in the work to be taken seriously in their roles. So, without further ado, let’s look into the athletic backgrounds of your favorite stars!
The insane career of Burt Reynolds wouldn’t exist in the first place if it wasn’t for his playing days at Florida State University. He received multiple scholarships from different universities but Reynolds ultimately chose to play football in Florida.
Burt was on the right track to a professional football career until he was left with a severe knee injury in his sophomore year. At that point, he had changed his mind and left the sport to pursue acting, going on to star in films including Gunsmoke and Hawk.
Terry Crews, best known for his outstanding performances in The Expendables series and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has an armor-like body that explains the tough roles that he was cast for.
Before he began appearing on the big screen, though, Terry was invested in playing football throughout his college days — and needless to say, he was a pro at that too. During Crews’ time at Western Michigan, he also secured a winner’s trophy in the MAC championship.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Given his killer body, we wouldn’t be exaggerating if we compared Dwayne Johnson with a Swiss army knife. After all, he’s a man of many facets. Johnson got his big break when he started out as a wrestler in the WWE and his presence changed the game ever since. Just like the movies he stars in, The Rock was fast and furious on the field as well.
He turned heads as a football player and was even a member of the legendary national championship team of the 1991 Miami Hurricanes.
Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian at heart, but his countless cameos in movies and TV shows depict that he’s more than capable of pulling off a career as an actor, too. Nonetheless, it’s sort of hard to imagine that this funny guy also found success as a Big Ten football player.
Gaffigan attended Purdue University and was good enough to earn a spot on the team of Boilermakers. Gaffigan moved to Washington D.C. after a year and ended his football career playing for the Georgetown Hoyas.
André The Giant
If you’re not that into wrestling, then the first time you most likely got to witness the charm of André The Giant was in the hit movie, The Princess Bride. He portrayed Fezzik — the gentle giant that brought comedic relief to the movie.
The character came naturally for André given that this was just how he was in his real life. Dubbed ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World,’ André was a pioneer in the wrestling world as he paved the way for other wrestlers by starring in a film.
Sheryl Crow is a popular singer who has sold more than 50 million albums globally and won nine Grammy awards. Crow had been soaring high as a part of her track team way before she rocked out on stages across the world.
She was a state-leading track star at Kennett High School, medaling a gold in the low hurdles. She deserved every bit of pride she felt whilst standing on the podium that day.
It would be hard to find a Potterhead whose eyes aren’t full of awe while watching Emma Watson portray her character, Hermione Granger, in the Harry Potter series. Like Hermoine, Watson takes education very seriously, which is why it’s no surprise that she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Brown University — one of the most eminent Ivy-League schools.
Not only did this smarty pants gracefully balance her acting profession and academics, but she also managed time to play collegiate field hockey. Even the thought of a star like her having the time to play hockey seems incredible to us!
Matthew Perry ruled the TV screen as Chandler Bing on Friends — one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time — for nearly a decade. In addition to portraying this role, Perry has also starred in a few films and other television sitcoms including Sunset Strip, Fools Rush, and 17 Again.
Apart from acting, Matthew also rocked the tennis field back in the day. As a youngster, Perry played tennis competitively and was even ranked nationally. In junior singles, he was ranked as 17 and as number three junior on doubles. Even though he was a top performer in the sport, Perry never really thought of going professional.
American-born Chuck Norris is one of the most hyped martial artists and has become quite the cult superstar. Although he later pursued a career in acting and producing, Norris first earned his black belt in martial arts.
Then again, that doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering that Norris is an absolute icon. He managed to get himself not only one but multiple black belts in taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and judo. Apart from mastering these martial arts and acting in action movies, Norris also invented Chun Kuk Do — a form of martial art.
Years before he became a big star in Hollywood, actor Jason Lee had another renowned identity. Prior to making a move to California, Lee was actually a pretty popular celebrity for his iconic skateboarding skills.
With his drop-dead tricks — from kickflips, backside flips, tailslides, to 360° flips — he allured each of his viewers. His portrayal as the recurring role in View Askewniverse totally makes more sense now that we know of his skating background.
Aside from being an actor, director, and chemical engineer, Dolph Lundgren also had an athletic career in the past. His outstanding portrayal of Captain Ivan Drago in the fourth Rocky movie clearly carries all the proof.
At age ten, he started learning Kyokushin karate, and with a few years of hardship, he attained the rank of third dan black belt. Later, he won the Kyokushin European championship (1980-81) twice and Australian championship (1982) once during his athletic career.
A very well-known face of Hollywood, Ed O’Neill took part in several sitcoms and film series. That’s something we all know about more or less. What we didn’t know, though, is that he was a gifted footballer too! In fact, he was so talented that Ohio University even awarded him a football scholarship when they witnessed his skills on the field.
In his sophomore year there, the Married… With Children star was transferred to Youngstown State University in order to pursue the career of a defensive lineman. Upon his graduation, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted him to their team in 1969. However, his name was cut out from the list during training camp.
The 5′8″ American actress, Gina Carano, has won the hearts of her viewers with her alluring action stunts in Haywire. Her super phenomenal performance clearly proves that she’s not just an ordinary actress! Before the start of her Hollywood journey, she was a mixed martial artist and set unbeatable records in both kickboxing and MMA.
Her dexterity brought her the opportunity of playing roles on television shows including reality series American Gladiators as well as The Mandalorian.
Everyone’s favorite Community character — Jeff Winger — was played by actor Joel McHale, who also happens to have a history in sports. He was a football freak back in his college days and luckily, was drafted to play on the UW’s team.
Later, he joined the Washington Huskies. He played tight end for two consecutive years for the team, but could not make it to any actual games. In 1993, he walked off the team and soon turned to Hollywood to become an actor.
The multi-talented Steven Seagal has manifested his excellence in every form of art. Throughout his career, Seagal has tried his hand at acting, screenwriting, producing, music, and more! Unlike other celebrities, Seagal’s debut in Hollywood was not as an actor or musician but rather martial arts.
He spent 15 years in Asia to master martial arts choreographing for films before even setting foot in Hollywood. Upon his return to the United States, the legend opened up a martial arts academy. Shortly after, he became a Hollywood star’s bodyguard and that opportunity led to Seagal combining film production with his talent and passion for martial arts.
You’ll be shocked to know that basketball has been a big part of Tom Selleck’s life. Before pursuing his on-screen career, he was an outstanding basketball player. His playing spirit was huge enough to bring him a basketball scholarship that landed him on the USC Trojans basketball team.
However, he was passionate about the entertainment business so he decided to quit playing ball before starting his journey as a model and actor. After struggling for a few years, Selleck ultimately landed the prestigious role of Thomas Magnum in the mystery television series, Magnum, P.I.
David Duchovny is a critically-acclaimed actor that has proved his talent time and time again in a number of top-ranked films and TV shows. Aside from his acting career, though, Duchovny is also a successful writer, director, producer, singer, and songwriter.
This all-rounder personality has another talent that you may not be aware of. Back in high school, he was the captain of the school basketball team and was then enlisted to play for Princeton’s junior team.
You may know Uzo Aduba as the iconic character of Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren from the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. Perhaps it’s hard to imagine her as a top-ranked athlete yet, much to many people’s surprise, she was a fantastic sprinter!
55, 100, and 200-meter dash running — she set the bar in each. She also recorded a personal best timing for the 55-meter dash and that was just 7.07 seconds!
Tony Danza, the American heartthrob, starred in some of the most popular and long-running sitcoms such as Who’s the Boss? and Taxi. The actor was nominated for a number of awards including one Emmy nomination and four Golden Globe nominations.
Before becoming a TV personality, however, he was a professional knockout club boxer. Boxing wasn’t just a profession for him back then. In fact, he possessed a sheer passion for this. Upon his retirement from boxing, Danza decided to take up acting as a career.
Denzel Washington, the winner of two Golden Globes and an Academy Award for his roles in movies like Glory and Training day, also had an athletic background. He was a gem on the basketball court!
During his undergrad years, the former Golden State Warrior’s coach — Peter John Carlesimo — drafted him into the list of Rams’ JV basketball team. He played brilliantly for two seasons, with his team setting an unexpected record as they went 18-1 during his second season.
Tommy Lee Jones
The Fugitive and Men in Black hero, Tommy Lee Jones, graduated from Harvard University in 1969. Shortly after, he headed to New York to pursue an acting career. During his undergrad days, Jones was a keen athlete, serving as an offensive guard on Harvard’s football team.
His excellence was so evident that he was nominated for the first All-Ivy League selection. Tommy Lee and his teammates made a last moment comeback, scoring 16 points to tie against Yale during the 1968 season.
Any King of Queens fan here? Funny guy Kevin James is easily a fan favorite no matter what film or show he appears on. You’re probably wondering, though, what else this actor capable of. Well, before making his debut on the big screen, James was actually a rising star in wrestling.
The actor pursued his career in acting later in movies such as Hitch. He even played the role of an MMA fighter in Here Comes the Boom. Something else you may have not known is that James was enrolled in the high school wrestling team where wrestling pro, Mick Foley, went. Apparently, James would always defeat Foley.
Mark Harmon has starred in enormous hit dramas including West Wing, JAG, and NCIS. The red carpet may have become a typical occurrence in his life but it turns out that the legendary actor had a different life back in Los Angeles.
He completed his associate degree at Pierce College before transferring to UCLA, where he was the Bruins’ starting quarterback for two years.
Do you know what makes this British bad boy amazing — other than his role as Juggernaut in Marvel’s X-Men franchise and the British accent, of course? His soccer career! Back home, in Europe, the English actor was a lead player.
He has been a rookie in both acting and soccer. He played as one of the best players in Wimbledon FC, which is one of the most intense teams in Britain. Who was expecting Jones to be so rough and tough in both of his careers?
Apollo Creed from the classic Rocky series put the world in awe with his dazzling performance as he portrayed the history of boxing. Before that, though, Carl Weathers was an incredible football player.
Along with the film industry, Weathers excelled in his athletic career, starting from Division I with the San Diego State Aztecs. In addition, he took part in the Canadian Football League for a season and even played a couple of NFL seasons as well.
Jason Segel undoubtedly won millions of hearts with his charm when he played the lovey-dovey Marshall on How I Met Your Mother. In addition to this role, Segel has also appeared on the big screen for his roles in projects including Freaks and Geeks and I Love You, Man.
Outside of the spotlight, Segel also managed to build up quite the fanbase while playing basketball at Harvard-Westlake School. He was dubbed “Dr. Dunk,” after winning — you guessed it — a dunk contest. During his stay, Segel’s team won state championships back-to-back.
Now, let’s talk about the two-time Academy Award winner, Mahershala Ali. His portrayal in Green Book was just as incredible as his performance in Moonlight. Having such a bright future in the film industry, you may question, was he really planning on playing unique roles from the beginning?
Well, he bailed on his basketball career for acting due to the disenfranchisement of the Division I team from Saint Mary’s College. However, that worked out for him very well in the end, so there’s nothing to sulk over for this award-winning celeb.
From the core of romance to dance and action scenes, there’s no doubt that Channing Tatum has been stealing your heart from the very first time he appeared on the big screen. His synchronized moves in Magic Mike and stellar action skills in 21 Jump Street makes so much more sense once you find out that Tatum was a football player back in the day!
That’s right — this hunky actor actually played for Glenville State College in West Virginia. As this career wasn’t exactly what he wanted to pursue, he soon dropped out of the program before entering the entertainment industry.
You may recognize Josh Duhamel from the Transformers franchise although he has appeared in plenty of other films, as well as television shows.
If not acting, then what else was he going to pursue? It turns out that he was a quarterback for the football team at Minot State University. Unfortunately, though, he didn’t make it to the NFL. That’s when this cutie decided to transform his career by starting off as a model. And would you look at him now?!
The good-looking comic Jon Stewart has been working relentlessly over the years to get to where he is today. It wasn’t so long ago that this silver fox was the host of The Daily Show for over a decade.
Before stepping foot into the entertainment industry, though, this comedic icon spent his younger years playing soccer for the College of William and Mary while he was an undergrad. It was during this time that Stewart scored the winning goal in the ECAC Championship against the Connecticut Huskies — a team known as an NCAA powerhouse.
Thanks to the rapid growth in popularity of the reality show Duck Dynasty, Phil Robertson is now at the peak of his career. It’s fascinating how Robertson’s journey as a hunter led him to pursue a career in television. Needless to say, this veteran hunter certainly knows how to stir things up and keep reality TV interesting.
This Louisianan native also played football on a scholarship for Louisiana Tech University. Robertson was allegedly given a chance to play for the Washington Redskins but turned it down because he thought it would meddle with his full-circle hunting profession.
Did Sam always hunt out country music hits? Not really! When he was younger, Hunt was a quarterback at Tennessee State University. In 2003, the now singer-songwriter enrolled in Division I Middle where he played until the 2004 season. He then transferred to the University of Alabama Birmingham.
There, he started to pace forward. After every practice, he would teach himself to play guitar. Playing for the Kansas City Chiefs did not work out for Hunt but strumming his chords obviously did. That’s why he’s recognized as one of the greats of country music.
Stand-up comedian Joe Rogan is widely known for his versatility. Some know him as “the Fear Factor guy” as he hosted the reality TV show Fear Factor in the early 2000s. Others know him as ‘Joe Garelli’ for playing one of the lead roles on the sitcom News Radio.
However, his identity of being an athlete was just as far-reaching. He was trained in taekwondo martial arts and even earned black belts in Gi Jiu-Jitsu and NoGi. That’s not all, though. In fact, Rogan won the United States Open Taekwondo Championship trophy at the age of 19!
Most people prefer to call this icon the Hulk rather than by his given name, Lou Ferrigno. Ferrigno’s brilliant acting in The Incredible Hulk series on CBS back in the 1970s definitely helped shoot him into the Hollywood spotlight.
Aside from portraying a sweetheart that turns into a green monster when angry, Ferrigno has also been involved in other endeavors. In fact, this household name actually comes from a bodybuilding background — which isn’t really hard to believe considering his insane physique. He was also seen in an American docudrama called Pumping Iron, only this time he wasn’t green.
It would be hard to find a James Bond fan who doesn’t root for Sean Connery. In case you’re wondering what Sean is like in reality, we’re here to let you know that he’s nothing short of a real-life action hero.
When Connery was young, he used to be a competitive bodybuilder who would swoon the world with his charisma and charm. The physique of Connery was so spectacular that he even participated in the iconic Mr. Universe competition.