The CW’s young pre-Superman Superman show Smallville was like Law and Order but for Hollywood newcomers because tons of young actors were on it. While some Smallville actors faded into obscurity, others went on to stardom. Here were all the actors who were on Smallville before they got famous.
Before his Vampire Diaries swoon-inducing role, Somerhalder played resurrected teen Adam Knight for six episodes in 2004. Adam was sent by Lionel Luther to spy on Clark and Lana before dying when he couldn’t get his hands on more Lazarus Serum. But fangirls and fanboys got him back a few years later as Damon Salvatore and the world was never the same.
That CW allegiance is strong. Before Jensen was killing monsters with fellow CW/WB-faithful Jared Padalecki on Supernatural, he played Jason Teague in twenty-two episodes of Smallville from 2004-2005. Apparently, this character’s creation was dictated by the network who wanted Lana to have a new boyfriend different from Clark Kent. Ackles was the first choice for this role, having been the runner up for in the casting of Clark Kent. Can you imagine that world?? Our lives would be unrecognizable!
Hey-o, we got another Vampire Diaries star on our hands (we googled “Nina Dobrev Smallville” just to make sure she wasn’t on the show too). Paul Wesley played Lucas Luthor, the half brother of our bald-headed babe Lex and Lionel’s illegitimate son. Now that’s an awkward Thanksgiving.
Before she wore that damn tank top and cargo combo in every episode of Lost, Evangeline Lilly was an extra on our favorite teen-angst superhero show. The powers that iMD-be also told us she had an uncredited role in The Lizzie McQuire Movie. Let this be a lesson — never give up!
Before her roles in *insert any mainstream flick in the past five years*, Amy Adams was just another Starbucks barista trying to make it in Hollywood. (I made up the barista thing, but it’s a charming image so let’s go with it.) In the first season of Smallville, Adams played Jodi Melville, an overweight teen and ravenous metahuman. She drank veggie shakes with meteor rock-infected vegetables and lost sixty pounds in two days! We’re surprised that didn’t spawn a Smallville-brand nutrient supplement on HSN.
Your favorite stripling wolf (“stripling” is a synonym for teenager, OKAY?!) played an illegal immigrant Clark saved from deportation. Ooh, Smallville got political.
Prior to Mean Girls and Masters of Sex, Lizzy Caplan had a two episode run on our fave Superman origin story aimed at pre-pubescent girls. Caplan played a shapeshifting teen who loved Lana. I mean, who doesn’t love Lana? Kristin Kreuk, if you’re reading this (as I know you are), I want to say that you were a formative part of my childhood as a fellow Half-Asian. Since you’re here, I guess it’s safe to say you’re into Smosh and that’s really cool too. Okay Kristin, I need to write for the rest of the readers now! Kisses!
Known for John Tucker Must Die and Eva Longoria’s “gardener” on Desperate Housewives, Jesse played Van McNulty, a metahuma-hating high-schooler who could’ve been a great comedian. Take this line of LOL-inducing wit: “That girl’s got so many guys tailing her, she should qualify for Secret Service protection.” Oh man, I’m gonna need a minute after that one.
The same year High School Musical came out, Lucas played Young Lex Luthor. A few years later, he played Connor Kent AKA Alexander Luthor AKA LX-15 AKA Kon-El AKA a hybrid clone made from Clark’s and Lex’s DNA. Whew, that was a mouthful. Let’s just say he’s the guy from HSM and be done with it. Okay fine, he’s also known for being in Switched at Birth and Milk and other stuff. Happy??
Miranda Cosgrove of iCarly was the voice of age-five Lana Lang in the Smallville pilot. But that’s not the Miranda in the photo. That girl is named Jade Unterman and as far as we can tell, after Smallville she was like, “Yup, I’ve reached the zenith of my acting career. I’m the shiz so I’m gonna retire and open a restaurant.” (We made up the restaurant part because that seems to be only thing actors do when they’re through with acting.)
We forget why Cobie is famous. Maybe she’s a news anchor or something? Okay, that wasn’t funny. Apologies. She’s from How I Met Your Mother!! Side note: her iMDB really needs to be updated. It starts with, “Amazingly, newcomer Cobie Smulders never gave much thought to acting.” Newcomer? Please! In ’04 she played Shannon Bell, a scorned Lex lover who only has really dark, moody stills on Google images, infuriating click-bait writers ’round the world!
There you have it. Smallville was the bees’ knees and we miss it dearly. Did we forget someone? Let me know on Twitter @andihester so I can kick myself for not thinking of them and you can sleep well at night knowing you one-upped a Smoshpit writer.