Many celebrities – Flavor Flav, Bret Michaels, Lil’ Scrappy – transition to TV but some stars actually got their start on VH1, you may just not have known. Whether they were a reality star or an actor, we’re digging through the VH1 vault to find some of the most famous faces before they were stars. From Zachary Quinto to La La Anthony from Emma Stone to Emmy nominee Laverne Cox, you might be surprised to find out who was once trying to work for Diddy or hosting the Flavor Of Love reunions. I mean, did you know the writer-director of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was once a judge on VH1’s Scream Queens? Click through our gallery and see what some of these celebs had to say about VH1 and the doors it opened.
In an interview with BuzzFeed in March 2014. Cox said about her experiences on VH1, “I never wanted to do a reality television show…but at the same time, for years I wondered what it would be like for a trans person to be on a show like MTV’s The Real World. I just never imagined I’d be that person.” An aspiring actress, Cox joined I Want To Work For Diddy as a business move, “I’d done some off-Broadway theater, independent films, student films, but I hadn’t had a breakthrough. So a lot of it was about advancing my career professionally. And I just thought it was so powerful, you know. Diddy, a black mogul, embracing me, a black trans woman, on national television.”
On her experience as a producer and cast member on makeover show TRANSform ME in 2010, Cox told BuzzFeed, “The critique was — and now, I think it was right — that the premise of the show presupposes that all trans women are hyper-feminine and that trans people exist for the entertainment of cis people.”