Keri Russell – Then
Keri Russell started her career at the age of 15, as a cast member of the All-New Mickey Mouse Club, alongside other future celebrities like Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and more.
In 1992, Russell appeared in Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, alongside Rick Moranis, and had a guest appearance on Married… with Children in 1995.
In 1998, Russell landed a role which launched her into international fame: the titular character of Felicity, her performance in which would win her a Golden Globe merely a year later.
Keri Russell – Now
After Felicity ended in 2003, Russell moved to New York and started acting in off-Broadway stage productions. In 2005, Russell joined the cast of Mission: Impossible III in 2005, directed by J. J. Abrams.
Russell continued to act in many films and television shows throughout the 2000s, most recently in the FX drama series The Americans, in which she plays Elizabeth Jennings, a Russian KGB spy living deep undercover in 1980s Cold War era America.
Michelle Williams – Then
Michelle Ingrid Williams moved out to Los Angeles on her own at the age of 15 with the aim of pursuing a career in acting. Living by herself and taking on odd acting jobs wherever she could find them, by the age of 17 she had managed to land small roles in several film productions, including A Thousand Acres,which starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange.
When she was 18, Williams landed the role of Jen Lindley in Dawson’s Creekalongside James Van Der Beek and Katie Holmes – a role she would play for six seasons between 1998 and 2003, and an experience she called “the best acting class” she could have hoped for.
Michelle Williams – Now
Throughout the 2000s, Michelle Williams continued to hone her craft, and slowly became known for her work in small scale, independent productions with dark or tragic themes.
Over the course of her later career, during which she acted in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, Manchester By the Seas, Shutter Island and The Greatest Showman, Williams has garnered multiple awards and accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for four Academy Awards and one Tony Award.