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35 Then Vs. Now Photos Of Actors In Their First Big TV Or Movie Role Vs. The Role They Are Nominated For At The Emmys

The 2023 Emmy Awards are set to finally air on Monday, Jan. 15. The ceremony will celebrate the best in TV from June 2022 to May 2023 and includes so many first time and veteran nominees that have all been working in the industry for a long time.

The 2023 ceremony was originally postponed from Sept. 2023 due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

So to celebrate, here are 35 side-by-sides that show these actors in their first roles vs. the role they are nominated for this year:

1.To start, Jenna Ortega's first role as the vice president's daughter in Iron Man 3 in 2013 vs. Jenna as Wednesday in Wednesday:

she's a child

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Marvel, Netflix

2.Jason Segel's first role as Nick in Freaks and Geeks in 1999 vs. Jason as Jimmy in Shrinking:

he's a teen in a denim jacket

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Fox, Apple TV+

3.Kieran Culkin's first role as Fuller McCallister in Home Alone in 1990 vs. Kieran as Roman in Succession:

him as a child wearing suspenders

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

20th Century Fox, HBO

4.Pedro Pascal's first notable role as Eddie in Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1999 vs. Pedro as Joel in The Last of Us:

closeup of a younger pedro

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Warner Bros, HBO

5.Bella Ramsey's first role as Lyanna in Game of Thrones in 2016 vs. Bella as Ellie in The Last of Us:

she's sitting on a throne

What they're nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

HBO

6.Christina Applegate's first big role as Kelly in Married... with Children in 1987 vs. Christina as Jen in Dead to Me:

her as a teen with short hair

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Fox, Netflix

7.Jeremy Allen White's first role as Jeremy in Law & Order in 2007 vs. Jeremy as Carmy in The Bear:

young jeremy shirtless

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

NBC, FX / Hulu

8.Ayo Edebiri's first notable role as Hattie in Dickinson in 2021 vs. Ayo as Syd in The Bear:

closeup of her with short hair

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Apple TV+, FX / Hulu

9.Ebon Moss-Bachrach's first notable role as a college boy in Law & Order: Criminal Intent in 2001 vs. Ebon as Richie in The Bear:

he's got long curly hair

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

NBC, FX / Hulu

10.Jennifer Coolidge's first role as Jodi in Seinfeld in 1993 vs. Jennifer as Tanya in The White Lotus:

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

NBC, HBO

11.Aubrey Plaza's first role as an NBC Page in 30 Rock in 2006 vs. Aubrey as Harper in The White Lotus:

she's wearing a name badge

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

NBC, HBO

12.Melanie Lynskey's first role as Pauline in Heavenly Creatures in 1994 vs. Melanie as Shauna in Yellowjackets:

she's in a school uniform holding a vinyl

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Miramax / Everett Collection, Showtime

13.Tyler James Williams' first notable role as Tyler on Sesame Street in 2000 vs. Tyler as Gregory in Abbott Elementary:

him as a child

14.Natasha Lyonne's first role as Opal in Pee-wee's Playhouse in 1986 vs. Natasha as Charlie in Poker Face:

closeup of her as a child

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

CBS / Via youtube.com, Peacock

15.Steven Yeun's first notable role as Sebastian in The Big Bang Theory in 2010 vs. Steven as Danny in Beef:

he's holding a box of things and carrying a large backpack

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

CBS, Netflix

16.Evan Peters' first role as Russell in Sleepover in 2004 vs. Evan as Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story:

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

MGM / Everett Collection, Netflix

17.Jessica Chastain's first notable role as Sarah in Veronica Mars in 2004 vs. Jessica as Tammy Wynette in George & Tammy:

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Warner Bros / The CW, Showtime

18.James Marsden's first notable role as Eddie in The Nanny in 1993 vs. James as himself in Jury Duty:

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

CBS, Amazon Freevee

19.Lizzy Caplan's first role as Sara in Freaks and Geeks vs. Lizzy as Libby in Fleishman Is In Trouble:

her as a teen with short hair

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Fox, FX / Hulu

20.Matthew Macfadyen's first role as Hareton in Wuthering Heights in 1998 vs. Matthew as Tom in Succession:

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

21.Sheryl Lee Ralph's first notable role as Linda in To Sleep with Anger in 1990 vs. Sheryl as Barbara in Abbott Elementary:

her in the middle of a cast photo

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Samuel Goldwyn Films / Everett Collection, ABC

22.J. Smith-Cameron's first notable role in That Night in 1992 vs. J. Smith-Cameron as Gerri in Succession:

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

NBC, HBO

23.Bob Odenkirk's first role on Saturday Night Live in 1987 vs. Bob as Jimmy in Better Call Saul:

he's holding a turtle and wearing a suit

24.Elisabeth Moss' first role as Little Girl in Suburban Commando in 1991 vs. Elisabeth as June in The Handmaid's Tale:

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

25.Martin Short's first big role as a cast member on Second City Television in 1981 vs. Martin as Oliver in Only Murders in the Building:

him with his hair in one spike in the front and his pants hiked up

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

SCTV / Everett Collection, Hulu

26.Jesse Plemons' first big role as Tommy in Varsity Blues in 1999 vs. Jesse as Allan in Love & Death:

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Paramount Pictures, Max

27.Quinta Brunson's first TV role as Annabelle in New Girl in 2018 vs. Quinta as Janine in Abbott Elementary:

she's on a corded phone

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Fox, ABC

28.Alan Ruck's first role as Carl in Bad Boys in 1983 vs. Alan as Connor in Succession:

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Universal Pictures, HBO

29.Brian Cox's first notable role as Dr. Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter in 1986 vs. Brian as Logan in Succession:

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

De Laurentiis Group / Everett Collection, HBO

30.Nicholas Braun's first notable role as Zach in Sky High in 2005 vs. Nicholas as Greg in Succession:

closeup of him with platinum dyed hair

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Disney, HBO

31.Juno Temple's first notable role as Polly in Notes on a Scandal in 2006 vs. Juno as Keeley in Ted Lasso:

she's got short curly hair and she's sitting on a couch

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Fox Searchlight, Apple TV+

32.Bill Hader's first role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 2005 vs. Bill as Barry in Barry:

closeup of him in a suit sitting in a leather chair

What he's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

NBC, HBO

33.Keri Russell's first role as a cast member on The All New Mickey Mouse Club in 1991 vs. Keri as Kate in The Diplomat:

closeup of her with long curly hair

What she's nominated for: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Disney / Everett Collection, Netflix

34.Claire Danes' first role as Tracy in Law & Order in 1992 vs. Claire as Rachel in Fleishman Is in Trouble:

closeup of her in an interrogation room

35.And finally, Nick Offerman's first role as Rog on ER in 1997 vs. Nick as Bill in The Last of Us:

he's looking over a doctor's shoulder

What he won* for: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

*Nick already won for his work during the Creative Artist Emmy Awards on Jan. 6, 2024

HBO

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