35 Stars You Had No Idea Were In Zoolander

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Zoolander was the first comedy released in theaters after 9/11. The absurd send-up of the fashion industry focusing on one gloriously dim-witted supermodel seemed to be exactly what people needed at that extremely rough moment in our nation’s history. The film went on to gross over $60 million at the global box office, and has become a cult classic in the years since it came out.

Why? First of all, the plot of Zoolander absolutely ridiculous. It’s up to model Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller), who’s become yesterday’s news thanks to the latest flash in the pan, Hansel (Owen Wilson), to save the Prime Minister of Malaysia from an assassination attempt — that Derek himself has been brainwashed to carry out, mind you. Derek regains confidence in himself, saves his flagging career, and finds love in the process.

Second, Zoolander is chock-full of instantly quotable catchphrases. “I'm not an ambi-turner. I can’t turn left.” “The files are in the computer.” “What is this, a center for ants? How can children learn to read if they can’t even fit inside the building?” “Did you ever think that maybe there’s more to life than being really, really, really ridiculously good-looking?

There’s something a lot of people forget about Zoolander, though, which is that every celebrity and their mother is in the movie. Seriously. Have you watched it recently? Anyone who could possibly be considered a boldface name in 2001 stops by. Even Donald Trump is there. Yep, he was even showing up where no one really wanted him back then.

With Zoolander 2 hitting theaters on February 12, we did an exhaustive sweep of every single celebrity who makes an appearance in Zoolander. Put on your piano-key necktie and relax, because it’s a long list.

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Lance Bass

Role: Himself

Bass appears cheering on Derek — a.k.a. distracting him from taking out the Prime Minister of Malaysia — at the Derelicte fashion show.
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Tyson Beckford

Role: Himself

Beckford coaches Derek through the walk-off.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Sandra Bernhard & Lukas Haas

Role: Themselves

Just some more completely random fashion show guests.
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David Bowie

Role: Himself

The Thin White Duke ups this movie’s chill factor by, like, a zillion when he breezes in on a shooting star to judge the walk-off.
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Stephen Dorff

Role: Himself

Another very random guest at the Derelicte fashion show.
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David Duchovny

Role: J.P. Prewitt

Prewitt, the world's greatest hand model, meets Derek and Matilda (Christine Taylor) in a cemetery to explain that male models have been instrumental in every major political assassination for the past 200 years, because they do exactly as they’re told.
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Fabio

Role: Himself

Winner of the Slashie Award for Best Actor “Slash” Model — and not the other way around.
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Fred Durst

Role: Himself

The Limp Bizkit frontman is there to watch the Derelicte fashion show.
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Judah Friedlander

Role: Scrappy Zoolander

Before he wore ironic trucker hats and took shots at Liz Lemon, Friedlander was Derek Zoolander’s miner brother Scrappy.
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Tom Ford

Role: Himself

Said in a Jay Z voice: “Tom Ford.”
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Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Role: Himself

He credits Derek Zoolander with reinventing the Afro for the white man. In 2001, no one cried cultural appropriation.
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Tommy Hilfiger

Role: Himself

Obviously, all the big designers want to dress Derek and Hansel.
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Paris Hilton

Role: Herself

Nothing was complete without a Paris Hilton cameo in 2001.
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Heidi Klum

Role: Herself

You can see Klum sitting behind Derek and Donatella Versace at the VH1 Fashion Awards. She is dressed extremely early-aughts.
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Lenny Kravitz

Role: Himself

The indirect cause of Derek Zoolander’s ultimate humiliation. Thanks, Lenny.
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Lil’ Kim

Role: Herself

She’s obviously there to distract Derek from his mission.
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Anne Meara

Role: Protester

Ben Stiller’s mother plays a protester who eggs Mugatu.
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Natalie Portman

Role: Herself

Would Portman date Derek Zoolander? No, because he’s “almost too good-looking.”
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Mark Ronson

Role: Funeral DJ

Because in the world of high fashion, funerals are places to get turnt...with actual turntables.
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Gavin Rossdale & Gwen Stefani

Role: Themselves

The now ex-spouses, pictured here a year before they tied the knot, support Hansel at the VH1 Fashion Awards.
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Winona Ryder

Role: Herself

“I’d really like to continue talking about this conversation when I come back.” Is Derek Zoolander the original Perd Hapley from Parks and Recreation?
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Claudia Schiffer & Veronica Webb

Role: Themselves

One supermodel supports Derek at the Derelicte show; another looks a little bored.
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Garry Shandling

Role: Himself

Probably the most random cameo, and therefore one of the best.
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Alexander Skarsgård

Role: Meekus

Dude just doesn’t know how to land a joke or when to let it end. Unfortunately, he’s later killed in a freak gasoline fight accident.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Christian Slater

Role: Himself

Slater expresses his love for Derek Zoolander on the red carpet at the VH1 Fashion Awards.
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Justin Theroux

Role: Evil DJ

He’s the evil DJ who gets his ass kicked by Hansel in a break-dance fight. Additional fun fact: Justin Theroux co-wrote Zoolander 2.
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Donald Trump & Melania Knauss

Role: Themselves

They didn’t tie the knot until 2005, but Donald Trump and his future wife, Melania Knauss, appear together in Zoolander. They're on the red carpet at the VH1 Fashion Awards, and in the audience (you can see them clapping at 2:27 in this clip).
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Vince Vaughn & Jon Voight

Roles: Luke & Larry Zoolander

Their merman family member, who can't hack it in the mines, is dead to them.
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Donatella Versace

Role: Herself

Derek kisses Versace after he thinks Lenny Kravitz announces his name as the recipient of the Male Model of the Year award.
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Billy Zane

Role: Himself

Billy Zane is your friend, Derek. He’s a cool dude.
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