In the above clip courtesy of British TV show You Saw Them Here First, Minaj, now 32, gets so into her dialogue that she almost hits her scene partner with a prop telephone!
Her acting days started in her teen years in Queens, New York, at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
With a fresh, makeup-free face and her hair in braids, Minaj's teen self is a far cry from the pink-haired, booty-shaking, take-no-prisoners rapper she would become.
Though she was cast in the Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001, Minaj's acting career never really took off. She worked a variety of jobs – including a stint as a truly awful Red Lobster waitress – before her mixtapes took the hip-hop world by storm beginning in 2007. Now, she's Billboard's most-charted female rapper in history.
Of course, Minaj would eventually make her acting debut in a big way – she starred in this year's The Other Woman alongside Cameron Diaz, Kate Upton, and Leslie Mann. She also provided the voice for Steffie in 2012's animated Ice Age: Continental Drift.