30 Stars Who Had Surprising Jobs Before They Became Famous

Although your favorite stars might have lifestyles of the rich and famous now, it wasn’t always that way.

Yes, it’s true. They had “normal” jobs before becoming famouswell, if you consider being an adult film set decorator, a Hooters girl, and a lion tamer “normal.”

Vince Vaughn

This Internship star obviously didnt do one at the YMCA, where he was fired as a lifeguard for being late too often probably not a good thing in that whole, saving lives thing.


Amy Adams

In order to save up for her first car, she worked at Hooters as a waitress. Calm down. She was 18.


Christopher Walken

As a kid, he worked in a small circus and was in charge of doing tricks with a female lion named Sheba.

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Nicole Kidman

After her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she dropped out of school at age 17 to work as a massage therapist and help with finances.

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Channing Tatum

No surprise here, but the Magic Mike star was a stripper for eight months when he was 19.

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Victoria Beckham

The Spice Girl started as a sperm on roller skates for a BBC sex-education TV show called Body Matters.

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Jon Hamm

What did he do before becoming a mad man? Porn. Well, he was a set dresser in the soft-core porn industry on Cinemax.

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Hugh Jackman

Before he was a Broadway star and superhero, he was a gym teacher and a party clown, charging $50 a show.

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Rachel McAdams

When she was 16 and directing kids theater, she started working at McDonalds to pay the bills and stayed there for three years.

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He was a crack dealer, and admits that it helped him become business savvy because it taught him about budgets, what you can spend, and what you need to re-up.

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Jon Bon Jovi

Its his lifeand he spent part of it making Christmas decorations to make money which I presume he spent on product for his hair.

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George Clooney

He had a string of jobs before finding success as an actor, including cutting tobacco, working in a ladies shoe store, and selling insurance door-to-door.


Whoopi Goldberg

Before she was a comedian, she worked as not only a bricklayer, but also a beautician in a morgue.

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Patrick Dempsey

He was a juggler and placedsecond in the International Jugglers Competition in the Junior Division in 1982 and 1983.

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Jennifer Hudson

The singer (and Weight Watchers spokeswoman) worked at Burger King until she was 18, when she decided to quit and pursue her love of music.

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Johnny Depp

Need something to write this one down? Depp sold pens over the phone for a solicitor.

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Jennifer Aniston

Did your favorite Friend work in a coffee shop like she did on the show? Nope, but she did work as a telemarketer and a waitress while going to acting auditions.

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Kanye West

Although its hard to imagine him doing anything that wasnt completely centered around Kanye, he did work as a sales assistant at the GAP. Ima let you finish, buttry on these khakis first.

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Helen Mirren

Before she was a Dame and a screen icon, she worked at amusement park in Southend as a “blagger,” to attract customers to the rides.

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Matt LeBlanc

Before going to New York to be a hand model at age 18, he tried to follow in his grandfathers footsteps and train to be a carpenter.


Tom Cruise

Before going full-on Scientologist, he attended a seminary before getting asked to leave for stealing liquor from a couple of priests.

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Demi Moore

She actually dropped out of high school at age 16 to work as a debt collector before trying to get into modeling, and then eventually into acting.

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Danny DeVito

Ironically, he was a hairdresser and then a hairdresser for a mortuary.

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Lucy Liu

To make ends meet while acting, she worked as a secretary during the weeks, and on weekends, during the day, worked as an aerobics instructor and in the evening worked as a hostess.

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Gerard Butler

Although he has a law degree from Glasgow University, he got fired from his first job and hasnt practiced law since.

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Angelina Jolie

She has said that if she failed to make it as an actress in Hollywood, she would have pursued a career as a funeral director.

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Ozzy Osbourne

Its no surprise that the Prince of Darkness had a rather dark job he spent time working in a slaughterhouse.

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Eva Mendes

She had a thing for the mall (and food) as a teen and worked at a pizza place and then Hot Dog on a Stick.

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Jim Carrey

After his father lost his job, this funny guy dropped out of high school and worked as a janitor to try and help with the finances.

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Mick Jagger

Before becoming the rock icon he is known as today, he worked as a porter in a psychiatric hospital.

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I guess it’s a good thing they didgive up their day jobs.

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