Before our favorite stars became big-named celebrities, many of them were regular people holding down normal wage jobs. Jobs ranging from waiting tables to drug dealing, funeral directing and party-entertaining.
Life isn’t always bright lights and the glitz and glamor. Check out 20 A-list stars who had a normal job before stardom.
#20. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt, before fame, studied journalism but dropped to become an actor. While auditioning for various roles, he managed to earn money by delivering refrigerators, became a limo driver and became a chicken mascot for el Pollo Loco.
#19. Rachel McAdams
Before starring on numerous chick flicks that we all loved, she worked at McDonald’s for three years. It was reported that Rachel wasn’t a very good employee, she even broke the orange juice machine.
#18. Angelina Jolie
While Angelina Jolie’s life has always been a part of acting career (her father is Jon Voight, an actor), at 14 years old, the half of Brangelina left the stage to become a funeral director.
#17. Johnny Depp
The talented Johnny Dep, worked as a telemarketer back in the day, selling ballpoint pens.
#16. Eva Mendes
The sexy bombshell used to sell hotdogs on stick in a shopping mall.
Prior to Madonna’s appearance on American Bandstand, the pop icon worked as a showgirl in France and worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts in NY Times Square.
#14. Gerard Butler
Gerard graduated from law school and took a job at a law firm, but it became too much for him so he quitted his law career to become a casting assistant, which later helped in landing him a role in Coriolanus.
#13. Channing Tatum
Channing didn’t earn how to sexy dance for Magic Mike – he was once a stripper, at the age of 19, for eight months.
#12. Halle Berry
Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry entered a number of beauty pageants. In 1986, she won a runner-up title for Miss USA and placed sixth on the Miss World pageant.
#11. Hugh Jackman
He worked as a PE teacher and a party clown who charged $50 per show.
#10. James Franco
Before James’ Academy Award nominations, he used to flip burgers at McDonald’s.
#9. Amy Adams
The actress used worked at Hooters prior to her big Hollywood break, appearing in several movies like Moonlight Serenade, Cruel Intentions 2, Enchanted, American Hustle and many more.
#8. Tom Cruise
Tom, despite being a Scientologist, used to attend a Franciscan seminary and had plans of becoming a priest.
#7. Jay Z
Jay wasn’t shy admitting that he was a crack dealer and that it helped him become a business genius.
#6. Mariah Carey
At the age of 18, Maria signed her first contract with Columbia Records. Before that, she studied cosmetology and had a couple of jobs in salons. Mariah also worked as a waitress and a coat check person.
#5. Kanye West
Kanye is taking the world by storm but before his millions of dollars and extremely big ego, he folded clothes as a sales assistant at GAP.
#4. Victoria Beckham
Before the Spice Girls, Victoria was on the show called “Body Matters” where she played a sperm on roller skates. It was a BBC sex education show.
#3. Ashton Kutcher
Ashton studied biomedical engineering degree at the University of Iowa. He later dropped out of college to pursue modelling and on the side, he worked as a sweeper at a factory to help him with his expenses. He also sold his blood for extra cash.
#2. Rod Stewart
Rod, prior to his fame, admitted to working in a cemetery as a gravedigger.
#1. Lucy Liu
Before she became a Charlie’s Angel and our favorite action actress, Lucy was an aerobics instructor.