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Celebrities Who Had The Odd Jobs Before They Were Famous

By KK Angus, 11 June

Hollywood is all about living fabulously, but not all of showbiz has had the greatest of beginnings in their careers. Every actor and actress has seen their share of struggles, and some of the most successful names in the industry started out with the most mundane jobs. Of course, they all had their own dreams for stardom, but they also wanted to make a living. For instance, do you know Nicki Minaj used to work at Red Lobster as a waitress? Or that Tom Cruise and Chris Pratt were bellhop and waiter respectively?

Celebs have often talked about their humble beginnings. Yes, there are also names like Dakota Johnson and Kate Hudson who have celebrity parents, and yet they have had to undergo a lot of ordeals for their stardom. But some stars have had to earn their living the minimum-wage way. Let’s have a look at the stars who have had the most awful jobs.

1Megan Fox was a banana

Megan Fox might be the most attractive actress in Hollywood right now, with some of the most exciting offers, but she has had quite a terrible livelihood before she entered the industry. Megan started out in the industry very young. But before she made it big, Megan used to work at a smoothie shop in Florida. Though she worked at the register, once a week she had to dress up as a banana to promote the store. And we bet that couldn’t have been pretty for the Transformers actress.

Megan Fox was a banana

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2Brad Pitt was a chicken

You’d think somebody as stellar as Brad Pitt would have been flooded with offers the minute he decided to be a part of Hollywood. But sadly, Brad has had his share of struggles. He was born to working-class parents and quit his university two weeks before graduation, to pursue acting. But in his earlier days, Brad would do some odd jobs to make ends meet. For instance, in his early 20s, he would often dress up as a chicken and stand outside a store, move refrigerators and even drive strippers around the town in limos.

Brad Pitt was a chicken

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3Hugh Jackman was a fitness teacher

Hugh Jackman is a total multitasker. The Wolverine star is one of the fittest stars in Hollywood, and it comes as a surprise to no one that he started earning money as a PE teacher. In the mid-‘80s Hugh worked as an assistant teacher at high school. Considering he is the very epitome of fitness, it actually makes a lot of sense.

Hugh Jackman was a fitness teacher

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4Nicki Minaj was a waitress

You might think Nicki Minaj lives a fabulous life, and she totally does. But the singer did start out with a really terrible job at a bustling eatery. Nicki has revealed that she worked as a waitress at seafood restaurant Red Lobster in the Bronx, and worked there for a while. She was also fired from at least 15 different jobs for being incompetent. Ouch!

Nicki Minaj was a waitress

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5Miley Cyrus used to pick underwear for her dad

Miley Cyrus had the weirdest job as a teenager. As you probably know Miley’s father Billy Ray Cyrus is a huge country sensation and was, of course, a huge deal in the late ‘90s. Whenever Miley would accompany Billy to his tours, her father would pay her to pick up the women’s underwear fans threw at him during his performance. Miley revealed that he did that to teach Miley how the industry and fame works.

Miley Cyrus used to pick underwear for her dad

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6Channing Tatum was a stripper

Channing Tatum had the most unusual start to stardom. To be fair, he did start out as an entertainer, just not on screen, but on stage. Channing started making money as a stripper when he was just 19. In fact, he made quite a name for himself but of course, quit the business eventually.

Channing Tatum was a stripper

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7Meghan Markle was artsy

The newest Royal used to have quite an artsy profession before stardom hit her. Meghan who is now the Duchess of Sussex used to teach calligraphy and gift-wrapping to people. She even worked as a freelancer and even wrote wedding cards.

Meghan Markle was artsy

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8Beyonce was a salon girl

If you’ve ever thought about how Beyonce’s hair is so magnificent, well, she is kind of a professional - at hairdressing. In the 90s Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s mum opened up a salon which went on to become a huge success. Beyonce used to work at her mother’s salon.

Beyonce was a salon girl

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9Johnny Depp used to sell pens

Johnny Depp might be the coolest Hollywood star. He is not just a versatile actor and a philanthropist but also a rocker. But as a young man, he had a string of really tedious jobs. He got a job as a telemarketer - a job which he hated. He was required to sell pens to strangers and we can imagine why that put him off.

Johnny Depp used to sell pens

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10Tom Cruise was a bellhop

Tom Cruise, too, had a number of odd jobs before he could take Hollywood by storm. Tom worked as a bellhop at a hotel. He even aspired to become a Catholic priest once, but that obviously did not pan out. Though he never really stayed away from his religious pursuits as he took up Scientology seriously.

Tom Cruise was a bellhop

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11Eva Mendes was a hot dog seller

You’d think somebody as beautiful as Eva Mendes would be flooded with the right kind of job opportunities but turns out Eva, too has had her share of bad first jobs. As a young woman, Eva used to work at a mall selling hot dogs.

Eva Mendes was a hot dog seller

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12Jon Hamm worked at porn sets

Jon Hamm, despite being one of the most attractive people in the industry found it very difficult to succeed in showbiz. He looked older than his age and he struggled for years to make it in Hollywood. During his struggling days, he had a number of jobs. He taught acting to people, and he also used to work as a set-dresser in adult film movies.

Jon Hamm worked at porn sets

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13Madonna worked at a donut store

Can you imagine Madonna being anything other than Madonna? No, right? But turns out the Material Girl hitmaker and icon Madonna also had to work really hard for her living. She was a very good student and took ballet lessons, but also worked as a waitress at a donut store to make some extra cash.

Madonna worked at a donut store

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14Rihanna was in the army

Rihanna might be the fiercest celebrity we know and can obviously handle herself, but did you know that she was in the military? Yes, Rihanna was actually in the army right after high school. She was an army cadet in a sub-military programme and actually reached the rank of Corporal.

Rihanna was in the army

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15George Clooney

George Clooney played a sales exec in his film Up in the Air. But he was actually a salesperson in his younger days. Before making it big in Hollywood he used to be an insurance salesman. His job entailed traveling door-to-door to sell insurances to people.

George Clooney

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