It’s no secret that many celebrities were born into wealth and privilege, but not all of them grew up among the Hollywood elite. Often times, future stars have to find unique ways to make ends meet before they take their big break.
Here are 16 surprisingly interesting jobs celebrities had before they became big in Hollywood:
Hugh Jackman performed at children’s birthday parties as Coco the Clown.
Lizzo had a brief stint as a food critic, which inspired her to use social media to further her music career.
Before starting serious acting training, Pierce Brosnan spent three years working in the circus as a fire eater.
Before being a reality TV star, Kim Kardashian was that of Paris Hilton stylist and professional closet organizer.
Before her acting career took off, Meghan Markle was a calligraphy teacher at Paper Source as well as a freelance calligrapher.
Megan Fox wore a banana costume as a mascot for a Florida smoothie store.
Whenever he was cut off from an NFL team, Terry Crews supplemented his income by painting portraits for his former teammates.
When Nicole Kidman was 17, she trained to be a massage therapist to help her mother after her cancer diagnosis.
Taraji P. Henson was a Tina Turner cover artist aboard a cruise ship.
Before the Jonas Brothers became a celebrity, Nick Jonas was a child Broadway star.
Before his X factor audition, Zayn Malik was a boxer.
Vikings Actor Katheryn Winnick started and ran three martial arts schools at the age of 21.
Before landing his role of escape in The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner used the skills he learned as a young theater artist to make ends meet as a makeup artist.
Cindy Crawford had a summer job peeling corn.
Christopher Walken was a lion tamer in a touring circus at the age of 16.
And finally, as a full-time carpenter, Harrison Ford also began working as a backup during auditions to help him buy material for a project before George Lucas offered him the role of Han Solo in Star wars.
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