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While it seems that most celebrities were always famous, sometimes that’s not the case. Like most people, some celebrities had everyday jobs like you and me. Here are 17 examples.
- George Clooney was a Insurance Salesman. George Clooney told David Letterman in 2001, I had a lot of rotten jobs. I sold insurance door-to-door, but it didn’t work out well. The first day I sold one (policy) and the guy died.” Clooney also worked cutting tobacco and as a woman’s shoe salesman.
- Hugh Jackman was a PE Teacher. Before he was Wolverine and Jean Valjean, Hugh Jackman worked as a gym teacher in England’s Uppingham School.
- Vince Vaughn was a Lifeguard. Vince Vaughn worked at a YMCA as a lifeguard, but he was ultimately fired. “When I was younger I was a lifeguard at a YMCA and I was late too many times,” Vaughn explained.
- Evangeline Lilly was a Flight Attendant. Before Evangeline Lilly was a passenger on Oceanic Flight 815 on Lost, she worked as a flight attendant. “That job has no redeeming qualities. I didn’t like the people. I didn’t like the destinations,” she told David Letterman back in 2007. “I didn’t like the recycled air, the crappy food. “(Or) the fact that they tell you, before you start your job, to buy your shoes two sizes too big because your feet swell.”
- Amy Adams Worked at Hooters. Amy Adams worked at Hooters when she was 18. She saved up to buy a new car.
- Kanye West Worked at the Gap. Before he was a famous rapper and fashion icon, Kayne West worked retail at the Gap. According to the song “Spaceship” from College Dropout, “Let’s go back, back to the Gap / Look at my check, wasn’t no scratch / So if I stole, wasn’t my fault / Yeah I stole, never got caught / They take me to the back and pat me / Askin’ me about some khakis / But let some black people walk in / I bet they show off their token blackie / Oh now they love Kanye, let’s put him all in the front of the store / Saw him on break next to the ‘No Smoking’ sign with a blunt and a Mall’ / Takin’ my hits, writin’ my hits / Writin’ my rhymes, playin’ my mind / This f***in job can’t help him / So I quit, y’all welcome.”
- Whoopie Goldberg was a Morgue Beautician. Before Whoopie Goldberg won an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony), she was training to be a morgue beautician in San Francisco.
- Rachel McAdams Worked at McDonalds. She worked at the fast food restaurant in Canada for three years before she became an actor. Admittedly, Rachel McAdams said she wasn’t a very good employee and, at one time, broke the orange juice machine.
- Jennifer Aniston was a Telemarketer. Before she started acting, Jennifer Aniston worked as a telemarketer for two weeks.
- Matt LeBlanc was a Carpenter. While living in Newton, Mass, Matt LeBlanc trained and worked as a carpenter like his grandfather. In an interview, LeBlanc said of the job, “Because you build things that people are going to be living in for a long time. They lie in bed nights and look up at the ceiling moulding you put in, but I got ants in my pants.” LeBlanc’s father was a mechanic.
- Channing Tatum was a Stripper. Just like Magic Mike, Channing Tatum worked as stripper for eight months while he was 19 years old.
- Johnny Deep was a Ballpoint Pen Salesman. Before he was Captain Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp sold ballpoint pens over the phone. He wasn’t very good at it because when his boss would leave, Depp would try to convince the potential buyer not to buy.” He explained, “when the supervisor wandered off, I would say, ‘Listen, don’t buy these pens. The clock is made of corkboard. I’m a thief; we’re ripping you off.’”
- Patrick Dempsey was a Championship Juggler. McDreamy placed 2nd in the International Jugglers Competition in 1982 and 1983.
- Jennifer Hudson Worked at Burger King. Before she won on Oscar for Dream Girls, Jennifer Hudson worked at Burger King, but quit. “A long time ago, my only real job was working at Burger King,” Hudson told The Voice. “I quit working there when I was like 17, 18, and I said, ‘You know what? Forget this!’ I decided I wanted to make my living through my gifts and talents, and I feel blessed that I’ve been able to do that.”
- Jay-Z was a Drug Dealer. Before he was an iconic rapper and businessman, Jay-Z was a drug dealer selling crack in Brooklyn. “I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer. To be in a drug deal, you need to know what you can spend, what you need to re-up,” he said about his business savvy today.
- Jon Hamm was a Set Dresser (for Adult Films). Although Jon Hamm admits that it was mostly “softcore” adult films, he still “moved furniture around naked people.”