Before they reached the place where they are, many Hollywood A-listers had some fascinating and unexpected beginnings. The sole reason why most people never make a start is that they don’t want to be seen starting at the bottom.
Take a look at 15 actors who had some of the most unexpected beginnings of their careers:
1. Before making her movie debut in the teen comedy Mean Girls, Amanda Seyfried was a model for teen fantasy novels. She was the face of the Victoria Martin Trilogy.
2. Macaulay Culkin had over 6 years of acting experience before he was cast in Home Alone. Culkin made his stage debut when he was just 4 at Manhattan’s ‘Symphony Space’ in a play called “Bach Babies.”
3. Before starring in top-notch films like The Emoji Movie and Ocean’s Eight James Corden made his film debut with the horror-comedy, Lesbian Vampire Killers.
4. Before he got his big break in High School Musical, Zac Efron was a part of a TV show with Jesse
McCartney and Aunt Becky
5. Lucy Hale was a part of the American Idol spin-off American Juniors before she landed her breakthrough role in Pretty Little Liars. Hale finished fourth in the singing competition.
6. 4 years before she became a global pop star with her hit, ‘Call Me Maybe’, Carly Rae Jepsen was placed third on the singing reality show Canadian Idol.
7. Katy Perry was just 16 when she kickstarted her career as a Christian artist. Before her 2007 controversial hit, “Ur So Gay”, Katy Perry was performing under her real name Katy Hudson. Her 2001 self-titled Christian album flopped.
8. Jack Antonoff’s early band played on late-night shows in 2009. He used to play with his band Steel Train. He would go on to be in The Format, which found mild success before he founded the more successful band Fun.
9. Ariana Grande started doing musical theater from the age of eight. Her first role was of ‘Annie’ in a Florida community theater production. She landed a Broadway role for 13 when she was 15 before getting cast in Victorious.
10. Lin-Manuel Miranda played a small role in the crime drama The Sopranos. In 2007, just a year before his Broadway debut of In The Heights, Lil-Manuel delivered a single dialogue as a bellhop on the show.
11. Kirsten Dunst was only a toddler when she appeared in front of the camera for the first time. Dunst was a baby model and got her first paid gig on a Baby-Sitter’s Club cover
13. When Keanu Reeves made his debut in front of the camera, he did with Drew Barrymore for a campy holiday movie. The made-for-TV movie taught kids the true meaning of Christmas: playing with toys.
14. Jack Gleeson who is best known for his critically acclaimed role as Joffrey Baratheon on Game Of Thrones played a cute kid in Batman Begins.
15. Michael Keaton’s first on-screen project was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. He worked at a PBS station and would occasionally work with Rogers’ crew.