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Famous Actors & What They Were Doing Before Superstardom

Not all actors are born with superstardom. Many of them had to struggle and put in a lot of hard work to get where they are. They have worked to achieve superstardom. Though it might feel strange to think that our favorite actors worked odd jobs, many of them had to do it before. Here are some famous actors and what they were doing before superstardom.

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman Famous Actors
Hugh Jackman

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Before we saw him play the mutant superhero, Wolverine, Hugh Jackman worked a common job. He was a gym teacher for high school at Uppingham School in England. He was once interviewed by one of his students, Rollo Ross, who became an entertainment reporter. He recognized him at a red carpet event in Zurich. Also according to a throwback post on Instagram, Hugh Jackman worked as a party clown. He has also worked in theatre and some smaller roles in TV and films at the beginning of his acting career before becoming one of the most famous actors in the world.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt Famous Actors
Brad Pitt

One of the most renowned actors of Hollywood, Brad Pitt didn’t always have superstardom. He dropped out of college just two weeks before graduation to become an actor, he had to do odd jobs to pay bills. He had to wear a chicken costume and hand out flyers. He revealed this in an interview with James Lipton on the Inside the Actors Studio. He also had to drive strippers and was responsible for mundane jobs at parties. This led to him meeting an acting coach – Roy London. This helped him grow his acting career and become one of the most recognizable and famous actors on the planet.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson

According to Vanity Fair, before superstardom, Taraji P. Henson worked as a receptionist by the day and a Tina Turner cover on a Potomac River cruise ship by night. In an interview, she told Stephen Colbert that as most of her family had government jobs and lived in the Washinton Square area, it was easy for her to get the job of a receptionist. Her big break was a comedy, Baby Boy in 2001.

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams superstardom
Rachel McAdams

Known for her role in Mean Girls, Rachel McAdams worked at McDonald’s before superstardom. In 2002, the actress told Glamour that she worked there with her brother when she was 16. She also shared that the fast-food chain is a great place to work but she wasn’t a good employee. She wasted too much time washing her hands and once broke an orange juice machine. She directed children’s theatre and played small roles for TV.

George Clooney

George Clooney superstardom
George Clooney

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Like Brad Pitt, George Clooney too dropped out of college to pursue acting. He moved to Los Angeles but superstardom did not come to him right away. He had to work odd jobs like selling insurance, to make money. In an interview with Evening Standard, George Clooney reminisced the days and told how he had to sell insurance door to door. On his first day, he sold one policy and the buyer died. Fortunately, he soon made it big as an actor.

Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.