Actor Jeremy Renner’s portfolio is filled to the brim with projects that have time and again shown his brilliant acting skills including, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Mission Impossible, and of course, his notoriously popular role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Looks like Jeremy Renner has everything going quite well for him. However, this wasn’t always the case. Before rising to a superstar level with The Hurt Locker he had to see some unfortunate times. He admitted to having taken up quite a few small jobs before he started acting, just to support his family. One of those jobs required Jeremy Renner to master the smokey eye.
Jeremy Renner Worked As a Makeup Artist
At CinemaCon 2012, Jeremy Renner revealed that he took up a job as a makeup artist very early on in his career as he had bills to pay. He admitted to having mastered the eyeliner and mascara, and could even do a perfect smokey eye even to this date. Renner stated that he had a very “gangster” psychological approach to working as a makeup artist.
“’Wouldn’t it be interesting to get a man’s opinion on how a woman looks like with makeup on?’ That was my gangster psychological way in. So I got the job.”
The Kill the Messenger actor stated that he took makeup gigs to make ends meet while he was just starting out his acting career. He revealed that he could do makeup well because of his background in theatre and that he would rather “do makeup on girls all day” rather than wait tables. Since the gigs did not demand much of his time, he had a lot of free time to go for auditions, which made it a great gig, in his own words.
Renner stated that the whole idea behind his heart-warming approach to makeup was asking the question, “How do I make this woman feel beautiful,” as he believed that beauty comes right from a person’s heart and his job as a makeup artist was to reflect on that beauty.
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Jeremy Renner and a Few Odd Jobs
While in a conversation with Vanity Fair, back in 2015, Renner revealed that he had been working ever since he was ten years old to support his family as he “grew up really poor.” From working as a paperboy to bagging groceries, the Hawkeye actor has done it all.
“I was a paperboy, I worked at a car wash, I worked at a bowling center, I bagged groceries, and I was a makeup artist. I don’t know if any of those jobs were really that bad, I was just happy I had a job.”
He stated that since his family didn’t have a lot of money, he took on any and all jobs he could, no matter how challenging. He admitted that working at the car wash was a lot more challenging than he thought as it sometimes required him to work in 100-degree weather and got paid minimum wage.
The actor talked about the gratitude he has towards life and that his past had made him appreciate his present much more because he had seen struggles up close and personal. Who knows? Maybe Renner’s much-known humble personality is a product of him working all these odd jobs.