16 Celebrities With Surprising First Jobs

Michele Marin | Aug 21, 2016 Celebrities


How about a little humble pie? Even these A-listers had to pay the rent before they made it big. Before they were rocking the red carpet, these stars were earning a living just like the rest of us. 

Click through to find out which celebs were dishing out ice cream, juggling their way through high school, and donning chicken suits to make ends meet.


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  • Lin-Manuel Miranda — Slushee Machine Operator


    Long before he was a hit with Hamilton, it seems like playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda was manning the slushee machine at his aunt's store. 

  • Patrick Dempsey — Juggler


    Seattle Grace Hospital's sexiest doctor, McDreamy, was an avid juggler before he became an A-list heartthrob. Father-of-three Patrick Dempsey was actually so good at juggling his way through high school that Dempsey won a national juggling contest.

  • Lady Gaga — Go-Go Dancer


    Singer Lady Gaga hails from some pretty impressive art conservatories, including Juilliard and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, but there's still rent to pay! The Grammy Award winner took three jobs to make ends meet, one being a gogo dancer.

  • Amy Adams — Hooters Girl

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    Golden Globe winner Amy Adams sported the famous orange shorts while working as a Hooters Girl. Granted, her stint serving chicken wings only lasted three weeks -- Adams left her waitress job as soon as she had enough money to buy a car. Those must have been some hefty tips!

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  • Megan Fox — Smoothie Maker

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    Not only did the gorgeous Transformers star make the smoothies, but sometimes Megan Fox also wore a banana costume. I'm sure she looked smashing! 

  • Taylor Swift — Bug Remover

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    That's right. This crooner's first job was working on a Christmas Tree farm. And it wasn't all tinsel and tree lights! Swift was in charge of removing the praying mantis pods from the trees.

  • Charlize Theron — Town Square Singer

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    Oscar Winner Charlize Theron wasn't shy as a child. Growing up in South Africa, Charlize would sing in the town square for money. She would use the money to buy cheap jewelry. Hey, a girl has priorities!

  • Gwen Stefani — Dairy Queen Worker

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    "Hollaback Girl" singer Gwen Stefanie was whipping up Blizzards at the Dairy Queen prior to her big break. The swirl cones weren't a total waste of time for Stefani. The pop star met fellow No Doubt bandmate John Spence at the DQ.

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  • Mira Sorvino — Babysitter


    This Oscar-winning actress made her spending money as a babysitter back in the day. Bet the kiddos didn't mind having this Beautiful Girl as a sitter.

  • Brad Pitt — El Pollo Loco Chicken Mascot

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    It's hard to believe that this hot star hid his good looks behind a chicken suit. Yep, Brad Pitt spent his early years handing out flyers to promote business at El Pollo Loco Chicken on Sunset Boulevard.

  • Jennifer Aniston — Telemarketer

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    The gorgeous Jennifer Aniston made ends meet working as a telemarketer when she moved to LA. She claims she was just "awful" at the gig, so it's a good thing Aniston's big break came after only three months on the job.

  • Matthew McConaughey — Chicken Coop Cleaner

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    Could one of Hollywood's hottest A-list actors have actually been on poop patrol? Seems that way. Matthew McConaughey lived in Australia for a while as an exchange student where he worked on a chicken farm cleaning none other than ... poop from the coop.

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  • Justin Timberlake — Mouseketeer

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    Prior to his 'N Sync days, Justin Timberlake was crooning to the tune of M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E ... as part of the Mickey Mouse Club. Sound familiar? Other pop sensations Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and fellow 'N Sync bandmate JC Chasez also got their start with the mouse.

  • Orlando Bloom — Clay Trapper

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    Before landing his breakthrough role, Legolas Greenleaf, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Orlando Bloom was a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range.

  • Will Chase — Stock Boy


    Who knew Nashville star Will Chase was a stockboy in his previous life?

  • Ashton Kutcher — Floor Sweeper

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    We all know Kutcher's early years were spent gracing high profile modeling campaigns — he posed for Calvin Klein and Abercrombie & Fitch after being discovered by a model scout while at the University of Iowa. But did you know that before that, Kutcher worked sweeping the floors at a General Mills factory, where his father worked?

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