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You Won't Believe These Celebrities' Pre-Fame Jobs

Oct 24 2014 - 3:34pm

Plenty of our favorite celebrities have been walking the red carpet for years [1], but it wasn't always bright lights and award shows. Even today's biggest stars had to take an odd job or two before becoming famous. Unsurprisingly, a lot of celebrities spent time working in the food industry to make ends meet, but there's also a handful who took really strange work opportunities before they hit it big. Check out our list of odd celebrity jobs to see the typical, the unexpected, and the downright unbelievable.

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Celebrities Who Worked at Restaurants

  • Nicki Minaj revealed in a GQ interview [3] that she used to work at Red Lobster, until she got fired.
  • Madonna was a Dunkin' Donuts clerk, according to a History Channel biography.
  • Rachel McAdams, Pink, and James Franco all worked at McDonald's [4].
  • Brad Pitt used to dress up as a chicken for El Pollo Loco.
  • Gwen Stefani used to work at Dairy Queen [5].
  • Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah both used to work at Burger King.
  • Barack Obama and Julia Roberts were both ice cream scoopers at Baskin Robbins [6].
  • Chris Pratt was a waiter in Hawaii [7].
  • Eva Mendes sold hot dogs at Hot Dog on a Stick [8].

Celebrities Who Worked in Customer Service/ Retail

  • Kanye West and Matthew Morrison both used to work at Gap. Kanye actually rapped about it on his debut album in the song "Spaceship"!
  • Chace Crawford was a parking valet in Los Angeles.
  • Nicole Kidman is a former massage therapist!
  • Johnny Depp confessed that he was a (really bad) pen salesman [9].

Celebrities Who Used to Do WHAT?!

  • Channing Tatum used to work as a stripper. And then he made a movie about it.
  • Connie Britton taught aerobics [10] while she auditioned for roles in NYC.
  • James Wolk once worked as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah emcee [11].
  • Amy Adams used to be a Hooters girl!
  • Jake Johnson said he used to sell burritos [12] out of a van.
  • Patrick Dempsey used to be a professional juggler — check out this video [13].
  • Hugh Jackman used to dress up as a clown [14] for birthday parties.
  • Jon Hamm once was a set dresser for pornographic films [15]. Oh, and he also taught high school drama.
  • And last, but not least, Whoopi Goldberg used to be a mortuary beautician, meaning she'd put makeup on the deceased.

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