18 Celebrities Who Said, "Yeah, I'm Done" And Started A Brand New Career

    OK, but Brie Larson's music kinda bangs.

    1. Before Vera Wang was a fashion designer, she was a figure skater. In 1968, she competed in the US National Championships in Philadelphia.

    Vera Wang on a red carpet

    She was a very talented skater; however, she did not qualify for the 1968 Winter Olympics, which was the end of her skating career.

    Vera Wang at the US Open

    After college, she became an editor at Vogue and worked there for 17 years until she became a designer in 1987.

    Vera Wang at the 2018 Met Gala

    2. In 2003, Brie Larson pivoted from acting to writing and recording music. She caught the attention of some record executives and signed a record deal with Casablanca Records.

    Brie Larson on a red carpet

    In 2005 she released her debut (and only) album, Finally Out of P.E.

    Brie Larson playing guitar in her music video

    In 2006, she returned to acting after being cast in Hoot.

    Brie Larson in "Hoot"

    3. After Wizards of Waverly Place ended in 2012, Jennifer Stone went to nursing school and is now officially a nurse.

    Jennifer Stone on a red carpet

    Jennifer had been acting since 2003, when she was cast in Secondhand Lions.

    Jennifer stone in "Secondhand Lions"

    Jennifer went into nursing because in 2013 she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and didn't have a good experience with healthcare professionals.

    4. After starring in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in 1971, Peter Ostrum turned down a three-film contract. He is now a veterinarian.

    Peter Ostrum holding a golden ticket at a "Willy Wonka" event

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is his first and only acting role.

    Peter Ostrum in "Willy Wonka"

    After filming Willy Wonka, Peter worked on a stable and became fascinated with veterinarians. He considered going back to acting, but decided to get a degree in veterinary medicine instead.

    Peter Ostrum next to a cow

    5. Actor Jamie Dornan was a model for years before he transitioned to a career in acting.

    Jamie Dornan on a red carpet

    In 2001, he started modeling and was part of reality show called Model Behavior.

    Jamie Dornan modeling on "Moden Behavior"

    In 2006, he was cast in his first acting gig with a role in Marie Antoinette.

    Jamie Dornan in "Marie Antoinette"

    6. Before becoming an actor, Whoopi Goldberg once worked as a funeral makeup artist in the 1970s.

    Whoopie Goldberg at the Met Gala

    7. After starring in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta in 2012, Kay Panabaker retired from acting, and she is now a zoologist and works at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    Kay's first acting role was in 2001, voicing the Garbage Monster in Monsters, Inc.

    The Garbage Monster

    8. In 1993, Michael Jordan announced he was retiring from basketball, and in 1994 he signed a Minor League Baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox.

    Michael Jordan at an event

    Michael had been playing for the NBA since 1984.

    Michael Jordan playing basketball in 1984Na

    He played baseball from 1994 to 1995 and then quit. That year he announced his return to basketball and started playing with the Chicago Bulls again, and his playing career ended in 2003.

    Michael Jordan playing baseball

    9. In 2017, Gwyneth Paltrow announced she would be taking a break from acting to focus on her wellness and lifestyle company, Goop.

    Gwyneth Paltrow on a red carpet

    Gwyneth Paltrow has been acting since 1989, when she debuted in the film High.

    Gwyneth Paltrow on the set of "High"

    She is the founder and CEO of Goop.

    Gwyneth Paltrow at a Goop event

    10. In 2017, singer-songwriter Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty, her cosmetics brand, and has been on a hiatus from releasing solo music since her album Anti in 2016.

    Rihanna at the 2021 Met Gala

    Rihanna's music career started in 2005 with the release of her debut single, "Pon de Replay."

    Rihana in the "Pon de Replay" music video

    In 2018, she also launched Savage X Fenty, a lingerie brand. In 2019, she launched Fenty, her fashion brand and in 2020 she launched Fenty Skin, a skincare brand.

    Rihanna next to her Savage X Fenty Line

    11. In 2006, former acting duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen launched The Row, their luxury fashion label.

    The Olsen Twins on a red carpet

    The duo started acting at 9 months old in 1987, when they were cast as Michelle in Full House.

    The Olsen twins as Michelle on Full House

    Ashley is the CEO of The Row and Mary-Kate is the creative director.

    The Olsen Twins at a fashion show

    12. In 2012, actor Jessica Alba launched The Honest Company, which sells eco-friendly household goods, diapers, and body care products.

    Jessica speaking at an event

    Jessica had been acting since 1994, when she had a small role in Camp Nowhere.

    Jessica as a kid in "Camp Nowhere"

    In 2013, she released her bestselling book The Honest Life, which is about her creating a natural, healthy, non-toxic environment for her children. In 2015, she released Honest Beauty, a collection of skincare products.

    Jessica Alba at an event for The Honest Company

    13. In 2006, while he was still part of the main cast of Degrassi, Drake released his debut mixtape Room for Improvement. In 2008, he left the Degrassi cast and released his debut album, Thank Me Later, in 2010.

    Drake on a red carpet

    Drake had been acting since 2001, and his first main role was on Degrassi in 2002.

    Drake on "Degrassi"

    14. In 2015, John David Washington started pursuing an acting career after playing football professionally.

    John David Washington on a red carpet

    He played football professionally from 2006 until the United Football League folded in 2012.

    John David Washington on a football field

    His first major acting gig came in 2015 as a main role in the show Ballers.

    John David Washington on "Ballers"

    15. Before Ava DuVernay was a filmmaker, she was a film publicist. She worked at 20th Century Fox and other PR agencies and then opened her own firm in 1999 called The DuVernay Agency.

    Ava DuVernay sitting on a table

    In 2005, she made her first movie, a short film, called Saturday Night Life, and in 2011, her first feature film, I Will Follow, was released.

    Ava at a screening of "I Will Follow"

    16. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson started to transition to a career in acting while he was still wrestling.

    Dwayne Johnson on a red carpet

    He started his professional wrestling career in 1996, and he also started acting in 1999. In 2004, he took his first retirement from wrestling and started focusing on his acting career full time.

    The Rock wrestling in 1996

    His first acting role was in 1999 in an episode of That '70s Show.

    17. Nnamdi Asomugha starting his acting career while he was still playing professional football.

    Nnamdi on a red carpet

    Nnamdi's professional football career started in 2003, when he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders.

    Nnamdi playing football professionally

    Nnamdi's first acting role was in 2008, when he guest starred on an episode of The Game. He officially retired from football in 2013.

    Nnamdi on "The Game"

    18. And lastly, In 2006, professional wrestler John Cena also started his acting career.

    John Cena on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    John Cena started acting in 2009 in the film The Marine. He still wrestles professionally today.

    John Cena in "The Marine"

    What other celebs completely switched careers? Let us know in the comments!