These 15 Actors Were Down To Their Last Dollars Before They Scored Huge Hollywood Roles

    Melissa McCarthy was so broke before booking Gilmore Girls that she remembered "when you could still get a $5 bill out of an ATM, and I couldn’t get it because [my balance] was under $5."

    Celebrities are known to lead luxurious lifestyles, but some performers had to overcome very humble beginnings in order to reach this level of success.

    These 15 actors struggled and had very few dollars to spare before they achieved a breakthrough career advancement.

    1. Kat Graham "had 86 cents to [her] name" before The Vampire Diaries.

    Kat Graham is photographed during the Cannes film festival on May 17, 2022

    2. Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog to get $40 for food before his Rocky script was picked up.

    Sylvester Stallone poses at the Paramount+ UK launch in London on June 20, 2022

    3. Annie Murphy was down to $3 when Schitt's Creek came along.

    Annie Murphy is pictured at a "Russian Doll" event on June 04, 2022

    4. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson began his acting career with just $7 and is now worth $800 million.

    Dwayne Johnson arrives at Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 23, 2022

    5. KiKi Layne had literally no money left when she tested for If Beale Street Could Talk.

    KiKi Layne poses at The 2022 Met Gala

    6. Matt LeBlanc had $11 when he was offered a lead role in Friends.

    Matt LeBlanc poses at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles Make March Matter Kick-Off event on March 01, 2022

    7. David Oyelowo reached a financial "rock bottom" before his career took off.

    David Oyelowo is seen at the Oscars on March 27, 2022

    8. Prior to This Is Us, Chrissy Metz had only 81 cents left.

    Chrissy Metz smiles at the "This Is Us" series finale event on May 22, 2022

    9. Steve Harvey had $35 when he was offered a televised performance at the Apollo Theater.

    Steve Harvey smiles in a promotional photo for "Judge Steve Harvey"

    10. Melissa McCarthy had less than $5 in her bank account early on in her career.

    Melissa McCarthy smiles at the Critics Choice Awards on March 13, 2022

    11. Billy Bob Thornton had $6 to spare every week while he worked at a pizza parlor after moving to Los Angeles.

    Billy Bob Thornton is seen at the "1883" premiere on December 11, 2021

    12. Ashleigh Murray was down to $12 around the time she auditioned for Riverdale.

    Ashleigh Murray is seen at a CW Network event on May 19, 2022

    13. Richard Madden couldn't pay his rent and was living off $5 a day when he was cast in Game of Thrones.

    Richard Madden poses at the London premiere of "Eternals" on October 27, 2021

    14. Sidney Poitier had just $3 when he went to New York and began acting as a teenager.

    Sidney Poitier smiles with his honorary Oscar in 2002

    15. Chris Pratt had about $60 when he was flown to LA for a film role.

    Chris Pratt arrives at the "The Tomorrow War" premiere on June 30, 2021

    Let this be your sign to keep going, because you never know when things could turn in your favor!