Skip To Content

    20 Famous People Who Understand The Struggle Of Working For Fast Food Chains

    Brad Pitt used to dress up as the El Pollo Loco chicken!

    1. Barack Obama scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins.

    Barack Obama side by side with a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cone
    Getty Images / Getty Images for EIF & XQ/Mikhail Japaridze\TASS via Getty Images

    "Rows and rows of rock-hard ice cream can be brutal on the wrists," the former president shared about his first job in a LinkedIn post. 

    2. Madonna poured coffee at the Times Square Dunkin' Donuts.

    Madonna side by side with a donut tray from Dunkin'
    Paul Drinkwater / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images/Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    According to a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Madonna was fired shortly after beginning her job for allegedly squirting jelly at a customer.

    3. Lin-Manuel Miranda worked at McDonald's.

    Lin-Manuel Miranda side by side with a breakfast sandwich and soda from McDonald's
    Frazer Harrison / Getty Images/Joe Raedle / Getty Images / Via Twitter: @Lin_Manuel

    The Hamilton creator even shared a throwback photo of his McDonald's name tag on Twitter.

    4. Gwen Stefani blended Blizzards at Dairy Queen.

    Gwen Stefani side by side with a Dairy Queen Blizzard
    Astrid Stawiarz / Getty Images for LinkedIn/Andrew Burton / Getty Images

    The No Doubt vocalist made her very first dollar working at the chain. 

    5. Pharrell was fired from McDonald’s three times!

    Pharrell side by side with McDonald's fries
    Samir Hussein / WireImage/Mario Tama / Getty Images

    "I was only good at eating the chicken nuggets," Pharrell admitted to Seth Meyers. Years later, Pharrell went on to co-produce the famous "I'm Lovin' It" jingle with Justin Timberlake. 

    6. Brad Pitt perfected the role of the El Pollo Loco mascot.

    Chris Pizzello-Pool / Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

    In addition to dressing up as a chicken for the fast-food chain, the Oscar-winning actor was also a furniture mover and part-time limo driver.  

    7. Pink worked the drive-thru at McDonald’s.

    Pink on stage side by side with a McDonald's employee handing a drink tray to a drive-thru customer
    Kevin Mazur / WireImage/Brandon Bell / Getty Images

    "I had a Janet Jackson microphone," she told Food and Wine. "I had power."

    8. Queen Latifah's first job was at Burger King.

    Queen Latifah side by side with a burger, fries, and drink from Burger King
    Gilbert Carrasquillo / WireImage/Michael Thomas / Getty Images

    The Queen started her job at the King when she was 15 years old! 

    9. Nick Cannon took drive-thru orders at Wienerschnitzel.

    Nick Cannon side by side with the take-out window at Wienerschnitzel
    Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic/Scott Varley/Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images

    He was fired for telling too many jokes over the intercom, but that's when he knew he wanted to be a comic!

    10. Eva Mendes worked at Hot Dog on a Stick.

    Eva Mendes side by side with the Hot Dog on a Stick food court store front
    Ernesto Ruscio / Getty Images/Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

    The actor served hot dogs and lemonade from the mall kiosk restaurant at the Glendale Galleria. 

    11. Jay Leno worked his forearm muscles by cutting potatoes at McDonald’s.

    Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" side by side to a McDonald's employee reaching for fries off the rack
    Kevin Winter / Getty Images/Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    Leno worked at the chain during the late '60s, when roast beef and strawberry shortcake were still on the menu.

    12. Megan Fox dressed up as a giant banana to serve smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Café.

    Megan Fox side by side with two smoothies in plastic cups
    Scott Dudelson / Getty Images/PM Images / Getty Images

    "There was no anonymity, the costume had a big hole cut out so that everyone would see your face," Fox told Bang Media. "My friends from school would drive back and forth and yell all kinds of awesome obscenities at me!"

    13. Jennifer Hudson sang to customers through the drive-thru window at Burger King.

    Jennifer Hudson side by side with a Burger King employee handing food out the drive-thru window
    Jason Merritt / Getty Images/Naomi Baker / Getty Images

    According to the singer and actor, it was her first and only real job!

    14. Jason Lee worked at Taco Bell.

    Jason Lee side by side with a Taco Bell meal consisting of burritos, tacos, and a crunch wrap supreme
    Ari Perilstein / Getty Images for Hallmark Hall of Fame/Rachel Murray / Getty Images for Taco Bell

    Jason Lee is truly a jack of all trades! He was a professional skateboarder before becoming an actor, and before that he served tacos in Huntington Beach, California.

    15. Before working the corner in Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts worked the counter at Baskin-Robbins.

    Julia Roberts side by side with a Baskin-Robbins sundae
    Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images/Smith Collection/Gado / Getty Images

    She's just a girl, standing in front of ice cream, asking how much to scoop.

    16. Eva Longoria spent six years working at Wendy's.

    Eva Longoria side by side with a Wendy's meal
    Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images/David Dee Delgado / Getty Images

    Longoria got the job after being told she would need to pay for her own quinceañera. She was promoted to manager by the age of 18 and credits the fast-food joint with teaching her how to craft the perfect burger!

    17. Russell Simmons made $2.25 an hour at Orange Julius.

    Russell Simmons side by side with an Orange Julius smoothie
    Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images/Orange Julius / Via youtube.com

    He was fired after one month. 

    18. Rachel McAdams once broke the orange juice machine while working at McDonald’s.

    Rachel McAdams side by side with a quarter pounder and fries from McDonald's
    D Dipasupil / WireImage/Joe Raedle / Getty Images

    "I was not a great employee," Rachel admitted to Glamour magazine.

    19. Bobby Flay began his culinary career at Baskin-Robbins.

    Bobby Flay in a chef coat side by side with a Baskin-Robbins sundae
    Denis Contreras / Getty Images for SOBEWFF/Robin Marchant / Getty Images for Baskin-Robbins

    The chef took a trip down memory lane by recreating a banana split sundae for his Twitter followers!

    20. And finally, Shania Twain worked an after-school job at McDonald's to support her music career.

    Shania Twain side by side with the golden McDonald's arches
    Jim Spellman / WireImage/Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    Man! I feel like a burger!

    BuzzFeed Daily

    Keep up with the latest daily buzz with the BuzzFeed Daily newsletter!

    Newsletter signup form