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    17 Wild Jobs Famous People Actually Had Before They Were Famous

    I can't believe T. Swift used to be an Abercrombie & Fitch model!

    1. If you can imagine it, Hugh Jackman was a gym teacher.

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    2. And you know those chickens that wave to you outside El Pollo Loco? Well, Brad Pitt was one of 'em.


    3. Before making it big on Saturday Night Live, Leslie Jones used to be a telemarketer for Scientology.


    4. And Kate McKinnon used to be an umpire for a Little League baseball team.


    5. Most of us know Whoopi Goldberg as an EGOT-winning actor, but before that, she was a morgue beautician.


    6. Nicki Minaj waited tables at Red Lobster in New York City.


    7. Channing Tatum was a stripper, so those Magic Mike moves were anything but fake.


    8. At 25 years old, Jon Hamm was a set dresser for porn movies.

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    9. Taylor Swift used to be one of those iconic black-and-white Abercrombie & Fitch models.

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    10. And the coolest job Taraji P. Henson had before making it big as an actor? She covered Tina Turner songs on a cruise ship.

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    11. Gabourey Sidibe moonlighted as a phone sex operator.


    12. Eva Mendes used to dip hot dogs at Hot Dog on a Stick at a mall in California.

    13. Madonna worked at Dunkin' Donuts and eventually got fired for squirting jelly on a customer.

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    14. Way before she won an Oscar, Jennifer Hudson used to work at Burger King.


    15. You probably know Terry Crews as the yogurt-loving cop on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but before entering show business, he was a professional football player in the NFL.

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    16. Like the ultimate badass she is, Rihanna used to be an army cadet.

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    17. And during his high school years, Christopher Walken was a lion tamer in the circus.

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