16 Surprisingly Interesting Jobs Celebs Had Before Making It Big In Hollywood

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    It's no secret that a lot of celebrities are born into wealth and privilege, but not all of them grew up as part of Hollywood's elite. Often, future stars have to find unique ways to make ends meet before getting their big break.

    Here are 16 surprisingly interesting jobs celebrities had before making it big in Hollywood:

    1. Hugh Jackman performed at children's birthday parties as Coco the Clown.

    2. Lizzo had a brief stint as a food critic, which inspired her to use social media to further her music career.

    "Juice" singer

    3. Before he began serious acting training, Pierce Brosnan spent three years working in the circus as a fire eater.

    he demonstrated his skill on an episode of "The Muppets"

    4. Before she was a reality star, Kim Kardashian was Paris Hilton's stylist and professional closet organizer.

    5. Before her acting career took off, Meghan Markle was a calligraphy instructor at Paper Source as well as a freelance calligrapher.

    Duchess of Sussex

    6. Megan Fox wore a banana costume as a mascot for a Florida smoothie shop.

    actor who played titular character in "Jennifer's Body"

    7. Every time he was cut from an NFL team, Terry Crews supplemented his income by painting portraits for his former teammates.

    actor who played Terry Jeffords in "Brooklyn 99"

    8. When Nicole Kidman was 17, she trained to become a massage therapist in order to help her mother after her cancer diagnosis.

    9. Taraji P. Henson was a Tina Turner cover artist onboard a cruise ship.

    actor who played Katherine Johnson in "Hidden Figures"

    10. Before the Jonas Brothers skyrocketed to superstardom, Nick Jonas was a child Broadway star.

    he originated the role of Gavroche in "Les Mis"

    11. Before his X Factor audition, Zayn Malik was a boxer.

    "Pillow Talk" singer

    12. Vikings actor Katheryn Winnick started and ran three martial arts schools by the time she was 21.

    actor who played Jenny Hoyt in "Big Sky"

    13. Before landing his breakout role in The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner used the skills he picked up as a theater kid to make ends meet as a makeup artist.

    actor who plays Clint Barton in "The Avengers"

    14. Cindy Crawford had a summer job shucking corn.


    15. Christopher Walken was a lion tamer in a touring circus when he was 16.

    actor and comedian

    16. And finally, as a full-time carpenter, Harrison Ford also started working as a stand-in at auditions to help him afford materials for a project before George Lucas offered him the role of Han Solo in Star Wars.