You won’t believe what these 7 popular Hollywood actors did before making It big
As Red Hot Chilli Peppers once sang, Californication is a very real thing. Everyone in America, and all around the globe; anyone with even a little bit of acting talent in their veins wants to end up in this universe of shimmering movie stars, which is the “edge of the world”, and “all of western civilization” (sic).
But as every dreamer knows, building fantasy castles is only half the work. Realizing those fantasies needs hard work and then some more, and even the most talented can fall by the wayside in the cutthroat world that is LA. Don’t believe us? Take a look at what these now popular Hollywood actors did in their younger days before they became famous and made it big in Hollywood. This should give you an idea of how tough life here really is!
1 Steve Carell
He is everybody’s favourite funny man. The voice behind characters in such awesomely animated movies as ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ Steve Carell has made a name for himself in the industry. People still remember him as Michael Scott from his days in the NBC series ‘The Office’. It was his first brush with Hollywood fame really, but not his last.
Although, before he made headlines, Steve wasn’t entirely sure he wanted to be an actor. He almost became a lawyer in fact, but couldn’t fill out applications asking why he wanted to attend law school. He also worked at a convenience stall in a mall in Massachusetts, but he quit after a few months when his boss told him he needed to be more efficient.
2 Channing Tatum
When he stepped into the movie scene with ‘Step Up’ in 2006, he made the world notice him and his spectacular dance moves. The lean and muscular body helped too. Then he went on to star in hit movies like ’21 Jump Street’, ‘Magic Mike’ and ‘The Vow’. His recent outing in ‘Foxcatcher’ as the grudging wrestler Mark Schultz earned him rave reviews and a MTV Movie Award Nomination.
But before his glory days, Tatum had to slum it up like many Hollywood wannabes. He has been a construction worker, a model, a dancer and a male stripper as well (now we know where the inspiration for Magic Mike came from!). No doubt he is counted among the popular Hollywood actors!
3 Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore has begun 2015 on a stellar note with her Oscar win for best actress for the movie ‘Still Alice’. The 54-year-old has constantly wowed audiences with her daring roles that push the boundaries of Hollywood ever so subtly. From the exploratory ‘Far From Heaven’ to the modern love saga ‘The Kids Are All Right’, Julianne has always chosen to portray real life characters, which have stories to tell.
That empathy for normal people probably comes from her stint as a waitress in New York, right after acting school. Julianne knows what hard work and determination is all about and her movies reflect that truth about her.
4 Amy Adams
Waitressing in Hollywood seems to be everyone’s favourite job to pay the bills while waiting to hit pay dirt. Case in point is another of those popular Hollywood actors and Oscar favourite, Amy Adams.
This flame haired diva used to be a waitress at Hooters before she joined Hollywood. Amy started serving tables right after college when she was just 18, and she said that the restaurant’s ‘discreet little tennis outfit’ was a great way to earn money and save up for a car.
Amy initially wasn’t even sure of joining the silver screen fraternity and has said in interviews that she never “dreamed this big”. Her ambition was to make it as a stage dancer.
Thankfully for us, Adams’ table-serving and dancing-in-the-backstage ambitions did not last too long and Hollywood beckoned. Are we glad, or what?
5 Hugh Jackman
When you see him rip up the screen with his powerhouse acting, it is hard to believe that Jackman would ever not want to be a star. Though as a kid, he used to throw magic parties for his siblings; he took communications and journalism in college and earned a degree from the Sydney University of Technology. Only later, during a drama theory class in his senior year, did he realise his love for acting. That realisation brought him to LA, but life wasn’t easy for Jackman here.
He had to work as a clown at birthday events and a gas station attendant before movies like Kate & Leopold (for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination) and X-Men happened.
6 Whoopi Goldberg
Oscar, check! Grammy, in the bag!! Emmy, safe home!!! Tony, hallelujah!!!! Whoopi Goldberg is one of only five Hollywood names to have all the major awards in her kitty, and boy does this feisty entertainer deserve them all….
Her Sister Act can leave anyone in splits even today, and she remains Hollywood’s original comedienne beyond compare. Now would you believe that behind that impish grin and piercing humor lay some really dark hours spent at a mortuary as a makeup assistant to dead people? Yes, that was Goldberg’s first job before she made a name for herself in tinsel town.
She also took on jobs laying bricks while she struggled with small roles in Broadway shoes and waited to get noticed by Hollywood bigwigs.
7 Benedict Cumberbatch
He – of the lilting British baritone. He – the crime fighter Sherlock from 22 Baker Street, and the voice of the desolate dragon Smaug, guarding infinite wealth on a lonely mountain. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of Britain’s greatest gifts to Hollywood and his acting prowess and magnetic screen presence have already made him a global heartthrob.
Cumberbatch, one of the most popular Hollywood actors has a wonderful pedigree (he is the son of actor Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham after all) and his is not really a rags-to-riches story. But what is interesting is that after he completed his education at Harrow School, he took a year off to teach English to monks in a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India.
Cumberbatch still speaks fondly of his days in India and says that watching the monks taught him to be more mindful and focussed in life.