After seeing famous actors in career-defining roles or other stars strutting across the world stage, it’s hard to imagine them as anything other than global icons.
But few people are born famous, and many future stars began their careers pulling odd jobs or in fields entirely unrelated to how the world knows them today.
Stars like Jennifer Aniston, Steve Harvey, and Megan Fox worked as telemarketers, autoworkers, and in one case a giant, costumed banana. Here are some surprising jobs celebrities had before they were famous.
Brad Pitt: Chauffeur for exotic dancers
One of many surprising facts about the “Ocean’s 11” and “Moneyball” star, Brad Pitt started out as a driver (and all around helper) for exotic dancers. He actually got an acting break when one of his passengers mentioned an acting class he should take.
Christopher Meloni: Construction worker
It was common for Christopher Meloni’s “Law & Order” character, detective Elliot Stabler, to encounter construction workers while working cases on the streets, but the actor also had personal experience with the job, according to Men’s Journal. Meloni also worked as a bouncer and personal trainer.
Danny DeVito: Hairdresser
Danny DeVito might not have much hair on the top of his head today, but back in the day he was all about hair. He trained alongside his sister, already a hairdresser, in the hopes of joining her, the star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” told The Guardian.