15 Minimum Wage Jobs Celebs Had Before They Became Famous
We always see celebrities as these incredibly successful and almost magical people who hardly ever had a problem in their lives. Of course, this is not true. Many celebrities weren’t born rich, so they had to work in order to make their dreams come true. Celebs took all kinds of jobs, from McDonald’s to being a janitor, but they all did this in order to finance their families and college (or just buy a car). Actually, you wouldn’t believe how many famous people worked at fast food restaurants before they hit the big screen! That’s why we decided to make a list of 15 minimum age jobs celebs had before they were famous!
1. Megan Fox used to be a smoothie girl and she wore a banana costume before she started acting. So yes, there was a time when Megan Fox was payed to wear more clothes! Megan actually worked at a smoothie shop in Florida, and she was expected to wear a fruit costume once a week. Megan spoke about this experience on Ellen, when a man dressed in a banana costume came out and scared Megan! Now that’s what we call a blast from the past.
2. Before Chris Rock became one of the funniest comedians and actors ever, he was a busboy at Red Lobster. Chris used to eat leftover shrimps kids didn’t want to finish. He also explained the true meaning of the minimum wage job in an interview with Oprah: “You know what that means when someone pays you minimum wage? You know what your boss was trying to say? ‘Hey if I could pay you less, I would, but it’s against the law.” It’s funny ’cause it’s true.
3. Young Jim Carrey had to quit school when he was 15 in order to take a janitorial job at the Titan Wheels factory after his dad unexpectedly lost his job. Actually, the whole family, including Jim’s parents and their four kids, took security and janitorial jobs at the same factory! They also had to move from one neighborhood in Canada to another, and Jim didn’t like it at all. In one interview, famous actor described this period as very frustrating.
4. We all know Danny DeVito as one of the very best and most talented actors and comedians in Hollywood. However, there was a time when Danny had a different kind of job. Danny was actually a hairstylist at his older sisters’ salon! Danny loved this job and he says that his sisters taught him how to be a good listener when he talks to women. Danny also styled the deceased women in a mortuary, but he says he didn’t mind it. Danny is a brave fellow.
5. James Franco is one of the hottest actors today, but you may not know that he had to support himself after he decided to drop out of school in order to pursue an acting career. Popular Hollywood star worked at McDonald’s and he loved his job. Franco said in an interview that he is very grateful for the opportunity McDonald’s gave him when everyone else turned their backs on him. But James Franco is not the only star who worked at McDonald’s!
6. Do you recognize this popular actress? Rachel McAdams also worked at McDonald’s before she became a Hollywood star. However, unlike her colleague James Franco, Rachel didn’t really like the job. She wasn’t trying too hard either: “I’m not sure why they kept me: I am something of a daydreamer and a dawdler, so they would only let me be the ‘friendly voice’ that greeted you when you entered the restaurant,” Rachel admitted in an interview.
7. Aziz Ansari is another talented actor and comedian who had a minimum wage job before he hit the big screen. Aziz told BlackBook Magazine that his first job was as a dishwasher at “one of those Japanese places that cook on your table. Not too fun.” We can’t imagine Aziz Ansari doing anything else besides making other people laugh! We bet that Parks and Recreation star made everyone laugh while washing the dishes.
8. Before Kim and Amber, 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West was working as a sales assistant at The Gap. Famous rapper even spoke about that in his song Spaceship, from his debut album The College Dropout: “Let’s go back, back to the Gap. Look at my check, wasn’t no scratch. So if I stole, wasn’t my fault. Yeah I stole, never got caught.” The whole song is actually about the struggles he had with his minimum wage job and little hope that things will ever be better.
9. Victoria Beckham’s minimum wage job was to dance in a sperm costume. Why are you laughing? It’s true! Before Posh became Posh, she was a part of a BBC sex-education TV show called Body Matters. Naturally, Victoria wore a sperm costume on roller skates (yes, on roller skates) in order to teach children a lesson about human body. And that lesson was: sperm can disco too! We are so sorry we missed that episode.
10. Amy Adams used to work at Hooters! That’s right: before Amy became a superhot actress and before three Academy awards nominations, Amy worked as a Hooters waitress. At the time, Amy was 18 years old and she had one dream- to buy herself a car. So she waited tables and wore tiny orange pants and when she finally collected enough money to buy her very first Chevrolet, Amy quit at Hooters. Still, we can’t imagine Amy at Hooters. But we bet she looked good in tiny orange pants!
11. Ellen DeGeneres is usually the one who listens to other people’s confessions, but even she opened up her heart to us once and spoke about one of her odd minimum wage jobs she had before she became famous. Ellen was selling Hoover vacuums door-to-door and she kind of alluded to this job while hosting 2007 Oscars. Ellen came out with a vacuum and started vacuuming under the feet of numerous stars, including Meryl Streep.
12. J.K. Rowling was once a single mom on welfare, and she worked as a secretary. Joanne Rowling was diagnosed with clinical depression after her divorce, but this tough episode from her real life actually inspired the soul-sucking Dementors she wrote about in the Harry Potter books. J.K. Rowling admitted that she used to type notes on her novels plot points instead of meeting notes and she described herself as the worst secretary ever. We believe that this is not relevant because she became a billionaire author afterwards.
13. Jennifer Aniston had a minimum wage job as well! Famous Hollywood actress had her fair share of weird jobs she had to take in order to support herself. Jen used to work as a bike messenger: “I was 19. My lowest moment was probably driving into a door that opened. I’m very uncoordinated and extraordinarily klutzy.” Lol! We can totally imagine Jennifer driving into a door in a funny, Rachel-from-Friends kind of style.
14. Before Don Draper made Jon Hamm famous, Jon used to work as an adult movie set dresser. Yep, you read it right! Jon used to work behind camera before he became an actor and he worked as a set dresser. For adult movies. We hope we made that clear. Jon had to leave the job when his girlfriend Jennifer Westerfield presented him with a part in a play. Jon revealed that his time in New York wasn’t too easy: “I borrowed money for a ticket and lived in New York for six weeks on about $300, stayed on a friends couch, rollerbladed everywhere.”
15. Did you know that Hugh Jackman used to be a professional clown? Before Hugh was Wolverine, he used to earn $50 a party as a professional clown: “I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying ‘Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn’t know any tricks’ – and he was right.” Well, he wouldn’t have talked that way if he knew that Hugh was a part of the X-Men team.