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Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame

Celebrities are known for leading luxurious and sometimes extravagant lives. They wear designer clothes, live in mansions, and party at the most exclusive events. It's hard to imagine an A-list star flipping burgers or working in a garage, but that's exactly what some of them did before getting their big break!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Find out which celebrities really did make it from the bottom to the top below.

Madonna worked at Dunkin' Donuts.

Yes, that's right. The self-proclaimed Material Girl and fitness enthusiast once stood behind the counter of a cheap donut chain. Call it ironic that she later went on to sing songs about how she likes expensive things!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
American actress, singer, songwriter Madonna on the set of Desperately Seeking Susan directed by Susan Seidelman. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

Gwen Stefani worked at Dairy Queen.

Here's another blonde pop princess that came from humble fast food beginnings. No Doubt was actually formed with her fellow Dairy Queen coworkers, so she owes a lot to America's favorite frozen treat!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 31: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Gwen Stefani visits LinkedIn For Interview With Daniel Roth at LinkedIn Studios on March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for LinkedIn)

Julia Roberts worked in Baskin Robbins.

Rather than make blizzards, Julia Roberts used to scoop ice cream at the popular chain Baskin Robbins. Who knew she would go on to be one of the rom-com queens of Hollywood?

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
Julia Roberts in a scene from the film 'Pretty Woman', 1990. (Photo by Buena Vista/Getty Images)

Beyonce swept up hair in a salon.

She probably has a whole team of hairstylists now, so it's hard to imagine a teenage Beyonce cleaning up hair clippings. But as a teen, Beyonce used to help out in her mother's hair salon. This is where she also used to put on her first performances and sing for clients.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
INDIO, CA - APRIL 14: Beyonce Knowles performs onstage during 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 14, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Brad Pitt was a chicken mascot.

Do you know those annoying mascots that hand out flyers on the street that you end up immediately trashing? Before he became a Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt was one of those guys. And he had to wear a chicken suit. We're so glad he ended up in a career that involved showing off his face!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Brad Pitt attends the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Ad Astra" at The Cinerama Dome on September 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

And Megan Fox was a banana mascot.

Maybe the secret trick to getting discovered is sucking it up and wearing an embarrassing mascot costume? You never know who you'll meet on the street! Before becoming an actress and certified bombshell, Megan Fox donned a banana costume to promote a smoothie bar.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 05: Megan Fox attends the photocall of Paramount Pictures' "TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES" at ic! berlin brillen GmbH on October 5, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International).

Taylor Swift worked on a Christmas tree farm.

The pop star actually grew up on a farm, hence her country roots. Despite being known for her mile-long legs today, Swift was too small to help carry the trees during her farm days. Her job was to inspect the trees for bugs before they were sold instead.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on August 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV)

Nicki Minaj was a waitress at Red Lobster.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Nicki Minaj attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Before she was creating controversial rap hits, Nicki Minaj could be found serving lobster at a chain restaurant. Unsurprisingly, Minaj was fired after giving rude customers a piece of her mind.

Rachel McAdams flipped burgers at McDonald's.

While McAdams was a high school student, she earned some extra cash by working at the world's most famous fast food joint. McAdams has actually said she liked the job, but we're sure playing Regina George was much more fun.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
BERLIN - JANUARY 12: Actress Rachel McAdams attends the 'Sherlock Holmes' German Premiere at CineStar on January 12, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Matthew McConaughey cleaned chicken coops.

Before he discovered acting, Matthew McConaughey was an avid traveler. But he didn't come from money, which meant he often had to work odd jobs to get by. One of these was cleaning chicken coops on a farm!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
AUSTIN, TEXAS - AUGUST 23: Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award-winning actor attends the Austin FC Major League Soccer club announcement of four new investors including himself as the 'Minister of Culture' at 3TEN ACL Live on August 23, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Hugh Jackman was a P.E. teacher.

His buff physique permitted him to play the action hero Wolverine for years, so this one makes sense. But imagine how weird it must be for past students to see their old P.E. teacher on the big screen!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Actor Hugh Jackman arrives at the screening 20th Century Fox's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" at the Chinese Theater on April 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman was a massage therapist.

Kidman dropped out of school early not to pursue acting but to become a massage therapist. Her mother was ill and needed financial help, so Kidman did what she could to earn money fast. We're sure those skills have come in handy after long days on a film set.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Niclole Kidman attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner)

Meghan Markle was a calligrapher.

Today we learned that it is an actual job, not just a hobby. Admittedly, Markle only worked as a freelance calligrapher to score some extra cash before finding fame on Suits. She did score some well-paying gigs, though, like high-profile wedding invites.

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
CARDIFF, WALES - JANUARY 18: Meghan Markle chats with people inside the Drawing Room during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

George Clooney sold insurance.

Aside from starring in several films and T.V. shows, he's started a successful tequila company, so perhaps it's not a complete surprise that George Clooney comes from a sales background. But according to Clooney, he was a terrible salesman. At least he's improved now!

Odd Jobs Celebrities Worked Before Finding Fame
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 07: 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Recipient George Clooney attends American Film Institute's 46th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney at Dolby Theatre on June 7, 2018 in Hollywood, California. 390042 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner )