You have to start somewhere! Ever wonder what your favorite star did to pay the bills before making it big? Entertainmentgh.com has rounded up a list of celebs’ early gigs.
Starting with Dwayne Johnson popularly known as The Rock, he found fame in the wrestling ring or on a movie screen, he had a very pedestrian job — he washed dishes! He revealed this fun fact on Oprah Winfrey’s “Master Class,” sharing that he worked at a pizza shop from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. after school every day. “I have learned out of that such a great appreciation for hard work and putting in hard work,” he said of the experience, adding, “It sounds crazy but still to this day I never use a dishwasher. I wash every dish by hand.” Keep reading to find out more about the stars’ interesting pre-fame jobs!
Before landing the greatest job of all and becoming a real-life princess, Meghan Markle was just like the rest of us. Among Duchess Meghan’s layperson gigs? Working as a calligrapher! Before finding fame on “Suits,” the former actress worked at Paper Source in Beverly Hills where she taught calligraphy classes and worked on wedding invitations. She even once had a famous client — Paula Patton, who hired her to do the invites for her 2005 wedding to Robin Thicke.
Donald Glover wears many hats these days — actor, writer, director, rapper — so it’s only fitting that he had multiple jobs before finding fame. Aside from babysitting his brother and sister, he told Business Insider in 2016 that his other money-making activity was breaking down boxes at a teacher school-supply store.
James Franco worked at McDonald’s. In fact, he wrote about it in the Washington Post in May 2015, explaining, “McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was.” James was there for three months. “I was treated fairly well at McDonald’s,” he added. “If anything, they cut me slack. And, just like their food, the job was more available there than anywhere else. When I was hungry for work, they fed the need.”
Beyonce started working early, and it certainly wasn’t a glamorous gig! Queen Bey swept the floor at her mother’s hair salon from age 6 to 9. “I helped sweep hair off the floor for tips to pay for my season pass to Six Flags,” she told Essence in 2012.
Kanye West at the Gap? Yep, the fashionable rapper once worked at the retailer and later rapped about the experience on his album “College Dropout.” His song “Spaceship” claims he didn’t enjoy the experience and eventually stole clothes.
Chris Rock worked as a busboy at a Red Lobster restaurant near his home in Queens, New York. “The thing about Red Lobster is that if you work there, you can’t afford to eat there,” the comic said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in 2003. “You’re making minimum wage. A shrimp costs minimum wage.” He sure can afford to eat there now!
Ellen DeGeneres had plenty of jobs before hitting it big, but one of the strangest? Shucking oysters! While living in New Orleans, the future comedian held down the unusual gig and also did time as a bartender, a house painter, a car washer and a gift wrapper. Talk about diversity!
By Deborah Kotei