Before They Were Stars

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Before They Were Stars
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Even stars who shine the brightest -- and get paid the most -- often started their working careers at the very bottom. You probably wouldn't guess it by watching them saunter down the dazzling red carpets, but many of Hollywood's most famous faces worked at less-than-glamorous jobs before catapulting to stardom. From pen salesman to convenience store clerk, many of the rich and famous are no strangers to the regular, mundane jobs that many of us are familiar with.

Amy Adams: Hooters Hostess
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Amy Adams: Hooters Hostess

As a teenager, actress Amy Adams worked briefly at Hooters. "Parade" magazine reports that she began as a hostess and then worked tables for a few months before realizing that waitressing -- at Hooters, specifically -- wasn't her specialty.

Hugh Jackman: 7-Eleven Clerk
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Hugh Jackman: 7-Eleven Clerk

Actor Hugh Jackman is best known for his portrayal of Wolverine in the "X-Men" movie series, but his past is less than enthralling. He worked at 7-Eleven as a counter clerk for six weeks, according to "US Weekly," before getting the ax because he talked too much.

Jennifer Lopez: Law Office Employee
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Jennifer Lopez: Law Office Employee

Before making it big as a singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez spent her early 20s working hard in a law office, "Forbes" reports. She says the money she made helped finance her singing and dancing lessons.

Chris Rock: Red Lobster Busboy
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Chris Rock: Red Lobster Busboy

Before earning the big bucks making people laugh, comedian Chris Rock did a stint at Red Lobster for minimum wage. According to "Parade," he told Jay Leno that he cleaned up after kids and, because of his low wage, couldn't afford to eat there himself.

Megan Fox: Smoothie Maker
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Megan Fox: Smoothie Maker

Before her acting career, Megan Fox had only one other job: an employee at a smoothie cafe. She told "Nylon" magazine that part of the job was to dress occasionally as a banana or an apple and she chose banana because it was "thinner."

Johnny Depp: Pen Salesman
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Johnny Depp: Pen Salesman

Actor Johnny Depp gets called on to play all sorts of roles in big Hollywood movies. He wasn't always the one getting the calls, though; one of his first jobs, "Forbes" notes, required him to call others to try to sell them pens.

Miley Cyrus: House Cleaner
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Miley Cyrus: House Cleaner

Although Miley Cyrus' dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was famous and she began her acting career early, the actor/singer had one job before she caught fire: She worked for a house-cleaning service at the ripe old age of 11. As a result, according to "US Weekly," she knows how to properly scrub a toilet.

Danny DeVito: Hairdresser
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Danny DeVito: Hairdresser

Actor Danny DeVito is one of Hollywood's most recognized faces. His first job, though, was all about hair, thanks to his sister giving him a job as a hairdresser at her salon. The way "Forbes" tells it, he enrolled in a cosmetology class at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York but learned there that he liked acting better.

Quentin Tarantino: Theater Usher
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Quentin Tarantino: Theater Usher

Quentin Tarantino is renowned for his filmmaking skills, so it's only fitting that his first job was as a movie theater usher. The kicker, though, according to "US Weekly," is that the movie theater he worked at was of the adult variety.

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