ByDarren Teo, writer at
Born in Vancouver, raised in Singapore. Screenwriting Major at LMU's SFTV. Part time Seth Rogen body double.
Darren Teo

Making it 'big' isn't easy, especially when you have to support yourself financially. In between auditions and casting calls, these guys still had to eat.

Here are 8 celebrities who had weird day-jobs before they became famous:

1. Calvin Harris Was A 'Prawn Man'

Everyone knows that Calvin Harris has made a beautiful swan-like physical transformation, but he has also undergone an inspirational metamorphosis in terms of his career as well:

From prawn man, to donut cunt to superstar D.J. It's a veritable Cinderella story!

2. Brad Pitt Drove Around Strippers

You heard me. Before becoming on of the most prolific celebrities of our generation, the Fight Club actor was a chauffeur for strippers.

"My job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things. I'd pick them up, and at the gig I'd collect the money, play the bad Prince tapes and catch the girls' clothes. It was not a wholesome atmosphere, and it got very depressing."

It wasn't all bad though. He met acting coach Roy London, who he credits as the spark in his professional trajectories.

"Strippers changed my life."

Well said, Brad.

3. Jon Hamm Worked On-Set For Porn Films

Before his iconic role as Don Draper in Mad Men, Hamm has mentioned that it was difficult for him to get work in film due to his "older appearance." To support himself, he worked as a set designer in adult films.

'Essentially, I had to move furniture around sweaty, naked people. It wasn't a great job but the money was useful. I had to get by - I wanted to be an actor.'

Talk about dedication to his craft. But then again, it could have been worse...

''Let me just stress there was no penetration - it was soft-core porn.''


4. Whoopi Goldberg Was A Phone-Sex Operator.

Most people know Goldberg as the unfiltered moderator on The View and for her other works that have earned her a whopping 13 Emmy nominations. Most, however, don't know that she used to operate a phone-sex line.

During an episode of The View, when the panel were discussing how stay-at-home moms were earning extra income through sex hotlines, Goldberg revealed that she did too:

I was a phone sex operator, too. When I was younger, the money was great....See now, people would know my voice."

So if you made a call to a sex hotline in the 70s...

5. Channing Tatum Was A Stripper.

Okay, so most of you have already heard of this one. Tatum dropped out of college and started stripping under the name Chan Crawford when he was 19. Tatum's past occupation is so notorious that it even played a part in the Magic Mike franchise.

But what you may not have heard of are the embarrassing stories Tatum amassed during his years of stripping:

"One time, while giving a woman a lap dance the lady goes, 'Oh my God! Look at you! You remind me of my nephew!' -- and then grabs me. It hit me like a hand grenade. It was like tick, tick, tick, boom: She's grabbing my butt and saying, 'You remind me of my nephew."

Not so magical.

6. Christopher Walken was a lion tamer.

Before his acting career, which spans more than 100 films, it's not a huge surprise that the eccentric Mr. Walken tamed lions at a traveling circus:

When I was 16 I spent a summer taming lions. But, it was fake... Well it was fake in the sense that the real lion tamer who owned the small circus, the gag was that he had a son, which he didn't. But I had an identical outfit, and he would do this big act with a dozen big cats. And then he would send them all out at the end and just leave this one old girl, and I would come in with my whip and I'd go like that and she'd sit up. But she was really more like a dog. [laughs] It wasn't really lion taming. She was very sweet.

And the name of the lion?

Sheba. Old girl. Very nice. She'd come and bump your leg. Like a house cat

7. Victoria Beckham was a dancing sperm.

Yes. It's exactly what it sounds like.

Prior to her meteoric rise to the top of the music world as Posh Spice, Beckham dressed as a sperm and rode around on roller blades as part of a BBC sex-education TV show called Body Matters.

"I was actually a roller-skating sperm. There used to be this show called 'Body Matters.' To illustrate how certain organs and certain parts of the body worked, they used humans. As I was able to roller-skate, they dressed me in white leather and put a helmet on me. So that was my claim to fame.

How very posh.

8. Jon Stewart was a puppeteer.

It seems as though Stewart was always a performer at heart.

After graduating from college in 1984 with a degree in Psychology, the former host of The Daily Show worked as a puppeteer as part of an initiative to sensitize schoolchildren to the disabled:

“I was a cerebral-palsy puppet, a blind puppet, a deaf puppet, a hyperactive puppet — and a puppet who couldn’t commit to a relationship. How sad.”

So, essentially, Jon Stewart performed puppet shows to educate children about disabled people. Seriously. I can't physically like him more.

9. Hugh Jackman was a party clown.

It's hard to imagine the Wolverine actor trading in his claws for a squeaky red nose...but just try. The Australian native, who charged $50 a show back in his clown days, remembers his work fondly:

"I just love making a fool out of myself...I made my living as a clown at kids' parties for about three years. 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."

And with that...I'll just leave this right here.

You're welcome, world.


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