It’s like Run DMC said in the ’90s:
“Money is the key to end all your woes
Your ups, your downs, your highs and your lows
Won’t you tell me the last time that love bought you clothes?
It’s like that, and that’s the way it is”
Whether or not we like to admit it, money makes the world go ’round. Doesn’t matter how you get it; whether you are rich and famous and getting money handed to you through gigs or endorsements, or if you are working the Fry Station at McDonald’s at lunch time, money is money. While some of us have a lifetime of the Golden Arches to look forward to (hey, doesn’t hurt to aim to be the CEO of McDonald’s cause he makes over eight million a year), some of us we would like to be rich…, AND famous. And although some of us wish we could just be given the millions upon millions that we dream of one day earning, everyone has to start somewhere.
There are even A-List celebrities who at one point were asking folks if they wanted fries with that, which makes us love them even more and keep our dreams alive that much longer. Here is a list of 10 celebrities who started off like you and I: working for “The Man”.
10. Bryan Cranston- Paper Route
It’s hard to believe that Heisenberg had a job working a paper route, but really if you think about it, it’s a pretty common job (as some of his most popular roles have had). However, the Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad star takes pride in his first job saying:
“I had these two big canvas bags, dual bags, and I used to stuff newspapers in them and then wrap the bags around the handlebars. I’d ride the neighborhood and get as close to the porch as I could. Back in those days, they didn’t wrap the papers in any kind of plastic or anything, so the company would call you if the paper landed on the lawn or got wet or anything.” Cranston also said: “It was a job where you felt important. Even though I only made $7 from working all week on it, I learned how to save and quickly realized it wasn’t something I wanted to do my whole life. I didn’t even want to get up and do it when I did it, but I did, and that changed me.” Life lessons from a true teacher (who’s not just playing one).
9. Jennifer Aniston – Bike Messenger
Before she became known as being a waitress at Central Perk, Aniston had what she believes is one of the hardest jobs in New York City that was even the basis for the movie Premium Rush (although taken to an odd extreme): a bike messenger. Aniston says that being a bike messenger,“the toughest job I ever has.” Also stating, “I was 19. [My lowest moment was] probably driving into a door that opened. I’m very uncoordinated and extraordinarily klutzy.” At least she probably got a killer workout doing that job…, unless you smash into a door, ’cause that’s never good.
8. Gwen Stefani – Dairy Queen employee
She probably made a wicked Blizzard, but Gwen Stefani actually got her start in music because of Dairy Queen. It was around the same time that her brother formed a band called No Doubt with other DQ employees and asked Gwen if she wanted to sing for the band. She agreed and well…, there we have it.
7. Amy Adams- Hostess at Hooters
Cause this is the first person you think of when you think of someone who works at…, Hooters? Amy Adams definitely agreed on the view stating, “I wasn’t cut out to be a waitress, and I certainly wasn’t cut out to be a Hooters waitress. That was a short-lived ambition.” However, like anyone else, she had a goal and she made enough money to get to her goal: buying a car, cause she was “sick of taking the bus”. Aren’t we all.
6. Rachel McAdams – McDonald’s Crew
Like many other up and coming stars (or at least that’s how you will say it to your children when you become rich and famous), Rachel McAdams stood behind the counter at the Golden Arches for three years. McAdams believes she, “wasn’t a great employee” but sill describes McDonald’s as “a great place to work.” And if the acting thing hadn’t worked out, McAdams “wouldn’t mind running a restaurant.”
5. Julia Roberts – Baskin’ Robbins
Would you honestly say no to this face and that smile if she offered you an ice cream cone? That would just be rude! Roberts, now known as one of the biggest actresses of all time, has done her time in the normal job industry by scooping up vanilla and chocolate ice cream at Baskin’ Robbins. However, she isn’t the only one who has worked here. How about Rosie O’Donnell, Chef Bobby Flay, Taryn Manning, Chandra Wilson, Eric Dane, Randy Quaid and even the Commander in Chief himself, President Barack Obama. Sounds like a pretty good gig now doesn’t it?
4. Brad Pitt – El Pollo Loco
Some of us are too proud to go outside in a hot suit and be the proud mascot that our companies and teams have. For some of us, we would need to get paid almost six digits in order to be in said outfits. Especially if it’s in the hot sun as no one wants to be trapped in something that could be seen as a portable sauna. However, if Brad Pitt can do it, that should change our tone. Yes, one of the most beautiful people in the world had one of his first jobs donning a chicken suit on Sunset Boulevard and handing out flyers for the El Pollo Loco restaurant. If he can withstand that and become what he is today, if any of us had even the SLIGHTEST hope of becoming anywhere NEAR the caliber this man is…, might be worth sweating it out.
3. Queen Latifah – Burger King Crew
She may be the biggest Queen in hip-hop, and one of the new Queen(s) of daytime TV, but she didn’t always start off that way. Just like most of us, Queen Latifah started off as a pauper and actually lost her job at fast food giant Burger King by losing her cool in front of her assistant manager. Latifah, whose actual name is Dana Owens, recalls, “I would clean these bathrooms like they were my own… They would be immaculate when I’d be done with them. A lot of homeless people used to come in, so there would be a lot around to clean. I was like, ‘You can’t talk to me that way after I just cleaned that bathroom.’ I just lost it.” After she had made it big, Latifah went to confront her former boss for proper bragging rights but discovered that he had actually quit. Who needs the king when you are the Queen anyway?
2. Walt Disney – Worked for a newspaper
If you don’t know who or what Walt Disney or even just the Disney portion of that statement is, you had a very deprived childhood. Most people already know the story of Walt but for those of you who don’t, after WWII, Disney actually got hired to work for the Kansas City Star. What his actual job was is a bit varied depending on the source, but one would imagine it may have been a cartoonist. Disney was actually fired from the paper due to a “lack of imagination.” Which is not only one of the hardest things to believe, but Mr. Disney didn’t then just fall into the empire that Disney is today. He actually had acquired an animation company called Laugh-O-Gram that he drove into bankruptcy. That’s right, Disney went bust before he hit his boom.
1. James Lipton – Pimp
The only way you can top Disney is to go to the other end of the spectrum. James Lipton is best known as being the dean emeritus (a dean that is a retired professor) of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in NYC who writes and hosts the popular Bravo TV series Inside the Actors Studio.Lipton interviews numerous famous actors, actresses, producers, writers, and directors. Some of Lipton’s interviews have included Francis Ford Coppola, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Glenn Close…, you name it, he’s interviewed them. Lipton is also a well known American actor, writer, composer AND a chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (he is a French knight basically). However, before all of this, Lipton’s past had a bit of scandal. While Lipton was in Paris in the 50’s, he actually was a pimp, which you would never suspect when your first impression of Lipton is based on Inside the Actor’s Studio. However, Lipton had this to say:
“Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu… [One of the prostitutes and I] became great friends. When I ran out of money, I said, ‘I have to go home.’ She said, ‘No, you don’t. I’ll arrange for you.’ So she arranged for me to do it. I had to be ok’ed by the underworld; otherwise they would’ve found me floating in the Seine … I represented them a [whole bordello], but her especially. I did a roaring business, and I was able to live for a year. The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived. I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.”
When in Paris…