Megan Fox, Nicholas Galitzine and More Whose First Jobs Are Relatable AF

Every actor starts somewhere, and sometimes that somewhere is a world away from the spotlight.

Long before Margot Robbie smashed the patriarchy in Barbie, she manned the counter at Subway.

"I've worked in restaurants behind the bar, in the kitchen," she shared in a video for the Australian Council of Trade Unions. "I did retail for two years. I've done some secretary work."

Julia Roberts may have only been 20 when she showed up in Mystic Pizza, but the Georgia-born star had already steeled herself for the real world by scooping ice cream. Meanwhile, Sandra Bullock was surely the Miss Congeniality of bartenders, Megan Fox dressed as a banana to let passing drivers know there was a smoothie shop thataway and dispensing swirls of frozen yogurt was just one of the early gigs keeping the idea of acting alive for Nicholas Galitzine.

Point being, what a blend of first jobs!

Megan Fox, Nicholas Galitzine, Stars First Jobs

As the consummate entertainer Hugh Jackman once mused, "When you first go into the workforce, your first job, whether it's 7-Eleven or whatever it is, you realize that you've got a role to play—a responsibility—and people are expecting you to fulfill it."

After working at that particular convenience store, he told Fast Company in 2019, "I was left with this feeling that I could make my way. I could work with my hands, my feet, and my brain."

So sure, now they're breathing rarified air, but keep reading to see what more stars did for work to stay afloat:

Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie

"I think I've had every kind of job," the Barbie star said in a video for the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 2010.

"Before [the long-running Australian soap opera] Neighbours, I was working at Subway. I've worked in restaurants behind the bar, in the kitchen. I did retail for two years. I've done some secretary work."

Julia Roberts, TIFF 2013

Julia Roberts

The Oscar winner scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins before she delivered Mystic Pizza.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Once upon a time, he worked at an El Pollo Loco in Hollywood. "Man's gotta eat," Pitt said on Ellen in 2019, adding that he felt "no shame" about his days dressed as a chicken for the fast food chain.

Other gigs to pay the rent included moving furniture and chauffeuring strippers around. The latter admittedly got "really, really depressing," Pitt said during a 2007 Oscars roundtable, so he quit after only two months, "even though it was really good money I needed at the time."

But, making one last drive, he met a woman who was in an acting class he decided to check out and the rest is history. As he concluded, "Strippers changed my life."

George Clooney, Boys in the Boat premiere, 2023

George Clooney

The Oscar-winning actor and producer didn't go to medical school before scrubbing into E.R. in 1994, but he did sell insurance.

"I had a lot of rotten jobs," Clooney said on the Late Show With David Letterman in 2012. "I sold insurance door-to-door, but it didn't work out well. The first day I sold one [policy] and the guy died."

Nicholas Galitzine, 2024 Met Gala

Nicholas Galitzine

The English actor didn't mind the idea of a day job.

"I believe we're a resilient bunch," the Idea of You leading man said of actors in general, telling Backstage that over the years he worked at Abercrombie & Fitch ("a very low point"), took on catering jobs, coached kids' sports, spent time as a "manny" and worked at a frozen yogurt shop with future Bridgerton star Simone Ashley.

Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

The late-night host started off working in a grocery store. Which wasn't bad, minus having to scrape gum off the welcome mats.

Chris Hemsworth, 2018 Golden Globes, Red Carpet Fashions

Chris Hemsworth

The Thor star got his first job at 14 "cleaning breast pumps" at a pharmacy, and as he said on The Tonight Show, "repairing them as well, occasionally."

"They would rent them out, the machines would come back," he explained, "and I would have a toothbrush, a little spray and wipe…"

But Hemsworth wasn't one to nurse a grudge.

Tom Hanks, 2017 Peoples Choice Awards

Tom Hanks

When he was in high school, the Oscar winner sold popcorn and peanuts at Oakland Athletics games, a tear-free gig since there's no crying in baseball.

Amy Adams, Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2018

Amy Adams

Before walking red carpets, she waited tables at Hooters. Which, she said, was a great way to earn money to buy a car.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

As a teenager she worked at a grocery store near her father's barber shop in Nashville and "hated it with a passion," she recalled during a 1992 visit filmed for The Oprah Winfrey Show

Not least because she "wasn't allowed to talk to the customers," she said, adding, "Can you imagine that for me?"

But Winfrey diligently showed up for work without fail. "The only thing that got me out of the store," she said, "was the fact that I got myself a job in radio broadcasting."

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

While sharpening her acting chops at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, the Oscar winner supported herself bartending.

"I learned a lot of accents as a bartender," Bullock told the Associated Press. "A lot of girls came in looking for rich husbands. I learned to imitate them."

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Art reflects life: The Magic Mike star's own days as a male stripper under the stage name "Chan Crawford" inspired the 2012 box office hit.

Nicki Minaj , New York Fashion Week, NYFW

Nicki Minaj

The rapper revealed she started off waiting tables at Red Lobster restaurants: "I've gotten fired from all three or four of them."

Mindy Kaling, The 2017 NBCUniversal Upfront Presentation

Mindy Kaling

Before she was in front of the camera, Mindy worked behind the counter at a video store. Admitted the actress, "I think I learned nothing from it."

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams

The Notebook alum once worked at McDonald's, where, she acknowledged, "I was not a great employee."

Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

The Independence Day star says she was inspired to go into the entertainment industry after seeing Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in concert, but she "never forgot" where she started: Working at a hot dog stand!

Denzel Washington, Best Actor Noms

Denzel Washington

The actor's first job was cleaning up at a local barbershop when he was 11 years old. While working there, he learned a lot about acting and "hustling!"

Sasha Obama

Sasha Obama

The first daughter, who graduated from university of Southern California in 2023, reportedly had a summer job waiting tables and working the takeout window at a seafood restaurant on Martha's Vineyard when she was 15.

Emma Stone, AFI Awards Luncheon

Emma Stone

Before she was a top dog in Hollywood, Emma worked behind the counter at a dog treat bakery. Seeing puppies all day? Doesn't sound too ruff.

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston

Before her star-making role as Rachel on Friends, the actress made her allowance cleaning toilets ("I'm actually pretty good at it," she's said) and was later a bike messenger in NYC.

Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe

As a teenager, the actor spun tunes at an Australian nightclub under the name "Russ Le Roq" to pick up women.

Hugh Jackman, 2018 Hollywood Film Awards

Hugh Jackman

The Wolverine actor manned the counter at a 7-Eleven in Sydney before being fired for talking to the customers too much. The manager "just wanted me to get them out," he told Fast Company. "I said, 'There's no one else here and I want to chat.'"

Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken

The star of The Deer Hunter and Hairspray was already a child actor—"I was in sketches with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin," Walken told The Guardian. "Never got paid a cent!"—when he spent a summer as a trainee lion tamer in the circus when he was 16.

"Who's going to turn that down?" he said.  "I would come into the cage and wave my whip."

The lion, Sheba, would "lazily get up and sit like a dog and maybe give a little roar," he continued. "I like cats a lot. I've always liked cats. They're great company."

Megan Fox, 2022 Tribeca Festival

Megan Fox

The Transformers star previously worked at a smoothie shop, where once a week someone had to dress up as a piece of fruit and stand by the highway to entice customers. "I was a banana," Fox said on Ellen in 2012, "a giant banana."

Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian

The Poosh founder's first job was as a movie production assistant, where, she told Us Weekly, she yelled "cut" and "rolling" all day.

Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler

The Scottish actor studied law for five years and spent two working at an Edinburgh firm, where, he said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, he became "the first trainee lawyer ever in the history of the Scottish legal system to be fired before he qualified." 

Getting sacked actually took "a lot of work," he added, sharing that he racked up 32 days of being OOTO in his first two years.

"You find yourself suddenly working at a law firm," Butler explained, "and you follow that through and you think, 'Okay, I can see myself now in retirement age, having done something that— in truth—I don't care about. I have no interest in this.'"

Miley Cyrus, Tongue

Miley Cyrus

The Hannah Montana star moonlighted as a house cleaner with Sparkles Cleaning Service before landing her life-changing Disney Channel role.

"I had one normal job and I actually liked it," Cyrus said on Tyra in 2008, noting, "I can clean toilet bowls."

Chris Rock

Chris Rock

Even before the comedian earned minimum wage busing tables at a Red Lobster in Queens, NY, he was a paper delivery assistant for the New York Daily News, working alongside his dad Julius.

"I loaded trucks at the Brooklyn plant over on Pacific St.," Rock told the publication in 2014. "I have actual fond memories of working not just with my father, but with old cats loading trucks."

As for the Red Lobster, he shared in a stand-up routine, "I used to scrape shrimp into the garbage can and then load up the dishwasher. That was my real job. I never got a raise, I never got a promotion. They kept me in the back because I had really f–ked-up teeth and they didn't want people to think that shrimp f–cked up your teeth."

Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

The No Doubt singer was once just a girl working at a Dairy Queen.

"When I started there, I fit in my outfit," Stefani said of her high school-era job during a segment on The Voice in 2014. "When I ended there, I did not fit in my outfit."

But she could sample the goods all day and not gain an ounce at her next job, working the makeup counter at a department store.

Danny DeVito

Danny DeVito

In an anecdote seemingly ripped from an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, DeVito shared on a 2022 episode of the The Always Sunny podcast that he dabbled in posthumous hairdressing for funerals.

When a client passed away, her family asked if he would do her hair, the Taxi star explained, after which he styled several more corpses. 

"I would go to the morgue and they're there, they're dead, they're done up by the mortician," he recalled. "I would take their hair and use the dry setting lotion and curl the hair, set the hair, take it out and fluff it up a little."

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