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Clooney, Jolie, Pitt and Co.: The first jobs of the stars before their big breakthrough

In order to be able to play at the top of Hollywood, you need a lot of acting talent and a large portion of luck. Everyone knows the faces of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Julia Roberts, but how did the stars earn their money before they became famous actors? What is unimaginable today for the millionaire celebrities used to be their normal everyday life: From chauffeur to undertaker, the stars pursued normal professions. We’ll tell you the first jobs of the Hollywood greats.

Brad Pitt

The Oscar winner, who stood by Angelina Jolie’s side for a long time, started his career very down-to-earth. Even before he was in front of the camera as a model for Levi’s jeans, he chauffeured strippers to their performances and earned his first money in Hollywood. Luckily, the actor quickly climbed the career ladder, because he also as a mascot in the parking lot of a restaurant Pitt worked before his breakthrough.

George Clooney

Clooney was actually born with acting. After all, his father worked as a TV presenter and his aunt Rosemary Clooney also regularly climbed into the top ten in the USA and Great Britain with her songs in the 1950s.

However, Clooney decided to go the way first. as a shoe and insurance seller. He then studied for several years. Radio journalismto then get started with extra and supporting roles in the film business.

Sandra Bullock

The likeable actress kept her head above water before her career with classic jobs such as waiters, dancing and cleaning. But one job in particular catches the eye: She was a dog groomer. She styled the four-legged friends until the end of her acting training and then started with her first smaller roles until she was seen in 1993 alongside Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes in “Speed”.

Angelina Jolie

Before her big breakthrough as an actress, Angelina Jolie worked as a model. She had never really sought the limelight and did not necessarily want to go to Hollywood, her career aspiration was much more down-to-earth and rather unusual for a model – undertaker.

The funeral of her own grandfather made her dissatisfied and so she already attended the first undertaker courses before her breakthrough, but then, as you know, things turned out quite differently.

Channing Tatum

Tatum has made a name for himself as an action star in Hollywood, but with his well-toned body, he is also known for his role in “Magic Mike”. There he plays a stripper who becomes a sought-after attraction in Tampa’s nightlife every night.

What very few people know: Channing Tatum was before his career actually stripper and the film is loosely based on the life of the actor before his time in Hollywood.

Nicole Kidman

The musician and actress dropped out of school at the age of 17. The sad reason was her mother’s cancer. On the one hand, she wanted to support her family financially with a job and at the same time help her mother’s health. She trained as a massage therapistin order to be able to alleviate her mother’s pain.

Julia Roberts

Before Roberts enchanted Hollywood with her smile, she also had to pursue an ordinary job. Like her “Oceans Eleven” colleague George Clooney, she also sold shoes after high school. She moved in with her sister in New York and worked there in a ice cream parlour. Her big dream from the beginning was to get in front of the camera. With the first smaller roles and with the help of her brother Eric, she finally made her breakthrough.

Arjun Sethi
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