What Famous Celebrities Were Doing Before The Fame

It’s hard to imagine some of these major stars flipping burgers and sweeping the floors before they hit it big time, but for many of these famous faces, their jobs before becoming megastars were in no way glamorous. From gross to downright mind-blowing, here’s what your favorite celebrities were up to before they caught their big break…

Taylor Swift – Exterminator

Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas Tree farm in Pennsylvania. When she was a little girl she would pick the praying-mantis pods off of the trees so the bugs wouldn't hatch in people's homes. When you're too small to carry the trees, you're put on bug duty.

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The More You Know

  • A far cry from her upper-class role on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester was born in prison; her mother was serving time for smuggling drugs.
  • Actor Joaquin Phoenix was born in a cult, which might help explain why his siblings were named River, Rain, Liberty, and Summer. Their parents were members of Children of God group, which was founded in the 1960s.
  • In the early days of his career, Sylvester Stallone was so poor that he sold his dog Butkus for $50.
  • Before she was a megastar, Madonna worked at Dunkin Donuts. She got fired for squirting jelly on a customer.
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