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Even stars who shine the brightest -- and get paid the most -- often started their working careers at the very bottom. You probably wouldn't guess it by watching them saunter down the dazzling red carpets, but many of Hollywood's most famous faces worked at less-than-glamorous jobs before catapulting to stardom. From pen salesman to convenience store clerk, many of the rich and famous are no strangers to the regular, mundane jobs that many of us are familiar with.

Amy Adams: Hooters Hostess

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As a teenager, actress Amy Adams worked briefly at Hooters. "Parade" magazine reports that she began as a hostess and then worked tables for a few months before realizing that waitressing -- at Hooters, specifically -- wasn't her specialty.

Hugh Jackman: 7-Eleven Clerk

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Actor Hugh Jackman is best known for his portrayal of Wolverine in the "X-Men" movie series, but his past is less than enthralling. He worked at 7-Eleven as a counter clerk for six weeks, according to "US Weekly," before getting the ax because he talked too much.

Jennifer Lopez: Law Office Employee

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Before making it big as a singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez spent her early 20s working hard in a law office, "Forbes" reports. She says the money she made helped finance her singing and dancing lessons.

Chris Rock: Red Lobster Busboy

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Before earning the big bucks making people laugh, comedian Chris Rock did a stint at Red Lobster for minimum wage. According to "Parade," he told Jay Leno that he cleaned up after kids and, because of his low wage, couldn't afford to eat there himself.

Megan Fox: Smoothie Maker

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Before her acting career, Megan Fox had only one other job: an employee at a smoothie cafe. She told "Nylon" magazine that part of the job was to dress occasionally as a banana or an apple and she chose banana because it was "thinner."

Johnny Depp: Pen Salesman

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Actor Johnny Depp gets called on to play all sorts of roles in big Hollywood movies. He wasn't always the one getting the calls, though; one of his first jobs, "Forbes" notes, required him to call others to try to sell them pens.

Miley Cyrus: House Cleaner

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Although Miley Cyrus' dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was famous and she began her acting career early, the actor/singer had one job before she caught fire: She worked for a house-cleaning service at the ripe old age of 11. As a result, according to "US Weekly," she knows how to properly scrub a toilet.

Danny DeVito: Hairdresser

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Actor Danny DeVito is one of Hollywood's most recognized faces. His first job, though, was all about hair, thanks to his sister giving him a job as a hairdresser at her salon. The way "Forbes" tells it, he enrolled in a cosmetology class at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York but learned there that he liked acting better.

Quentin Tarantino: Theater Usher

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Quentin Tarantino is renowned for his filmmaking skills, so it's only fitting that his first job was as a movie theater usher. The kicker, though, according to "US Weekly," is that the movie theater he worked at was of the adult variety.

Overview

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Even stars who shine the brightest -- and get paid the most -- often started their working careers at the very bottom. You probably wouldn't guess it by watching them saunter down the dazzling red carpets, but many of Hollywood's most famous faces worked at less-than-glamorous jobs before catapulting to stardom. From pen salesman to convenience store clerk, many of the rich and famous are no strangers to the regular, mundane jobs that many of us are familiar with.

Amy Adams: Hooters Hostess

Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 4th Annual Governors Awards
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

As a teenager, actress Amy Adams worked briefly at Hooters. "Parade" magazine reports that she began as a hostess and then worked tables for a few months before realizing that waitressing -- at Hooters, specifically -- wasn't her specialty.

Hugh Jackman: 7-Eleven Clerk

Les Miserables - World Premiere
Stuart Wilson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Actor Hugh Jackman is best known for his portrayal of Wolverine in the "X-Men" movie series, but his past is less than enthralling. He worked at 7-Eleven as a counter clerk for six weeks, according to "US Weekly," before getting the ax because he talked too much.

Jennifer Lopez: Law Office Employee

Jennifer Lopez Live In Perth
Paul Kane/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Before making it big as a singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez spent her early 20s working hard in a law office, "Forbes" reports. She says the money she made helped finance her singing and dancing lessons.

Chris Rock: Red Lobster Busboy

Spike TV's
Christopher Polk/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Before earning the big bucks making people laugh, comedian Chris Rock did a stint at Red Lobster for minimum wage. According to "Parade," he told Jay Leno that he cleaned up after kids and, because of his low wage, couldn't afford to eat there himself.

Megan Fox: Smoothie Maker

March Of Dimes' Celebration Of Babies - Arrivals
Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Before her acting career, Megan Fox had only one other job: an employee at a smoothie cafe. She told "Nylon" magazine that part of the job was to dress occasionally as a banana or an apple and she chose banana because it was "thinner."

Johnny Depp: Pen Salesman

Damien Echols In Discussion With Johnny Depp
Theo Wargo/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Actor Johnny Depp gets called on to play all sorts of roles in big Hollywood movies. He wasn't always the one getting the calls, though; one of his first jobs, "Forbes" notes, required him to call others to try to sell them pens.

Miley Cyrus: House Cleaner

City Of Hope Honors Halston CEO Ben Malka With Spirit Of Life Award - Inside
Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Although Miley Cyrus' dad, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, was famous and she began her acting career early, the actor/singer had one job before she caught fire: She worked for a house-cleaning service at the ripe old age of 11. As a result, according to "US Weekly," she knows how to properly scrub a toilet.

Danny DeVito: Hairdresser

A Celebration Of Carole King And Her Music To Benefit Paul Newman's The Painted Turtle Camp
Charley Gallay/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Actor Danny DeVito is one of Hollywood's most recognized faces. His first job, though, was all about hair, thanks to his sister giving him a job as a hairdresser at her salon. The way "Forbes" tells it, he enrolled in a cosmetology class at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York but learned there that he liked acting better.

Quentin Tarantino: Theater Usher

The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Honoring Quentin Tarantino - Inside Arrivals
Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Quentin Tarantino is renowned for his filmmaking skills, so it's only fitting that his first job was as a movie theater usher. The kicker, though, according to "US Weekly," is that the movie theater he worked at was of the adult variety.

About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.

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