These were the hilarious first jobs of some of our favourite celebs

By Kim Abrahams
06 July 2017

Before the glitz and the glamour, they were just like the rest of us.

Before the glitz and the glamour they were just like the rest of us – slogging away to make that extra buck or two despite the less-than-desirable nature of the job.

From sweeping up hair in a salon to gathering fans' undies after a concert, these celebrities show us that starting at the bottom doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay there.

Here are a few of the ordinary and somewhat weird first-time jobs Hollywood’s A-listers did to earn some cash.

MILEY CYRUS – LINGERIE COLLECTOR

Long before her twerking days, the singer was picking up bras and undies that fans would throw onto the stage at dad Billy Ray's concerts.

“I’d get a really big one and be like, ‘Dad! Look, I found your biggest fan!’ ” Miley (24), who'd earn $10 (now R135) per clean up, told Rolling Stone magazine.

 

CHANNING TATUM – STRIPPED DOWN TO CASH UP

The Hail, Caesar! actor dropped out of college at the age of 19 and decided to become a stripper – and apparently he was really good.

Although his days as a naked dancer served as inspiration for his moves in the two Magic Mike films, Channing (37) says those days are long gone and never to be relived.

"It wasn't glamorous whatsoever, so there's nothing I miss about stripping.”

MEGHAN MARKLE – WEDDING-INVITATION WRITER

We’re guessing Prince Harry’s girlfriend had some serious writing skills!

The 35-year-old actress earned a buck by doing calligraphy for invites to weddings and other events.

Imagine discovering all these years later that your invitation was done by a royal affiliate.

 

Weekend shenanigans with @jessicamulroney (wearing my very favorite button down from @mishanonoo) ??

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BEYONCÉ – HAIR-SALON CLEANER

Yes, Queen Bey did have a job before taking centre stage among music royalty.

The 35-year-old singer revealed in her HBO documentary, Life Is But A Dream, that she swept the floor of mom Tina Lawson’s hair salon in Houston, Texas.

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JOHNNY DEPP – PEN SALESMAN

The 54-year-old actor earned money by selling pens over the phone – not the easiest job!

But the Pirates Of The Caribbean star told the New York Daily News the retail stint helped him with his acting.

"The beauty of the gig was you had to call up these strangers and say, 'Hi, how ya doin'?' You made up a name like, 'Hey, it's Edward Quartermaine from California.' "

 

MEGAN FOX – DRESSED UP LIKE A FRUIT

The New Girl actress made a living by promoting fresh fruit every week.

In an interview with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres, Megan (31) explained that she worked behind the till of a smoothie store in Florida, USA, and as part of the job she had to wear a full-body banana suit every Friday to promote the shop.

If you need the cash, pride takes a dash, right?

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ASHTON KUTCHER – SWEEPER

Yip, the 39-year-old actor spent his younger days sweeping the floors of a food company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

His cleaning gig, along with a few other side jobs, helped put him through college and eventually came to an end when the Two And A Half Men star moved to New York. There he became a model and landed a role on That '70s Show.

And the rest, as they say, is as historic as that mushroom cut he sported in the sitcom.

 

Sources: msn.com, uk.businessinsider.com, shape.com

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