Sydney Sweeney worked briefly as a tour guide at Universal Studios. She previously explained that she worked hard to help her family cope with life in LA. “I have seen my parents lose a lot. We filed for bankruptcy and they lost their lake house. We couldn’t afford life in LA,” she said.
Meghan Markle worked as a calligrapher before she got her big break Costumes and then married Prince Harry. From 2004–2005, she worked at Paper Source in LA, where she taught calligraphy. She even did some freelance calligraphy work on the side and wrote the invitations for Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s wedding.
Christopher Briney worked at Trader Joe’s in NYC while attending college at Pace University. “There’s a good environment at Trader Joe’s,” he said. “Everyone is in a good mood.” He even shared that his favorite Trader Joe’s snack is corn tortilla chips wrapped in chili and lime.
Tiffany Haddish worked as a ground staff member for Alaska Airlines. “I’d like to think of myself as one of the best customer service agents out there,” she said. “I worked at the gates and my goal was always to bring happiness and joy to people – still to this day.”
Margot Robbie used to work at a Subway and said she was “really good” at making sandwiches for customers. “I think I was really good at it, though, because I would, you know, spread everything on the ends evenly — just the right amount of everything,” she explained.
Tan France worked as a flight attendant in the 2000s. He wrote in his memoir that the job was supposed to last six months, but he quit after two. “The thirty-day training included some of the most difficult moments of my life. It was very difficult and many people failed,” he wrote. “I felt like a glorified waiter.”
Amy Poehler worked at an ice cream shop in her hometown. “Difficult and physical, the work consisted of gathering and sweeping, digging and lifting,” she wrote of the experience. “I was so happy to see people walking around after hours, thinking they might catch a late night dinner. I would point to the dim lights and the stacked chairs as proof that we were closed. It was very clear and definitive.”
Melissa McCarthy worked as a Starbucks barista in Santa Monica. “When I first moved [to LA] I didn’t have a car, so I had jobs I could walk to. So I worked at [YMCA] and I worked at Starbucks,” she explained.
Eva Longoria worked at a Wendy’s for six years before becoming famous. “What we learned at Wendy’s was the mayo goes on the bun first, to seal the bun, so the bun stays nice,” she explained. “Then put the ketchup on. And [then] mustard goes on meat because it brings out the flavor of the meat.”
Adam Driver joined the Marine Corps when he was just 18 and served for two years before being discharged from hospital after suffering a sternum injury. “I found that I loved the Marine Corps the most because of the thing I looked for least when I joined, which was the people—a strange group of characters from a cross-section of the United States that on the surface I had nothing on. in common with”, he said.
Whoopi Goldberg was a morgue beautician, meaning she “did hair and makeup on the dead.” She previously went to beauty school and is a licensed esthetician. “It’s a rough gig,” she explained. “You have to be a certain kind of person. And you have to love people in order to make them worthy of a great getaway.”
Rachel McAdams worked at a McDonalds for “a good three years”. Both of her siblings worked there with her as well – her sister was even her manager. “It was a great place to work,” she said. “I wasn’t a great employee. One day I broke the orange juice machine.”
Harry Styles used to work in a bakery in the UK. When he was in The X Factor in 2010 he explained that he used to serve desserts to customers and that Viennese flavors were “always a favorite”.
Terry Crews worked as a sketch artist in the courtroom. He explained that as a child, he loved art and always thought it was a career he would pursue. He revealed that in 1987, he worked as a sketcher for “the worst murder case in the history of Flint, Michigan.” “What happened was the sketch artist for the courtroom wasn’t able to come and they said, ‘Terry, we need you to come in, we need you to do this,'” he explained. “And I went in and nailed it and became their sketch artist! It was nuts!”
Steve Buscemi worked as a firefighter and even returned to work after the 9/11 attacks. He first took the FDNY civil service test when he was just 18 and worked as a firefighter for five years before getting his big break.
Lil Nas X worked as a ride attendant at Six Flags. One of the children’s rides he supervised was Yosemite Sam’s Wacky Wagons.
Finally, Matthew McConaughey was an armadillo exterminator for a country club. He explained that part of his job was digging sand traps on the golf course before customers came in each morning to play.