12 Famous Actors Who Got Their Big Break By Leaping At Their Opportunities

Life can change our destinies in ways we could never imagine. That is why we should grasp every opportunity in our lives. Some celebrities have been given an opportunity in acting which pave a way for them to become the biggest movie stars in Hollywood. Their acting career came as a surprise with no intention. They were in the right place at the right time, then hit the big time.
Channing Tatum is one of the celebs who landed life-changing roles with no intentions. He was first known as a professional model and spotted by an agent when he was walking on the street in Miami. Then, he took part in some music videos. Brilliantly, he starred in these videos and became an actor later on. The actor hasn't even been thinking of becoming an actor at the time. Tatum thought he just got a lucky break.
Below are 12 celebrities who discovered or landed an early break in their career in unexpected ways. Let’s check them out!

#1 Mel Gibson

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A director spotted Mel Gibson when he was fighting at a bar. He thought Gibson could impersonate the role of one of the villains. Then, he gave Gibson the leading role in the Mad Max series which made his acting career big in Hollywood.

#2 Jason Statham

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Jason Statham was a driver on the British National Diving Team. He was also a black market salesman to pay his bills. He was invited to audition for a part in a movie. And he did it perfectly.

#3 Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum was a professional model before he starred in Magic Mike. He had no experience in acting as he took part in some music videos and a few TV commercials. Tatum started his acting career in 2004 as Goofs, a small role in the CSI: Miami.

#4 Ashton Kutcher

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Ashton Kutcher studied biochemical engineering to find a cure for his twin brother who suffers from cerebral palsy and a septal heart defect. But he committed to modeling and acting when a model scout encouraged him to take part in a modeling contest.

#5 Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence started out as a model when she was a teenager. She got spotted by a talent agent at the age of 12. After that, she made her acting debut as Tiff in the 2008 drama film Garden Party.

#6 Rosario Dawson

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Rosario Dawson was spotted by a film director. She participated in a movie later on and stood out with her brilliant performance.

#7 Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman started her modeling career at a very young age. She was spotted by a scout for Revlon when she was nine years old. Then, she became an actress in Hollywood and landed her first role in Léon: The Professional (1994).

#8 Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew attended some student films and commercials before he met a producer/casting director who later introduced him to a famous director. The Academy Award winner changed his life forever from that day.

#9 Sarah Michelle Gellar

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Sarah's talent was found by an agent at the age of four. She changed her life by auditioning for the movie An Invasion of Privacy.

#10 Vin Diesel

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When Vin Diesel was 7, he decided to break into a theater to vandalize it. He got caught by a lady who offered them $20 with a script. That was the beginning of his successful career.

#11 Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe worked in a factory before a photographer spotted her. The photographer took her photo and put it in a magazine. She started as a model and actress after that.

#12 Eva Mendes

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Eva Mendes was spotted with a photo when a talent manager saw her in a friend's portfolio and was immediately charmed by her beauty. Then, she was invited to participate in her first movie. However, she was not satisfied with her acting performance, so she decided to hire an acting coach to improve her acting skills. She landed many roles before receiving awards and nominations.
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