Have you ever thought an unexpected encounter can change your entire life? It really did happen to our favorite celebrities, turning them from anonymous people to world-famous figures.
Kate Moss never had aspirations to become a model, but a riveting chain of circumstances led to her becoming one of the iconic supermodels in the 1990s and 2000s. Brad Pitt is worth introducing. The attractive Brad Pitt worked as a mascot at a cafe during his student years to pay the bills. Thanks to this job, he had a chance to meet his acting teacher, Roy London, who assisted him in developing his skill and landing his first movie role. Even Eva Mendes was just helping her neighbor when spotted on a portfolio. Lana Turner even captured the attention of William R. Wilkerson when she was just drinking soda with her friends, the chance meeting helped launch her lucrative career.
That might sound crazy, but that's not even the most bizarre instance! Scroll down to see 15 unique situations in that celebrities are discovered. And if you're struggling with your dream of becoming an actor, check it out because maybe you'll be one of them.
#1 Brad Pitt was working odd jobs
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Brad Pitt studied journalism but left school two weeks before he was set to graduate. To be able to pay the bills, Pitt had to agree to take any job. He drove female dancers to bachelor parties and worked as a mascot at a cafe. The actor said that these positions offered him an opportunity to find the right contacts and brought him to his acting teacher, Roy London, who helped him unfold his talent and get his first roles.
#2 Jennifer Aniston was gassing up her car when she met the president of the largest TV company
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Jennifer Aniston tried herself in several roles in unsuccessful films before becoming a well-known actress. The actress once met Warren Littlefield, the former CEO of NBC Entertainment, at a gas station on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. When he finished gassing up his car, Aniston asked him, “Will it ever happen for me?” Littlefield thought for a while and answered, “I wanted it to.” Soon after, she received an invitation the audition for the Friends series, where she was cast as Rachel Green.
#3 John Wayne was an American football player.
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John Wayne went by the name Marion Morrison and was a forward at the University of Southern California before he was famous. He was obliged to hunt for employment elsewhere after losing his sports scholarship as a result of a catastrophic injury. Wayne began his career as a big-screen actor by portraying football players in a few films (including "The Drop Kick"). Later, he gradually switched to more iconic roles and even won an Oscar in 1970.
#4 Lana Turner found the right contacts when drinking a soda
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Lana Turner or Julia Jean Milfred Frances Turner (her name before the start of her career in Hollywood) was an icon of the 1940s and 1950s. She was first seen by William R. Wilkerson, founder of the leading American magazine about the movie industry The Hollywood Reporter when she was drinking soda with her friends. Wilkerson introduced 16-year-old Turner to the talent agent, Zeppo Marx, who helped her get a small role in the movie "They Won’t Forget". Soon afterward, her successful career on the big screen began.
#5 Sharlto Copley was a TV producer
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At the age of 19, Sharlto Copley co-founded the media firm Channel 69 Studios. At the same time, he employed computer graphic designer Neill Blomkamp, who would later become his mentor for the big screen. Many years later, Blomkamp showed his aptitude as a filmmaker and invited his former employer to film "District 9". Following his acting debut, Sharlto appeared with A-listers like Jodie Foster, Matt Damon, and Angelina Jolie.
#6 Kate Moss met a modeling scout in an airport lounge
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Kate Moss never would have imagined that she would become one of the iconic supermodels in the 1990s and 2000s. She admitted that she had never given her looks much thought since she felt self-conscious about her height and grin. Everything changed when model scout, Sarah Doukas, believed in her. In a New York airport, Moss met Doukas' brother. He approached the 14-year-old girl as she was ambling around while waiting to board and said, “Have you ever thought about being a model?” Later on, at the age of 16, Kate had already had her first photoshoot for the cover of The Face.
#7 David Boreanaz got his fateful role while walking his dog.
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David Boreanaz tried to be on the big screen by participating in several auditions, but his goal came true owing to an unplanned encounter. In 1996, Marcia Shulman, the casting director of the cult series "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", was looking for a handsome guy to fulfill the role of Angel — a tortured vampire with a soul. But it was all in vain. At that point, her friend, who had seen Boreanaz while walking her dog, came to the rescue. The actor received the role and remained the TV series star for the next 25 years.
#8 Chloë Sevigny was skating when a fashion photographer caught her eye.
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17-year-old Chloë Sevigny and her friends were skating in the East Village in New York when they accidentally met a photographer from the music and fashion magazine, i-D. The latter provided her with a photoshoot, and Chloë didn’t miss her chance. Now, the well-known actress and model has considered this photo shoot her greatest to date.
#9 Justin Bieber was noticed by posting covers on YouTube
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Since he was a young boy, Justin Bieber has been interested in music and has played the drums, piano, guitar, and trumpet. He came in second in a singing competition when he was 12 years old in the Canadian city of Stratford. His mother uploaded his video to YouTube so that friends and relatives who couldn't make it to the performance may view it. After that, she posted a number of videos with Justin singing rhythm and blues versions of well-known songs. His videos began to receive more than 60,000 views. Among those who listened to his songs, there was music producer Scott Brown, who invited Bieber to record his first demo.
#10 Ellen Pompeo was bartending
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Ellen Pompeo got famous by playing Meredith Grey in "Grey’s Anatomy". Before landing that famous role, the future actress worked in a Soho restaurant in New York. Everything changed when Pompeo caught the notice of a talent agent who was dining there that evening. Ellen soon began appearing in TV advertisements and made her acting debut in the film "Do You Have the Time?"
#11 Bill Cosby was working in a cafe warming up the audience
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During his student years, Bill Cosby worked as a barman and was warming up the audience in a New York café. The guests liked his style of humor, and soon Bill began to perform stand-up throughout the US. The comic was noticed on television and in 1965, he went on "The Tonight Show". He hooked up with Warner Brothers and created several successful comedy projects.
#12 Oprah Winfrey worked at a radio station after winning a beauty contest
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When Oprah Winfrey was 17 years old, a local Nashville radio station encouraged her to participate in a beauty pageant. The winner was promised the title of Miss Fire Prevention. She won this competition thanks to her hilarious answer to the question "How would you spend a million dollars?". Winfrey candidly replied, “If I had a million dollars, I would be a spending fool. I’m not quite sure what I would spend it on, but I would spend, spend, spend. Spending fool.” Moreover, Oprah got a job offer at that very radio station and started her successful career in the media world.
#13 Eva Mendes was helping her neighbor
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Eva Mendes' career began when she was helping her neighbor. He asked her to be a model for his portfolio and took several photos. After viewing the pictures, an agent was astounded by Eva's attractiveness and began looking for a contract for her. The recruiter immediately signed a deal with Mendes for a couple of supporting roles with her right away. That’s when the actress's promising on-screen future began.
#14 Pamela Anderson was “found” at a football game
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Pamela Anderson worked as a fitness instructor until she was “found” at a football game in Canada. She came to the game with a form-fitting t-shirt with a logo and was broadcast on the stadium’s giant screen. The company's representatives were happy with the unexpected advertising, and Anderson was given a job offer. Soon after, she began participating in magazine picture sessions before landing the enduring role of "Baywatch".
#15 Gisele Bündchen was having lunch at McDonald’s
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Gisele Bündchen was born and reared in Horizontina, a little town in the south of Brazil that could offer her almost nothing. The future runway star enrolled in modeling classes at the age of 13 not because she wanted to pursue modeling as a career but rather for the promised vacation to So Paulo after her studies were complete. Gisele went to McDonald's for the first time and A modeling representative approached her there and enquired as to her interest in the industry. “I had never seen fashion magazines,” she replied. But later, after having consulted with her mom, Gisele agreed, and it opened the door to a successful future for her.
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