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If You’re Having A Tough Day, 10 Famous People Whose Inspirational Stories Will Motivate You

Do you know what is more inspiring than a great success story? It’s a great success story that happens later in our life, especially in a celebrity’s life. Because seeing our favorite stars persevere on their path to achieving success in their careers is a huge motivator for us. And Hollywood has plenty of such inspirational stories. Before making it great in Hollywood, actors like Naomi Watts, Chris Pratt, and even Daniel Craig toiled hard at their art for what must have seemed like a lifetime.

Indeed, these actors and actresses overcome many difficulties and failures to gain recognition in a competitive world like Hollywood. Thankfully, they finally did it and became movie stars. Their great performances help them win prestigious awards and reputations over the world.  Amazingly, some famous people only became successful after the age of 40 or more. That’s incredible!

So, if you’re feeling disappointed because you haven’t yet got your dreams or goals, read through this list of late bloomers. We hope these people can inspire you to never give up!

#1 Daniel Craig

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After his debut role in “The Power of One” (1992), Daniel Craig has struggled a lot. There was a time when he had to sleep on a public bench because he couldn’t make a living. However, things changed when he gained international recognition in 2006 for playing James Bond in “Casino Royale”.

#2 Chris Pratt

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Before starring in a movie in LA, Chris Pratt was homeless and working minimum wage jobs. Unluckily, the movie “sucked” and was never released, but the actor decided to stay in Hollywood to try his luck. And he spent 9 years getting his big break on the sitcom, “Parks and Recreation”.

#3 Lucille Ball

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Today, Lucille Ball might be recognized as the queen of comedy, but back in the day, she was known as the “B-movie Queen” for her roles in countless B-movies (low-budget films). Before her iconic comedy “I Love Lucy”, she appeared in more than 70 roles.

#4 Laverne Cox

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It took Laverne Cox 13 years to land her major role, Sophia, in “Orange Is the New Black”. Previously, the actress had considered retirement because she was “devastated by turning 40 and being in a lot of debt.” She said that she had difficulty getting employment because no other Black transgeder woman achieved success in Hollywood.

#5 Naomi Watts

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Though Naomi Watts made her acting debut at the age of 18 on the TV show, “Return to Eden”, it took her 15 years to make it big. Thanks to David Lynch’s movie, “Mullholand Drive”, she got worldwide recognition and numerous awards from critics.

#6 William Jackson Harper

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Although he has been acting since 2007, most of his TV performances have been brief cameos. Because of it, he considered permanently giving up acting. In 2016, when he was cast as a major character in “The Good Place”, he thought he would only do the pilot. However, the program was a huge hit and helped him famous.

#7 Jenna Fischer

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Since she was a little girl, Jenna Fischer dreamed of becoming an actress. However, due to lack of work, she even considered giving up this dream. In 1996, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her goals, and in 2005, after starring in “The Office”, she finally found stardom.

#8 Harrison Ford


His career started out with a 40-second-long uncredited role and he didn’t see much success. While waiting for his big break, Harrison Ford had a day job as a carpenter. And when he starred as Han Solo in the 1977 movie “Star Wars”, he got worldwide recognition!

#9 Viola Davis

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Viola Davis spent 30 years in supporting parts before taking on her first lead role in the 2018 film “Widows”, where she played the role of Veronica. She also played the lead role on the ABC series, “How to Get Away with Murder”, from 2014 to 2020

#10 Sheryl Lee Ralph

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Sheryl Lee Ralph has been acting since the ’70s and has over 100 acting credits. However, she didn’t win in the category or receive her first Emmy until 2022 for her performance in the comedy “Abbott Elementary”.