Aspiring actors flock to Los Angeles every day, hoping to be discovered. Most never get that lucky break, but others are destined to be famous, even if they didn’t know it! Some of the most talented and popular celebrities never went looking for fame, but thankfully for us, it found them. Find out how Pamela Anderson, Johnny Depp, J-Lo and more got discovered.
Natalie Portman has been on screen since her teens but famously prioritized her education, graduating from Harvard University. The spotlight found her nonetheless. She was scouted for a modeling gig with Revlon when she was just 11, but the career path didn’t interest her. She started studying acting and began appearing in films soon after.
Tyler Perry was listed as Forbes’ highest paid man in entertainment, but his past was quite a different story. Born Emmitt Perry Jr., he grew up an abusive father and changed his name to Tyler to distance himself from him. Tyler did not complete high school and even attempted suicide. An episode of Opera changed his life when it taught him the therapeutic effect of writing, prompting him to begin his first musical.
Somewhat known for his temper, Mel Gibson actually got his start because of a bar fight. He was pretty bruised up on the morning after, when his friend asked for a ride to an audition. Though Mel had appeared in a few stage performances before, he didn’t intend to audition for the movie role. However, his beat up appearance was exactly what the director was looking for, and he landed a role in the movie Mad Max.