Halle Berry had a difficult childhood. She was raised by her mother after her abusive father left the family, and was later homeless while trying to pursue an acting career in New York City. Her stunning good looks won her several modeling competitions. She participated in beauty pageants including Miss USA and Miss World before landing some television roles and appearing in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever.
Action star Steven Seagal was well prepared for onscreen stunts. His background is in martial arts, and as a black belt in Aikido, he was an instructor in Japan and later LA. It was there that he met a talent agent, one of his students who saw more potential in his teacher.
Evangeline Lilly was a small town girl in Canada when she was first scouted by a modeling agency. The beauty successfully expanded her modeling career into acting and appeared on many well known TV shows and films.