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Unbelievable Ways Your Favorite Celebrities Got Their Start

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John Wayne

American icon John Wayne was more interested in sports than acting. He had a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, and took a summer job working on film sets as a prop man. It was there that he met director John Ford, who thought Wayne’s rugged looks belonged onscreen and began using him as an extra and casting him in minor roles until he finally became a star.

Gisele Bundchen

Mega model Gisele Bundchen doesn’t look like she eats a lot of hamburgers, but that’s exactly what she was doing when she was discovered at the age of 14. She was on a school trip in Sao Paolo, Brazil when a model scout spotter her having lunch at McDonalds. She went on to become one of the most recognizable names in fashion!

Harrison Ford

The iconic actor Harrison Ford was pretty unknown before his breakout role in Star Wars. That was the way George Lucas wanted it – he planned not to cast any established stars in his film. Though Ford had appeared in a few minor roles, he was actually working on the set when he was asked to audition. 

Rosario Dawson

Rosario Dawson is a fixture in superhero films, comedies and television series, but she had never planned to become an actress. She was just a normal 15-year-old girl with no acting experience or training, but when a screenwriter and photographer happened to spot her sitting on her front porch, she was launched into stardom.

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