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Unbelievable Ways Your Favorite Celebrities Got Their Start

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Johnny Depp

Before he was Captain Jack Sparrow or the star of myriad Tim Burton movies, Johnny Depp was more interested in music than acting. He played guitar in a band in his 20s, and was married to Lori Allison, a makeup artist. She was instrumental in Johnny’s big break when she introduced him to her ex-boyfriend Nicolas Cage, who in turn connected him with an agent who got him a starring role in Nightmare on Elm Street. He’s been a prolific actor ever since.


Jennifer Lopez

J-Lo is a singing sensation and actress, but her first passion was dancing. She was so devoted to it, that she often fought about it with her mother, who did not approve. Jennifer moved out and became homeless for some time, living in her dance studio until she finally landed a gig on In Living Color, launching her career in the spotlight.


Jim Carrey

Another career launched by show In Living Color was one of the more prolific comedic actors of the 90s, Jim Carrey. Before his appearance on that show, he and his family spent his teenage years living in a VW van. He was a struggling standup comedian when he was finally discovered by Rodney Dangerfield, who had Jim open for him, gaining the attention he needed to land his television role.

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