When thinking of our favorite actors, there are probably a few names that appear time after time. With the likes of Millie Bobby Brown and Katherine Langford making their way into the up and coming spotlight, it seems as though we’re going to be in for an entirely new generation of superstars before we know it. However, we can never forget the stars that have made Hollywood their home over the years; the ones that are taking home all the awards and landing some of the most prominent roles of their careers.
Although it can be hard to imagine Hollywood without these incredible faces, everyone had to build their career from somewhere – but where did they come from? It might be easy to assume it was a few auditions or connections that got people these places. However, there are some famous actors that were discovered in the most unbelievable ways. That’s right; it seems as though some people in Hollywood earned their places from merely being in the right place at the right time. Who would have thought it would all come down to unbelievable circumstances that would turn them into some of the biggest stars in the world?
Many of us first got to know Harrison Ford for playing Han Solo in the sci-fi franchise Star Wars. However, the actor almost never made it into Hollywood as he started out life as a carpenter.
That’s right; Harrison was working for George Lucas fitting cabinets in the director’s home until George realized he liked Harrison’s style. It was this fact that landed him a role in the comedy movie American Graffiti, and eventually the character that made him so famous.
Evangeline was strolling down the street in British Columbia when a representative for Ford modeling approached her and asked if she would be interested in signing up. The youngster needed a way to pay for college so signed her name up with the agency.
After appearing on a Canadian commercial, Evangeline soon received offers for smaller TV roles until the one that changed her life: Lost. Playing Kate in the drama series was the character that shot this star into the limelight.
It was by mere chance that Johnny Depp ended up landing the role that would kick-start his career. The youngster had no intention of acting but wanted to accompany his friend to an audition for the horror movie Nightmare on Elm Street.
Although his friend never got the role, Johnny was offered the part of Glen. From there, Johnny was hooked into the world of acting and has gone from strength to strength until becoming known as one of the biggest actors in the world.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Imagine being four years old and someone walks up asking if you want to become the next biggest star. Well, Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn’t have to use her imagination as that is precisely how she rose to fame all those years ago.
The youngster was eating in a restaurant in New York City when she was approached by an agent and was appearing in TV shows just one week later. After years of practice, Sarah eventually landed the lead in the supernatural drama series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This actor might now be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but that wasn’t always the way from Sylvester Stallone. As a youngster, he would often have to beg for places to sleep as Sylvester never had the money for rent.
He began to work on a new script that was about to change his life. Sylvester wrote the entire sports drama movie Rocky in just three days, and it was soon picked up. Of course, the actor got to play the lead, and the rest is history.
Alexis Bledel didn’t always have dreams of becoming an actress. In fact, the youngster always wanted to be a model and was lucky enough to start her career after a talent agent spotted her at a mall.
However, Alexis needed to pay her NYU tuition and knew that modeling would never bring in the big bucks. She began to apply for any job she could until Alexis was offered an audition for the comedy-drama Gilmore Girls. Although she had the flu, Alexis won over the agents enough to land one of the lead roles.
A life in the theater was the beginning for Mel Gibson, but the actor wanted his ticket to Hollywood. A friend managed to land Mel an audition for the sci-fi movie Mad Max. However, Mel had been in a fight the night before and arrived looking like the perfect fit for the villain.
Although the actor already had one of the starring roles, turning up free of cuts and bruises a few weeks later made the director change his mind and cast Mel as the lead hero instead.
Were you ever lucky enough to have a teacher that believed in you even when no one else did? Kristen Wiig certainly was. The actress has one teacher that encouraged her to go into acting after graduating from college.
Kristen took up her suggestion and even became part of the comedy improv group The Groundlings. However, after several disappointing auditions, Kristen was finally handed her big break in 2006 with a part of the late-night variety show Saturday Night Live.
The sci-fi spin-off movie Solo: A Star Wars Story needed a lead, and that’s where Alden Ehrenreich stepped up to take on the role of Harrison Ford’s old character, Han Solo. So how did the actor land the part?
Well, Alden’s dad was working as Steven Spielberg’s accountant giving him a way into Hollywood. Steven then spotted Alden acting alongside his daughter in a home comedy movie when he knew he needed the youngster for his newest film. Steven helped land Alden an agent, and the rest is written in the stars.
Believe it or not, but Danny Trejo spent the beginning of his life on the wrong side of the law and even landed himself several stints in prison. However, Danny’s time inside gave him a chance to focus on becoming a boxing star.
After getting his life back on track, Danny was talking at a program when a youngster wanted help to train for a part in a movie. Thankfully, there was also a screenwriter at the meeting who offered Danny the chance to prepare everyone on set before giving him a role in the film.
Eva Mendes always believed she would spend her life in marketing until one of her friends dreamed of making it as a model. The talent agent was looking through the portfolio when they spotted Eva amongst it all.
They instantly knew the par needed to meet, and Eva decided it was time to enter the world of fame. The actress landed smaller roles in the action movie 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the superhero film Ghost Rider. After realizing her potential, Eva signed up for acting classes to further her career.
This youngster had an easy road to a career as an oil tycoon thanks to his father, but Matthew McConaughey wanted nothing to do with it all. Instead, Matthew had his sights set on Hollywood.
He was in an Austin bar when Matthew met a producer who would go on to set up a meeting between Matthew and director Richard Linklater. Although Richard thought Matthew was too handsome for a role in the comedy movie Dazed and Confused, the actor grew a mustache and won the part.
At 18 years old, Charlize Theron took her savings she had earned from modeling in New York City and made the move to Hollywood. However, she couldn’t land herself an agent. Charlize was trying to cash a check when the teller refused, and the pair began to argue.
None other than talent spotter John Crosby stepped to help and soon offered Charlize the chance to attend acting classes. The star went on to land her first role within just one year of learning the ropes.
Long before his days in Hollywood, Statham was a jewelry seller on the streets of London by day and a high diver by night. It was during one of his workouts that a talent agent spotted Jason and knew he would be perfect to introduce to director Guy Ritchie.
At the time, Guy was casting for the crime comedy Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. The director asked Jason to impersonate someone on the street selling fake jewelry before offering him a part – it couldn’t have been more perfect.
Amazingly, Rosario Dawson didn’t even need to leave the house to get spotted. In fact, this youngster was just 15 years old when she was relaxing on her porch. A talent agent drove past who noticed Rosario and knew he needed to sign her up.
He invited Rosario to try out for the part of Ruby in the coming-of-age film Kids, and she was soon offered the role. Before long, Rosario was acting in sports drama He’s Got Game where she cemented her place in Hollywood.
Although Morgan Freeman always wanted to be an actor, he turned down the chance to study at college so he could enroll in the U.S. Air Force. However, Morgan realized he needed to pursue his passion for acting and couldn’t hold back any longer. He moved to L.A., but the roles weren’t coming, and then headed to New York to get his start in the theater.
He managed to land a part in the soap opera Another World, but it was acting in the comedy-drama Driving Miss Daisy that got him his ticket to Hollywood – all at 52 years old! Now, Morgan Freeman is one of the most significant actors in the world.
Amazingly, Meryl Streep had spent her high school years performing in many plays but never fell in love with acting. It wasn’t until she left school that Meryl decided she wanted to become a famous actress.
After landing a part in the play Miss Julie while at college, Meryl managed to attract plenty of attention from across the campus. It was all up from there as Meryl taught herself how to act and has gone on to land several major roles in many Hollywood productions.
This actor is undoubtedly a man of many talents. Hulk Hogan began his career as a successful baseball player, even landing offers from the likes of the Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees.
Unfortunately, an injury saw his career fall from grace but did give Hulk a chance to follows his passion for music. He signed up as the bassist for a Florida band where someone in the crowd of one of the band’s shows encouraged Hulk to become a wrestler. After years in the ring, Hulk soon found his way to Hollywood.
At just 12 years old, Estella Warren’s skills in the water earned her a place on the Canadian National Swimming team. It seemed as though this youngster was about to go far.
However, after Estella was spotted by a talent agent in her high school’s fashion show, she soon had a change in her career plans. It wasn’t long before Estella was appearing in a variety of commercials before landing several TV and movie roles that all helped build an incredible career.
It was watching a baseball game that got Pamela her ticket to Hollywood. That’s right; the youngster was spotted on the big screen, and the entire crowd went wild, so much so, they even got her onto the pitch.
Her eye-catching looks landed Pamela a job with Playboy before she moved on to appear in several TV shows. Before long, Pamela was cast in her iconic roles of C.J. Parker in the drama Baywatch, and Lisa in the sitcom Home Improvement.
Before rising to fame in the drama series Game of Thrones, this actor was one of the millions stuck in the nine to five grind. Peter worked for a company named Professional Examination Services, although, the actor still admits he never knew what his job really was.
As well as being chained to a desk, Peter was also part of the punk-fun-rap band named Whizzy. It was realizing he could no longer spend his time in an office that made Peter move to New York to pursue a career in acting in 1991. He started off in the theater and landed a few off-Broadway roles. Eventually he was noticed and made his first film debut in 1995.
Ashton Kutcher was a mere college student when he was asked to sign up to a local modeling competition. The contest was filled with talent agents, and as soon as Ashton was announced as the winner, everyone wanted to sign him to their agency.
Ashton was quickly modeling for the likes of Versace and Calvin Klein before he was offered the lead role in the sitcom That ‘70s Show. The character was just the first of many that would catapult Ashton to fame.
Chris Pratt was enjoying life as a waiter in Maui at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company when he was serving a table with none other than director Rae Dawn Chong as one of the guests.
The director instantly fell for Chris’ charm and knew she had to cast him for a role in her latest horror movie. Chris decided he could get used to the Los Angeles way of life so decided to stay in the city, and has been furthering his career ever since with bigger and better roles.
It seems as though many stars are going about their lives when they’re discovered. Jennifer Lawrence was no exception. The youngster was in New York City on vacation when a talent agent spotted her potential.
Jennifer became a model overnight and went on to appear in the comedy-drama detective show Monk. From there, it was all onwards and upwards as the actress has since appeared in the likes of the superhero franchise X-Men, and the action drama franchise The Hunger Games.