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The Accidental Celebrity: 10 Hollywood Stars Who Were Discovered By Chance

By Jennifer Gimbel |

We’ve all had this dream: We’re pouring drinks at our town’s local dive bar/chowing down on lo mein at a Chinese eatery/playing tourist on a busy NYC street … when suddenly … a talent agent stops us mid pour/bite/step and shouts: “YOU are the next big thing. Follow me to L.A., where you will live a life of extravagence and fame.” No? Just us?

Well it might not have happened quite like that for these celebrities, but they definitely had luck on their side when it came to catching their big break. From walking their dog on a random L.A. street to cheering in the stands at a Canadian football game, these celebrities know the importance of being in the right place at the right time. Find out how ten of your favorite Hollywood stars were accidentally discovered, after the jump! — Jenn Gimbel


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How Celebrities Got Famous

Evangeline Lilly

The four-leaf clover might be the Irish’s lucky charm, but Evangeline Lilly’s appears to be an airplane. While working as a flight attendant for Air Canada, Lilly was approached by a Ford Modeling street agent and began working in their acting department. Eventually it was another airplane — a crashing one — that catapulted her into worldwide fame as one of the stranded passengers on ABC’s hit show Lost.
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About Jennifer Gimbel


Jennifer Gimbel

Jennifer Gimbel is an Associate Editor at Babble. She studied Arts Administration at Wagner College on Staten Island and has since relocated to Brooklyn. When she’s not rocking out to country music, you can find Jenn [unknowingly] singing in public, nabbing the best sales at Target, and [innocently] stalking The All-American Rejects.

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One thought on “The Accidental Celebrity: 10 Hollywood Stars Who Were Discovered By Chance

  1. admin says:

    harrison ford was a carpenter? toni braxton pumped gas? this is awesome!

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