18 Celebrity Summer Jobs — From Cleaning Toilets to Scooping Ice CreamSarah Bernard
Although now their summers more than likely include lounging poolside at private resorts, yachting through Europe or, well, whatever they want — it wasn’t always the case. The first summer job is a rite of passage, and many celebrities toiled away like the rest of us — indoors. Doing something not at all glam. From cleaning toilets to slinging ice cream, see how today’s biggest stars first made their money.
Gwen Stefani 1 of 18
Perhaps foreshadowing her love of lipstick, the singer and mom of two worked at a M.A.C. cosmetics counter. Another job at a Dairy Queen had its challenges. "I got so fat when I worked there," she once confessed in a radio interview.
Amy Adams 2 of 18
This one is hard to imagine. After she graduated from high school, Amy was a Hooters girl. She worked as a hostess until she saved enough money ($900) to buy a used Chevrolet.
Johnny Depp 3 of 18
The Lone Ranger star used to work at a gas station. Now that's a reason to spring for Full Service.
Madonna 4 of 18
The Material Girl worked behind the counter at a Dunkin' Donuts. As the story goes, the aspiring singer was fired for squirting jelly donuts at customers.
Ashton Kutcher 5 of 18
The tech savvy actor/producer who will hit the big screen as Steve Jobs in August, once swept the floors at a General Mills factory.
Ellen DeGeneres 6 of 18
Ellen first job was as a clerk at a JC Penney in her hometown of Metairie, Louisiana. Fast forward a few decades and she became the brand's spokesperson.
Eva Mendes 7 of 18
The always fashionable star once had a summer job at the fast-food joint Hot Dog on a Stick, at the Glendale Galleria shopping mall.
Jon Hamm 8 of 18
Cutting down trees and clearing brush. That's how Hamm spent his summer days in St. Louis, Missouri -- where it was often 115 degrees! A far cry from the three martini lunches of Don Draper.
Miley Cyrus 9 of 18
It's hard to believe but Miley once told Tyra Banks that her first job was cleaning toilets for an outfit called Sparkles Cleaning Service. She also said she was 11 years old at the time. Hmmm.
Kanye West 10 of 18
The new dad's interest in fashion started early. He once worked as a sales assistant at the Gap in Chicago and referenced the gig in his song "Spaceship." Years later he came back to the Gap for a "secret internship" to learn more about the business directly from EVP of Design, Patrick Robinson.
Rachel McAdams 11 of 18
It was a family affair for the Canadian actress. Rachel used to flip burgers at McDonalds alongside her brother and sister. Her sister was her manager!
Brad Pitt 12 of 18
Not sure why they thought it was a good idea to cover up this face, but Brad used to greet customers outside an El Pollo Loco restaurant dressed in a chicken suit.
Beyonce 13 of 18
Queen Bey used to sweep up hair at her mother's hair salon in Houston, Texas, and work as the receptionist.
Nicole Kidman 14 of 18
Before Days of Thunder and Tom Cruise, Nicole was a massage therapist in Australia.
Elizabeth Banks 15 of 18
For two summers Elizabeth worked at the "Pop-Corner." She handed popcorn out of the window of a red wagon. "It was about 197 degrees inside of it," she said.
Cory Monteith 16 of 18
Pre Glee, Cory worked as a Wal-Mart greeter, a car washer, and a taxi driver which, he said, was a great "character study."
Megan Fox 17 of 18
The actress used to dress up as a banana for a job at a smoothie cafe. "I had the option of apple or banana," Fox told Nylon magazine. "I always went with banana because it was thinner."
Orlando Bloom 18 of 18
When he was 13 years old, Orlando worked at a shooting range as a clay trapper. "People would go clay-pigeon shooting on the weekends," he said, "and when they said 'pull,' I was the one who released the pigeon. It was wild."
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