Like many other rising celebs, Carey worked many jobs. At one point, she worked as a hat checker. According to IMBD, Carey stated that she "got fired from all her jobs because of her attitude and was concentrating on becoming a [backup] singer and mixing demos."
The Pope was a bouncer
Can you imagine getting tossed out of a bar by the Pope?
Pope Francis — who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio — worked several odd jobs before joining the Society of Jesus. These included testing chemicals at a lab and working as a bouncer at a bar, according to the Fiscal Times.
According to Life Buzz, the rapper actually alludes to his old job in "The College Dropout": "Let's go back, back to the GAP. Look at my check. wasn't no scratch. So if I stole, wasn't my fault. Yeah I stole, never got caught."
Jon Hamm was a set dresser for porn films
Hamm's early off-screen job wasn't as glamorous as the 1960s "Mad Men" days. Hamm, who stresses that the porn he designed sets for was strictly soft-core, said it was an easy way to earn a few hundred a day, according to AZ Central.
Rachel McAdams worked at McDonald's
By her own words, McAdams wasn't a very good employee at the fast food giant. According to US Magazine, the "Spotlight" star once broke an orange juice machine.
Vince Vaughn was a lifeguard
"The Internship" actor used to mind the pool at the YMCA.
At one point, he pulled in an older patron who was drifting too far into the deep end.
"I went home, I told my dad that story and he said, 'You didn't save anybody! That's ridiculous. You moved a senior a couple of feet. You didn't save anybody at all,'" he told KABC Television.
George Clooney sold insurance
Would you've bought insurance from this debonair star?
According to the Evening Standard, Clooney didn't like the work: "I had a lot of rotten jobs. I sold insurance door-to-door, but it didn't work out well. The first day I sold one (policy) and the guy died."
Before Stewart charmed audiences with classics like "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" and "Maggie May," he worked as a gravedigger at Highgate Cemetery in London during his teens.
According to "Rod Stewart: The New Biography," he hoped working at the cemetery would rationalize his fear of dying: "He had suffered from nightmares about death from a very early age and so thought, as an impressionable teenager, that perhaps getting as close as he could to death, actually digging out holes to be filled by real bodies, he could rid himself of that fear."
Sean Connery cleaned coffins
The "James Bond" star worked a series of odd jobs before making it as an actor, including life-guarding and working as a milkman. His weirdest — and creepiest — gig was cleaning coffins, according to Hex Jam.
We're not sure who had it worse: Walken, who tamed a lazy lion, or Stallone, who cleaned up after them. While waiting for his acting career to take off, the Rambo actor cleaned up lion cages at the Central Park Zoo, according to Biography.com.
Whoopie Goldberg was a mortuary beautician and phone sex operator
The 56-year old comedian and actress took a job as a mortuary beautician after she became a licensed beautician. Her boss played a welcoming prank on her by pretending to be dead and sitting upright to wave at her. “That’s the worst thing that could ever happen to you here, and it won't," he told her. "So there's nothing to be scared of."
During a segment of "The View" she also mentioned briefly working as a phone sex operator. "When I was younger, the money was great," she said. "See now, people would know my voice."
Bloom landed his first gig at age 13, working as a clay trapper at a pigeon shooting range. Clay trappers load and aim clay discs used as targets for shooters.
Victoria Beckham was a dancing sperm
This one's hard to believe and slightly terrifying. Posh Spice used to dress up as a sperm for a BBC sex-education program, according to Star Crush.
Warren Beatty was a rat catcher
To say that Beatty got his start in theater is putting it lightly. According to the biography "Warren Beatty: A Private Man", when the actor was 17, he got his first job at the National Theatre in Washington — patrolling alleys at night to check for rodents.
"I just love making a fool out of myself," he said. "I made my living as a clown at kids' parties for about three years. I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying 'Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks' — and he was right."
Patrick Dempsey was a professional juggler
One of Dempsey's first jobs was juggling for money. When he was 15, the former Grey's Anatomy star competed in the International Jugglers' Association and came in second, according to the association's website. He was beat out by then eight-year-old Anthony Gatto, who went on to set numerous records and perform in Cirque du Soleil.
Long before joining the Rolling Stones, this rocker carried around luggage at the Bexley Mental Hospital while he was a student at the London School of Economics, according to Bill Wyman, Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band". He earned about 90 shillings per week (equivalent to almost 7 U.S dollars — worth roughly $52 in 1961).
Before making it big time, the "Material Girl" worked at Dunkin' Donuts in Times Square. It didn't work out though. Madonna reportedly got booted when she squirted jelly filling on a customer, reports Life Buzz.
Brad Pitt was a chicken mascot
Angelina Jolie's husband may be a movie star, but once upon a time, he was nothing more than a chicken. His first employer was El Pollo Loco (Crazy Chicken) and, according to IMBD, he had to dress as a chicken, hand out flyers, and attract customers to the restaurant.
Ellen DeGeneres was an oyster shucker
The outspoken talk show host has had her share of menial jobs, according to TV.com, including house painter, vacuum salesperson, bartender, waitress, and sales clerk. Most notably, she held the position of oyster shucker. Oyster shucking involves opening the shell of the oyster with a knife.
In "Ellen: A Biography," DeGeneres is quoted as saying, "When you live in New Orleans, you're bound to be an oyster shucker, aren't ya?"
According to the New York Times, "after graduating from the College of William and Mary in 1984 with a degree in psychology, he returned to New Jersey where he worked for the state, performing puppet shows designed to sensitize schoolchildren to the disabled."
Megan Fox was a banana mascot
The actress/model used to wear a banana costume to attract customers to a smoothie shop in Florida.
Before he made it big in Hollywood, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star hawked pens over the phone.
According to Interview magazine, Depp's role involved calling up strangers and telling them that they were eligible for a complimentary grandfather clock or a trip to Tahiti if they ordered a shipment of pens.
''I sold one thing, one gross of pens to one guy," Depp told Interview. "And then he was asking me about the trip to Tahiti and I was riddled with guilt, so I told him, 'Hey, man, you don't want these (expletive) pens. This is a scam. The grandfather clock is made of press board. You're not going to Tahiti. I'm sorry.' So I talked him out of it.''
Helen Mirren worked at an amusement park
Today, Dame Helen Mirren is known for her award-winning performances on the stage and on the silver screen. However, before her star took off, she had a considerably less glamorous stint in show business.
According to the Mirror, Mirren worked at the Kursaal amusement park as a "blagger," an employee who encourages customers to go on the rides.
Samantha Cortez contributed to a previous version of this story.