June 17, 2013 12:00 PM

>VINCE VAUGHN

THE WORST JOB I EVER HAD

I spent one summer in telemarketing in this unmarked building in Waukegan, Ill. We were selling tickets for a police rodeo. Looking back, I don’t know if there ever was a rodeo. Talk about thankless.

MOST HEROIC MOMENT ON THE JOB

I was a lifeguard at the YMCA, and one day there was a woman in the pool who was not a good swimmer and started to slowly drift toward the deep end. So I got in the pool and just lightly dragged her over to the shallow end. My boss said, “Congratulations on your first save.” When I told my dad, he said that there wasn’t anything “save” about it. He took it off the big board, and rightfully so.

FIRST SHOWBIZ JOB

I cut school and went to an audition with another kid’s mom. I got cast [in an industrial film] and from that got an agent and a lot of stuff in Chicago, like a national commercial. I had done okay. Then I went out to Los Angeles, and Jon Favreau and I made Swingers. That really changed things!

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