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12 Celebs Who Were Broke Before Making It Big

These stars were down on their luck before getting famous.

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On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Outer Banks actor said he lived in his car for two months before landing the role of John B in the Netflix series.

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Murphy revealed to Kelly Clarkson that before her breakout role in Schitt’s Creek, her house had burnt down, she had almost no money and she hadn’t worked in two years.

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The Thor actor revealed to Variety that after dropping out of high school, he was nearly broke and turned to acting in order to help provide for his family.

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During her early years of fame, the Dominican-American singer and reality star lived out of her car as she overcame a toxic relationship, she told People CHICA.

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LeBlanc has at least one thing in common with his iconic Friends character Joey Tribbiani — he was also a struggling actor. "I think I was down to $11,” he told Conan O’Brien.

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The Girls Trip actress revealed to Vanity Fair that at a time when she was living out of her car and performing sketch comedy with Kevin Hart, he lent her $300 to get a motel room.

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Lopez started off as a dancer trying to pursue her dream, even sleeping on the dance studio couch after she’d “butted heads” with her mom, she told W Magazine.

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The actress opened up to Glamour about making ends meet prior to This Is Us. She went on unemployment and ate ramen noodles, but she had a strong support system of people.

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On The Graham Norton Show, the Jurassic World actor revealed that when he was a waiter in L.A., he would eat the leftover food off of patrons’ plates in order to get by.

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After leaving school to pursue music, the "Shape of You" singer often found himself reliant on the kindness of friends and strangers to have someplace to sleep for the night.

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Her first go at a singing career didn’t work out. Her L.A. building burnt down and she lived in her car before moving back to Texas … then auditioning for American Idol.

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The Bombshell actress was famously discovered after getting into an argument with a bank teller when she was 18, having just moved to Hollywood with nothing but a suitcase.

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