Rich and famous people are not always as rich as you see
When we hear about words: “rich and famous”, we think these individuals have a lot of money. And they seem to have never struggled for money. Even facing hardship can seem unthinkable. But the truth is more practical and miserable than the movies. There are many famous and recognizable celebrities come from hardscrabble beginnings. The actors who struggled to hit it big to future tech innovators. And some faced serious housing uncertainty. In fact, there are some famous people lacking a household before becoming household names. For example, Jim Carrey, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jewel, didn’t have a house. And Star Lord, Chris Prat, lived out of vehicles for a spell. This even happened to Jennifer Lopez or Halle Berry. Some survived in a shelter while some had to sleep on the couch. In addition, Actress Hilary Swank’s past and Steve Harvey’s early days were no laughing matter.
These people are famous but it doesn’t mean they haven’t struggled. They can be a superstar but they are also human. And here are some of the most famous people who used to be homeless.
1. Chris Pratt used to live in a van
Long before Chris Pratt was as Star-Lord and tried not to mess up the Galaxy. Or he tried to make audiences chuckle as Andy on Parks and Recreation. Chris Pratt was just another young man wanting to do big. And he was an aspiring actor but wasn’t banging on doors in Studio City. But the truth is Pratt was living out of a van in Hawaii. Hard to believe but it’s no lies.
Christ had learned at a local community college in his native Washington in acting. But only for half a semester, the future velociraptor handler wanted to get out of the island. “I got a friend that like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to move”‘ Pratt answered Entertainment Weekly. “We stayed on the beach and dream about life”. And in that time, he was a waiter at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Maui. At 19, he waited on actress and director Rae Dawn Chong. Yet this meeting gave Pratt a cast in 2000 horror-comedy Cursed Part 3. That movie didn’t bring him to international superstars universe. But it did give him a chance to leave the island. As a result, he left that van behind.
In 2014, Pratt shared a picture of that van-sweet-home on Facebook in Maui: “Can’t believe I found this pic!!!” He wrote. “That is my van!!! And in my hand is the script for the movie that helps me out of Maui. Crazy.”
2. Halle Berry had to sleep in a homeless shelter
Halle Berry became the first and only African-American actress to win the Academy Award for best actress. As her performance in the 2001 film Monster’s Ball was amazing. But before she captivated audiences and she turned to a grieving widow and mother. Berry faced hard times of her own. And at 21, she became homeless and lived in a homeless shelter. At this time, she was struggling to break into show business.
Berry was the first runner up in the Miss USA Pageant in 1986. She had to move to New York City with money from modeling. Unfortunately, this money didn’t help her long enough. ” After three months, I was out of my cash and I called my mother to ask her for help. And she said no. A year after that, we didn’t talk to each other. I thought that she refused to help me when I needed most .”
The actress now believes those struggles made your success. “You can’t give up under any circumstance. Back to my high school years, you will say I can’t do it. But now I’m going to figure this out.’ And shelter life was part of my upgrowing till I could get a waitressing job. Then I had a job as a bartending job, and then I could know what to do.”
3. Steve Jobs’s hard time
The CEO of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs contributed to revolutionizing the way we communicate with others. And the technology we use to do it has also come from this man’s revolution. Yet his story to be successful was rather revolutionary all on its own. He grew up in the San Francisco Bay area by adoptive parents. In 1972, Steve Jobs studied at Reed College in Portland, Ore. And his time as a college student couldn’t be easier for him. But for starters, he began as a homeless.
“I didn’t get a dorm room and had to sleep on the floor in friends’ rooms. I exchange coke bottles for the 5-cent to buy food with. And I had to walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night. All is to get one good free meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”. His story before the crowd at a 2005 commencement at Stanford University. He dropped out to avoid making his parents debt. But he credits calligraphy behind the topography of the first Macintosh computers.
This man was the founder of Apple, NeXT Computer, and Pixar. But he seemingly regrets nothing about his nomadic early days. In his speeches, he advised graduates “to believe that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to have fate in something. They can be your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This difficulty has never let me down. Yet it has made all the difference in my life.”
4. Jewel was forced to the streets for sexual harassment
Jewel Kilcher was an Alaskan-born singer and songwriter Jewel. But her road to fame was a rocky one, indeed. The Pieces of You songstress began performing very early. As well as singing and yodeling at local venues with her father. But the family faced problems in keeping the house. And the star fought for growing up as a result. “People saw me like I was contagious,”. She answered at an event for the Inspiring Children Foundation.”. They believed the homelessness might come to them.”
Jewel decided to leave home at age 15 to pursue her music dreams. And her big break came at her 18 after signing with Atlantic Records. But she could have taken a helping hand during the years in between. Jewel answered the reporter that she wound up on the streets after losing a job. The singer claimed that her boss at the time fired her for not having sex with him. Unable to afford her stay, she lived in her car until her car was stolen. “I’d go back into my car and wrote songs. Then men would literally come up and proposition me,” she said. “They would come like, ‘Hey, do you need money?”. You know and things like that were pretty wild. It was amazing to see this side of men that basically would prey on somebody vulnerable.”
5. Jim Carrey lived in a van with his family
Canadian-born Jim Carrey is best famous for his over-the-top. His slapstick performances in films such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Dumb & Dumber are good. But underneath that iconic sense of humor is not a funny story. When he turned to just 14 years old, his father got laid off. His father was an accountant and aspirant sax and clarinet player. “Percy Carrey found potential in the massive Titan Wheels factory. It’s where the Carrey kids reported after school to work as janitors and security men. They lived feudal style in a big stone house next to the factory.” The experience reportedly boosted major tension throughout the family. And eventually, Percy quit that job then lived in a VW camper van.
That was like an experience some might want to eliminate from their memories. But the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind thought that life in that van was great. “We went to a couple of places, and we pitched a tent to live like Gypsies. So much happier than we’d been being those people that we didn’t like,” he added. “We didn’t have a house to live. But it was like somebody took off a burden off.”
6. Jennifer Lopez had no place to sleep
Jennifer Lopez had her first performance on the small screen as a Fly Girl. It was for the ’90s sketch comedy show In Living Color. But the Bronx native became an international film, television, and music sensation. And its beginnings were less than spectacular. In fact, Jenny from the Block once gotta hit the block. It is literally.
Lopez answer W magazine. “I didn’t think going to college is a way for me. My dream is to try to dance full-time. Then she and I didn’t see each other for a time. Then I started staying and sleeping on the sofa. It was a sofa in the dance studio and I slept there. I was homeless, but I knew ‘This is what I want to do.'” Lopez had studied dancing at the Ballet Hispanico. That time she was just 18. Fortunately, Lopez started gambling and she broke. Then she took a dancing job in Europe. Then within a year, she was living in Los Angeles, according to some source. At that time, she was moving and working for In Living Color.
7. Michael Oher was living as homeless
Michael Oher was one of the best players going into the 2009 NFL Draft. For his inspiring story of survival and his talent on the field. Hence, the University of Mississippi all-star is renowned. His mother had 11 children to take care of. Which led to her addictions. And his father went to prison for murder. There was a time he lived in foster care and on the streets. The Tuohy family adopted him and he could go to Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis.
The Touhy family is famous among local football circles. And he attended the heart-wrenching story of Oher’s humble. His story was so good and touching. And then they decided to make film based on it. It is the Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The film was also nominated in the 2019 Academy Award. In that film, Quinton Aaron was as Oher and Sandra Bullock was as Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher had a successful career in the National Football League. He helped his team winning a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. “nothing is impossible”. He said to ABC News. “My background is a bad one. And a lot of people said I couldn’t make it. You can do anything if you take it into serious.”
8. Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog for money
In 1976, actor/writer/director Sylvester Stallone captures caught story of boxer Rocky Balboa. Rocky Balboa was an Italian-American from Philadelphia. And he managed to get a chance at the world heavyweight championship. Then he made a legend here. The story inspired Stallone. Hence, the Rocky was based on it. This movie earned $225 million in global box office receipts. But what some may not know is Stallone’s story was also a legend.
Many producers rejected Stallone. They thought his script was not qualified enough. It was a hard time in his life. No jobs, no money, and his family couldn’t afford his living. As a result, He so despaired that he decided to sell his dog for $50. After that, he also sold his script. When he sold the Rocky script, he went to see Little Jimmy to have the dog back. Jimmy wanted to fight him and Jimmy said he was gonna kill him…. Jimmy wanted Stallone to pay $3,000. By the way, “Little Jimmy” also had a part in making Rocky.
9. Hilary Swank did have a house to live
Hilary Swank had her place in two Academy Award-winning roles. She was a transgender victim Brandon Teena in 1999. It was a biographical film Boys Don’t Cry. And it was impoverished prizefighter Maggie Fitzgerald in Clint Eastwood’s 2004 drama. However, not many people knew that this A-class actress was homeless. It was the first days she comes to California.
Swank sadly didn’t finish her high school. And she and her mother left Washington to head to Hollywood. But they didn’t have a place to live in California. They had to live out of a car and stayed in a vacant property. “We had guys selling their house,” Swank said. “ you know, there’s no furniture, so you can stay there at night. And then, during the day, we have to leave so they can try and sell it. We got air mattresses. We slept on the air mattresses. The next morning we can leave.”
Even after she won her first Oscar, Swank still hardly made ends meet. She had only $3,000 for Boys Don’t Cry. “So, I had an Academy Award but I didn’t have health insurance,” she answered. “It is the life of an actor.”
10. Steve Harvey had on bologna sandwiches to survive
Steve Harvey has a gifted in making audiences chuckle. But the hardship he faced in the early days of his career was not funny. In an interview, Harvey revealed that he took some Little Big Shots of his own. And he quit his job as an insurance salesman. He won $50 for his first stand-up comedian performance. His decision to quit his job was a shock to a Family Feud with his wife and twin daughters.
Harvey had a night in his Ford Tempo and ate mostly bologna sandwiches for surviving. He used a cooler in place of a refrigerator, washing in rest stop bathrooms. And he sometimes stole fuel from gas stations. He thought that there was nobody supporting him. He was just on his own and the only thing he knew is making people laugh.
11. Carmen Electra’s boyfriend took her savings
Carmen Electra’s real name is Tara Leigh Patrick. Her start in Hollywood was nothing but a Scary Movie. The model/actress/dancer was born in Ohio. And she got her first taste of fame collaborating with Prince on a professional level. Unfortunately, after ending her involvement with this, Electra’s life hit hard times.
In 2009, the former Playboy model answered the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She committed she was homeless for a couple years in Hollywood. After her then-boyfriend took $5,000 from her. And this effectively cleaned out her savings. “I was in a park,” she said. “I was crying while it was over 100 degrees outside. I brought with me a pocketknife and pager and some change. Oh, and a really nice high heels.” Her situation couldn’t be worse. Then, Electra’s luck eventually came out. Thanks to helping from choreographer Jamie King. She met JK when she was dancing for Prince. King helped her a lot to find a publicist. And in 1997, Electra was cast in Baywatch and started hosting MTV’s Singled Out. These things made her career up to the next level.
“What I learned from being homeless? Maybe It’s the reason that brings me to this business. And think about it. It really boosted myself and made my life happen”. Electra said.