While we think we know everything about celebrities, there is a part of their life that we have never seen. Here’s something you’ve probably always wondered about – what were they like as children? Did they show signs that they would be the recognized stars that they are today? How was your life growing up? To give us an idea of what these beloved Hollywood stars were like, we found these strange photos of our favorite celebrities before they were famous. You will be surprised to see that they were once ordinary people like any of us.
1. Robin Williams In His Senior Year Of High School In 1969
When Robin Williams was in his last year of high school, he decided to go to college to study political science. However, he quickly realized that it was not the area for him and left it to study acting. He studied theater for three years at the College of Marin in California.
One of his teachers quickly realized how talented Williams was and had him audition for the musical Oliver! . He then attended Julliard, and during the summer he worked as a waiter. After graduation, Williams worked on many things until she had her lead role in Mork & Mindy .
In case you missed it, Adele was and will be one of the biggest Spice Girls fans in the world. The British singer grew up with her music and had her posters on all the walls of her room. As a child, Adele was already interested in singing, and became obsessed with their voices.
Adele spent much of her childhood in Brockwell Park, playing guitar and singing to her friends. Years later, he drove there and began to cry as he remembered his life in that special place.
In high school, Keanu Reeves was a skilled ice hockey goalie and considered turning pro but ultimately decided to pursue an acting career when he was 15 years old. He made his debut in 1984 on a series called Hangin ‘ , which earned him even more roles in teen drama strips.
Reeves was also interested in music so he formed an alternative music band in 1991. Surprisingly, it had a little success, and they were active until the early 2000s. Their big appearance was on Point Break , which helped him get there. to stardom.
4. The Photo Of Catherine Zeta-Jones In Elementary School
Catherine Zeta-Jones’s school uniform makes her look like she belongs in Gryffindor. He must have been in first or second grade in this photo, and he couldn’t be more adorable. The actress was born in Wales, and at school she participated in multiple acts.
At a young age, she gained media attention for her performance of a Shirley Bassey song, which made her the winner of the Junior Star Trail competition. Zeta-Jones traveled to London with her dance company, where she added for different shows.
When Morgan Freeman was nine years old, he starred in a play at his school and then won an interstate drama competition. He had his radio show in high school, and he won a scholarship to attend Jackson State University.
Instead of taking his scholarship, however, he enlisted in the Air Force and served between 1955 and 1959. Later, Freeman worked as a transcriptionist for Los Angeles City College and studied art there. He was also a dancer until he began to win roles in different performances.
Anne Hathaway is seen to have been practicing for The Witches before she became famous. In addition to looking identical, it is seen that she mistook a witch for a clown in her combo disguise. Surprisingly, Hathaway’s parents didn’t want her to be an actress.
Hathaway wanted to be a nun as she grew up in a very conservative Roman Catholic Apostolic family during her childhood. However, acting was always on his mind, and we are grateful that he chose to entertain us on the big screen.
It is little surprise to learn that Joe Biden was class president at his school, as well as played on the basketball team. He also played football for a short time but decided to focus on his studies. When he graduated from the Unviersity of Delaware, he worked as a clerk in a law firm.
Biden eventually took a bar exam and began practicing law. This helped build his career, and he served in the United States Senate for 36 years before serving as Vice President of Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. Outside of political ideals, we cannot deny that he was very handsome.
Little Madonna had her bright eyes focused on success. The singer grew up in the suburbs of Detroit with her 5 siblings, and her family used to call her “Little Nonnie” since her mother was also called Madonna.
Madonna dropped out of school after her mother died, and her father decided to sign her up for piano and ballet classes. Her dance teacher was one of those who helped her pursue her dream of being a dancer.
As a teenager, Jim Carrey’s family had a very bad financial time. Therefore he and his brother John worked as janitors or security in a tire factory. While working there, Jim dropped out of school and did comedy shows in downtown Toronto.
His popularity as an impersonator and comedian quickly grew, as well as touring and appearing on television. His performances made him more and more popular, thus becoming the main character in films like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and The Mask , which helped him become the actor he is today.
10. Taylor Swift Wearing A Tie Dye Before It’s Cool
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift became interested in musicals and began performing at a local youth theater. He also traveled regularly to New York to take dance and acting classes. His inspiration was Shania Twain and that’s how he focused on country music.
At age 11, Swift traveled with her mother to Nashville to pursue her musical dream. Swift took her demos to record labels but was rejected. However, she kept trying until someone finally took her seriously when she grew up.
Susan Sarandon was not only beautiful as a teenager, but she was also very talented. In her college years, she studied drama and to pay for her studies she worked cutting hair, cleaning houses and working as a telephone operator.
Not long after graduating, Sarandon managed to land a role in the movie Joe , which opened the doors for him to get more characters in different movies like The Rocky Horror Picture Show . She became a classic and everyone recognized her wherever she went.
Selena Gomez has always been the most adorable human being in the world since she was a child. Born and raised in Texas, she became interested in entertainment when she saw her mother setting the stage. From there, Selena began auditioning for different roles.
While auditioning for Barney and Friends , Gomez met Demi Lovato and the two landed a role on the show. She said that everything she learned about acting and production she did from Barney . He left the show when he was too old to be on it.
We would never have imagined Peter Dinklage with mullet until now. Dinklage realized he wanted to act as a teenager after seeing True West produced by Sam Shepard. That work ended up setting the direction in his life.
After college, it took Dinklage to get well-paying jobs, so he had to work at a data processing company in order to live. He was unable to get a job as he refused to play roles that focused on his dwarfism. Finally, in 2003 he had his breakthrough role in The Station Agent and was nominated for a SAG award for him.
You might not recognize her as a baby, but this adorable little girl grew up to be the Queen Beyonce we know today. As a child Beyonce took dance classes and her teacher discovered that she was an extremely talented singer when he heard her humming a song.
Beyonce’s interest in getting on stage continued after she won a talent show when she was seven years old. Her parents enrolled her in a music school so she can improve her talents. He also attended an art high school.
After watching and reading Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh , Tom Hanks decided he wanted to become an actor. He enrolled in a theatrical program at California State University in Sacremento and worked when he was not studying.
Eventually, Hanks decided to drop out of college and audition for whatever role he could find. After the success of Splash , he became a recognized face and came to star in Big . It was that movie that made him achieve his fame in Hollywood.
When Jennifer Garner was little, her mother used to call her “ragamuffin” and we can see why. The actress had an upbringing that joked that she was practically Amish since her parents were very strict with her and her sisters.
Garner initially went to college to study chemistry but quickly changed and wanted to study theater. She spent her time working in the summer theater and that’s how she discovered her passion for acting. He also moved from South Carolina to Los Angeles once he graduated.
17. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Looking Muscular At 15 Years Old
Does anyone notice that La Roca already looked muscular in his teens? Before beginning his acting career, he was a successful athlete and began playing professional football not long after graduation.
His nickname “The Rock” arose from his days as a wrestler, and by the 90s, he was already a star who was offered countless roles in movies. The production that changed his career was The Mummy Returns in 2001.
Three years before Nirvana was formed, Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic met at school. They tested with a couple of drummers before meeting Dave Grohl in 1990. Their first album, Bleach , was released in 1989 and became a favorite on school radio.
Nirvana found success by releasing their 1991 single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from the Nevermind album . They sold 400,000 copies in just one week and 30 million worldwide.
19. Sean Connery During His Service In The Royal Navy
Mr. 007 was not always an international action figure. Sean Connery used to be a milkman in Edinburgh before joining the Royal Navy when he was 16 years old. After three years, he was discharged for medical reasons and returned home.
After the navy, Connery worked as a truck driver, lifeguard, laborer and artist model at Edinburgh College of Art. In the 1950s, he finally started landing extra roles, but it wasn’t enough. He had to work as a babysitter until he got better paid characters.
When we were 16, we didn’t look like that, but Angelina Jolie has always been gorgeous. As a child, she enjoyed watching movies with her mother, which inspired her to start acting. Jolie attended the Lee Staberg Theater Institute for two years and appeared in a couple of productions.
Jolie later studied drama at NYU and participated in her brother’s student productions. However, his first professional role did not occur until 1992 in Cyborg 2 , but he did not like the result and did not audition for anything else for a whole year.
21. Millie Bobby Brown Looks Like She’s Up To Something
While it hasn’t been that long of Millie Bobby Brown’s childhood, the 17-year-old actress has grown into a very lovable young lady. Born in Spain to English parents, she found a love of acting from a very young age which is why she made her first appearance when she was nine years old in Once Upon A Time .
After a couple of performances, Brown went on to land the role that would make her extremely famous on Stranger Things as Eleven. Her performance earned multiple nominations even when she was so small. Today she is a little more adult but just as mischievous as in this photo.
You might know Christoph Waltz from Inglorious Basterds or Django Unchained , but before he was a big star, he was a boy with a dream. Waltz was interested in theater from the moment he attended the opera when he was 10 years old. After that, I attended up to twice a week.
When Waltz got to college, he studied acting, but his passion was singing and opera. Eventually, he realized that his voice was not made for singing, so he began working as an actor and director on a German television show called Wenn Man Sich Traut before his starring role in 2009.
23. Eminem In The 80 ‘Before He Was The God Of Rap
Could the real Slim Shady please stand up? The first rap song Eminem heard was “Reckless” by Ice-T, Chris “The Glove” Taylor and David Storrs in 1984. This inspired him to start rapping when he was 14 years old. Ten years later, he released his first album, which was a commercial failure.
Everything changed in Eminem’s life when he adopted the name Slim Shady and released a new album in 1997, Slim Shady EP . The album caught the attention of Dr. Dre and invited Eminem to work together to release another EP two years later.
Music was part of Lady Gaga’s life since she was very little, she even started her piano lessons at the age of four. His passion grew over the years, and he began singing at open mic nights as a teenager.
Gaga also studied method acting for ten years but had no luck with any characters. While studying in New York, she was singing when a talent scout heard her and helped her find her way to fame.
If you’re like us, you may have never seen Bob Marley without his dreadlocks, but there was a time when he didn’t have one. In 1964 when he released his song “Rude Boy”, he was shaved and dressed very differently.
Marley began making music in his elementary school with his friends before moving to Kingston to start a vocal duo. However, the group did not rise to fame until they signed a contract with Island Records.
As a teenager, Christian Bale was inspired to become an actor after studying Gary Oldman’s work. The first time he appeared on television was for a commercial for Lenor fabric softener in 1982. However, Bale’s first big debut was not until 1984 on The Nerd with Rowan Atkinson.
Two years later, Bale appeared in his first film Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna . Then she gained attention and thus more roles, which made her career questionable. However, Kenneth Branagh convinced him to stay on the big screen.
27. Jennifer Aniston Dressed As A Witch For Halloween In 1986
Jennifer Aniston discovered her love of acting when she attended Waldorf school at the age of 11. His first job was in a Broadway production, but he had to do other extra jobs in order to live. She was a telemarketer, waitress and messenger.
Aniston’s first television role was on a show called Molloy in 1990 before her starring role as Rachel Green on Friends . She was 17 when this photo was taken, and we wonder if she knew how famous she would be today.
28. Tommy Lee Jones Playing As Offensive Guard At St. Mark School In Texas
As a teenager, Tommy Lee Jones obtained a scholarship to play football at a school in Dallas, where at the same time he became interested in theater and acted in some student productions. He then graduated from and attended Harvard University, where he continued to play football and appear in stage productions.
After graduating, Jones decided to move to New York to continue acting, landing his first role in 1970, playing a Harvard student in Love Story . It shouldn’t have been difficult for him to play this character, considering that he had graduated from Harvard.
Quentin Tarantino began to show interest in movies when he was little. At age 15, he worked as an usher in an adult cinema, also working in a video club for five years. Tarantino learned a lot about production by watching movies there.
Then Tarantino got paid to watch movies (how do we get that job?) And got his first job in Hollywood in 1986 as a Production Assistant. A few years later, he wrote his first movie that led to him being one of the most admirable directors in Hollywood today.
Clint Eastwood looks very different from what we know with his baby face. After graduating from Oakland Technical High School, he held various jobs, including straw picker, lumberjack, and truck driver. All this before entering the Army during the Korean War.
Eastwood was brought to California, where he served as a swimming instructor. After the military, he appeared in a few television series before having his breakthrough role in Rawhide in 1959. Eastwood gained international fame and continues to act to this day in his 90s.
We had no idea what color Vin Diesel’s hair was before seeing this photo. The famous bald actor started acting when he was just seven years old in a children’s play Dinosaur Door in New York. The theater remained an important part of his life even as a teenager.
Vin Diesel started college but dropped out shortly to start writing screenplays. Diesel’s first role was in 1990 but he didn’t appear in the credits, but Steven Spielberg later cast him for Saving Private Ryan , which either helped put his feet on big productions.
You might not recognize Katy Perry without her black curlers, but naturally her hair is blonde. The pop star began taking singing classes at the age of nine while singing in church. For her 13th birthday, Perry received a guitar and began to play songs that she wrote herself.
Perry took dance classes to learn swing, Lindy Hop, and Jitterbug, all popular dances from the 1950s. Also, her first album was released on behalf of Katy Hudson, and it had a lot of Christian music until she finally changed her style.
David Harbor hasn’t changed much over the years, save for his hair. Harbor began acting in the ’90s, and his first professional job was in a Broadway revival of The Rainmaker . He also had small roles in Law & Order: SVU.
As he gained notoriety in Hollywood, Harbor became a much more recognizable face. However, it was not until he participated in Stranger Things that his life changed. This character helped him land many more jobs in other productions.
34. Mark Zuckerberg At Harvard Where He Created Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg looked a lot less robotic in his student days, but someone should have told him to tidy up his room. The Facebook founder started writing software when he was in elementary school, and his father got him a private tutor to help him with his interest.
Zuckerberg created video games, and his friend designed the graphics. In college, he became a prodigy programmer and created a couple of shows before Facebook. It’s funny to know that this teenager is one of the richest people in the world today.
Before he was a muscle-bound action star, The Rock was an adorable boy with big paddles. He grew up in New Zealand and later settled in the USA as his family used to move very often. As a child, he loved sports and greatly admired his father, who was a professional wrestler.
Due to his connections to the world of wrestling, La Roca secured a contract with the WWF for eight years before beginning to study acting. Today he is one of the most famous and best paid actors in Hollywood.
Little Rihanna before she was the CEP of Fenty and Savage X Fenty. The little Barbadian native grew up listening to reggae music, which inspired her to find her own sound. However, she did not dedicate herself to singing in principle, but was a cadet in a sub-military program.
During the show, Rihanna met a singer and writer who inspired her to pursue a musical career. Even though we don’t have new music, we must appreciate how far this baby from a small island has come.
Usher is known for his RnB songs that make women swoon, and we can imagine that he was very flirtatious as a baby. At this age, he was already showing his attractiveness on camera.
As a child, his mother told him to join the church choir because of his great talent. Then his grandmother considered that he could be a professional singer after hearing him sing. The family decided to move to Atlanta and give him a chance to become someone.
As a girl growing up in Germany, Heidi Klum was known for her beauty. A friend convinced her to join a modeling contest, won out of 25,000 contestants, and was offered a modeling contract. After graduating from high school, he accepted the contract.
She wanted to try an apprenticeship at a fashion and design school, but the modeling contract was much more promising. Klum became successful very quickly and made the covers of Vogue magazine in France, Germany, Portugal and Spain .
We cannot be sure if Julia Roberts is in shock, singing or screaming in this photo, but we think she is singing. She looks a lot like Emma Roberts in this photo, and we can see her family resemblance.
As a child, she wanted to be a veterinarian, but once she got to college, she decided to leave it and move to New York to be an actress. Once there, she signed a contract with a modeling agency and began taking acting classes.
We are not surprised that Amanda Seyfried was a beautiful baby as she is even as an adult. When she was ten she began modeling in print ads for Limited Too with Leighton Meester. She was also on the cover of three Sweet Valley High novels .
At 17, Seyfried decided to quit modeling and start working as a waitress at a senior citizen retreat. During that time, he took singing lessons, studied opera, and trained with a Broadway coach. From then on he landed a few TV roles while he kept auditioning.
Oops, he did it again! Britney Spears has always had star power, and you can see it in this photo from her childhood. From an early age, she was already interested in singing, dancing, and entertaining people with her vibrant personality.
While his adult life has not been easy at all, one thing is for sure; This little girl grew up to be one of the greatest artists of all time. If only people would let her make her music and live her life the way she wants, she would be a much happier woman than she is today.
This doesn’t look at all like the Christina Aguilera we know and love today, but we have to admit she was an adorable little girl. As a child, she had to move around a lot since her father was in the military. However, when her parents divorced she used music as a form of escape.
As a child, Aguilera adored soul and blues because of the records that her grandmother had, that is why she practiced and sang about them. She won her first talent show when she was eight years old playing Whitney Houston in the song “” I Will Always Love You “.
Gigi Hadid was ready to be a model from the day she was born. As a child, she was considered a “tomboy” since she was very into sports, especially basketball, but that changed when she began to grow up and her mother saw her potential as a model.
Hadid comes from a family of models, and as you can see she possesses beauty from her mother. Here we see her with her grandmother, whom she visited in Holland, where her mother grew up.
Have you ever noticed how scary mall Easter bunnies used to be (and still are)? Although it is difficult to recognize her, this is a little Katy Perry posing her pastel colors on a Sunday with the Easter bunny.
Perry grew up in a religious family, therefore the holidays were very important to celebrate as a family. Her family didn’t have a lot of money, so they sometimes had to order food from the church, but Katy Perry always enjoyed everything her parents were able to give her.
When Miley Cyrus was born, her parents named her Destiney; however, as she smiled so much they began calling her “Miley smiley” before legally changing her name. Although her front teeth are missing we see her with a big smile on her face as she is holding her little sister.
Miley and her little sister Noah may be seven years apart, but they are extremely close. Even Miley has said that sometimes her sister Noah takes care of her despite being smaller than her.
46. Justin Timberlake Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
It is seen that Justin Timberlake was destined to be a musician. As a child he grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and was always surrounded by music. His grandfather taught Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, and Timberlake used to sing songs for the family.
When Timberlake was 11 years old, he appeared on the Star Search show playing country music. However, it was at this time that he began to break into RnB music like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. He was so talented that he earned a spot on The All-New Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Margot Robbie and her older brother were adorable as children. Robbie grew up in Dalby, Queensland, where she was raised by a single mom after both parents divorced. She lived on a farm and was always a very energetic little girl as she organized presentations at home all the time.
In an interview, Robbie said that she was very dramatic and that she loved acting. She watched all the movies she could find on TV and then she would act them out for her mom. He even made him pay his family to see his performances, especially the magic ones.
If there’s one thing we can thank Ariana Grande for, it’s her loyalty to high ponytails. As a child, Grande was already a natural artist and participated in the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theater, playing her first character in her version of Annie .
Grande also starred in The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and the Beast . When he was eight years old, he also performed on cruise ships, with the South Florida Philharmonic. Everyone knew that she would be a star as she had an incredible vocal range, she was just waiting to be discovered.
As a child, Sarah Jessica Parker was one of eight siblings, and even though her mother didn’t have much time to spend with her, she always found time to read to all of her children. They grew up in Nelsonville, Ohio, and their parents tried to give them a lifestyle they couldn’t afford.
Parker remembers that the electricity had to be cut off, or they had to sacrifice Christmas and birthdays since their parents couldn’t afford it all. However, her mother found thousands of free extracurricular activities to write down so they can have a “full and rich life.”
Even though we know Hilary Duff as the Disney star, she is seen very angry in her first photoshoot. When Duff uploaded this photo, she said she couldn’t believe how many auditions she had to take this photo to, and we wonder how many roles she has landed.
Duff wanted to be an actress from an early age, and her mother moved her family from Texas so her children would have more opportunities. Due to her acting career, she was homeschooled from age 8, and had many small roles all the way up to Lizzie McGuire .