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What 37 A-list celebrities looked like when they first started acting
Business Insider3/13/2018 12:05:00 PM

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From Pepsi and Bubble Yum commercials to failed sitcoms and small guest roles, A-list celebrities were once struggling trying to make it in the business, just like everyone else in Hollywood.

Samuel L. Jackson didn't jump right into award-winning movies. He was trained and started on stage. Kerry Washington was popping up in educational videos before dominating in "Scandal," and Nicole Kidman starred in a number of small Australian films before making it in Hollywood. 

We took a look back at 37 A-list celebrities before they were the recognizable names we know today.

Nicole Kidman's career started with a series of small Australian films.

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She made her acting debut in two different movies in 1983: "Bush Christmas" and "BMX Bandits." The actress won an Oscar in 2003 for "The Hours" and has recently scored numerous awards for her role on "Big Little Lies."

Tom Hanks made his film debut in the low-budget horror film "He Knows You're Alone."

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But before he landed his first movie, Hanks's acting career started on the stage. He also co-starred in the cross-dressing comedy, "Bosom Brothers," for two seasons. Hanks's first leading role was in "Splash" a few years later, and he is now a two-time Oscar winner. 

Before Jennifer Lawrence became an Academy Award-winning actress and franchise star, she started out modeling and acting in small commercials.

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She earned her Screen Actors Guild card when she was 14 thanks to a promotional video for MTV's "My Super Sweet 16." She dropped out of school to pursue her dreams. That same year, she also appeared in a Burger King commercial as a potential girlfriend to the Whopper Jr.

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