Many look up to Hollywood’s celebrities as a model of success, power, and fame. Starring in blockbusters films and representing major brands as well as campaigns, they’re one of the most familiar faces worldwide. But little do we know about their past, nor the struggle they overcome to advance their career. Big names such as Jennifer Lopez, Bradd Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Gwyneth Paltrow are prominent examples. They led normal lives full of difficulties and struggles. Recently, Garth Pearce, a reporter, shed light on their humble past - sharing the story of these stars before fame and power. 

Jennifer Lopez 

J Lo is one of the biggest names in Hollywood today, with a successful career in both acting and singing. She made a reputation with global hits like “Jenny from the block” and “On the floor”, as well as starring in movies. At the age of 25, was about to perform in her breakthrough film - Money Train. The budding star was supposed to act a hot scene with the male lead, Wesley Snipes. 

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Jennifer Lopez struggled with her first sex scene with Wesley Snipes

Jennifer Lopez shared that she was utterly nervous about the scene, so much that she had to monitor her weight, even asked for a pillow to put between the actors. She nearly didn’t get the part in this film, as the crew thought she was inexperienced. However, it was J Lo’s performance in the movie that put her name on the Hollywood scene. 

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J Lo now has respectable careers in both the film and music industry

The all-in-one star shines a light on her childhood love story with David Cruz. They dated for a decade after breaking up in her mid-20s to follow different paths. Tragically, Cruz passed away earlier this year at the age of 51 after battling heart disease. 

At the age of 50, Jennifer Lopez still looks smoking hot

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Brad Pitt

One of the biggest heartthrobs on Hollywood’s scene, Brad Pitt is an A-lister that was born to walk the red carpet. However, before all the fame, he was just a man behind the wheel, carrying strippers to clubs in LA to make ends meet. The acting was just something he did extra at that time, as he struggled to get by. He did everything that could make money: delivering refrigerators, dressing up as a chicken, and driving strippers around. 

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Brad Pitt did every job possible to pay his bill

Brad’s career now has gone a long way as compared to his humble past. With just a little success in the TV drama “Dallas”, he gave up everything and moved to California to give acting a shot. The handsome actor has two high-profile divorces with Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston - two of the most desired women in Hollywood. 

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The "killer" look that registers Brad as a sex symbol
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Brad Pitt is now super successful

Angelina Jolie

Everyone knows Angelina Jolie from action movies, especially with the international success of “Tomb Raider”, but what’s about her previous life? Angelina is the only actress on this list didn’t struggle financially, but rather emotionally. She was wed to the “Transporting” star - Johnny Lee Miller after having a romance behind closed doors. 

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Angelina started out humble as an unknown actress

They kept their relationship a secret and tied the knot in 1996.  After 18 months of being together, the lovebirds decided to split. Angelina went on to direct her own movies, including “First They Killed My Father” and “By The Sea”.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

You may know Gwyneth Paltrow from her role in the MCU as Pepper Potts, but she also owns a multi-million business. But before all this, she was just another young unknown actress in Hollywood. At the age of 22, she got her role in the thriller “Seven”, starring Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt - who later she dated. 

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Can you guess Gwyneth Paltrow or Brad Pitt?

The Californian beauty has never taken a sex scene and insists that she wants to stay away from them, determined to keep her modesty. She’s afraid that her family would watch her movies and be utterly shocked. Years later, Gwyneths’s name was chanted on the red carpet for her successful roles in “Emma” and “Sliding Doors”. 

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt used to date

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