Thousands of people all across the world imagine becoming famous. While some people struggle their entire lives to break into the entertainment industry, others simply get their big break handed to them by coincidence, luck, or accident.

Here are 9 celebrities who really didn’t know fame and fortune was coming their way:

1. Jason Statham

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He was more into swimming and never imagined that he would be an action superstar. One day he was spotted by an agent who recruited him for an ad for a French Connection UK and that how he got his big break into media.

2. Rosario Dawson

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The Rent star was discovered in the simplest of circumstances and you won’t even believe it. She was sitting on the front steps of her home when a movie producer walked by and gave her a chance for acting.

How crazy is that?

3. Charlize Theron

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She initially wanted to be a dancer but when she had a knee injury, all her hopes faded and she moved to LA. One day she had a loud argument with a bank teller and unbeknownst to her a movie producer gave her his card. The rest is history.

4. Ellen Pompeo

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The Grey’s Anatomy star never knew that she would be getting the lead role in this hugely successful show one day when she was bartending in Soho, New York. A casting agent saw her and told her that she was perfect for a movie he was working on and this is how she got her breakthrough.

5. Ashton Kutcher

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He was working odd jobs to support himself and pay all his bills while studying at university. He often hung out at a local return where a talent scout saw him and encouraged him to enter a modeling competition.

Ashton won that competition and now he’s one of the most sought after celebrities in America.

6. Channing Tatum

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Tatum was a male stripper who decided to audition for a Ricky Martin video as a backup dancer, now he’s America’s favorite heartthrob.

7. Jonny Depp

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He only wanted to  be a musician and played in several bands. After moving to LA to further his career, his wife at the time introduced him to Nicholas Cage who happened to be her friend. He was told that he should pursue acting and initially he only did it to support his music career. Soon enough, the whole thing transitioned into a full time actor.

8. Alexis Bledel

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The Gilmore Girls star never would have imagined that she would be so famous. She just wanted to be a model and when that didn’t work out, she gave an audition on a whim while having a bad flu. She got the part and has worked in several roles now.

9. Sarah Michelle Gellar

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This Buffy the Vampire Slayer star got discovered at the tender age of 4 eating at a restaurant with her family in Manhattan.

 

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