15 Actors Who Were Broke Before Their Big Break

Celebrities are known to lead luxurious lifestyles, but some performers had to overcome very humble beginnings in order to reach this level of success.

These 15 actors struggled and had very few dollars to spare before they achieved a breakthrough career advancement.


Kat Graham “had 86 cents to [her] name” before The Vampire Diaries.


Sylvester Stallone had to sell his dog to get $40 for food before his Rocky script was picked up.


Annie Murphy was down to $3 when Schitt’s Creek came along.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson began his acting career with just $7 and is now worth $800 million.


KiKi Layne had literally no money left when she tested for If Beale Street Could Talk.


Matt LeBlanc had $11 when he was offered a lead role in Friends.


David Oyelowo reached a financial “rock bottom” before his career took off.


Prior to This Is Us, Chrissy Metz had only 81 cents left.


Steve Harvey had $35 when he was offered a televised performance at the Apollo Theater.


Melissa McCarthy had less than $5 in her bank account early on in her career.


Billy Bob Thornton had $6 to spare every week while he worked at a pizza parlor after moving to Los Angeles.


Ashleigh Murray was down to $12 around the time she auditioned for Riverdale.


Richard Madden couldn’t pay his rent and was living off $5 a day when he was cast in Game of Thrones.


Sidney Poitier had just $3 when he went to New York and began acting as a teenager.


Chris Pratt had about $60 when he was flown to LA for a film role.

Let this be your sign to keep going, because you never know when things could turn in your favor!

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