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These Celebrities Worked in the Food Industry Before Getting Big Break in Hollywood

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By Zachary Holt

Despite successful actors and actresses bathing in the spotlight and fame, people forget that they're just like everyone else. Breaking into Hollywood and the entertainment industry is very difficult, just ask anyone who has made it big time. It requires aspiring actors and actresses to hold other jobs while they wait for their big break.

Surprisingly, though, a number of actors and actresses held jobs in the food and beverage industry prior to landing major roles in film and television and here are a few of them.

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Chris Pratt Worked at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

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Chris Pratt, who went on a long and successful run starring in the show, Parks and Recreation, began working at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company while trying to land his breakout role. The actor has been open about working in the food and beverage industry, even speaking about it in an Instagram post in February of 2019.

In the post, the Guardians of the Galaxy actor commented that he ate 'thousands of shrimp” from customers' plates while he worked at the restaurant. He also encouraged people to be generous to those that worked in the industry. "Please tip your server. Leave at least 20 percent," he said. "Also leave some shrimp."

Margo Robbie Was a Perfectionist and Sandwich Artist at Subway

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The Bombshell and Wolf of Wallstreet star worked at Subway as a sandwich artist prior to landing her big acting gig. A sandwich artist is the title given the employees who make the sandwiches for customers. Margo Robbie claims that she took the job because she had such a knack for making a tasty meal.

During a segment on the YouTube Channel 'Hot Ones' Robbie explained, "I think I was really good at it though, because I, you know, would really spread everything out to the edges evenly — the right amount of everything." She also said she couldn't go back to a Subway because it would make her upset. "Like, I actually don't go that often anymore because I watch them make it badly — and I'm upset," she recalled.

Busy Phillips Ensured People Got Their Barbeque Chicken Pizzas on Time

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Busy Phillips, the Cougar Town alum, began her working life at California Pizza Kitchen, which the actress credits as helping her develop a hard work ethic, something that would eventually prepare her for acting in Hollywood. In November 2019, at the Teen Vogue Summit, Phillips explained her crazy teenage life working at the restaurant.

"Even through my teen years, when I was going to raves in the ’90s and didn’t sleep for a long period of time, I would still roll on in to seat people and make sure they got their barbecue chicken pizzas on time," she revealed. Phillips would go on to land a role in the hit show Freaks and Geeks.

Rachel McAdams Worked at McDonald's For Three Years

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Rachel McAdams got her first job working for the fast-food chain, McDonald's, where she maintained the position for three years. McAdams claims that she wasn't the best employee, though. "I was not a great employee; I broke the orange juice machine one day," she said in 2012.

She later added that her OCD tendencies, which included constantly washing her hands, meant that she wasn't always at the counter taking orders from the customers, and thus not doing her job to the best of her ability. But she still maintains that working at McDonald's is a great opportunity for people and encourages others to give it a shot.

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