For some reason, we expect our children to be able to answer the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Some responses may include: A princess, space astronaut, dinosaur or a major Hollywood star. As a parent, these career choices may sound like a stretch. But, hey, you asked the question lightly and didn’t expect a serious answer anyway, right?
But while aspiring to become a star may seem like a far-fetched goal, it’s interesting to see how these celebrities weren’t just born rich and famous. Before they were idolized by millions, they were ordinary people, doing ordinary stuff — like playing sports and going to school.
Here are some of the biggest celebrities before they were famous. Can you recognize them all?
#1. He’s been in the rap game since the 90s and is still dropping hot tracks. It’s Snoop Dogg during his high school years.
#2. Considered as one of the most influential musicians of all time. It’s Reggae legend, Bob Marley.
#3. She started in the group Destiny Child and has been dominating the music industry ever since going solo. It’s Beyoncé Knowles.
#4. Before he got famous, this guy was quite an athlete. He studied at the Philadelphia’s Central High School where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. It’s Bill Cosby.
#5. His real name is Mark Sinclair but most people will probably know him as Dominic Toretto from the Fast and Furious movies. Yup, it’s Vin Diesel.
#6. Even at a young age he seems born for the camera. This is Ben Stiller with is father Jerry Stiller.
#7. Do you see the guy in the front row that’s sitting in the middle. I bet you never guessed that he’d grow up to marry Angelina Jolie! It’s Brad Pitt and we’re loving the haircut!
#8. A brilliant comedian that we lost too soon. It’s Robin Williams.
#9. He made history when he became America’s first Afro-American president. It’s Barack Obama.
#10. His wife is currently in the running to become the 45th president of the United States. This is, of course, Bill Clinton.
#11. This funky looking dude is an Academy Award winner, known for his deep voice. It’s Morgan Freeman.
#12. He’s now 69 years old, and you probably know him from movies like Men in Black and the Fugitive. But did you know that Tommy Lee Jones used to play Football?
#13. This Canadian American actor is known for highly energetic slapstick comedy. It’s Jim Carrey.
#14. After 27 years in Hollywood, six nominations and one graphic bear attack, this actor has FINALLY won an Oscar for his performance in The Revenant. It’s Leonardo DiCaprio.
#15. He was born as Marshall Bruce Mathers but the world knows him as Eminem. Now 43 years old, he is arguably still one of the best rappers in the game.