Over the years, celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Tom Hanks, and Jennifer Aniston have become household names. We usually see them polished and put together as they waltz across red carpets or grace the covers of magazines with beaming smiles — but they all had to start out small just like anyone else. That’s what makes seeing photos of them before they hit it big so inspiring. Whether they had small parts on film and TV or worked their way up in theaters and recording studios, each one of the famous faces below had to pay their dues before becoming the mega-stars they are known as today.
Plus, it’s always fun to see how different the celebrities we love looked when they were first starting out in the entertainment industry. Some were still just teenagers, like Rob Lowe, while others succumbed to some unfortunate fashion choices (sorry, Ellen, but we’re looking at you). Keep scrolling to take a look back at your favorite celebrities before they were famous!