Born Neta-Lee Hershlag, Natalie Portman was enjoying a slice of pizza at eleven years old when a rep from Revlon discovered her.
Portman almost immediately told the rep that she wasn’t interested in being a model, but she did want to get into acting. After a few summers of honing her acting chops in theater productions, she was off and running in the 1993 film “Leon: The Professional.” She was at first turned away for being too young for the role, but after a few more auditions she eventually got the part.
Johnny Depp Got a Little Help From a Friend
Johnny originally wanted to be a rock star, but we guess things didn't turn out the way he wanted them to. His friend, none other than Nicholas Cage, got him an audition for “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and the rest is pretty much history.
While it was Wes Craven who put him in the movie, it was his teenage daughter who singled out Depp for the role, which is what we call foreshadowing. If there's one thing we can learn from this story, is that we should listen to teenage girls more!
Hugh Jackman Was Just Clowning Around
Before reaching Hollywood, Hugh Jackman had a pretty normal life. He was nothing more exciting than a high school gym teacher. He was also a party clown for a little while.
His career in entertainment began almost immediately after graduating – he got a phone call the same night of his graduation offering him a role on “Correlli.” Jackman considered himself the fool of his acting class, but he was able to apply himself and work his way up, eventually breaking out as the most famous member of the X-Men, Wolverine.
Mel Gibson Was Just Trying to Help Out a Friend
Mel got discovered when he was giving a friend a ride to an audition, yet ended up being the one who walked away with the role. How rude! The role was a villain on “Mad Max,” and he got it thanks to the fact he was in a fight the night before.
Some sources say it was a bar fight, others say Gibson had been mugged. When he returned to the set a few weeks later, the bruises and cuts had faded, revealing a handsome face. Naturally, he was then moved to be the main role in the movie and the rest is history!
Kate Upton Just Answered the Call
What counts as a discovery? Is it when you first join the entertainment business or is it when you suddenly become bankable? Kate Upton is one of the latter since she had been “discovered” at a model casting call a few years before she really made it big.
Her sudden rise in popularity was all thanks to a video a friend took of Upton doing the “Dougie” dance in 2011. The video made it to YouTube, and it went viral. From there, Upton went on to appear on the covers of a few “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues,” and has had segments in “Vanity Fair.”