10 Celebrities Who Were Discovered In Strange Ways
A ton of up and coming stars go to Hollywood every day with dreams of becoming rich and famous, and for some it definitely worked. What might be more surprising are the many popular stars who were discovered by accident or while not looking for fame at all. From influential FedEx delivery men to simply accompanying friends to auditions and just going for a walk with their dog, here are 10 popular celebrities who were discovered in strange ways:
10. Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment was one of the most successful child actors of the ’90s and early 2000s and instead of getting his parents to drag him around to auditions or pay for endless acting classes, all it took was one trip to IKEA for the actor to be discovered. “I was at the Burbank Ikea, and it’s so weird that they’d do this because I think if you saw this now, you’d be like, ‘What?’ But they had a casting table with two women taking Polaroids of all the kids who would come into the store,” he explained in an interview. “They took a Polaroid and nobody thought anything of it until we got called to do a cattle call at one of those kids’ commercial things. We went, and from that audition, within a couple of weeks, I was doing a Pizza Hut commercial for Bigfoot pizzas, a promotional pizza they had. Just from that commercial, the casting director for Forrest Gump got in contact with us and I was reading with [director Robert] Zermeckis and Tom Hanks pretty soon after that. It all kind of snowballed from there.”
9. Mandy Moore
From a young age Mandy Moore wanted to be a successful singer, but never thought it would actually happen. At 14 years old, the summer before she began high school, Moore saved up enough to buy some studio recording time for herself, and in the end it was a FedEx employee who changed her life. The delivery man heard her in the studio, and had some connections in the music industry. “It turned out the delivery guy had a friend of a friend of a friend who was the head of Urban A&R at Epic Records,” Moore explained. She was soon asked to do a meeting with the rep from the label, but still didn’t understand that it would change her life forever. “The meeting was the same day as my high school homecoming football game, and I was more concerned about making sure this meeting was done in time so I could hang out with my friends! It was so beyond my comprehension that this could actually lead to a career. I was 14!” Safe to say Moore never imagined she would not only become a popular singer, but a beloved actress as well!