We all know that fame in Hollywood doesn't happen overnight. The early years of most actors are filled with smaller roles and worries about making it big in the industry. Just like in any field, in Hollywood, jobs are scarce when starting out and inconsistent. This makes for a lot of money worries.
Then it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that quite a few beloved Hollywood celebrities started in adult entertainment.
Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Some of our favorites began by taking it off. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jon Hamm, Cameron Diaz, and Sylvester Stallone all started in the adult industry before their careers took off.
Here is a list of the beloved celebrities who started in adult entertainment, for one reason or the other. Some just to pay the bills and some to start off their careers. Either way, there are quite a few that will surprise you!
Sylvester Stallone was a young actor down on his luck before his career took off. In the first years of his career, before the fame of the Rocky franchise, he faced homelessness. In order to avoid this, he joined the list of celebrities who started in adult entertainment by starring in the 1970s adult film The Party at Kitty and Stud.
You might have heard that this movie was later renamed Italian Stallion. This was a marketing ploy so that it could piggyback off the notoriety of Stallone's role as Rocky Balboa.
A few years back, Jon Hamm confessed that he worked in the porn industry before becoming a TV star. This was admitted in an interview with a magazine.
Not only that, but he also revealed that he used to work as a dresser as well in soft-porn films. As one of the celebrities who started in adult entertainment, Jon arranged props and decorated them around the porn stars—speaking of a weird job!
Almost everyone is now aware of the sex tape of Kim that got leaked in the year 2007. In the video, Kim Kardashian appeared with her ex-boyfriend, Ray J Norwood. This changed her entire career. Most people believe that it helped boost her carrier to the next level.
Initially, Kim denied being in that video. Later down the line, she settled the matter with Vivid entertainment and even received $5 million from them. Some say that this was all a plan to make Kim a celebrity, while some say it was done to ruin her image. In either case, this is how Kim joined the celebrities who started in adult entertainment.
She is a star of many beloved romantic comedies. Then it might come as a surprise that this blonde bombshell started her movie career with soft-core porn.
Cameron Diaz was just 19 years old when she starred in these adult entertainment roles. In many interviews, she revealed that she is not proud of this part of her career. Still, she had to start somewhere, like all the celebrities on this list.
Not the one to be associated with adult entertainment, but surprises are common in the world of celebrities. David Duchovny has undergraduate degrees from Princeton and Yale and quite a few long-running shows. With The X-Files and Californication under his belt, he is one of the most successful actors on TV.
He also happens to be one of the celebrities who started in adult entertainment as he repeatedly appeared in mid-90s soft-core porn series by the name of The Red Shoe Diaries.
She is a beloved star of the seventh season of Entourage. However, Sasha never made a secret of her adult entertainment status.
Sasha Gray is likely the most obvious of the celebrities who started in adult entertainment. She joined this industry young, just after turning 18. She made a name for herself and quickly became popular.
With a lot of lewd awards like the Best Three-way Scene and Best Group Scene, as well as the Female Performer of the Year and Best Oral Sex Scene, she is genuinely a well-known name in adult entertainment. Later on, she landed a couple of roles in TV that launched her career in a different direction.
Before the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger had to start somewhere. He happens to be one of the celebrities who started in adult entertainment. Here is how it happened for Arnold: he made a buck posing for gay erotic magazines and photographers.
This launched many rumors that Arnold went gay for pay before hitting it big. However, these rumors were never proved to be true. What we do know is that our beloved Terminator took naked snapshots for a gay magazine, After Dark. He also posed for the controversial nude photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Soon, Arnold hit it big, and with the fantasy film Conan the Barbarian. Two years later, he landed his most known role in The Terminator. No more adult entertainment for Arnold.
Matt Le Blanc
Are you surprised to find out that Matt le Blanc joined the celebrities who started in adult entertainment? Much like his colleague, Duchovny, Matt stared in the soft-core television series The Red Shoe Diaries.
The show was made in the 90s, and Matt appeared in a small number of episodes. After this, his career took off in another direction, and now we all know him as Joey from Friends and the following spin-off. Currently, Le Blanc can be seen in popular comedy series Episodes.
Sibel Kekilli played the role of Tyrion Lannister's lover in Game of Thrones. There is quite a bit of nudity involved with her role in this popular TV show, however not nearly as much as in her previous parts. Did you know that Sibel was seen in a series of hardcore porn films before she became an actress?
Sadly, there are reports that her family has cut off all contact with her after getting to know about this.
Jackie is famous for his iconic Kung Fu movies, but did you know that he is one of the celebrities who started in adult entertainment? Even Jackie Chan appeared in adult movies in the early years of his occupation.
There are other activities as well that Jackie likes to do on camera besides Kung-Fu. In 2006 we found out that he had been seen in an adult comedy known as All in the family. He was never secretive about it, saying that he had taken the role to earn his living.
The 1986 film Sizzle Beach, U.S.A. was technically dubbed as an independent film. However, if you take a look at it, you will realize that it is little more than soft-core porn.
Before his hit films, like Dances with Wolves and Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner joined the celebrities who started in adult entertainment. This skin-flick was one of the first movies he ever made, and even though it is not as extreme as some of the others on the list, it is still very much adult entertainment.