Money, mega-mansions, fast cars and private jets - these are the things that you would often associate with Hollywood's most successful actors. After all, we are talking about professionals who are capable of raking in several million dollars per picture. Not only that, but they also tend to make a ton of money on various endorsement deals.
Indeed, the life of a Hollywood actor can be pretty great and particularly lavish. However, did you know that it did not start out that way for a lot of them? As a matter of fact, there were several actors who were seriously struggling to get by before they became famous. These include the likes of Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez.
At the same time, there were also actors who couldn't afford much and lived in trailer parks at some point in their lives. Just check out these 16 actors, along with three who's probably never set foot inside one:
19 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Steve Harvey
Before becoming famous and successful, Steve Harvey was seriously struggling financially. During an interview with People magazine, Harvey recalled making $50 a week and living out of his car. He also remarked, “All I knew was that I could make people laugh.”
Today, things have certainly turned around for Harvey. According to Good Housekeeping, he has an estimated net worth of $160 million.
18 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Drew Carey
Long before he became a successful producer and actor, funnyman, Drew Carey was willing to live rough in Hollywood to pursue his dream of being on “The Tonight Show.” Speaking to AV Club, Carey recalled, “So I moved from Cleveland to L.A. with a girlfriend, we broke up, and I lived out of my car for a year and a half, on the road with nothing on my mind but getting my act good enough to be on The Tonight Show.”
Fortunately, Johnny Carson saw talent in him.
17 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Eminem
At one point, rapper Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, starred in the movie “8 Mile” opposite the late Brittany Murphy. Before he ever became famous, however, Eminem and his family were struggling.
In fact, Salon once referred to him as a “trailer-trash wunderkind.” His family reportedly lived in a Warren trailer park.
16 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Danny Bonaduce
For Danny Bonaduce, success didn't mean having a comfy place to sleep. In fact, "The Partridge Family" star lived out on the street back in the 1980s.
On his website, Bonaduce was quoted as saying, "When I was living on the street I would be standing out in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, leaning against my car and signing autographs and nobody had any idea that I was living in it."
15 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: William Shatner
He may continue to achieve career success today, but there was a time when things were not doing so well for actor and television host William Shatner. After "Star Trek" stopped airing on television, the actor struggled to get by.
He told Metro, "It was the early 1970s and I was recently divorced. I had three kids and was totally broke. I managed to find work back east on the straw-hat circuit – summer stock – but couldn’t afford hotels, so I lived out of the back of my truck, under a hard shell."
14 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Tyler Perry
For his TLC drama "Too Close to Home," writer, actor, and producer Tyler Perry decided to draw upon his own experience of growing up in a trailer park with his relatives in a small town in Louisiana.
Perry also told AP News, "I know that world very well. The same stories I’m relating to and telling, it could be anyone black or white. I’m not trying to shine a light on a certain stereotype or certain people in a trailer park. It’s my own experiences from having spent time and sleeping there."
13 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Sam Worthington
Before ever landing his role in "Avatar," actor Sam Worthington didn't really have a place to call home. Instead, according to multiple reports, Worthington couch surfed or lived in his car.
In 2012, Worthington finally bought himself a home in Hawaii, telling Confidential, "It's very laid-back and it's a really friendly place to live."
12 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Chris Pratt
Today, actor Chris Pratt is now worth several million dollars especially after starring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the past, however, Pratt's lifestyle was anything but cushy.
In fact, he lived in a van in Hawaii. At one point, Pratt even posted a photo of the van on Facebook, saying, "This is the van I lived in!!! In my hand is the script for the movie that got me out of Maui. Crazy."
11 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Jim Carrey
Before actor Jim Carrey became a successful comedian and movie star, he and his family were incredibly broke. According to a report from Time, Carrey was only 12 years old when his father lost his job and his family was forced to live in a van.
Speaking with James Lipton on “Inside the Actors Studio” Carrey referred to the experience as “a traumatic kick in the guts.”
10 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria was an actor who starred in “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “The Sno Cone Stand Inc.” At some point, he also became a successful entrepreneur, launching tequila business Patrón Spirits Co. and co-founding the hair care company John Paul Mitchell Systems.
Long before he became successful, however, DeJoria slept in his car as he sold shampoo door-to-door, according to Forbes.
9 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Erin Moran
After starring in “Happy Days” as Joanie Cunningham, it seems actress Erin Moran struggled a lot in real life. In fact, according to documents obtained by TMZ, Moran ended up losing her home in Palmdale, California to foreclosure in 2010.
Two years later, Moran’s publicist told ABC News that the actress and her husband, Steve Fleischmann, had moved into Fleischmann’s mother’s trailer in Indiana. Sadly, Moran passed away in 2017. She was 56 years old.
8 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds was an actress who enjoyed quite a long career in Hollywood. However, despite all her accomplishments, Reynolds found herself homeless at one point, after her second husband lost all his money to gambling.
Even worse, she was reportedly forced to live out of her Cadillac. During an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Reynolds recalled that time in her life, saying, “I think it's as if somebody swallowed your stomach and swallowed your heart, everything is gone and you're just emptied out. It was very difficult.”
7 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Jim Cramer
Before he became the host of CNBC’s “Mad Money,” Jim Cramer also appeared in the television series “Arrested Development,” as well as “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” and “Iron Man.” But before he even became famous, Cramer struggled and lived out of his Ford Fairmont.
In a memoir, he wrote, “Bereft with no way to pay my rent, and literally the shirt on my back and not more than a couple of dollars in my pocket, I descended rapidly into the world of working homeless.”
6 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Ryan Gosling
Before actor Ryan Gosling managed to get fame for his roles in movies such as “The Notebook,” “Gangster Squad,” “Blue Valentine,” “Drive” and “La La Land,” he was having some trouble making ends meet. In fact, he and his mother struggled to find a place to stay when Gosling was working on “The Mickey Mouse Club.”
In an interview, he told The Telegraph, “Most of the others went to this apartment complex but it was too expensive for my mother and me, so we lived in this trailer park.”
5 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Demi Moore
After starring in hit movies like “G.I. Jane,” “Ghost,” “The Seventh Sign,” “The Scarlett Letter,” “Striptease” and many others, who could have thought that Demi Moore had a rough childhood?
According to Marie Claire South Africa, Moore was raised in a trailer park in New Mexico where she lived with a stepfather and alcoholic mother.
4 Grew Up in a Trailer Park: Hilary Swank
From the very start, Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank was never shy about her rough beginnings. At one point, she told ABC News, “I grew up on a trailer park and I had a dream. I had to fight my way there, and I’m really lucky.”
When she first arrived in Hollywood, Swank lived out of a family car with her mother. This went on for several weeks until her career took off.
3 Never Been Inside: Jennifer Aniston
Even before she rose to fame as Rachel Green in the popular sitcom “Friends,” it seems that actress Jennifer Aniston was already living a pretty comfortable life. That’s because her parents were already thriving in the entertainment industry way before she started working.
Aniston’s father, John Aniston, had starred on “Days of Our Lives. “Meanwhile, her mother, Nancy Dow, starred in 60s shows such as “The Wild Wild West” and “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
2 Never Been Inside: Bryce Dallas Howard
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is the eldest daughter of actor and director Ron Howard and actress Cheryl Howard. Even at a young age, she knew she wanted to pursue acting. And so, she attended the prestigious New York University Tisch School of Arts.
Since then, Howard has been cast in various films, including “The Village” and the ‘Jurassic World’ films.
1 Never Been Inside: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is one actress who has never had to live from paycheck to paycheck. Before she even starred in hit movies, such as “Se7en,” “Great Expectations,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” Paltrow was already living a privileged life, thanks so her parents.
That’s because her father is producer Bruce Paltrow and her mother is none other than Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner.
Sources - TMZ, ABC News, Forbes, Good Housekeeping, Danny Bonaduce Official Website & Time