Celebrities with Interesting Jobs
Celebrity life can change in an instant. One day, you’re selling out tickets to a packed stadium. The next, you’re serving up grilled cheese at a Denny’s in Idaho. Although it’s tough to predict a fall from fame, smart celebrities do their best to prepare well in advance.
For stars that understand how quickly an ACL tear can hijack a football career or how seldom Hollywood comes knocking for actresses over 40, the old nine to five grind suddenly seems not so bad.
From David Arquette to Sarah Michelle Gellar, let’s run through the celebrities who are holding down some interesting jobs.
It seems there’s not much left in the entertainment industry for Justin Timberlake. The Tennessee native belonged to one of the most successful boy bands of the 90s, became one of the world’s best-selling solo artists, and has appeared in over a dozen films.
So, where does a person possibly go from there?
Aside from Justin’s clothing line and restaurant investment, his latest gig involved executing the business strategy for MySpace. He bought the former social networking site for $35 million and re-launched it as a music site in 2013.
Although Justin is still on the concert circuit, a lot of focus has been on his entrepreneurial tech ventures.
Aside from a few smaller roles here and there, we haven’t seen Jessica Alba in a successful blockbuster in a long time. Despite that, this actress-turned-entrepreneur has kept herself busy with The Honest Company, which she founded in 2011.
Inspired by the birth of her first child, Jessica noticed a need for baby goods that don’t contain harmful toxins. She first launched the business with just 17 products. After a few years, her company was already making over $150 million in sales.
From diapers to cleaning solutions, Alba’s venture is now a certified billion-dollar business.
Although twin brother Cole has managed to maintain his acting career, Dylan Sprouse has ditched the industry altogether. In fact, the former Suite Life of Zack & Cody star has opened a mead brewery in Brooklyn.
What’s mead, you ask? Well, it’s an alcoholic drink made by combining honey with water.
Thanks to hipsters and Game of Thrones, mead is big business. In fact, sales of this ancient drink have recently tripled.
Guess Dylan’s career switch may have been the right move.
After the wild success of “Ice Ice Baby”, Vanilla Ice’s rapping career only went downhill from there. Extortion attempts, bad business deals, and a failed suicide forced the rapper to re-evaluate his life and career choice.
As such, Robert Van Winkle decided to get out of the public spotlight. Instead he became a renovation expert.
With the new career choice, Winkle got his own reality show on the DIY Network called The Vanilla Ice Project. It features the former rapper and his contracting crew transforming old properties into renovation masterpieces.
On top of this, he’s published a book on how to succeed in the real estate business.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar is best known for her starring role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After playing Buffy, Gellar moved onto the big screen, landing several roles in successful films like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scooby-Doo.
However, it turns out though that Gellar loves to cook — maybe even more than acting. In 2015, she founded a lifestyle company called Foodstirs, which sells baking kits and mixes only containing organic and non-GMO ingredients.
It’s been a few years since Gellar has appeared on screen, so it’s probably safe to assume she’s given up her acting gig for the entrepreneur life.
It’s been nearly eight years since Amanda Bynes was in a film. Once considered the queen of teen TV, Bynes’ career took a hard turn. The former Nickelodeon star has had several run-ins with the police. She’s been arrested for drunk driving and throwing a bong out the 36th-floor window of her NYC apartment. Then there’s her sexually charged tweet to Drake that almost broke the Internet.
These days, Bynes is on the straight and narrow. She’s traded in her celebrity career for a new gig as a full-time student. The former What I Like About You star is enrolled in California’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
However, in a 2017 interview, Bynes said she hopes to return to acting in the near future.
A member of the famous Arquette acting family, David Arquette was destined for life on the big screen. Starring in several blockbuster films including Wild Bill and the popular Scream series, Arquette enjoyed A-list Hollywood status for quite some time.
While preparing to shoot Ready to Rumble, Arquette had to learn some wrestling moves for his role in the film. He trained with WCW wrestlers Chris Kanyon and Diamond Dallas Page. Arquette made a brief foray into the WCW, mostly to promote his upcoming film. But then the actor found himself suddenly crowned as world champion.
Nearly two decades later, Arquette realized his passion for the ring never really left him. With over 100 movie credits on his resume, he decided to earnestly pursue a career in wrestling.
On July 15, 2018, Arquette marked his formal return with a debut on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood.
Comedian Al Franken was famous in the 70s and 80s as a performer on Saturday Night Live. He had many memorable recurring roles, including Stuart Smalley and the one-man mobile-uplink unit.
Franken eventually traded in his comedic career for a shot at politics. In 2008, he served as a U.S. Senator for Minnesota. He was eventually forced to resign in December 2017 after a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
The “U Can’t Touch This” singer enjoyed his greatest success during the late 80s and early 90s. Fans couldn’t get enough of MC Hammer’s flashy dance moves and famous Hammer pants? His 1990 album, Please, Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em, was also the first hip-hop album to achieve diamond status.
Unfortunately, excessive spending habits eventually caught up to the innovator of pop rap. In 1998, Hammer filed for bankruptcy when he went $13 million into debt.
After recovering, Hammer decided to pursue his tech dreams. In fact, he created his own search engine called WireDoo. Although it didn’t pan out, he still works as an investor and consultant in the web industry.
Former professional boxer George Foreman is credited with orchestrating one of the most successful rebrandings of all time.
Even though he was a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist, Foreman probably knew all along that his time in the ring would eventually come to an end. So, he was proactive in turning his passion in the kitchen into a viable second career.
It turned out to be a huge success. In fact, more than 100 million households now own The George Foreman Grill. Plus, it is estimated that Foreman earned $240 million promoting the grill in its first 10 years on the market.
After rising to fame as a member of the pop rock band Jonas Brothers, Kevin Jonas decided not to follow the path of his brothers. While both Joe and Nick are still very much in the celebrity spotlight, Kevin left the glamor and glory for life as a regular family man.
The former teen idol now works as a general contractor in New Jersey, where he co-owns a custom home-building company. Also, the eldest Jonas brother has an interest in the tech startup space, where he’s been trying to create a name for himself.
She may not be a household name these days, but Mara Wilson was one of the most beloved child actors of the 90s. Starring in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, she captured the hearts of millions with her sweet innocence and brave smile.
Now in her 30s, Wilson’s acting days are gone for good. Since then, she’s refocused her talents into a successful writing career. The California native penned a book called Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame. Plus, in 2013, her play Sheeple was produced for the New York International Fringe Festival.
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