Hollywood movies are based on exciting stories, be it drama, thriller, mystery, comedy, romance, or action. But the real-life stories certain Hollywood actors will surprise you.

Most of the time, we only focus on the present lives of our favorite Hollywood celebrities. But their early life stories are more interesting.

So, in this post, we will discuss the early popular actors of Hollywood.

Fasten your seat belts because some stories will blow your mind.

Early Life of 6 Popular Hollywood Celebrities:

Let’s take you down the memory lane. Here are the early life stories of 6 famous Hollywood celebrities.

  • Robert Downey Jr.: 

RDJ, aka Tony Stark, the Iron Man of Hollywood, suffered quite a lot during his early life. He is the son of Robert Downey Sr. He was a very popular filmmaker. 

RDJ was an alcoholic and drug addict. Nobody was ready to hire him. His father was a drug addict and used to give a small amount of marijuana to RDJ to create a bond with him. 

He was merely six years old when he first took drugs. Because of this, he became an alcoholic as he grew up. He was arrested multiple times due to substance abuse. When he was admitted to rehab, he escaped two times. 

Not only that, but he also had to serve 36 months in jail because of it. His wife gave his ultimatum to either quit drugs or leave her. He chose her and became clean. After being clean, he got the role that changed his life and made him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.

  • Tom Cruise:

Tom Cruise has a very inspiring back story. His real name is Thomas Cruise MapotherlV. This 55-year award-winning actor had a rough childhood. 

His father was abusive, and his family lived in poverty. He wasn’t able to read and write because of dyslexia. In the early years, he thought of actually becoming a priest.

But soon after that, he started auditioning and landed a role in the movie “Endless Love.” After playing a few small roles, he started acting in big-budget films.

  • Kate Winslet:

Kate Winslet played the legendary role of Rose in Titanic. She was quite talented from the beginning but had to work hard from an early age. Her mother was a nanny, and her father was a struggling actor. They had to live on free meals because they couldn’t afford food. 

When she was 10, her father was injured, which led to more poverty. Even after that, she never lost hope in acting. She was overweight and called names like “blubber.” 

Her school mates bullied her. After acting in theater for a few years, he made her appearance in Hollywood, which changed her life forever.

  • Jim Carrey:
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The actor who made us laugh had to struggle immensely to land a role in Hollywood movies. He was rejected continuously in the beginning. Moreover, he had a challenging childhood because of poverty. 

He was unable to study because of poverty. From a young age, he had to fend for his family. When things got terrible, he used to cheer up his mother through his performance. 

And soon, his positivity and talent made him one of the most lovable actors in Hollywood.

  • Keanu Reeves:

Keanu Reeves is known for his prominent roles in John Wick, Matrix, and many other movies. He is one of the most caring Hollywood actors who donates most of his income. 

In Early days he went through a lot of hardships. When he was three years old, his father left. He lost his best friend to a drug overdose. When his wife was pregnant, their child died. 

After he ended his relationship with his wife, she died in a car accident. Even after going through an emotional roller-coaster, he kept going strong. He is one of the most down to earth actor. He still travels in the subway and wears regular clothing.

  • Chris Pratt:
 

Star-Lord went from rags to riches. When he was a teenager, he used to live in a van. After that, he started working in Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. 

His charming personality and positive attitude helped him score the first significant role in Hollywood. He straight up went to Ray Dawn Chong and asked her for a role. 

And guess what? He ended up getting a role. And from there started his amazing Hollywood career.

So these are the early life stories of popular actors of Hollywood. Some stories will inspire you while others work as a good lesson.