Some people are born into acting, some develop their acting skills from a very young age. Some, they just stumble into acting and remain in the trade for the longest time.

It must also be taken into account that not all actors are chosen for their talents – some are simply chosen because of their looks or because they happen to be at the right place at the right time. However, once they get into the stream some would take to the camera like it was their second nature. And here are some famous names who simply stumbled into into stardom purely by chance.


Jonny Depp

Jonny Depp wanted to be a rock star. He was a struggling musician when his friendship with Nicholas Cage and his marriage to a makeup artist got him connected. After being cast in A Nightmare on Elm Street, it was all upward mobility for Depp.


Charlize Theron

Stardom came to Charlize Theron as she was arguing with a teller at her bank in Los Angeles. This was after she had moved to the west coast after having won a modeling competition at 16. Her big break Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest came as a result of this chance encounter with an agent who also happened to be at the bank at the time of the incident.


Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson started her modeling career after having being featured on a jumbotron during a  Canadian Football League game wearing a Labatt’s tshirt. Labatt instantly signed her on to model for them and from there she moved on to Playboy and then to Baywatch. She’s been in the limelight since.


Jason Statham

Stardom found Jason Statham selling jewelry out of a suitcase in London as a street vendor. After working some time as a  French Connection model, Statham was discovered by Guy Ritchie who then cast him in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Today he is one of the biggest names in the action movie industry.


Rosario Dawson

Growing up in the Lower East side of Manhattan in a squat, Dawson stole the hearts of Director Larry Clark and screenwriter Harmony Korine who cast her in a brief role in Kids. Although brief, this controversial film brought her to the spotlight and kept her there for good.


Steven Seagal

Agent Michael Ovitz was taking Aikido lessons from Seagal when he decided to introduce Seagal to Warner Brothers. Here, Seagal did a martial arts demonstration for the crew who saw great potential in the artist. Above the Law is his first film which Seagal helped develop the story for.


Evangeline Lilly

Spotted on the streets of Kelowna while working for Air Canada by a Ford Modeling representative, Evangeline Lilly quickly rose up in fame from myriad commercials to a spot on Lost by ABC.


Hulk Hogan

Terry Eugene Bollea although he liked wrestling, never even in his wildest dreams considered it as his career. He was originally a musician in a Tampa rock band who was convinced by two wrestlers who came to see his show to give wrestling a go. He did not become Hulk Hogan overnight though – it was after years of training he finally came into the spotlight, becoming somewhat of a 80’s phenomenon.