Not all actors shot to fame overnight! Some had a more scandalous start. But you have to pay the bills, somehow right? And the acting industry is a tough one to crack, to say the least. Desperate times call for desperate measures. From mad men’s John Hamm to Game of Thrones’ Sibel Kekilli, there are 10 famous actors who started out in adult entertainment.
10: Sibel Kekilli
You may know her as Shae in the HBO series Game of Thrones. But Sibel Kekilli actually started out as a German p0rn star. Over a decade ago, she had appeared in a series of adult entertainment films. It makes sense that she would be cast for a show like Game of Thrones that needs actors who are comfortable with nudity. Unfortunately, her past hasn’t stayed in the past, and she still faces trauma because of it.
9: Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm wasn’t always a suave, alpha male Don Draper as we know him in “Mad Men”. Before he became a shiny star, things weren’t so bright. He started out in show business making $200 a day dressing for Skinemacs. Which he now calls depressing. Fast forward a decade later and he’s making $250,000 per episode as the main character on a popular TV show, Touché.
8: Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan also started out in adult entertainment. In his only film without a fight scene, Jackie Chan stars as a rickshaw driver who seduces a married woman in the p0rno “All in the Family”. The Hong Kong based film was released in 1975. And Chan has gone on record saying he has no regrets about the raunchy movie where he gallivants completely nude.
7: Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone reached international fame when he started both rocky and Rambo. But it wasn’t a smooth start for the actor. At the age of 24, he was living in a bus shelter. And for $200 he accepted a role in the softcore p0rn video called “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s.” After he landed his famed roles, the movie was re-released with the title “Italian Stallion.” Nothing from the past stays in the past these days.
6: Helen Mirren
Arguably the most shocking on this list, Helen Mirren started her film career in the p0rn industry. In the 70s, she played a naughty roman empress in the p0rno Caligula. Where she was pictured romping around in her birthday suit and engaging in saxual interc0urse. The film was so raunchy it was banned in Canada and Sweden. She sure has come a long way.
5: Matt Leblanc
We all know him as the comedic joker Joey on “Friends”, but Matt Leblanc got his start in a softcore 90s p0rn series called “The Red Shoe Diaries”. He played a sexy bike messenger who seduces a receptionist. Later having saxual relations with her in an elevator. By the final season of “Friends”, he was making $1 million an episode. So, if you’re ever feeling down, just remember, good things come to those who wait.
4: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Making it big for his roles in “Terminator”, “Predator” and “Total Recall”, Arnold seems to have it all. That is until you remember he got his start in p0rn too, a gay p0rn magazine to be exact. The actor-turned-governor laid it all out in the mag “After Dark” for the feature “Musclebound Glory”. He claims it was art, but we all know what that really means.
3: Sasha Grey
Unlike most actors on this list, Sasha Grey isn’t shy about her p0rn star days. Although she closed the book in 2011. She got her ‘break out role’ in Steven Soderbergh’s film “The Girlfriend Experience.” Since then has gone on to land parts in the TV show “Entourage” and the movie “Open Windows” alongside Elijah Wood. But she started in hardcore p0rn at a very young age, so, she’s come a long, long way.
2: David Duchovny
Prior to his breakout role as Fox Mulder in “The X-Files”, David Duchovny got his start much like Matt Leblanc. He appeared in an episode of “The Red Shoe Diaries” playing a guy who loved sax stories. He also went on to play the sax-obsessed Hank Moody in the TV drama “Californication.” Then he checked himself into rehab for sax addiction in real life in 2008.
1: Cameron Diaz also Started Out in Adult Entertainment
The blonde bombshell has starred in so many popular box office movies. T’s hard to keep track, but it hasn’t always been that way. When she was just 19-years-old she made a softcore b0ndage, video playing a naked girl in “She’s No Angel”. She’s tried her best to keep the video out of public eye. Even getting the photographer arrested when he blackmailed her with the video. But of course, it’s now online for all to see.
So, that’s the end of 10 famous actors who started out in adult entertainment. Which one of these stars surprised you the most, let us know in the comments below?