Show business can be cutthroat. Millions of young men and women work their way out to Hollywood, struggling to make it in the entertainment industry but suffering rejection after rejection. But some people are lucky and get discovered totally by chance. Maybe they were simply eating a slice of pizza (Natalie Portman) or just getting out of a cab one day (Tippi Hedren).
These stories of famous actors who got discovered may have happened by sheer chance, but let’s face it, most of the actors on this list have not only been blessed with amazing looks, but they also have that star quality that draws attention. Who could walk by a young Ashton Kutcher and not think he could have a successful modeling career? Wes Craven took one look at Johnny Depp and asked him to audition for A Nightmare on Elm Street. Alfred Hitchcock saw Tippi Hedren in an ad for diet soda and knew that he had his Grace Kelly replacement.
Of course, it takes a lot of work and dedication to stay at the top. Many of these stars have had long-lasting, award-winning careers in Hollywood. What’s your favorite story of how actors got discovered?