Hollywood Actors Who Were Not Actors Before

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie tried modeling while in high school under her mother’s direction. This experiment was unsuccessful, though we think that the cinematic world should be thankful for it. She later attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and trained there for two years. By the early ’90s, her first leading role came in the sci-fi thriller Cyborg 2. She began sweeping acting awards shortly after until she landed the A-list ranks.

Besides acting, Jolie wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 movie In the Land of Blood and Honey. She has been the world’s highest-paid actress several times, demanding a salary of $20 million for a single role. In recent years, she portrayed the titular character in the blockbuster film Maleficent. With a net worth of $120 million, it’s likely that Jolie also has funds that are locked up in investments and trusts.