Turning sixteen is fun in many ways, but it's also a dreadful time. No longer are you a free-spirited, fun-loving kid ready to enjoy three months of doing nothing.
At sixteen, you're desperate for a car, or money, or your parents just want you out of the house. Inevitably, you have to get a job.
And for some of us, all child labor laws are out the window, and the working world rears its ugly head much sooner. These celebrities might be superstars now, but their beginnings were much more humble.
Eva Mendes: Eva had a summer job at "Hot Dog on a Stick"—a food court staple. I'm not sure what's worse. That gig or Hitch.
Miley Cyrus: Before she was Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus was a professional toilet cleaner. Cyrus claims she was cleaning houses at eleven years old. "I can scrub a toilet," Miley told Tyra Banks in an interview.
Johnny Depp: Johnny Depp used to work at a gas station. Which is funny, because these days, he looks like he should be loitering outside of one.
Amy Adams: It was only for a few weeks, but Amy Adams was a Hooters girl. After graduating high school, she was a hostess at the restaurant, and it was her first full-time job. Amy said of her stint, " there was definitely an innocence to my interpretation of what Hooters was about. Though I did learn, quickly, that short shorts and beer don't mix!"
Ashton Kutcher: Ashton worked as a floor sweeper at a General Mills plant before he got his big break. He was also studying biochemical engineering before dropping out to pursue a modeling and acting career. Good call, Ashton.
Steve Carell: Carell used to be a mailman in Littleton, Massachusetts but quit because he was bad at it. Plus, being a celebrity is a lot more lucrative.
Kanye West: Kanye West used to work at the GAP. But I'm guessing instead of "how can I help you?", Kanye asked, "how can you help yourself while I pose in this mirror?"
Madonna: The queen of pop worked at a Dunkin' Donuts before she became an 80s sex symbol. Legend has it she was fired for squirting jelly donuts at the costumers.
Gwen Stefani: Stefani's first job was a Dairy Queen, and she later manned a MAC makeup counter. Suburbia has treated her well.
Nicolas Cage: Nic Cage used to sell popcorn at a movie theater. Who knew that, years later, people would be watching National Treasure and throwing their popcorn at the screen in the same theater?