STRIKE A POSE!
Before she won an Oscar, Theron modeled lingerie and worked the catwalk in Milan.
Right after strutting his stuff in tighty whities in Risky Business
, a young Tom Cruise
flashed his guns—and an early prototype of his patented grin—for the camera.
Pulling a Marky Mark in Calvin Klein underwear, he found steady work as a model. A few years earlier, his future wife did what she could with that '80s curse: the superfluous ruffle.
Dude, where's my scrunchy? Once called "a beautiful man in an androgynous way" by a photographer, Reeves hit the big time in 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
Someday, people would actually want to see this man with his shirt off. But doing this hokey-pokey pose was a good gig for struggling model-actor Pitt. Another job? Chauffering a limo for a strip-o-gram service.
Back when she was just Blythe Danner's kid, Paltrow appeared in an ad campaign to promote safer sex for high school students.
Before They Were Feuding
, 1979, vs. Denise Richards
With nary a rock star in sight, Locklear happily reigned as senior princess at Newbury Park (Calif.) High School, while Richards spent her teen years as a model down the coast in Oceanside.
vs. Paris Hilton
, ca. 1991
Back when life was simple, Hollywood curiosities Hilton and Richie were, in their words, "best pals since we were babies" at the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. What did the divas-in-training do for fun? Play soccer.
Star Jones, 1995, vs. Barbara Walters, 1967
Once known for battling lawyers, not cohosts, as a full-figured Brooklyn assistant D.A., Jones still regards her former boss, '60s and '70s Today
show anchor Walters, as "everything I want to be in a broadcaster."
Easing on down the road as the Lion in Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts' production of The Wiz
. Other credits? Peter Pan
with classmate Carmen Electra
Sure, he has an Oscar, but who could forget Damon's portrayal of Humpty Dumpty in Bravo Cappuccio!
in the New England Drama Festival? Especially after seeing that costume.
Nowadays he's famous for his 29″ jeans, but for spirit day in high school, Chesney tried a miniskirt on for size (he stuck with hats).
Somewhere, Boy George is missing his hat. But proto-Goth Angelina Jolie
would soon grow into her looks and appear in the Rolling Stones video "Anybody Seen My Baby?"
Hey, anybody know a dork these guys can give a wedgie to? Even when he was back at Longview High in Texas, future Sexiest Man Alive McConaughey was a popular golf and tennis player with no shortage of female admirers. "I'm telling you, those girls liked his butt," his mom told PEOPLE.
The future pop queen was so loved at Richardson High in Texas she was named sophomore homecoming princess. Years later she'd replace all those ribbons with killer hair extensions.
Matthew Fox, 1984
Raised on a ranch, he played football at Wyoming's Wind River High. But he still couldn't pull off a white tuxedo at his senior prom.
Sean Combs 1987
At Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, Pre-Diddy was already dressed for success.
THE SPIRIT SQUAD
Katie Couric, 1975
While the Captain & Tenille hit No. 1 with "Love Will Keep Us Together," this short and sassy cheerleader wowed 'em with no-hands cartwheels at Yorktown High in Arlington, Va.
Seven years after Couric pepped up Arlington, fellow resident Bullock put junior high geekiness behind her by making the squad at Washington-Lee High. Go, Generals!
The 5′9″ "Polyette" at Long Beach Polytechnic was only 16 when a modeling scout spotted her on a night out in Hollywood.
Gimme a V! Berry led the cheers at her junior and senior high schools in Bedford, Ohio, before splitting to pursue a modeling career in Chicago.
Before They Got Dates
A living testament to the power of contact lenses, this goofy guy would later be sexy enough to own his own Italian villa!
Back in 1986, when he was Eric Bishop, Foxx, 38, battled a serious Jheri curl dependency as a trumpet player at Terrell High in Terrell, Texas.
Nobody could be looking forward to the class of 1982 reunion more than this man, who grew up to hang with that cute girl from T.J. Hooker
HOT COUPLES: EARLY EDITION
, 1997, and Kevin Federline
Britney played basketball for Mississippi's Park Lane Academy. The future K-Fed had already been voted Most Likely to Be on America's Most Wanted
at Fresno's Tenaya Middle School.
, 1971, and Keith Urban
Proving that America has no corner on ambitious child performers, these two talented tots came of age in '70s Australia. By age 4, Kidman had mastered her Serious Actress Look. Meanwhile, little Keith had mastered ... the ukulele? Says neighbor Anna Miletic: "He always had a guitar in his hand."
, 1988, and Jennifer Aniston
As the host of his Lake Forest (Ill.) High School talent show, Vaughn "was hysterical," says his volleyball coach Chris Eiserman. Aniston, meanwhile, channeled her inner Joan Jett while at New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the performing arts, admitting she "did liquid eyeliner better than anyone in history."