The Fight to Fame: 14 Stars Who Struggled Before They Made it Big

Nights in homeless shelters, sharing rooms, waiting tables – it takes a lot of work to become a star

NAYA RIVERA USED TO WORK AT HOOTERS

Before she landed her breakout role on Glee, Rivera was a server at Hooters – a job she now calls a "nightmare." She told Allure, "I have nightmares about that job, period. When I was working there, I was really skinny—a lot skinnier than I am now. But I was always self-conscious. It's so funny now to feel completely different."