If you didn’t know who Chris Pratt, Jim Carrey and Halle Berry are, you’ve been probably living under a rock for the past several years. These A-list Hollywood superstars have become so famous that it would be hard to believe that they were actually homeless at some point in their lives.

Here are their stories before they became famous as they struggled to make ends meet, just like any aspiring actors would be.

Chris Pratt

At age 19, Chris Pratt accepted a friend’s offer of a one-way ticket to Maui and lived there inside a van and sometimes in a tent near a beach.

He said that his living condition was not that bad as compared to living on the streets of Chicago. In Maui, he drank, smoked pot and only worked enough hours to buy food and gas for his van.

In 2000, his break came when he was spotted by Rae Dawn Chong while working at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company restaurant, who was directing a short horror movie called, “Cursed Part 3,” at that time. Chong offered Pratt a role in her movie and cast him the character named Devon.

Today, Pratt is best known for playing the character of Star-lord in the box office hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” film franchise.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey had a very hard life growing up. His father, Percy, lost his job as an accountant and had to settle for a job as a security guard to provide for his family.

Carry and his siblings had to help out by doing odd jobs.

Things turn for the worse when Percy quit his job as a security guard and his family had to live in their Volkswagen camper van. They have spent their nights in different parking spaces while the family looked for job vacancies during the day. They eventually settled in and parked their van on a relative’s lawn.

Carrey dropped out of school to focus on his career as a professional comedian. It was a rocky start for the young actor until he was discovered by Rodney Dangerfield while performing a gig at The Comedy Store and signed him as his opening act, which has become the turning point of his career.

His breakout performance happened when he was given the role of the lead character in the film “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."

Halle Berry

At age 21, Halle Berry had to live in a homeless shelter as she was down to her last dollar while her mother turned her down when she asked for some financial help.

Although Berry was initially bitter about her mother not giving her money, to the point that she has never spoken to her in 18 months, she realized that the experience taught her to become self-sufficient and she thanked her mother for that.

Because of her persistence, Berry is now one of the most famous actors in Hollywood and even won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film “Monster’s Ball” in 2001.