7 Famous Actors Who Were Broke Or Nearly Quit Acting

Melissa McCarthy almost gave up on acting before landing her role as Sookie St. James in Gilmore Girls. Rejection after rejection left her feeling hopeless, but she got the breakthrough she needed the day before she turned 30.

Melissa McCarthy Gilmore Girls

Jacob Elordi, between roles, found himself living in his car with dwindling bank funds. Just when he was considering returning to Australia, he landed the role of Nate Jacobs in Euphoria, changing his fortune and securing his place in Hollywood.

Jacob Elordi Euphoria

Laverne Cox faced financial troubles and considered quitting acting before her breakout role in Orange is the New Black. Her audition for the show came at a pivotal moment when she was on the verge of giving up on her dreams.

Laverne Cox Orange is the New Black

John Krasinski's mother gave him a time limit to make it in acting, and just as he was ready to quit, he landed his iconic role as Jim Halpert in The Office. A timely call from his mother encouraged him to give it a little more time

John Krasinski The Office

Robert Pattinson contemplated quitting acting after a disastrous audition for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight. Despite feeling defeated, he was given another chance, ultimately securing the role that propelled him to fame.

Robert Pattinson Twilight

Brie Larson struggled with doubts about her acting career, especially after missing out on her dream role in United States of Tara. However, the role was soon recast in her favor, reigniting her passion for acting and setting her on a path to success.

Brie Larson United States of Tara

Will Smith faced financial difficulties and IRS debt before being approached by NBC for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The success of the show not only saved him from financial ruin but also launched his career in TV and film.

Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air