10 CELEBRITIES Who Worked At MCDONALDS
Just because they’re famous and well-off in ways some of us only dream of, doesn’t mean they didn’t struggle for their earnings to begin with. These aren’t more rags-to-riches stories, but rather a look at ten of our favorite celebs and elites that, at one time, were more concerned with one very important question: “Would you like fries with that?”
Today, he’s collecting cars and schmoozing with the stars. As a teenager, the big-chinned funny man spent his days ensuring your value meal order came out just as you ordered it. At the time, Leno was unaware that he’d be on his way to bigger and better things, but his talent and humor were definitely present during his McD’s employment. During a regional McDonald’s talent show, the former talk show host won first prize for a comedy routine he put together. Though minimum wage may not have been ideal, Leno claims his job at McDonald’s helped him hone his people skills and ability to make them laugh.
We may love her as head mean girl Regina George, but the attention-grabbing actress wasn’t always loved and revered. For a 3-year period in her life, starting at the age of 16, McAdams worked behind the counter at McDonalds, wreaking havoc and being a not-so-great employee. McAdams recounts breaking the orange juice machine and having a difficult time balancing OCD with hand washing and time at the drive-thru window. While she worked at the golden arches, the aspiring actress was directing kids’ theater, a job that didn’t quite pay the bills.
Hollywood goofball and former one-armed hiker James Franco seems to be enjoying the spotlight now, but the former Freaks and Geeks actor didn’t always get to enjoy the finer things in life. While trying to kick start his acting career, Franco had dropped out of college, earning disapproval from his parents and the need to find a suitable job. Since acting wasn’t quite paying the bills and nearby waiter jobs were filled by more experienced (actors...uh) candidates, Franco turned to the one place that many consider a “last resort.” (besides Walmart...it’s a toss up) McDonalds hired him the same day he applied and gave him the late shift at the drive-thru, an opportunity he saw to practice fake accents. A few years and many successful roles later, Franco is still sticking up for McDonalds, stating it was there for him when no one else was.
In 2015, a strange argument was being posed as the battle for higher minimum wages was growing more and more heated. As people cried out for $15/hour minimum, companies like McDonalds were fearing they’d feel the burn; and if they felt it, so too would their investors. So one investor spoke out stating that if Shania Twain had been paid $15/hour, she never would have gone on to become the Canadian country music queen that she is today. That’s right, Shania “Woody” Twain was once a McDonald’s employee, and during her time there, she states she “learned tons about the meaning of service.”
If you’re wondering how Pink came up with the idea to be suspended overhead during her performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, we think it probably all started with her former job at McDonalds. Alright, so that’s probably a stretch, but it is true that the fun-loving songstress held down the fort at McDonalds. Manning the drive-through microphone, Pink was working to make her own money, a desire that her parents had bestowed upon her. While it may not have been the most glorious of jobs, she did claim that the microphone made her feel like Janet Jackson. It’s something, right?
Former husband to Heidi Klum and “Kiss from a Rose” scribe Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (or however the heck you say his name) did plenty in his life to be proud of, the biggest of which being when he shortened his name for the sake of his music career (and this video, thank you). Beyond that, we’re thinking he’s also quite delighted with the hard two weeks he spent working at McDonald’s in Kentish Town. That’s right, award winning musician Seal adorned a Mickey D’s uniform – one he claims was 2 sizes too small – for two whole weeks until his first paycheck came in. Then, like any hardworking employee that loves their job, he bailed and moved onto better things.
He may make us happy, but the same can’t quite be said about the supervisors he used to work under at McDonalds. On three separate occasions, Pharrell claims he was fired, stating his best employee trait was his chicken nugget eating skills. The lazy, teenage version of the now hard-working musician chose three separate locations, finding that not one of them appreciated his youthful antics. Despite his three terminations, McDonald’s was far from done with Pharrell as he would later go on to co-write with Justin Timberlake the well-known jingle that would act as the company’s catchy slogan. I’m lovin’ it!
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Try to get most kids these days to put in a solid, honest week of work, and you’re probably going to be met with backlash. I know, I know, that makes me sound old and crotchety (but hey, I am old and crotchety), but it’s a great segue into the story of Keenen Ivory Wayans and his stint with everybody’s favorite fast food peddler. Sometimes a family needs help, such as the rather large Wayans family. Knowing he could make a difference in the household and provide his parents with some financial help, In Living Color creator Keenen Ivory Wayans took up a job at McDonalds and sacrificed his grade point average to pull in 70-hour work weeks as a manager.
English actor James D’Arcy has been appearing on television since 1996, with his first role being a one-off walk-on of “Student” on the British crime drama, Silent Witness. It wasn’t the first time the Agent Carter star was in the company of danger, either. Prior to scoring bigger roles in 2001 with Rebel Heart, D’Arcy held down a job at McDonalds. While it wasn’t his least favorite job, he did get to have a gun waved in his face as he manned the register. Shortly after receiving a raise he deemed insufficient for his hard work, D’Arcy put down the burger flipper for good.
Entrepreneur, investor, technology guru, and former burger flipper. Jeffrey Preston Bezos may not be a household name like other well-known billionaires, but you have this former McDonald’s employee to thank for your favorite online shopping venue. No, not Adam and Eve! We mean Amazon.com, the world’s leading online retailer of books, DVDs, electronics, and a whole lot more. Before Bezos came up with the idea for Amazon and became a CEO worth up to $65.2 billion, he held a McJob. Following his father’s example, Bezos took a summer job at McDonald’s as a teenager, manned the grill, and learned the value of hard work, something the Amazon CEO believes you can't learn just in school.