Starting small! Before these stars entered the big leagues of show business, they were just small-time guest stars and contestants on various reality TV shows. It's hard to remember that big A-listers like Emma Stone and Lady Gaga started from the bottom before becoming world renowned superstars. Scroll through to find out who got their start on reality TV before hitting the big time!
Pre- A Star Is Born and "Poker Face"-era Gaga, she was on an MTV prank show called Boiling Points. This was 2005 when she still went by her real name, Stefani Germanotta.
Katharine McPhee rose to fame when she appeared in flicks like The House Bunny and starred in the musical series Smash. But before she stepped into her acting shoes, she was a contestant on American Idol.
Kesha guest-starred on Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie's reality show, The Simple Life in the early 2000s. This was before she gained fame through her chart topping hits like "Tik Tok" and "Your Love is My Drug."
Emma got her big break way back in 2004 when she competed on VH1's In Search of the Partridge Family. She actually won when she sang Meredith Brooks’ song “Bitch."
Jennifer Hudson wouldn't be THE Jennifer Hudson without her stint on American Idol. She appeared on the singing competition in season three and made it up to the top seven. This was before she won her Oscar for Dreamgirls and became a global superstar.
Before Jon Hamm won two Golden Globes for his performance as Don Draper in AMC's hit drama Mad Men, he appeared on the reality TV show The Big Date.
Kit Hoover made her television debut as a cast member on Road Rules: USA – The First Adventure in 1995. Now she is best know for being the host of Access Hollywood Live and ESPN.
Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul was a competitor for the game show The Price is Right in 2000.
Laverne Cox was a contestant on VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy back in 2008 before starring in the hit Netflix dramedy Orange Is the New Black.
Before she starred in the romantic comedies Crazy Stupid Love and Warm Bodies, Analeigh Tipton got her start as a modeling contestant on cycle 11 of America's Next Top Model.
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