18 Stars Who Were Once Homeless

J.Lo wasn't the only one who had no place to call home

By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 14, 2013 3:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – After she was "Jenny from the block," Jennifer Lopez was, briefly, homeless, she revealed in a new interview last week. But after a few months of sleeping on her dance studio's couch, her fortunes changed. J. Lo isn't the only celeb whose path to stardom didn't always feature a roof overhead. The Huffington Post rounds up 18 more. Among them:

  • Kelly Clarkson: Pre-American Idol, the singer reportedly found herself sleeping in her car and showering at her gym.

  • Halle Berry: Her mom wouldn't give the 21-year-old money for food as she tried (temporarily) in vain to launch an acting career, so she was forced to use rent money to feed herself ... and stay in homeless shelters.
  • Hilary Swank: She arrived in LA at age 15, accompanied by her mom and their car, which they lived out of, while using payphones to schedule auditions.
  • Jim Carrey: When his dad lost his job, the teen was forced to live in a van with his family—and drop out of school at 15 in order to get a job.
  • Sylvester Stallone: He lived in NYC's Port Authority bus station for three weeks after he got evicted. A $200 role in an adult film helped turn things around.
  • Sam Worthington: Things weren't so hot for the Avatar star before he landed a role in that film; he was living in his car.
Click for the full list, which includes a Baywatch cast member.

Kelly Clarkson: Pre-American Idol, the singer reportedly found herself sleeping in her car and showering at her gym.
Kelly Clarkson: Pre-American Idol, the singer reportedly found herself sleeping in her car and showering at her gym.   (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Halle Berry: Her mom wouldn't give the 21-year-old money for food as she tried (temporarily) in vain to launch an acting career, so she was forced to use rent money to feed herself ... and stay in homeless shelters.
Halle Berry: Her mom wouldn't give the 21-year-old money for food as she tried (temporarily) in vain to launch an acting career, so she was forced to use rent money to feed herself ... and stay in homeless...   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Hilary Swank: She arrived in LA at age 15, accompanied by her mom and their car, which they lived out of, while using payphones to schedule auditions.
Hilary Swank: She arrived in LA at age 15, accompanied by her mom and their car, which they lived out of, while using payphones to schedule auditions.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Jim Carrey: When his dad lost his job, the teen was forced to live in a van with his family—and drop out of school at 15 in order to get a job.
Jim Carrey: When his dad lost his job, the teen was forced to live in a van with his family—and drop out of school at 15 in order to get a job.   (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)
Sylvester Stallone: He lived in NYC's Port Authority bus station for three weeks after he got evicted. A $200 role in an adult film helped turn things around.
Sylvester Stallone: He lived in NYC's Port Authority bus station for three weeks after he got evicted. A $200 role in an adult film helped turn things around.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Sam Worthington: Things weren't so hot for the Avatar star before he landed a role in that film; he was living in his car.
Sam Worthington: Things weren't so hot for the Avatar star before he landed a role in that film; he was living in his car.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
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