7 Famous Actors that Never Participated in Acting Classes

7 Famous Actors that Never Participated in Acting Classes

Acting can take on performers in a number of different ways. Some actors go through physical transformations for roles,...

Acting can take on performers in a number of different ways. Some actors go through physical transformations for roles, some go through emotional transformations, and some go through both. For some of Hollywood’s greatest actors, signing up for a movie completely changed their lives forever. Some would quit acting while others had to completely change the way they lived their life.

If you are a Hollywood blockbusters fan, it is no longer strange for these 7 actors. 7 names with the role-playing that made the audience admired but never participated in any acting school.

1. Tom Cruise


Tom Cruise grew up loving movies but, when his parents divorced, things got tough, and his family was unable to purchase presents for each other during Christmas. In high school, he would work on a play that would ultimately change his life. Tom Cruise traveled to New York to pursue his career in acting. Within six months, he landed a role in the movie called Taps. Initially, he had only three lines, but they liked him so much they increased his lines. During that time, he would land the lead role in ‘Endless Love.’ Cruise would work alongside Brooke Shields in the hit movie. Tom Cruise would end becoming the highest-paid actor in the world in the 1990s. Tom Cruise never went to an acting school, and he is very humble and open about it.

2. Johnny Depp


Johnny Depp moved into and out of more than 20 homes before he was 12 years old. When he was older, he would move from Florida to California to become a musician. To support his musical career, he took a job as a telemarketer selling ink pens over the phone. He refers to that as “his first acting job.”

While Johnny Depp was selling ink pens, his friend Nicolas Cage asked Johnny to meet his agent. Johnny Depp would later audition for the role of Glen Lantz for A Nightmare on Elm Street and land the part. Johnny Depp never went to any acting school.

3. Joaquin Phoenix


Before becoming an actor, Joaquin Phoenix and his siblings performed music on the street to make ends meet. Because of regularly performing music on the street, all were noticed by an employee Iris Burton. He gave Joaquin Phoenix and his brothers and sisters the opportunity to appear in commercials and television shows. Since then, the actor has been paid attention to by many big entertainment company in the film production industry, assigned to many roles.

Whether the role is small or large, Joaquin Phoenix plays hard and completes it well. He had once intended to retire because his brother died, but he did not because he loves acting too much. He decided to return and make a breakthrough when he won the prestigious Oscar statue of Joker. More surprisingly, his top acting skills have never been taught or trained through a class at all. Everything just depends on Joaquin Phoenix's lack of sense of character.

4. Jim Carrey


Jim Carrey had an untraditional upbringing. After living in a van with his family as a teenager, he had set goals for himself to one day become successful. When Carrey was a freshman in high school, his father lost his job, and he was forced to work with his family as a security guard and a janitor at a local tire factory in Toronto. By the time he was 16, Carrey had dropped out of high school to help support his family. He would later audition and work on several small roles. But, it was not until Jim Carrey landed a regular role on the TV series In Living Color that his career skyrocketed. He would later land the leading comedic role in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. All the while, he never spent a single dollar on a single acting class.

5. Meg Ryan


Meg Ryan moved from Connecticut to New York to study journalism. While she was in New York, she auditioned for several commercials and TV shows. Ryan would end up landing commercials for AIM Toothpaste and Burger King. Also, she worked as an extra on several feature films.

Her first major audition was for ‘Endless Love,’ but she would later lose the role of Brooke Shields. In the 1980s, she became a household name after working on the Soap Opera, As the World Turns. As a result, she left college a semester earlier to work on feature films. Her career eventually exploded with leading roles in When Harry Met Sallyand You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks.

6. Brad Pitt


Brad Pitt took $325. He had saved up and drove from Missouri to Hollywood to become an actor. When he made it to Los Angeles, California, he only had $225 left. Hungry, Pitt, went to McDonald’s. He was waiting for his order when he saw an ad in the newspaper for work as an extra in a movie. He auditioned and landed the background acting role.

For the next four years, he auditioned for several movies and started working as an extra on several TV shows. He would later land leading roles in several feature films, making him one of the most desired men in America.

7. Jennifer Lawrence


With a deep passion for acting, Jennifer Lawrence asked her parents to find her an entertainment company in New York City to start a career with acting. She had her first role in a TBS comedy called The Bill Engvall Show, which made her win the hearts of the audience. And from there, she caught the eye of many influential filmmakers in the Hollywood movie capital and Jennifer gradually shone in films like The Hunger, X-Men, Games,…. She is one of the few actresses who have not yet learned film or acting skills but can still conquer the eyes of the audience.