In 1999, the model-turned-actor danced at a Chippendales-style revue called Male Encounter in Florida. He later brought his real-life experience as a male stripper to the screen in Steven Soderbergh's film, Magic Mike.
Before she starred on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes was a struggling single mother who worked as a stripper named “Silk” to pay her bills.
Before she penned “Juno,” Diablo Cody made her stripping debut during amateur night at the Skyway Lounge in Minneapolis. It quickly became a full-time gig, and she later wrote a memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper, about her brief career in the field.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Chris Pratt revealed he was once a stripper, calling his past gig as a “low-rent Magic Mike.” Anna Faris’ hubby explained, “When I was a kid, I was in a small town. I was a stripper for a little while, for a little while.
“I was a stripper since I was 15 years old!” Kanye West’s ex has said, including a gig at Sue’s Rendezvous in Westchester, New York.
Lady Gaga has freely dished about her party girl past, admitting she worked as a burlesque dancer at a club on Manhattan's Lower East Side. "I made more money stripping than waitressing," she explained during an episode of Watch What Happens Live.
In her memoir Sliding Into Home, Kendra Wilkinson revealed that she secretly became a stripper at age 18 before moving into the Playboy mansion
Kelly Ripa confessed to Vanity Fair that her husband Mark Consuelos worked as a stripper when he attended the University of South Florida. He started out as a roadie "and then they talked him into stripping,” she said.
The Jersey Shore star had revealed in an episode that he was a member of the "All American Male" exotic dancer crew in 2004 and his stage name was Vito Durado.
Javier Bardem's career as a male stripper lasted for just 10 minutes. “It was a disaster…” he’s said of his foray into stripping during his time as a struggling actor. “My mother and sister were in the audience!"
Check out this gallery of stars who once took it all off — before Hollywood fame came-a-callin’!