What 14 Celebrities Would Be If They Weren't Famous

In another life.

It's never too late to start over—unless you're already mega-famous, then would you really want to? Maybe not, but just in case, the 14 celebrities ahead have got their backup plans figured out should the fabric of time tear asunder and we wind up living on an alternate timeline in which Sofia Vergara completes her dentistry degree.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong>Photography</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>She might be more known for her work in front of the camera, but, like, have you seen her Insta? Not that Cyrus is content to stop there.&nbsp;"I do want to come to London to study photography,"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/miley-cyrus-really-x-factor-999590#tVRryBhPYcgCVxpx.97" target="_blank">she told the <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Daily Record</em></a>. "I hear there are some really great art schools, so I would love to do that. I got to work with an amazing photographer. [Annie] Leibovitz was amazing and so talented. And that's what I want to do with my life."<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span><br></p>
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Miley Cyrus

The job: Photography

Notes: She might be more known for her work in front of the camera, but, like, have you seen her Insta? Not that Cyrus is content to stop there. "I do want to come to London to study photography," she told the Daily Record. "I hear there are some really great art schools, so I would love to do that. I got to work with an amazing photographer. [Annie] Leibovitz was amazing and so talented. And that's what I want to do with my life."

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Doctor</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>Because she's "fascinated with bodies," as she <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmXBOVNGS-0" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">once told Rachael Ray</a>.&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">That could go any number of different ways, but, yes—let's go with&nbsp;doctor. </span></span><br></span></p>
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Jennifer Aniston

The job: Doctor

Notes: Because she's "fascinated with bodies," as she once told Rachael RayThat could go any number of different ways, but, yes—let's go with doctor.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Funeral director</span><br></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>Make all the jokes you want about the blood-vial necklace, but this one comes from a place of pain. "</span></span>It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact, I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral," <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8922271/Angelina-Jolie-I-wanted-to-be-a-funeral-director.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">she said</a>. "How somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way." At 14, she even completed a mail-order degree.&nbsp;</p>
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Angelina Jolie

The job: Funeral director

Notes: Make all the jokes you want about the blood-vial necklace, but this one comes from a place of pain. "It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact, I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral," she said. "How somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way." At 14, she even completed a mail-order degree. 

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>Interior designer—or detective</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>This explains both her cats' names and <a href="http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/news/celebrity-news/see-inside-taylor-swift-s-apartment-in-new-york-59729" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">her sick apartment</a>. However,&nbsp;"I don't think I'd be a very good detective, I just watch all of those crime shows," <a href="http://life.dailymirror.lk/article/interviews/taylor-swift-has-detective-ambition/52/5239" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">she once said</a>. "Anything that has a slight premise of being a crime show, I'm on it."<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span><br></span></p>
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Taylor Swift

The job: Interior designer—or detective

Notes: This explains both her cats' names and her sick apartment. However, "I don't think I'd be a very good detective, I just watch all of those crime shows," she once said. "Anything that has a slight premise of being a crime show, I'm on it."

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong>Also detective, surprisingly not a snake hunter</p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:</strong> In an <a href="http://www.vogue.com.au/fashion/news/first+look+kim+kardashian+covers+vogue+australias+june+2016+issue+,39109" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">interview with <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Vogue</em> Australia</a>, she said that if she could have any career, she "would be a forensic investigator and live a normal life." Nobody who <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/celebrity/a21589/kim-kardashian-snapchat-taylor-swift-famous-kanye-west/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">was alive and aware of Snapchat in 2016</a> would question this.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span></p>
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Kim Kardashian

The job: Also detective, surprisingly not a snake hunter

Notes: In an interview with Vogue Australia, she said that if she could have any career, she "would be a forensic investigator and live a normal life." Nobody who was alive and aware of Snapchat in 2016 would question this.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Astronaut</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>But would he bring his pet monkey with him? Does Elon Musk know about this? Would he be pleased that the motivation behind the Biebs'&nbsp;intergalactic dreams&nbsp;is pure enough, as in he <a href="http://www.music-news.com/news/UK/50716/Read" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">literally only "wants to go to space?"</a>&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span><br></span></p>
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Justin Bieber

The job: Astronaut

Notes: But would he bring his pet monkey with him? Does Elon Musk know about this? Would he be pleased that the motivation behind the Biebs' intergalactic dreams is pure enough, as in he literally only "wants to go to space?" 

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong></span>Baseball player</p><p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>But not exactly in the same way every little kid wants to be A-Rod. Ol' Batman here <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Oscar_Stars/photos/photos-growing-clooney-9921409/image-9921617" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">was serious enough to try out for the Cincinnati Reds</a> in 1977. &nbsp;</span><br></p>
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George Clooney

The job: Baseball player

Notes: But not exactly in the same way every little kid wants to be A-Rod. Ol' Batman here was serious enough to try out for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977.  

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">A performer in the Shamu show</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">Before she probably found out about the conditions those aquatic showmen operate under, young Kerry Washington wanted nothing more than to wear a headset and "stand on the nose of the whale," as she <a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyhennen/kerry-washington-wanted-to-be-a-performer-in-the-shamu-show?utm_term=.qbBgJVK46Z#.kuaQzVgRYG" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">told Jimmy Kimmel</a>. But then AP Bio happened.</span></span><br></span></p>
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Kerry Washington

The job: A performer in the Shamu show

Notes: Before she probably found out about the conditions those aquatic showmen operate under, young Kerry Washington wanted nothing more than to wear a headset and "stand on the nose of the whale," as she told Jimmy Kimmel. But then AP Bio happened.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>English teacher</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>Okay, but imagine if Zayn and Gigi were chaperoning your prom. Marking your papers. Failing you so you have to be a fifth-year senior. It could still happen, as Malik&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/5083879/Interview-with-One-Direction-star-Zayn-Malik.html" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">has said</a> he "still quite want[s] to&nbsp;do an English degree." </span><br></span></p>
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Zayn Malik

The job: English teacher

Notes: Okay, but imagine if Zayn and Gigi were chaperoning your prom. Marking your papers. Failing you so you have to be a fifth-year senior. It could still happen, as Malik has said he "still quite want[s] to do an English degree."

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>Working at Cracker Barrel (???)</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>This comes as a surprise, but she <a href="http://www.flaunt.com/content/people/selena-gomez" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">said it herself in a 2013 interview with <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Flaunt </em>magazine</a>. "Selena Gomez believes that if she woke up&nbsp;and she is back&nbsp;in Grand Prairie, and she was 21...and that was it, she would work at a Cracker Barrel. She loves Southern food and baking and even took a cooking class in Italy and did pretty well, a couple screw-ups but things turned out fine." Life is weird, ain't it?&nbsp;</span><br></span></p>
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Selena Gomez

The job: Working at Cracker Barrel (???)

Notes: This comes as a surprise, but she said it herself in a 2013 interview with Flaunt magazine. "Selena Gomez believes that if she woke up and she is back in Grand Prairie, and she was 21...and that was it, she would work at a Cracker Barrel. She loves Southern food and baking and even took a cooking class in Italy and did pretty well, a couple screw-ups but things turned out fine." Life is weird, ain't it? 

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong>Dentist</span></p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes: </strong>Before she could <a href="http://traffic.pubexchange.com/a/845ec7ed-1964-4abe-8b50-a4868c5ed9c5/9fd08cf3-a288-4618-baa7-b311df99267b/http%3A//www.people.com/people/article/0%2C%2C20317432%2C00.html%3Fxid%3DPopsugar" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">complete her degree</a> in telling people to floss more, Vergara left school two semesters early when she got a TV-hosting gig. It would appear she hasn't lapsed at all in dental hygiene.</span></p>
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Sofia Vergara

The job: Dentist

Notes: Before she could complete her degree in telling people to floss more, Vergara left school two semesters early when she got a TV-hosting gig. It would appear she hasn't lapsed at all in dental hygiene.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong>Physical therapist</p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes:&nbsp;</strong>"I always wanted to be a physiotherapist,"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news/one-direction-would-fight-over-girls_1320642" target="_blank">he said in an interview with <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Top of the Pops</em> magazine</a>. "Before I was in the band, I was studying, so I'd probably be working hard and studying for that."<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space">&nbsp;OW, MY ANKLE. AND MY KNEE.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"> [collapses like Ronaldo]</span></span></span></p>
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Harry Styles

The job: Physical therapist

Notes: "I always wanted to be a physiotherapist," he said in an interview with Top of the Pops magazine. "Before I was in the band, I was studying, so I'd probably be working hard and studying for that." OW, MY ANKLE. AND MY KNEE. [collapses like Ronaldo]

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor"></strong><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong>Lawyer</p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes: </strong>He's played lots of attorneys&nbsp;in films, but did you know IRL, he studied to be one too? While McConaughey was&nbsp;attending&nbsp;the University of Texas in Austin, he discovered a book that persuaded him to change his major from law to film.<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span></p>
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Matthew McConaughey

The job: Lawyer

Notes: He's played lots of attorneys in films, but did you know IRL, he studied to be one too? While McConaughey was attending the University of Texas in Austin, he discovered a book that persuaded him to change his major from law to film.

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<p><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">The job: </strong>Photographer</p><p><span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor"><strong data-redactor-tag="strong" data-verified="redactor">Notes: </strong>Technically, she is one, as she's lensed friends such as Kaia Gerber and Cody Sprouse for magazine covers, but she started out like the rest of us: with a dream that then eventually got supported by famous editors. Still, she's not yet ready to share all her work with the world. "I have multiple folders in my computer and in&nbsp;my phone of all the photos that I've taken throughout&nbsp;my life, of my friends, of&nbsp;everything I've done," she <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/kendall-jenner-new-career-photographer-sister-kim-kardashian/" target="_blank" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">told the <em data-redactor-tag="em" data-verified="redactor">Telegraph</em></a>. "I've always genuinely enjoyed [photography]. And I still do things that I'd rather keep personal. I think it's more about showing my eye."&nbsp;<span class="redactor-invisible-space" data-verified="redactor" data-redactor-tag="span" data-redactor-class="redactor-invisible-space"></span></span></p>
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Kendall Jenner

The job: Photographer

Notes: Technically, she is one, as she's lensed friends such as Kaia Gerber and Cody Sprouse for magazine covers, but she started out like the rest of us: with a dream that then eventually got supported by famous editors. Still, she's not yet ready to share all her work with the world. "I have multiple folders in my computer and in my phone of all the photos that I've taken throughout my life, of my friends, of everything I've done," she told the Telegraph. "I've always genuinely enjoyed [photography]. And I still do things that I'd rather keep personal. I think it's more about showing my eye." 

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