Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the Suicide Squad. The latest movie from DC Comics broke box office records last weekend, becoming the highest grossing movie released in August of all time! It’s been a hit with audiences as well, with much of the praise going to the incredible cast. But how did the members of the Squad become superstars? Keep reading as we here at ClaimFame tell you how these anti-heroes became famous.
“West Philidelphia, born and raised. On the playground is where I spent most of my days.” Those classic lines don’t just describe the Fresh Prince! Will Smith himself grew up on the mean streets of Philly. He began rapping with his friend DJ Jazzy Jeff, and their iconic, family-friendly raps took the country by storm. Smith used his success to jumpstart a television career, and later became on of the world’s most popular movie stars!
Coming from a Cajun family, Jared Leto intended to become a visual artist and director, not an actor. Growing up around the hippie movement, he became very interested in alternative art. This multi-disciplinary ideal continued after Leto moved to L.A. and scored a role on the cult ABC sitcom My So-Called Life and formed the hit alternative rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. His method performing style led him to win an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, and he continues to make experimental short films when not blowing minds as the Joker!
Margot Robbie seems to have come out of nowhere, but this Australian has been a star in her home country for years! Being raised by a single mother, Robbie worked three jobs to put herself through drama school. After moving to L.A. and appearing on the short lived Pan Am, she made her big break opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now she’s breaking hearts and breaking bones as the cult favorite Harley Quinn.
A true citizen of the world, Joel Kinnaman was born and raised in Sweden to a Swede and an American. He became a rising star in the burgeoning Swedish film industry, but soon moved to L.A. to pursue larger roles. But success didn’t come quickly. He lost the lead roles in Thor and Mad Max: Fury Road. He eventually made his big break on television, starring in the AMC show The Killing.
Viola Davis was born in South Carolina, and her family struggled with poverty and discrimination her entire childhood even after moving to Rhode Island. Thanks to support from her drama program in high school and the Upward Bound program, Davis was able to attend Juilliard, the most prestigious acting school in the country. She’s gone on to win Tony awards and has been nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you come from, there’s always opportunities to become a star!
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