No one is perfect, and that includes your favorite celebrities. The number of people who have endured a fall from grace is devastating. Sometimes, there’s no coming back for a celebrity who committed something too terrible to forgive.
However, for some celebrities, redemption was achieved thanks to hard work and, in some cases, celebrities are willing to give other people a second chance too. These famous people have had trouble before they got big and they managed to make a career comeback.
Demi Lovato’s Mental Health Struggles Led Her To Use Her Voice To Speak Out
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The actress and musician had a devastating battle with drugs and alcohol. As a response, she released the book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year.
With her hard-earned sobriety in place, she’s a vocal spokesperson for mental health and addiction treatment causes.
Hugh Grant’s Apology Saved His Career
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The British heartthrob was arrested for lewd conduct after being found with a sex worker. It looked like Grant’s career was over.
However, rather than run from his mistakes, the actor went on a PR apology tour through late night television. The apology ensured his legacy wouldn’t end in a scandal.
Winona Ryder Literally Went “Window Shopping”
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In 2001, the actress was arrested for shoplifting at a Saks 5th Avenue. One of the undisputed queens of the 90s movie scene was found guilty of grand theft and vandalism.
Ryder told Porter magazine in 2016 that the incident reflected her state of mind at the time. These days, she’s Joyce Byers on Stranger Things. A TV personality didn’t let prison time stop her from being a huge success afterward. The lady who loves to cook is coming up.
Reese Witherspoon’s Status As One Of Hollywood’s Likeable Actors Was In Jeopardy
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Fans were in for a shock when she was charged with disorderly conduct. The actress refused to get back in her car after her husband, Jim Toth, was arrested for a DUI.
Luckily, the little mishap didn’t end Witherspoon’s career. She has since starred in Wild and A Wrinkle In Time.
Let Matthew McConaughey Play The Bongos In His Birthday Suit
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He wasn’t alright when he was arrested for marijuana possession in 1999. It didn’t help that the actor was in the nude while playing the bongos at the time it happened.
In fact, McConaughey doesn’t look back on the incident with regret. He has zero regrets, and he’s still making movies today.
It Wasn’t The End Of Martha Stewart After All
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She’s gained success through a variety of business ventures, but in 2004, Stewart was convicted of charges to the ImClone stock trading case. There was major speculation that her career was over after that.
Nevertheless, she’s back on top and she’s on a cooking show with Snoop Dogg. The opposite of DJ Jazzy Jeff was in the wrong place at the wrong time. More on that later.
Haley Joel Osment
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The Sixth Sense actor was charged with a DUI and possession of marijuana in 2006. His situation sounded like the beginning of the end and another tragic Hollywood downfall.
It was nothing but a youthful indiscretion, as Osment is enjoying a career resurgence thanks to appearances on The X-Files and Silicon Valley.
Danny Trejo Served Time In Prison Until He Was 25
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The actor was addicted to heroin as a 12-year-old, which led him to serve time in San Quentin prison.
With over 70 films under his belt, Trejo has a brand of restaurants, bars, and donut shops that are valued around $100 million. All his businesses hire what he calls “second chancers” like he was.
Will Smith Was In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time
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It wasn’t a moment to remember for Will Smith. He was involved in an alleged assault incident where an argument allegedly left a man blind in one eye in West Philadelphia.
However, all charges against Smith were dropped, putting the actor in the wrong place at the wrong time. Still on the way, arrests and jail time haunted the man who would become Kirk Lazarus from Tropic Thunder.
Halle Berry Was Accused Of Leaving A Crime Scene
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The actress was involved in a car accident just after her film career was taking off. Berry was given probation and a hefty fine. However, her time in court didn’t slow her career down whatsoever.
In 2002, Berry would go home with an Oscar for best actresses, and she made history as the first African American woman to win it.
Woody Harrelson Got In Trouble Three Years Before He Joined The Cast Of Cheers
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The actor was arrested for disorderly conduct. Harrelson was hauled in for dancing on the street, obstructing traffic, and resisting arrest.
It wasn’t the best way to kick-off a career, but Harrelson’s roguish charm has become a trademark for roles in True Detective and Semi-Pro.
Arrests And Jail Time Haunted Robert Downey Jr.
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Before the world of Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was arrested for drug possession in 1996. More arrests and jail time followed the actor until he entered rehab in 2003.
He came out ready for another start, and with his newfound sobriety and confidence, Downey Jr. is now one of the biggest stars in the world. One comedian’s divorce put them in hot water for a lot of reasons. The shortest man from Philly is just ahead.
Alec Baldwin’s Messy Divorce Almost Ruined Him
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In 2007, Baldwin’s career turned dark after a messy divorce from Kim Basinger. There was a nasty voicemail to his daughter that was leaked to the press, making Baldwin look like a jerk.
Fortunately, his acting talent won him a role on 30 Rock and his spot-on cameo as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live won fans over.
Brittney Spears Couldn’t Get In The News For The Right Reasons
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Spears’ luck turned for the worse when she was nailed with a hit and run after a parking lot fender bender in 2007.
The charges were minor, but nowadays, Spears is making headlines for the right reasons. She’s starring in Vegas shows instead of getting in trouble with the law.
Kevin Hart Caught Fire When He Divorced His Wife
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The comedian was in hot water when he started dating a model after his marriage ended. However, now that he’s remarried and has a better relationship with his father, Hart looks less like a Hollywood womanizer.
He’s more like a man that’s trying to move on from his mistakes. Just ahead, nobody assumed this actress was going to land another role after Forrest Gump.
Tim Allen’s Acting Career Almost Never Happened
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Before landing roles on Home Improvement and Toy Story, Allen was arrested for drug possession in 1978. His arrest led him to spend two years in jail.
A watershed moment like that made Allen pull his head out of the gutter. He made amends to friends and family before finding his calling in acting.
Neil Patrick Harris
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Doogie Howser was supposed to put him in the limelight for years. However, Harris wouldn’t become relevant again in 2004.
The actor played a fictionalized, hyper-womanizing, absurd version of himself in the stoner comedy Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.
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The actress played Jenny in Forest Gump. After that, she had a difficult time landing a prominent role.
Wright was in movies such as Message in a Bottle and Unbreakable, but her calling came back in 2013. Wright starred as Claire Underwood in the Netflix political drama, House of Cards.
John Travolta Might Be The Godfather Of Celebrity Redemptions
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The 70’s were a wonderful time for the actor who played Danny in Grease. After that, Travolta had a difficult time landing roles throughout the 80’s, landing a role in Look Who’s Talking.
Years after that movie was released, Quentin Tarantino cast him alongside Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction.
Rob Lowe’s Sex Scandal Almost Damaged His Public Image
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The member of the Brat Pack was involved with a sex scandal. Lowe was on a sex tape, which was sold as one of the first commercially available celebrity sex tapes.
Eventually, the dust would settle and his career rebounded. Lowe even mocked his behavior during two post-scandal appearances on Saturday Night Live.