True story: I spent pretty much my entire first “big” paycheck on my first Blackberry cellphone. It was 2012. I’d just scored a spot on the cheerleading team for the rugby team – The Southern Kings (not one of my finest moments), and my first paycheck was substantial, especially for a 16-year-old girl: R2000. Instead of saving that cash, I went straight to my closest cellphone provider and dropped the cash on a Blackberry I’d been wanting forever. I felt quite empowered and proud of myself and my mom was pretty impressed too. That was probably the best part.
And these 13 celebrities, below, also have similar stories about what they did with their first big paychecks. From blowing it all at the Gap to splurging on fancy conditioner to buying cars—or, even funnier, weed—their stories are so relatable. And hilarious. Read on.
“This is so Bronx girl of me…. Save the Last Dance was my second movie, and we had a per diem. I couldn’t believe somebody was handing me cash, and I literally used to hide it under my mattress for the whole movie. I put myself on a tight budget of what I could spend. And at the end of it, I used all the cash from the three months and bought my first laptop.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“My first job ever was when I was a toddler for a toy commercial and then again as a waitress and model. Both times, it went straight into my savings account for my studies. I think the first time I bought something with my savings was for a laptop in high school, clothes and a car at the age of 17.”
“I bought a lot of stuff at the Gap. I was 19. I was still living at home, and I was understudying Amy Ryan on Broadway in The Sisters Rosensweig. My check was substantial…and I went to the Gap on the daily. I would give Gap presents to all my friends.” —The Hollywood Reporter
“I bought my mom and dad a washing machine. Later on, I bought some boots for myself that were, like, the coolest boots I’d ever seen in my life.” —Timemagazine
“I was driving a Honda Hatchback that Keenen Ivory Wayans had given me when I was a Fly Girl, and I had been driving it to every audition and everything. And when I got a regular series, I bought a car. I bought a Mercedes. And it was a huge deal. It wasn’t a Hatchback! It wasn’t a Honda….I remember, though, I was signing the lease to the car and I was breaking up with my boyfriend the same week. That’s what I remember. We were in the dealership, and I was crying but I was buying the car, and he was going back. It became a thing, like, ‘I’m gonna be on my own.’ He had been living with me. We had been dating for 10 years. And I was like, ‘That’s it. The Hatchback is out, and so are you!'” —The Hollywood Reporter
“I purchased my house. When I finally signed those papers, I was like, ‘You’ll never be homeless again, Tiffany. I’m so proud of you.’ I cried because now I could really provide for myself. But then the next day I was like, ‘Oh, shoot, you gotta work even harder now to make these mortgage payments!’”
“My first job was as a YO.TV presenter and I took myself on a shopping spree for the first time, that didn’t fall under my mom’s budget!”
“I never touched [my first million-dollar paycheck]—just put it in the bank. And I remember I went through the drive-through to deposit my check, and then they were like, ‘I think you need to come in for this,’ and so I ended up going inside.” —Kneading Dough*
Adapted from GLAMOUR US. Read the original here.
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