Chris Pine Reflects on Dislike for Pre-Fame Host Job: 'I Was Not a People Person'

Chris Pine opens up about his unexpected career path

by Zain ul Abedin
Chris Pine Reflects on Dislike for Pre-Fame Host Job: 'I Was Not a People Person'
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Before he was a Hollywood star, Chris Pine faced the familiar struggles of many aspiring actors, navigating odd jobs to make ends meet. In a recent interview with Business Insider, Pine shared candid details about his pre-fame days, specifically his time as a restaurant host, a job he found particularly challenging.

“I was not a people person,” Pine admitted, reflecting on his stint as a host before his acting career took off. “I just hated it. Could not have hated it any more. It was all about just getting work”. This candid confession from the 43-year-old actor highlights the often overlooked reality many face in the entertainment industry—taking on roles that are far from the glamour typically associated with Hollywood.

Chris Pine's Breakthrough Moment

Pine, who gained prominence with his role in 2004's The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, initially balanced his early acting roles with his restaurant job. His breakthrough came when he landed a leading role in the sequel, starring opposite Anne Hathaway.

Pine recalled the moment he learned he got the part, describing it as a turning point. “I was on my little Verizon tiny flip phone...and I got a call from my agents,” he shared during an interview on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist.

Pulling over to the side of the freeway, Pine heard the life-changing news: “You’re getting paid $65,000”. For Pine at the time, it felt as monumental as winning the lottery. Over the next two decades, Pine's career trajectory soared with significant roles in major box-office hits like the Star Trek series, Into the Woods, and the Wonder Woman films.

Now, stepping into the dual roles of director and lead actor, Pine has taken on a new challenge with his directorial debut, Poolman. In this film, he portrays Darren, a dedicated Los Angeleno who spends his days maintaining the pool at the Tahitian Tiki apartment block and striving to improve his city.

Poolman, set to hit theaters on Friday, May 10, showcases Pine's growth from a young actor overwhelmed by a $65,000 paycheck to a seasoned professional making significant contributions both in front of and behind the camera.

His journey from a struggling restaurant host to a leading Hollywood figure is a testament to the resilience and determination required to succeed in the competitive world of film.