01/25/2013 07:06 am ET Updated Jan 28, 2013

Changing Careers Happens To Celebrities, Too! 10 Stars Who Switched Jobs

Stars... they're just like us -- and in more ways than one. A MetLife study found there are more than 9 million Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 are working on their encore careers -- a second act job that blends "personal meaning, continued income and social impact," according to There are a number of post 50s switching gears, moving from one career to the next to follow their true callings.

Changing careers later in life is something many celebrities do as well. Before we knew Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and the President of the United States, he swung a hammer as a carpenter on the set of George Lucas' earlier films. And you'll never guess what Ina Garten (better known as the Barefoot Contessa) did before she became the kitchen whiz and Food Network personality we know today.

Take a look at our slideshow for a selection of celebrities who have made big career leaps in their pasts and presents. Let us know your favorite celebrity second act in the comments below.



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