Brad Pitt Has No Shame about Being an El Pollo Loco Chicken Mascot before Hollywood Fame

Joe Akins
Dec 13, 2020
04:40 P.M.

In 2019, Brad Pitt admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that he once had a shocking menial job but, interestingly, had no shame about it.


Before the fame, and the unbelievable measure of success, Brad Pitt was just like everyone else trying to earn a living. "Fight Club," "Seven," — these are some of his best movies according to audience rankings.

However, before the fame, Pitt's life was not so glorious. In a 2019 appearance on "The Ellen Show," he admitted that he had a rather surprising job while still struggling.

Brad Pitt at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Ad Astra" at The Cinerama Dome on September 18, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Brad Pitt at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Ad Astra" at The Cinerama Dome on September 18, 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Regarding his time as an El Pollo Loco mascot, the "Ad Astra" star proudly confirmed that he got up to don his yellow feathered chicken suit for the grand opening of the fast-food chain's location. He said:

"Yes I was [a mascot outside El Pollo Loco dressed as a chicken], for the grand opening on Sunset and La Brea. Man's gotta eat. No shame."


He found himself helping out with the grand openings at both the Sunset and La Brea locations for El Pollo, Loco while waving the sign and his feathered hands to attract people.


The "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" actor told Ellen DeGeneres that as part of the job, he got the typical reaction from people to fast food mascots.

He remembered getting flipped off a lot, although he could not remember how much his pay was back then. Fans and the audience present were very amused at his story.

Oscar nominations came trooping in with his roles in "Moneyball" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

No one would have thought Brad Pitt, with the smouldering stare, unforgettable face, and incredible talent was once a mascot. Before he rose to fame as an actor, Pitt was not just a bright yellow chicken.

He was many things, including a University of Missouri student studying journalism. However, when the opportunity to chase an acting career, he dropped out just two credits shy of graduating.


Pitt moved to Los Angeles to give his dream a shot, where he got all sorts of odd jobs besides the infamous chicken mascot position.


At one point, he even worked as a furniture mover and for two months, he was a driver for strippers. It was the latter that gave him the boost he needed in his acting skills and set his journey to fame in motion.

One of the women was reportedly an acting student taught by the famous instructor Roy London. He picked up a number of skills from her.

From then on, Pitt moved from being a movie extra to playing minor roles on "Growing Pains" and "Another World."


Oscar nominations came trooping in with his roles in "Moneyball" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." His first Oscar win came in 2014 for producing the historical movie, "12 Years a Slave."

He produced the movie with his production company, Plan B Entertainment. He also bagged an Oscar for his role in "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

The ball has since then been rolling, and while he might have been in the game for many decades, Pitt remains an iconic figure till today.

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