Ah, humble beginnings. When you're a starving artist, sometimes you'll consider anything to pay the bills.

Before she was JLo, a larger than life mega celeb, Jennifer Lopez just a dancer trying to make her way to Hollywood. And when she was scraping for gigs in and around her hometown of Bronx, New York, broke and eating pizza every day, she thought about going to extremes to bring in some cash.

In a recent interview with W magazine where Lopez was asked if she ever toyed with being a real-life stripper, like the one she plays in the movie Hustlers, she replied, "I did. There was a moment in my life when my friends, who were also dancers, told me about making thousands of dollars at clubs in New Jersey."

Ultimately, it never came to that. Jen soon picked up a travelling dance tour, a spot on the dance team of In Living Color, and eventually movies. The rest is history!

JLo's role as Ramona in Hustlers earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nod. We'll see if she has a chance at Oscar gold next month.

SOURCES: W Magazine