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It's always fun to see what our favorite celebs were up to before they hit it big. Very few celebrities make it to A-list status right off the bat, and almost every entertainer got their start in a less than glamorous role. 

With the 2015 Emmys on their way, we are taking a look back to see where a few of the nominees started their acting careers. 

Amy Poehler

She's now one of the most famous comedians on earth, but way back in the late '90s Amy Poehler was just like any other struggling actress in New York, tackling Andy Richter on the set of Conan O'Brien.

Stephen Colbert

You never know what future superstars might be popping up on those local access television commercials. Now the host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert got his start doing commercials for a bank in Nebraska. We all start somewhere, right? 

Claire Danes

Now a yearly Emmy nominee, Claire Danes has been in staring roles since the '90s. It wasn't until her Homeland days that the world got to see her true talent. Danes appeared on Letterman back in '95 when she was only 16 years old! This clip aired just before the release of Romeo & Juliet, where she played the ill-fated love interest of Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Bob Odenkirk

Known for his funny but dramatic roll in AMC's Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk has been a heavy hitter in comedy for years. Seinfeld fans might remember seeing Odenkirk play a struggling med student supported by Elaine to fulfill her dream of one day dating a doctor. 

Lena Headey

Before she played the Queen of Westeros, Lena Heady was the Queen of Sparta in the gory fantasy epic 300. The clip above shows a slightly younger Heady talking about her role in the exciting film, which is often hailed as an ambitious pioneering project in special effects technology. This role may be what led to Headey's Emmy nominated spot as the evil Queen Cersei on Game of Thrones, the most nominated show in this year's Emmy Awards. 

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