Where Kim Kardashian Really Started: 8 Celebs Who Worked For Other Celebs

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Allow us to spin you a yarn. At the dawn of the new millennium, the world did not yet know of “Kimberly Kardashian.” It was a simpler time, when the # sign was just what you pressed to confirm things on a telephone keypad. (Narrator pauses for long, wistful sigh; fondly remembers a time before #blessed.)
We may have not known about Kim K. back then, but that’s only because her star power was still in its nascent stages. She was just starting to climb the ranks of celebrity, and she was doing it in a way not many people know about. No, not the sex tape; people know about that one (and, in light of this past week’s events, people may be thinking differently about it). No, we're talking about Kim's onetime employment: She actually started out as Paris Hilton’s assistant.
Yes, everyone has to start somewhere, and the tangled web of celebrities who cut their teeth working for other celebrities is almost as complex as that of Hollywood romances. Here are eight well-known stars who started from the bottom as assistants, interns, babysitters, and nannies; now, they’re Drake-style here.
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Kim Kardashian was Paris Hilton’s assistant.

In 2006, this particular half of Kimye was trying to make it as a Hollywood closet-organizer. Socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton’s star was reaching its zenith thanks to The Simple Life, and she decided to hire Kim, whom she’d known for years, to be her assistant. The two traveled together, partied in Ibiza, and Kim did, in fact, organize Paris’ closet.
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Jennifer Garner babysat for Stephen Colbert.

Garner and Colbert were guest stars on Spin City at the same time, and Colbert ended up hiring the actress and her roommate to babysit for his kids. She joked on The Daily Show that he didn't pay her well.
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Photos: Courtesy of FOX; Joe Pugliese/TBS.
Mindy Kaling interned for Conan O'Brien.

A 19-year-old Kaling interned for the tall drink of ginger back when he was still hosting Late Night With Conan O'Brien. Although he's her comedy hero, Mindy swears she's "the worst intern that's ever worked on the program." Other Office alums who interned for Conan include John Krasinski and Ellie Kemper.
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Allison Williams was Tina Fey’s assistant.

Brian Williams helped his daughter land a job as Tina Fey's personal assistant the summer she filmed Baby Mama. Williams was also a production assistant on Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.
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Wayne Gretzky babysat for Robin Thicke.

In fact, the hockey legend was house-sitting for Alan Thicke (and babysitting for an 11-year-old Robin) when he found out he was being traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles. Gretzky got the call around 9 p.m., and he had to leave by 6 the next morning, so the Thickes — who were in Norway — had to find someone else to watch Robin.
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Ashley Olsen interned for Zac Posen.

Before launching The Row, Olsen interned for Posen to earn credit at NYU. Her sister Mary-Kate worked for photographer Annie Leibovitz in a similar arrangement.
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Bethenny Frankel was Paris Hilton's nanny.

Frankel was hostessing at a restaurant in Beverly Hills when she met Kyle Richards, who got her a job driving her nieces Paris and Nicky Hilton to school. Bethenny soon became the Hilton's chef as well, which led to her other food-prep positions working for Alicia Silverstone and Mariska Hargitay.
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Steve Carell worked for Jon Stewart.

The Daily Show was a launching pad for many of our favorite actors and comedians, including Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, and Josh Gad.