The BBC mega-hit TV show Top Gear features a regular segment called "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car". As you can probably guess, it involves the hosts putting big-name celebrities like Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz behind the wheel of an average, everyday grocery-hauler to see how fast they can zip around a racetrack.
Apart from watching celebs drive like maniacs (and oftentimes, get very competitive in the process), the fun of "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" also comes from seeing Cruise, Diaz, and their A-list pals strapped into a vehicle that most would never, ever own...or would they? On a recent rainy afternoon, we decided to poke around and see which boldface names still reserve one bay in their Ferrari-filled garages for a mainstream, mass-market ride like the kind they drove before they hit the big time.
Alyssa Milano in a Nissan Leaf
It's easy to take potshots at child actors who go on to become infomercial stars (remember "Teen Steam"?) before resuscitating their careers as 20something actors and activists. But Alyssan Milano got her start by working with Judith Light AND Katherine Helmond, which is like simultaneously winning the lottery, marrying your high school sweetheart, and finding the last golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory all in the same day, so girlfriend is beyond charmed. She can drive whatever she wants -- and she'll do it with more class than most of her green (with envy) peers. (Source: Motorauthority.com)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in a Chevrolet Suburban
When we think of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, we think of perfect cheekbones, celebrity adoption, and a long-overdue wedding. We assume that they spend their glamorous waking hours shopping for new homes in exotic locales and saving the occasional tree. Probably the last thing we envision Brangelina doing is cruising through a McDonald's drive-through in a Chevrolet Suburban -- and yet, here they are. Given their reputation as mavericks, maybe Brad and Angelina are trying to show the world that they're different from some of their uppity Tinseltown peers, many of whom would sneer at a not-so-environmentally friendly, Detroit-made SUV. Or maybe they've finally realized that when a dozen rugrats start clamoring for McNuggets, you need more than a Prius to handle the job. (Source: Justjared)
Jennifer Lawrence in a Volkswagen Eos
Jennifer Lawrence is a big deal nowadays -- the Sarah Michelle Gellar of her generation. But despite all the paparazzi focused on Ms. Hunger Games, she continues to pump her own gas and scoot around town in a humble Volkswagen Eos. Sure, she could afford an equally cute, equally German Mercedes-Benz SLK like her curvy young gal pals, or maybe a peppy BMW M3. But it's the Eos that makes her inner Katniss Everdeen proud. (Source: Popholic.com)
Kevin Federline in a GMC Yukon
We admit, we were on the fence about including K-Fed in this lineup. We wondered: is he really famous? Was he ever more than celebrity-adjacent? How did the former Mr. Spears lose so much weight? And most importantly: is that really his Yukon, or is he working as a bag boy at Ralph's? We're going to assume the answer to that last question is "yes". After all, if you're the type of guy who uses "posse" unironically, you probably need third-row seating to schlep that posse around. (Source: Socialitelife.com)