Celebrity second jobs: 5 that will surprise you

Actress Jennifer Tilly, center, places a bet on the third day of the first round of the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the Rio Hotel & Casino July 30, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nev. Ethan Miller/Getty Images

(MoneyWatch) More Hollywood celebs than ever seem to be moonlighting with second jobs, even though it's unlikely they need the money. While some choices make perfect sense -- like fashionable Justin Timberlake and his William Rast clothing line or the Memphis-born star's Southern Hospitality restaurant -- others seem less natural. Here are five celebrity second jobs that might surprise you:

Jennifer Tilly's poker career
The Bullets Over Broadway and Liar, Liar star may be known for her breathless voice, but she's also a well-established professional poker player. Not only has she won over $600,000, she took home the 2005 World Series of Poker Ladies No-Limit Hold'em gold bracelet, and the following year, won the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational.

Drew Barrymore's Pinot Grigio
The rumored mom-to-be probably isn't sampling a lot of her newly launched white wine, making it a somewhat unfortunate time to be promoting it. And fans might think the brand is already a strange choice for Barrymore, whose early career was overshadowed by substance abuse issues. But the proof is in the pour: The Pinot Grigio recently won a coveted French Le Challenge International du Vin award.

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop blog
The Iron Man actress has an indisputably full schedule -- aside from a thriving movie career, the actress has two children, a rock star husband, and homes around the world. But a few years ago, she decided to throw herself into the blogosphere, with Goop, a lifestyle blog that features healthy eating recipes, travel tips and product recommendations for other busy moms.

Kiefer Sutherland's music label
The 24 star co-founded Ironworks Music, a small recording studio and music label. Currently at the top of their roster is popular indie rocker Rocco Deluca. But my vote for the label's next album release is this hilarious duet between the former Jack Bauer (on guitar) and his dog (doing vocals).

Jamie Foxx's avocado farm
The Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy-winning musician recently told Tavis Smiley all about his newest project, an avocado farm. In the interview, he jokes about starting his own guacamole brand -- just like Fifty Cent has his own Vitamin Water. Not sure if that will take off, but it worked for Paul Newman, right?

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