Each one of us has, tucked away in some deep recess of the mind, a certain longing for a career choice we would have made if the cards life dealt us were different. It turns out that the celebrities we envy have the same yearning, and wouldn’t mind existing in a parallel universe, in a different persona. Some of the choices you’ll read below may surprise you.

Kim Kardashian — famous for her killer looks, wouldn’t have minded going after real killers if she had to live her life all over again. In an interview with Vogue, she confessed wanting to be a forensic investigator if she had another go at choosing a job.

Gerard Butler — famous for his tough guy roles in blockbuster movies, maintains he’d love to be more connected to his wild side by becoming a forest ranger, a job he envies. The Scottish actor says he loves hills and forests, and would readily leave the city lights behind to sleep under the stars if he could.

‘Princess of Pop’ Britney Spears has a strange career wish. She insists her dream job would be to become a nanny to the children of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie! Ms. Spears says she’s fascinated by the Brangelina brood and would love to look after them. Seriously?

Denzel Washington may have been bitten by the acting bug while at Fordham University, but when he enrolled as a student, his aim was to become a journalist. He has a way with words, you can’t deny; even if he’s not writing them, he delivers them with a finesse few others are capable of.

Brad Pitt‘s alternate career would have to be something linked to architecture, which the actor is passionate about. He’s the founder of the Make It Right Foundation, which helped to finance and construct 150 houses for the affectees of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Pitt is a vocal supporter of sustainable, environment-friendly architecture across the world.