Celebrities who decided to drop out of school
Celebrities don’t always finish special acting or vocal schools, some of the most successful celebrities don’t even finish high school! Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence, John Travolta, and many other stars are famous for their magnificent talents but they hide some secrets that not all of their fans even know. This article shows a few celebrities who decided to leave school, some of them seem to regret the decision but others are glad and claim that it was one of the best decisions in their lives.
Kate Winslet (42)
She was only 17 years old when she appeared in her first movie, Heavenly Creatures. It was over 20 years ago! And it just a year before she dropped out of high school to start her acting career. "I had finished my school exams, and you see, contrary to what people think about me - people often think I must have all these diplomas and things and rubber stamps next to my name and crests and training and all this kind of pedigree."
She also added in one of the interviews "I left school at 16 and I went to work in a delicatessen to save money to get the train to London to go on auditions." This is quite surprising but we hope she doesn’t regret the decision. After all, even the beginnings of her acting career were stunning and we can admire her hard work in many memorable movies.
Jennifer Lawrence (28)
During one of the episodes of 60 Minutes, Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she didn't finish school! It turns out that the actress dropped out at age 14. She was so young! "I struggled through school, I never felt very smart. And when I’m reading this script, and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way," she admitted.
"That was a whole part of my brain that I didn’t even know existed. Something that I could be confident in. And I didn’t want to let it go. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated." It seems that you really don't need any special diplomas to become a successful actress. The fact that she is a self-educated woman doesn't mean she is a worse actress!
Hilary Swank (44)
All her fans remember her playing a high school teacher who motivates poor city kids in 2007’s Freedom Writers. It turns out that she left her school when she was a kid! "I’m not proud that that’s something that happened, but it happened. I think school is really, really important and we have an education problem in this country and it’s a shame. It’s a shame for any kid to feel hopeless about their future."
She seems to regret the decision. "I ended up dropping out of high school. I'm a high school dropout, which I'm not proud to say. I had some teachers that I still think of fondly and were amazing to me. But I had other teachers who said, 'You know what? This dream of yours is a hobby. When are you going to give it up?' I had teachers who I could tell didn't want to be there. And I just couldn't get inspired by someone who didn't want to be there."
Katy Perry (33)
She was 15 when she left school to pursue her singing career. She was also talking about her family. And she clearly doesn't have good memories. "I was being pulled out of school even in the middle of school and sometimes being home-schooled. Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don’t-know-what-they-were schools."
John Travolta (64)
John Travolta breakout role was 1977’s Saturday Night Fever, but the actor was thinking about acting long before and considered it as his greatest passion. He mostly dreamt about becoming an actor in high school, but he always felt isolated because of his interest. "Not too many of my friends identified with what I was doing," Travolta said in the interview.
"I participated in football and basketball, and did what they were doing, but not many kids understood my going to acting studios at night." That's why his decision about dropping out of school seems to be quite understandable. He finally left Dwight Morrow High School in New Jersey and moved to New York City to be a full-time actor.
Seth Rogen (36)
The actor once admitted "I worked really hard. It’s not like I dropped out of high school and just did nothing. I dropped out of high school and went and worked on a TV show. We were writing a script all throughout high school. I probably worked harder than most people who were just doing high school stuff, honestly. I did stand-up comedy all throughout high school. I think, honestly, if you have a career in mind that isn’t academically oriented, then high school is probably not going to lead you to what you want to be."
Keanu Reeves (54)
Keanu Reeves also left his school! He said in the interview "It was difficult. I went to four different high schools in five years. I was okay academically, good at English and creative writing. I was on the chess team." It turns out that he was... expelled at age 16! He didn't get along with his superiors and seemed quite aggressive and rebellious! We can't believe!
"It was a very small school, and I guess I didn't fit in. I had conflicts and run-ins with the staff. The principal and I didn't see eye to eye. I was one of those 'Why?' kids - I asked too many questions about everything. I couldn't stop even if it got me into trouble." And now Keanu Reeves is considered one of the nicest celebrities in Hollywood! So surprising!
Mark Wahlberg (47)
Mark Wahlberg left his high school but then promised himself to complete the education, what he achieved in 2013. "For almost a year, I’ve been taking classes and studying any chance I could get - on the set, traveling for work and at home. It has been both humbling and challenging, but I’m happy to report that I am officially a high school graduate, having received my diploma this summer."
Ryan Gosling (37)
Ryan Gosling had reportedly so many problems with his school that he had to be home-educated! His mother decided to teach him since the fifth grade. When he was 17 Ryan decided to drop out of Lester B. Pearson High School in Canada and move to New Zealand to shoot '90s historical-fantasy show "Young Hercules." It seems that was a good decision.
She left Barbados and high school at age 16. Rihanna once confessed to Social Magazine that "when I left Barbados, I didn't look back. I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America." She was only a teenage girl when she moved into famed music producer Evan Rogers' house in Connecticut. Soon after that, she was auditioning for Jay-Z!
Johnny Depp (55)
Johnny Depp also doesn't have a high-school diploma. He left his school when he was 15 to pursue a career as a rock star. He once said "I thought, 'You know what? This is crazy, I should go back.' I went back and I spoke to the dean of the school and he said… 'I know that you have this music thing… That's your passion, so you should go with that.'"
Tracy Morgan (49)
American actor and comedian Tracy Morgan claims that he's happy that he dropped out of high school. In one interview he confessed, "I’m glad I dropped out of high school, man. I wouldn’t be where I’m at. I would have had a net. I’m glad I didn’t have anything to fall back on, man, because that made me go for my dreams that much harder."
Drew Barrymore (43)
Drew emancipated from her mother at 14 and then she decided to quit school. In her memoir "Wildflower," the actress talks about that tough experience she had: "Once I was emancipated, I had simply dropped out of school. I decided to create my own school, to self-educate: I will buy a dictionary and study every word. I will steep myself in all the things I love. I decided right then and there I would not be defeated. I would create my own curriculum. And so I did just that: I read, I cleaned, I worked."
Jim Carrey (56)
He was actually forced to leave school and help his family when his father lost his job. He confessed, "We were experiencing poverty at that point. We all got a job, where the whole family had to work as security guards and janitors. I had a sick mom, man. I wanted to make her feel better. I used to go in [the room] and do impressions of praying mantises, and weird things, and whatever. I'd bounce off the walls and throw myself down the stairs to make her feel better."