Jennifer Lawrence Says She Dropped Out of School at 14 and Never Got a Diploma: “I Am Self-Educated”

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Ever since gaining enormous popularity as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” Jennifer Lawrence has quickly become one of America’s favorite actresses. She’s funny, weird, and super down to earth. She likes to keep private– the star doesn’t even have social media accounts. But in an interview for 60 Minutes about her upcoming movie “Red Sparrow,” Lawrence opened up about her own education and how she got where she is today.


“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 said. “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. It’s so hard to explain, it was just an overwhelming feeling of, ‘I get this. This is what I was meant to do.'”

Lawrence dropped out of school at the age of 14 to pursue acting. “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated,” she said. “I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do and I didn’t want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career from the age of 14.”

We’d say it worked out well for her, don’t you think?

Colleen Matthews
Raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colleen grew up cheering on the Razorbacks, fishing with her dad, learning about southern hospitality from her mom, and enjoying the best of The Ozarks. When she's not writing, she's likely spoiling her black lab, playing pranks on her husband, chasing around her nieces and nephews, or rearranging her house.

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