'I am self-educated': Jennifer Lawrence doesn't regret dropping out of middle school
The Silver Linings Playbook actress gets candid about her struggle to achieve her dreams.
In a new interview with 60 Minutes, Jennifer Lawrence revealed that she never earned her high school diploma. Jennifer, who has won an Oscar, was named the highest-paid actress of 2015 and 2016. Her success, she revealed, was the result of a sacrifice: she never graduated high school.
Jennifer Lawrence says she dropped out of middle school. The Oscar-winning actress tells Bill Whitaker she didn't want anything getting in the way of her career. Sunday on 60 Minutes.https://t.co/BgAj4TcRiV pic.twitter.com/MjzH5Bgu8d— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 23, 2018
Jennifer started her acting career at a very young age. At only 14, she dropped out of middle school to pursue her acting career, first appearing in the series Company Town.
"I struggled through school. I never felt very smart," she says to the interviewer. "And when I’m reading a script, and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way, that was a whole part of my brain that I didn’t know existed. It’s something that I could be confident in, and I didn’t want to let it go."
Explaining her goals and aspirations was the hardest struggle she had to face. Jennifer had her mind set on an acting career, but she couldn't get people to understand her.
"It’s so hard to explain, it was just an overwhelming feeling of, ‘I get this. This is what I was meant to do.' And to get people to try to understand that when you’re 14 years old, wanting to drop out of school and do this and your parents are just like, ‘You’re out of your mind,'" said J-Law.
The actress prides herself on being the best in her field. "I am self-educated," she said.
The Silver Linings Playbook actress doesn't regret dropping out. Her goal was simple: she was going on her own journey.
"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," she explained.
The decision even cost her some friends and relationships along the way. "Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career," she said matter-of-factly.
Jennifer earned her first Academy Award nomination in 2011 for her movie Winter's Bone. She was 18 when she earned her first nomination. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook in 2012.
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