Jennifer Lawrence: Why I left school at 14

JENNIFER Lawrence is a lot of things - an Oscar winner, a bona fide movie star, an outspoken advocate for women - but she isn't a high school graduate.

"I dropped out of middle school," the Red Sparrow star, 27, revealed to 60 Minutes in a segment airing Sunday. "I don't technically have a GED (equivalent to an HSC) or a diploma. I am self-educated."

She explained, "I struggled through school. I never felt very smart. And when I'm reading the 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 even know existed, something I could be confident in, and I didn't want to let it go."

Lawrence firmly denied having any regret for dropping out of junior high because it paved the way for her mega-stardom today.

"I wanted to forge my own path," she said. "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."

Lawrence previously spoke of her lack of education in a 2013 Vanity Fair profile, but called herself "vastly uneducated" at the time rather than "self-educated."

This story originally appeared on Page Six and is republished here with permission.


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