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Jennifer Lawrence Opens Up About Dropping Out of Middle School: 'I Never Felt Very Smart'

Jennifer Lawrence Opens Up About Dropping Out of Middle School: 'I Never Felt Very Smart'

Jennifer Lawrence is opening up about dropping out of school at a young age.

The 27-year-old Red Sparrow actress sat down for an interview on 60 Minutes, which will air on Sunday (February 25).

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During the conversation, Jennifer discussed giving up on school at the young age of 14 in order to pursue acting as a career.

“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.”

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Pictured below: Jennifer attends the Red Sparrow photocall at The Corinthia Hotel on February 20 in London, England.

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  • moody

    she dropped out of school at 14. that explains a lot.

  • cafeast

    Jesus she is white trash, isn’t she… not even a GED. And proudly telling ppl how they should think and decide politically and socially, b/c she is a moviestar! It is incumbent upon her to guide the nation’s youth!
    The nerve of these under-educated overly entitled Hwood trash… Such filth.
    I bet she lost her virginity at 9 or 10 to her uncle or a cousin in his 30s.

  • Kat

    If she is that insecure she can always get her GED and go to classes. I have seen an interview where she said she was a fan of an actress and the interviewer pointed out that that actress went to college and Jlaw looked down.

  • ✮Jenny✮

    Jennifer, You can justify it all you want. But you’re as dumb as a bag of hammers.

  • Will

    That explains a lot, if she wasn’t a moron being self educated could have been a good thing but she a narcissist.

  • Jamie

    I can’t believe her parents let her do that. I would make my kid wait until they were 18 years old to pursue a career in Hollywood.

  • Jamie

    I can’t believe her parents let her do that. I would make my kid wait until they were 18 years old to pursue a career in Hollywood.

  • rubie

    wow! makes a whole lot of sense now, when an individual lacks the experience of the social aspect that going through school provides, they become like her…Loud, obnoxious and doesn’t know when to bite there tongue. She needs to go to back to school, maybe take a social class?

  • rubie

    wow! makes a whole lot of sense now, when an individual lacks the experience of the social aspect that going through school provides, they become like her…Loud, obnoxious and doesn’t know when to bite there tongue. She needs to go to back to school, maybe take a social class?

  • KS_in_TP

    WOW!!! I’ve been saying for several years that I highly suspected she was a HS dropout and that she probably didn’t get past 11th grade (age 16) — I never imagined it was this bad. This is really, really bad.

  • KS_in_TP

    But but but she’s going to lecture YOU about politics and world events!

  • KS_in_TP

    A GED takes a lot of study. She wouldn’t be able to hack it. She hasn’t cracked a text book since 14 and she’s almost 30. That’s half a lifetime.

  • KS_in_TP

    She’s the worst. But look at her sitting there. She’s a multi-millionaire with 5 Oscar noms. Ugh, it sickens me.

  • wearing

    I know she’s mentioned she’s dropped out of school before, but I thought it was high school. She’s also said she had attention problems too. I don’t think it’s a “smart” issue, but she probably needs help with her obvious ADHD as well as the confidence to try studying again. If she took medication, I bet she’d be able to focus as well as not blurt out everything that pops up in her head.

  • yousra

    Education is important to young girls, terrible example. money is not everything

  • Kat

    Oh I would know I’m not from the US. She could if she really wanted too but maybe she doesnt think she is that smart.

  • Vanity

    what a great role model.. ffs. There really is nothing more to say about this redneck.

  • DarkEkati

    that explains why she is such a big fan of the kartrashians. Because she has pees for brains!!!

  • HG

    I actually like how Brian Williams and a lot of other celeb parents made their kids go to college and obtain a degree before they were allowed to pursue acting. So if their acting career didn’t pan out, they would at least have an education and a different skill set to fall back on.

  • HG

    I actually like how Brian Williams and a lot of other celeb parents made their kids go to college and obtain a degree before they were allowed to pursue acting. So if their acting career didn’t pan out, they would at least have an education and a different skill set to fall back on.

  • soyeahsowhat

    well, she didn’t self-educate well. she’s a doorknob.

  • cafeast

    Well Oscar noms only mean she knew which cock to sit on. Nothing unusual…

  • Reilly

    True. This is same person who didn’t have the stones to say something about Weinstein until everyone else had done it first and who automatically goes the sexism and anti-feminism route the minute anyone questions something she does. If she is serious about this, I can’t see it lasting long now she’s admitted she isn’t educated.

  • KS_in_TP

    She made a massive mistake in revealing this. Or maybe it was about to come out (blackmail?) and she went ahead with it herself. In any case this revelation does not help dispel the rumors that she might have (ALLEGEDLY) engaged in certain things to get her career advanced (she advanced quicker and higher than anyone I have EVER seen and I’ve been an observer of film and pop culture for many years). I mean, she’s admitting to dropping out at 14 to “focus on my career” and that she even abandoned friendships to achieve that. This is extraordinary ambition. That’s ambition that one might say might be willing to do almost anything to achieve one’s goals.

  • KS_in_TP

    She clearly decided she doesn’t need it. She has the career she wanted and she feels that she’s “self-educated”, so I can’t see her bothering with a GED just to say, “I did it”. She’s justifying her extremely poor education by claiming to be self-educated.

  • plez

    The explains so much. On her break she needs to go back and get her GED.

  • Reilly

    Something’s definitely causing her to come out with all this stuff. It could just be because critics are saying the film is awful and she’s trying to get some press for it or as you say, someone’s got something on her. She’s about to start a new junket so it’ll be fun to hear what she comes out with next.

  • Reilly

    Something’s definitely causing her to come out with all this stuff. It could just be because critics are saying the film is awful and she’s trying to get some press for it or as you say, someone’s got something on her. She’s about to start a new junket so it’ll be fun to hear what she comes out with next.

  • 777

    I don’t get why she lied about it, and I find it weird that she has been a huge star for years now and no one realized she was lying about it.

  • 777

    She always said she got her GED though.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 eternalfratboy

    dumb bytch!!!!

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  • imsn

    makes sense :
    She made a joke about rape. “I pulled out my rape scream for you.”
    She’s mocked the physical appearance of Christian Bale and Val Kilmer. “I finally get to kiss Christian Bale and he’s fat! He’s Fatman not Batman!” Because girls weight is off limits, but mens weight is fair game, apparently.
    She’s mocked mental illness. “By the way, you [Jesse Esienberg] are the most interesting person. I was in the dressing room going ‘I want weird quirks!’ …That’s so cool! He can’t step on the floor!” Jennifer Lawrence speaking directly to Jesse Eisenberg about his OCD on the Jay Leno show.
    She’s erased the sexuality of her character and equated it to a lesbian phase.
    She mocked shy people for making her feel uncomfortable. “Oh, I can’t stand shy people. Like, make it up already. Ask about the weather, don’t stare at your plate and make me feel like I’m making you uncomfortable!”

  • imsn

    In case you needed a recap, here’s what she told the audience as she fought back laughter:

    “The [rocks] were sacred, and you’re not supposed to sit on them because you’re not supposed to expose your genitalia to them.

    “I, however, was in a wetsuit for this whole shoot so – oh my God, they were so good for butt-itching.

    “One rock that I was butt-scratching on ended up coming loose.

    “It was a giant boulder and it rolled down this mountain and almost killed our sound guy.

    “And his whole station got destroyed, it was a huge dramatic deal and all the Hawaiians were like ‘Oh my god, it’s the curse.’

    “And I’m round the corner going, ‘Haha! I’m your curse – I wedged it loose with my ass.

  • imsn

    this

  • deusexmachina

    That explains a lot about her love for Kim Kardashian. They have so much thing in common.

  • Kat

    True. Whatever is self education its what highschool drop out claim to not deal with the shame. Its sad really if self education was an actual thing no one would bother going to school. Ever.

  • Maria M.

    It certainly shows.

  • Maria M.

    OMG, she is total trash, a complete idiot and trashier than any Kardashian out there. She shouldn’t be allowed on TV, kids shouldn’t look up to this IDIOT! I didn’t hear this rocks story before. I am absolutely shocked and speechless!

  • imsn

    its sad :(

  • imsn

    its sad :(

  • imsn

    its sad :(

  • Bonnie Brown

    Get ready for a big reveal!

  • Bonnie Brown

    Karen said that she scored a 3.9 gpa on her GED and I knew theres no such thing as a gpa on a ged

  • Bonnie Brown

    Low self-esteem.

  • Bonnie Brown

    She aspired to go to Harvard and be a DR. She was in MENSA during middle school for bright children. She was a minor this is Karen’s fault What does KY have to say about that?

  • Bonnie Brown

    That’s a parents responsibility to make their child get an education. Sounds like the parents couldn’t afford a Hollywood tutor.

  • ✮Jenny✮

    You never felt smart because you aren’t smart!

    She’s showing her intelligence right now by bragging she quit school. Loser!