Jennifer Lawrence Dropped Out of Middle School at 14 to Pursue Acting

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To hear that a celebrity dropped out of high school to pursue a career in the entertainment industry isn’t anything new. 2/5 of One Direction and 3/4 of 5 Seconds of Summer never got their high school diplomas, but, obviously, they still thrived. What is more rare, though, is hearing that a celebrity dropped out of middle school to do the same… but that’s exactly what Jennifer Lawrence did.

In a 60 Minutes interview with Bill Whitaker, the 27-year-old actress candidly reveals her decision to leave her education at the age of 14. “I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated,” she says.

Does she regret it, though? “No. I really don’t,” the Red Sparrow star claims. “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.”

If you’re wondering how J.Law got away with ditching school in her early teens, a 2000 report boasts that “Seven of the states (Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Maine, New Mexico, and Oklahoma) allow students to drop out of school before age 17 or 18 with their parents’ consent. Some also require school authorities to consent to the student’s dropping out and some require the student and his parents to attend a final school exit interview or counseling session.”

Considering Jen was born in raised in one of those seven states (Kentucky), we’re thinking she took advantage of this opportunity.

Jennifer Lawrence’s 60 Minutes interview will be broadcast on Sunday, February 25 at 7pm ET/PT.