We all know that going the beaten path doesn’t necessarily guarantee good fortune. In fact, many of Hollywood’s top stars did not even get past high school and yet became wildly successful.
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10. Jennifer Lawrence
The Hunger Games star Lawrence is so well-spoken that one would naturally assume she has at least graduated high school. However, the truth is that Jennifer Lawrence made the bold decision to stop her schooling at the tender age of 14 years in order to pursue a full-time career in acting. When asked if she ever regretted her move, Lawrence simply shrugged off the question saying that she was never a good or committed student anyways and always wanted to be an actress. She playfully added that reading scripts was always more fun than reading books. The fact that this Hollywood hottie has walked away with several accolades, including an Oscar, for her roles in movies, makes us certain she made the right choice for herself.
9. Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio holds the hearts of women across the world with his suave ways and yet, he is one of the many famous celebrities in Hollywood who did not make it through high school. He continued his education but at a local drama school instead, that offered free acting classes. Beginning his career in the 1990s hit series Growing Pains, Leonardo has starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters and won many awards for his roles. DiCaprio indeed proved that a degree does not mean everything as he is now one of the highest paid movie stars in the world. Moreover, he also has a heart of gold as he frequently attends and addresses global conferences on environmental issues and was recently appointed by the United Nations as a world ‘Messenger of Peace’ for his humanitarian efforts.
8. Ryan Gosling
The Canadian-born actor and musician is known to play roles that make women across the world swoon and men jealous. However, things weren’t always so great in his younger days as he dropped out of school due to a string of continuous poor grades. Gosling’s mother tried to homeschool him for a couple of years; however, the handsome actor’s mind simply was not on his books. Ryan Gosling admitted that he decided to try out acting on a whim and didn’t always know whether he wanted to be a movie star. On auditioning for Disney’s All New Mickey Mouse Club, gosling landed a part alongside Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and Britney Spears and this proved to be his stepping stone to success. From there on, the La La Land star has gone on to join Hollywood’s top earning club of actors and the rest as they say is history.
7. Harry Styles
Undoubtedly the most famous face of boyband One Direction, Harry Styles has gone on to enjoy much success as a solo artist. Yet, very few fans know that this talented singer made the decision to drop out of school in order to pursue a full-time career in music. On auditioning for the British competitive show, The X Factor, Styles was spotted by talent hunters and put together with four other contestants to form boyband One Direction. One Direction went on to become one of the most successful boybands of the past decade and inspite of their hiatus, Harry Styles has released a solo album and gone on to make his Hollywood big screen debut in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-nominated masterpiece Dunkirk.
6. Daniel Radcliffe
Star of the Harry Potter series of movies, one simply cannot deny that Daniel Radcliffe is a global star. However, fame at such a young age sometimes comes with a high price tag. Radcliffe landed the lead role as young wizard Harry Potter at the age of 11 years and naturally, long hours on set meant he had to stop pursuing his formal education. When asked about whether he missed having a normal childhood and schooling, the British star replied that a formal education set up was stifling for him as he was always hyperactive by nature. With worldwide fame and an illustrious career path ahead of him, we are sure Radcliffe does not regret the decision to leave his schooling incomplete.
5. Paris Hilton
Heiress to the Hilton empire, most would assume Paris Hilton at least went through school given her background. Fact is that Hilton was sent to the famed Canterbury School in Connecticut which is noted for its famous alumni including former American President John f Kennedy. However, Paris didn’t fare too well and was reportedly expelled for frequently breaking rules with her inappropriate wardrobe, constant tardiness, and complete lack of discipline and academic interest. Paris Hilton is infamously remembered for her leaked sex tape 1 Night In Paris made for ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon. Yet, she redeemed her career and has also gone on to try her hand at acting in movies and reality TV. Notorious or not, one cannot deny Paris Hilton’s global presence.
The Barbados-born singer began her journey with music at the tender age of 7 years in her hometown. Together with two of her classmates, she formed a girl band and made audition tapes. However, spunky Rihanna outshone the other two girls and won a contract with Def Jam Recordings. Barely 15 years old and with a burgeoning music career on the horizon, young Rihanna made the tough choice that most celebrities do: she left school to pursue her dreams. A risk that indeed paid off with Rihanna now being a global face and one of the most popular female vocalists of the current generation. With a net worth of over $200 million US dollars, Rihanna has her own makeup line Fenty and is noted for her humanitarian efforts, particularly spreading awareness about HIV and AIDS, thus proving a school degree is not always the mark of success.
3. Hilary Swank
Swank impresses us all with the elegant way she carries herself and with her witty repartee, yet few know that this Hollywood leading lady dropped out of high school to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. Facing much financial difficulties, Hilary Swank always credits her mother for believing in her and supporting her decision to quit school and get into movies. The star’s mother would in fact use the last of their money to contact agents to get her daughter an audition. The hard work and perseverance has paid off for the world to see however, the Million Dollar Baby actress often admits that she regrets not completing her education and sometimes feels embarrassed to admit to others that she is a high-school dropout.
2. Catherine Zeta Jones
The beautiful Welsh actress was always drawn to the stage from a very young age. Having started danced lessons when she was just 4 years old, Zeta Jones quit formal schooling at the age of 15 years to tour with a theatre group for the musical The Pajama Game. From there on, she never looked back and moved on to major roles in British television and cinema and finally found success in Hollywood. Having won the Oscar for her role in the hit musical Chicago, the dark-haired beauty’s fairy-tale-like story finally culminated in her marriage to American actor Michael Douglas. Zeta Jones is often noted for her poise in public and it is hard for most to believe that this well-spoken actress is indeed a high school dropout.
1. Johnny Depp
In a story that sounds like the plot of one of his movies, Johnny Depp dropped out from high school at an early age and did a series of odd jobs that ranged from being in a rock band to a ballpoint pen salesman before landing his first role in the 1984 horror flick A Nightmare On Elm Street. From there on there was no turning back for Depp who is widely considered as one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors and is best known for choosing eccentric roles. However, rumour has it that the Hollywood star is not to keen on his daughter Lily Rose following in his footsteps as she plans to quit school to pursue a flourishing career in modelling. Hmm, the irony of it all!