Jennifer Lawrence Talks Dropping Out Of Middle School: ‘I Wanted To Forge My Own Path’

Jennifer Lawrence says she doesn’t regret dropping out of middle school.

The Oscar-winning actress sat down with “60 Minutes” host Bill Whitaker to talk all about giving up school at 14-years-old to pursue her acting career.

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“The Hunger Games” actress says she struggled at school and “never felt very smart.” She eventually began modelling, started reading scripts and connecting with the characters. Something clicked for Lawrence that prompted her to drop out of middle school and start her acting career.

“I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated,” she told Whitaker.

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When asked by Whitaker if she regrets the decision. “No. I really don’t. 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,” Lawrence said. “Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career.”

With her career in full-swing, Lawrence is now starring as a Russian spy in “Red Sparrow”, telling Whitaker that the nude scenes in her new role were empowering. The actress added that filming in the nude helped her overcome the 2014 hacking incident, when naked photos from her phone were stolen and posted to the Internet by a hacker.

“I realized that there was a difference between consent and not and I showed up for the first day and I did it and I felt empowered,” she said. “I feel like something that was taken from me I got back and am using in my art.”

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The full interview with Lawrence airs on “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

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