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Jessica Chastain Admits She Dropped Out Of High School!

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School ain't for everybody!

Such was the case with Jessica Chastain, who for the past four years has been killin' it with critically lauded performances in award winning films such as The Hurt Locker and most recently, A Most Violent Year.

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However, the 37-year-old recently opened up about her troublesome high school years.

She confesses:

"Nobody knows this about me… I dropped out of high school. I was not a hard worker. I was a terrible student. Eventually I got my adult diploma, but I did not graduate. And it wasn't that I just dropped out and never went back—at the end of the year I had too many absences to graduate."

Eventually, the Sacramento native got accepted to the Juilliard School which planted the seeds of her blossoming acting career.

The Oscar nominee does have words for students who are struggling to make the grades.

Jessica says:

"I thought that I wasn't an intelligent person because I did so poorly… There are kids out there that aren't doing well in school—and I hope they never think it means they're stupid. It's all about finding where your interest lies and finding what you're good at."

You heard her right, kids! Never give up!

[Image via WENN.]

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3 comments to “Jessica Chastain Admits She Dropped Out Of High School!”

  1. Brooke says – reply to this


    I think you mean Zero Dark Thirty not The Hurt Locker! (Same director, but Jessica wasn't on the blockbuster scene yet in 2008).

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  3. Emily says – reply to this


    Actually, Jessica Chastain did not star in The Hurt Locker, but Zero Dark Thirty…. Same director though…