Jessica Chastain Finally Admits Deep Dark Secret From Her Teen Years


Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain has exploded onto the scene in recent years, but so far has managed to keep her big secret from her teen years a secret -- she never graduated high school.


Yup, she's won a Golden Globe and has had two Oscar nods thrown her way, but girlfriend never donned a cap and gown to receive her high school diploma.

The 37-year-old bombshell revealed her secret in an interview with Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, January 8, and admitted that it was something she'd kept hidden about herself until then.

"Nobody knows this about me -- I dropped out of high school," she confessed. "I was not a hard worker. I was a terrible student."

The A Most Violent Year actress was born in Sacramento, and attended the local El Camino Fundamental High School. "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 ... I would cut school and sit in my car, reading Shakespeare."

We're thinking she's kicked her rear into gear since her high school days, have appeared in films like Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty, Mama, The Help, and the upcoming Crimson Peak.

She revealed that it was a huge blow to her confidence. "I thought that I wasn't an intelligent person because I did so poorly," she said. "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."

Eventually she did get her diploma, and she went on to attend Julliard through a scholarship from Robin Williams, but still admits, "I got my adult diploma, but I did not graduate."

Just goes to show that no matter what bad decisions you make as a teenager, or how big a failure you feel, you can overcome it. Good for her for sharing her story!

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