Actors Talk About What They Were Like In High School

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Vote up the most interesting stories of celebrities in high school.

It’s hard to imagine that neither Cameron Diaz nor Charlize Theron was popular with boys in school. Read what these actors had to say about what they were like in high school.

Which future MCU troublemaker was kicked out of school for “stealing” a teacher’s car? Which future big-screen superheroes were bullied and beat up at school? Which future TV beauty used to rock a mohawk?

It's true, these famous celebrities grew up just as awkwardly as everyone else.

Make your voice heard. Vote up the most interesting stories of celebrities in high school.


  • Turns out that the hunky, ripped actor who would go on to play Superman wasn't always a “Man of Steel.”

    “I was fat,” revealed Henry Cavill. “I was Fat Cavill.” 

    Cavill left home to attend boarding school at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, England, when he was 13 years old. Unfortunately, the British actor suffered from homesickness. 

    “I bawled on the phone to my mom four times a day,” he admitted. “I became an easy target.”

    46 votes
  • Cameron Diaz landed a modeling contract at 16 years old for Calvin Klein and Coca-Cola. However, that didn't stop the other kids at her school in San Diego from picking a fight with her. 

    The future Charlie's Angel learned how to defend herself from both the girls and the guys who came after her. 

    "Any time you heard the locker slam and you’d turn and there was a girl taking off her earrings, she's pulling her hair back in a ponytail and she's taking all her friends' rings and coming at you like this," said Diaz. "I used to get in fights with boys more than girls, for some reason boys liked to fight me. But one time in junior high, I had this girl come up to me in the locker room from behind and pull my hair back. I had to shut her down!"

    On a much greener side, Diaz went to school with Snoop Dogg. 

    "I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him," Diaz added. “I was green even in high school!”

    52 votes
  • Perhaps no television actress has had a bigger impact on high styles than Jennifer Aniston. The Friends star's shoulder-length layered look became known as “The Rachel” and was copied by '90s women around the world. 

    Aniston had issues with the do. “It only lasted for about six months because it just was hard to do. I loved it, but I couldn’t style it on my own,” admitted Aniston.

    The actress's hairstyle in high school was not quite so complicated. “[I rocked] a mini-Mohawk just above my ears, and lots of liquid eyeliner,” said Aniston. "I did liquid eyeliner better than anyone in history."

    41 votes
  • Jake Gyllenhaal comes from a show business family that includes his father Stephen Gyllenhaal, who is a director, and his mother Naomi Foner, who is a producer/screenwriter. His sister is acclaimed actress/director Maggie Gyllenhaal. Jake landed his first big-screen role in 1991's City Slickers when he was 11 years old. 

    However, the Donnie Darko star wasn't the popular kid at school. “I was pretty troubled, but I was kind of a nerd, “ said Gyllenhaal. ”I've always had bad eyesight, so I've always had thick glasses which inevitably made people always treat me a certain way.”

    21 votes
  • Anna Kendrick was born in Maine. However, the child actress landed her first big stage gig on the bright lights of Broadway at just 12 years old in the 1998 musical High Society. The natural talent earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. 

    Her impressive, young stage career didn't make her popular with the boys at high school. 

    “I had a totally normal high school experience… boys really liked flat-chested theater nerds, let me tell you,” said Kendrick in 2014. “I wasn't, like, socially comfortable, that's for sure. I mean, I don't want to say I'm nerdy for cred.”

    62 votes
  • Ben Affleck scored close to a perfect SAT score. However, his high school attendance was far from perfect and his grades reflected his aloofness to a standard education. 

    “I would always get things like ‘not working up to his potential’… because I knew what I had to do to… get by,” said Affleck. “Matt was definitely more… of a kind of achiever. It was inconceivable to him that you wouldn’t get an ‘A’ or do really well. So I did really well my first two years in high school and then when Matt left, I would cut class and… get in all kinds of trouble.”

    Affleck started acting professionally at 14 in commercials and television shows. His mom wanted to put her son's money into something practical like a college trust fund. However, the teenager figured out a way to draw his own money from the bank. 

    ''I spent $200 a week on pizza, beer, and video games,'' admits Affleck. ''I'd intercept the monthly bank statements and hide them under my mattress.''

    46 votes