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Jessica Chastain Dropped Out of High School

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Workaholic-slash-Über-efficient-actress Jessica Chastain (who was in four movies in 2014) didn’t always used to be such a productive force, according to EW. “I dropped out of high school,” she revealed to the magazine, in this week’s issue. “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.” Chastain was absent because she would cut class to kick it in her car and read Shakespeare. This, obviously, was a blessing to humanity, because this led to a string of early Shakespeare roles and an eventual audition at the Juilliard School (life is weird that way). “There are kids out there that aren’t doing well in school — and I hope they never think it means they’re stupid,” she added. “It’s all about finding where your interest lies and finding what you’re good at.”

Jessica Chastain Dropped Out of High School