A lot of the time, we look at celebrities and think they have it all. It’s easy to see the glitz and glamor, and assume they have everything served on a silver platter. Sometimes it’s difficult to see past the fame and fortune and realize how hard they work and how much they had to sacrifice to make it to the top. When you grow up in Hollywood, regular school isn’t really an option. Homeschooling is much easier when you’re in a hectic, fast-paced environment like the entertainment industry.
Sure, not going to real school seems like a dream for most students, but I can look back at my high school years fondly. Sure, no kid likes to go to school and deal with homework, tests, and mean teachers, but there is also an upside. I made a lot of memories with my classmates, and one of the best nights was prom! A lot of celebs didn’t have the chance to have a magical night with their friends. But it’s never too late.
Check out these celebrities who escorted their lucky fans to prom!
Taking one of the Kardashians to prom sounds like a dream! Any guy would be lucky to spend a night with one of the gorgeous socialites. That’s why it might come as a surprise that Chloe Kardashian never attended prom when she was in high school. However, she finally got to experience prom when she was 34.
Khloe made one lucky teenager’s night when she accepted his invitation and escorted him to prom… as his date! Needless to say, he was the luckiest man at that dance. Chloe called her date handsome and had a blast. She even posted about that night on Twitter: “My very first prom and I went with THE BEST date ever!” How sweet is that?
Kylie Jenner is the youngest member of the Kardashian family, and she also made one lucky teenager’s night. When Kylie was growing up, her family was already famous, and she wanted to get a head start on her career. Therefore, she started homeschooling and never got a chance to attend her prom.
Anyone would dream of taking the lovely makeup mogul to prom, but for Albert Ochoa, it was even more special. Kylie took the high school senior to prom after his ex-prom date dumped him! Come on; there is no better way to get back at your ex than showing up to prom with Kylie Jenner! This was Kylie’s first prom ever, and she’s glad she got to experience it.
Vanessa Hudgens is a beautiful actress, best known for her role as Gabriella in the High School Musical movies. When she found out one of her fans, Cesar Guerro was fighting cancer. She decided to cheer him up by escorting him to his prom! They got connected through The Art of Elysium – a charity organization.
Cesar was extremely happy and so grateful that he got to take Vanessa to the dance. He wrote on Instagram: “Thank you so much for coming to my special prom… it really meant a lot to me.” Vanessa replied with a photo of them and thanked the organization for bringing them together. They both had a great time!
Evelyn Lozada is a stunning model who has a ton of young fans. One young man, in particular, decided to ask the famous beauty if she would be his prom date. He asked her via Twitter, and honestly, he didn’t think anything would come of it. I mean, she’s a celebrity. Why would she answer people asking her out online?
Well, to everyone’s surprise, Evelyn responded to the teen. I can only imagine his excitement when she accepted his invitation. He got to walk into the room with a model around his arm. She posted a picture with her handsome date and captioned it: “I never made it to prom, but Anthony Nelson made it happen! Love u!”
If you’re a fan of American football, you most likely heard of JuJu Smith-Schuster. Well, the athlete caused quite the commotion when he showed up to Chartiers Valley High School prom in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. So why did he randomly appear at this high school dance? He received a DM from one of his biggest fans.
JuJu tweeted that his teenage fan had no one to go to prom with. Not only did he decide to attend prom with the high schooler, but the two had matching velvet tuxedos, and I’m all for it. The happy fan took to Instagram, writing: “Honestly, one of the best nights of my life, and I have to thank you.”
Nina Agdal is another star who was able to make her teen fan the luckiest guy at his prom. The Danish model actually asked him if he wants to take her after he got rejected by swimsuit model Kate Upton. Not only did he get to show up with a model, but she was the one who asked him! You can bet it was the best night of this teenager’s life.
During an interview, the student explained: “I’m so grateful her people reached out, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” The model posted a picture with her date on Instagram and captioned it: “Had such a great prom night. Thank you for being an awesome date.”
Twilight star, Kellan Lutz, is another celebrity with a sweetheart. Instead of going about his busy schedule, he made time to make one special young lady extremely happy. The teenager asked him if she would be her prom date, and to her surprise, he accepted. She is a huge fan of the actor and couldn’t believe he said yes.
She took to Instagram and wrote, “I got my dream prom date today. Thank you, Kellan Lutz, for everything (I’m considering this my first ever date FYI).” They look like they are having fun already, and the smile on her face is priceless. That would be my face if my dream date (Jesse McCartney) took me to prom.
Drake is an incredibly famous musician, and he probably spends most of his evenings performing concerts or hanging out at exclusive clubs. You likely wouldn’t expect to see him at a high school dance. Well, Drake wanted to experience prom, but he didn’t necessarily accept an invitation from a fan. The rapper was getting FOMO when his cousin got to go to prom.
So he decided to cancel his plans for the night and attend the prom back in 2017. The best part is that Drake didn’t really have a date; he just decided to third wheel his cousin. He even posted a picture on his Instagram with the hashtag #YoungLove. I can only imagine how the rest of the students reacted.
Dwayne Wade is a charming, talented, and super-attractive basketball player. He probably got voted prom king at his high school; he just seems like the perfect date. Well, a young girl named Nicole Muxo got to take the hunky athlete to her high school prom. She asked him through an incredibly cute YouTube video.
“I have everything set up for a perfect night except for one thing: a perfect date,” she said. The athlete wanted to make his fan happy, so why not? He accepted her invitation, and they both looked like they enjoyed themselves. Wade even posted a collage of pictures from their exciting evening and captioned it, “Oh, what a night…”
Back in 2013, Victoria Justice was the star of the hit Nickelodeon show, Victorious. One of her fans asked her if she would escort him to his upcoming prom. The student made a Promposal video so he can romantically ask the actress. His plan worked… well, kind of. Justice happily accepted, but because of her tight schedule, she couldn’t make it.
The fan was disappointed, but he understood. However, he never saw it coming when the actress showed up at his school one day to surprise him. Even though she couldn’t make it to prom, she made the teenager’s life when she was his date for the day. She even shared a sweet picture on Instagram.
When Shaina asked her celebrity crush, Joe Jonas, to be her prom date, she never expected him to say yes. The high school student posted a video asking the singer to take her to prom, and she never thought he would watch it. He was impressed by how cute and brave she was and responded with an adorable video.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it to prom on that particular evening, but he invited her to his concert and asked her out for a different night. It’s amazing to see how sweet celebrities can be. Even with their hectic lives, they make time to bring smiles to strangers’ faces. Shaina is one lucky girl!
Taylor Swift started her incredibly successful career back when she was still in high school. She was working extremely hard to become the massive star she is today, so, unfortunately, she missed her prom. She wanted to have that experience, and thanks to MTV, she got to go.
As part of an MTV special called Once Upon a Prom, Taylor Swift attended prom with an extremely lucky fan – Whit Wright from Hillcrest High School. Not only did she get to attend prom, but she made a young boy feel like the luckiest man in the world. Taylor Swift is gorgeous, and taking her to prom is every high school boy’s dream.
Imagine going to your ordinary high school prom… and Jason Derülo just happened to be there. Well, that’s exactly what happened at Culver City High School, back in 2013. Unlike the other celebrities on this list, he didn’t just make one fan happy by escorting them to the dance. Instead, he made the entire school happy.
Jason Derülo made it a memorable night for the students when he crashed their high school prom. Not only did she perform for the teenagers, but he even announced the prom king and queen. That sounds like a wild night. Celebrating your prom and a Jason Derülo concert at the same time? Sign me up!
Taylor Swift wasn’t the only singer who was able to attend prom thanks to MTV. Rihanna was also featured on Once Upon a Prom, way back in 2007. The beauty showed up and surprised one of her biggest fans named Richard. The shy high school student was mind-blown when he found out who his date was.
Rihanna was Richard’s surprise date, and he was starstruck when the stunning singer stepped out of the limousine wearing a gorgeous blue dress. She made one teenager extremely happy; look how nervous he looks! The two had a wonderful time dancing the night away. You can bet this is an evening that Richard will never forget.
Okay, so Drake gets to be on this list twice. We already mentioned how the rapper thought it would be a fun idea to third wheel his cousin on prom night. Apparently, it was better than he expected because he decided to go again. This time, he made one particular fan happier than she could have ever imagined.
Unfortunately, Kennedy Brown wasn’t able to attend her prom because of a terminal brain tumor. Her thoughtful classmates decided to throw an early prom just for her. The girl was filled with joy and felt so loved that her friends planned this for her. Drake showing up as her special date was just the icing on the cake.
Demi Lovato appears to be the life of the party and a fun girl to hang out with. As we know, she spent her childhood on the Disney Channel, so she didn’t exactly go to a regular high school. However, when she was really young before she was a massive Disney star, the singer attended ordinary pre-school.
When she was in kindergarten, Demi promised her friend Nolan that she would be his prom date. Neither of them could have known she would have been a huge star by prom night, but she wouldn’t break her promise. In 2010, she escorted him to the Grapevine High School Dance. They both look great, and I love her dress!
Similarly to Jason Derulo, Katy Perry also didn’t make just one fan happy on prom night. The famous singer managed to excite the entire student body when she crashed a prom in Melbourne, Australia. Imagine going to your typical high school prom, when a massive star from a different country happens to be there.
Like many other celebrities on this list, Katy Perry never got the chance to attend prom while she was in high school. One of the attendees said: “She said she’d never been to a prom before so she said she came down. And, cause she’s Katy Perry, she got in just like that.” She could have gone to an Australian club, but instead, she made a high school class have the best prom ever.
Throughout the last decade, Lady Gaga has been exploding. She has a loveable unique sense of style and created numerous top-charting singles. What really put the star over the top was her role in the award-winning movie, A Star is Born, alongside Bradley Cooper. With her immense popularity, it’s hard to remember that she used to be a regular girl.
Back in 2009, Lady Gaga was at the start of her career when she attended prom with a lucky fan. It’s strange how normal she looks. She also looks kind of drunk, but that’s normal on prom night, right? Those sunglasses and that dress are giving me crazy 2009 vibes!
This one may come as a shock to a lot of you, but Lance Bass took Danielle Fishel to prom! Yes, Topanga from Boy Meets World. Although she was also famous at the time, it didn’t mean she wasn’t a huge fan of the singer and his incredibly popular band, *NSYNC.
As it turns out, the beautiful actress and the boy band member actually dated for a little while back in 1999-2000. So, it only makes sense that he was her prom date. They both look amazing and definitely should have been the prom queen and king. The reason why this romance may come as a surprise is that Lance came out of the closet in 2006.
Christina Aguilera was one of the lucky celebrities who got to attend her own prom with her friends. Unlike most of the celebrities on the list, Aguilera didn’t go with a fan. She was at the start of her career and wanted a normal experience, so one of her girlfriends at her high school found her a date.
She was already famous and was having a blast on the dance floor with her friends. Unfortunately, the fun didn’t last very long. As soon as her massive hit song Genie in a Bottle came on, all her classmates walked off of the dance floor. I guess it’s safe to say they were jealous. Either way, she has been killing it ever since, so who cares? She certainly showed them!
I couldn’t leave out this story! Way before she was a member of the hit group, the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, was just a regular high school student doing high school things, still going by the name Stacy Ann Ferguson. In 1993, she attended prom with a classmate named Vincent Dean Malicek, and from the looks of it, they had a great date.
Malicek has become known as Fergie’s prom date, and the cute pair look innocent enough. Well, Malicek hasn’t been on his best behavior since high school ended. He was actually arrested for armed bank robbery and sentenced to 97 months in Federal Prison. Good thing the singer got out when she did!
Carly Monzo is just a regular girl dreaming of the perfect prom date, and who can be more perfect than her celebrity crush? She launched a video campaign asking Shaun White to be her date but assumed nothing would come of it. As expected, she never heard from him but still attended the prom with a longtime friend.
To her, and everyone else’s surprise, the two-time Olympic champion showed up! She was called up to the stage, and suddenly the curtains dropped. There was white and his band, Bad Things. Carly explained that he was such a gentleman and the best part of the evening? He gave her a kiss on the cheek.
Tupac Shakur is known for a lot of things: his incredible rap talent, the East Coast Vs. West Coast rivalry, and the mysterious shooting that killed him. Although he had somewhat of a “bad boy” image, he actually had a heart of gold. Before his untimely death, Tupac made one lucky girl feel really special for one evening.
After accepting an invitation to go to prom with a fan, the rapper made sure it would be a night to remember for the high schooler. Saying yes would have been enough, but Tupac also gave her $1500 for a dress and picked her up in a limo. Is it just me, or is $1500 a lot for a prom dress?!
Did you think celebrities going to prom with fans was a new thing? Well, it’s not. Back in the day, way before Kylie Jenner Snapchatted her prom night, the legendary Elizabeth Taylor attended prom with one of her fans. In her time, Taylor was a stunning actress that any man would be lucky to be seen with.
In 1949, the MGM star took UCLA’s Bob Precht to his prom as his date. He actually won the date with Taylor as a prize for winning “The Most Romantic He-Man on the Campus.” I could use a romantic He-Man. I think they both won that night. The starlet had a blast getting away from work and dancing with her handsome date all night.
Does anything sound better than having Hollywood heartthrob as your prom date? It sounds like some kind of fantasy. The hunky singer has a packed schedule and probably doesn’t have the time to attend some dance, right? Wrong! As it turns out, Timberlake escorted a fan to her ball back in November 2011.
So maybe it wasn’t exactly prom, but Timberlake took combat instructor Kelsey De Santis to the Instructor Battalion Marine Corps Ball in Richmond, Virginia, as her date. She asked the superstar months prior on a YouTube video, and to her surprise, he said yes. The fan later said that Justin “was a complete gentleman” the entire evening.
Before we had social media, the only thing we really had to remember our high school years from was our yearbooks. The single photo for each classmate and all the group photos are signed and treasured for years to come. Now, it takes seconds to document your whole life on social media. Where is the fun in that? It’s the middle of the school year, and everyone is getting ready for the ‘dreaded’ yearbook photos. How funny, we dread them but keep them forever.
Whether you remember crimping your hair or sneaking eye shadow into class so that you can be ready for these photos, this is something that people go through no matter where they are from. Some of your favorite celebrities have gone through the same experience as us and we found some throwback yearbook photos that will make you feel a bit better about your own. I know it did for me. From Beyoncé to Barack Obama to Tina Fey, see how some of these celebs pulled it off back in high school.
Jennifer Lawrence grew up and went to school in Kentucky where she took part in cheerleading, softball, field hockey, and basketball. She was actually part of the boy’s team, which was coached by her father at the time. When she was fourteen, she was on vacation in New York with her family when she was approached by a talent scout. After an audition and some contemplation between acting and modeling, Lawrence dropped out of school and pursued an acting career.
In an interview, she mentioned, “And to get people to try to understand that when you’re 14 years old, wanting to drop out of school and do this and your parents are just like, ‘You’re out of your mind.’” She might not have a diploma or a GED, but she wanted to pursue what felt right to her. Kudos to her, because she received her first Academy Award nomination in 2011, just four years after she left school.
Who doesn’t recognize this infamous shaggy haircut? Justin Bieber’s eighth-grade yearbook photo couldn’t be any cuter. He went to elementary school in Stratford at a French-language immersion Catholic school and graduated in 2008. Bieber first became famous from a video posted on YouTube of him singing a cover of Ne-Yo’s ‘So Sick’ at a local competition. A marketing executive, Scooter Braun, from So So Def Recordings, saw one of his YouTube videos and got in touch with his school.
He eventually went to Georgia with Braun and started singing for Usher. Like this isn’t cool enough, it is rumored that Justin Timberlake also wanted to sign Bieber but ended up losing the bidding war to Usher. This whole time, Bieber didn’t stop with his education. While he was making music, he continued in high school and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 2012.
Reese Witherspoon looks just like her daughter in this photo. She graduated in 1994 from an all-girls high school where she was a cheerleader and went on to study English Literature at Stanford. Witherspoon made her first appearance in 1991 when she was cast as Dani Trant in The Man in the Moon. The movie Cruel Intentions really made her famous in the US in 1999 and she went on to become famous worldwide after starring in Legally Blonde.
In order to achieve all of this, she had a tough decision to make about college. She didn’t go on to study but ended up winning an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, and an Emmy. This isn’t including all the nominations which she received. Her recent role in Big Little Lies has really skyrocketed her career and she is getting close to having as many nominations for this as she did from Legally Blonde.
You might recognize this model and actress from appearing topless in Robin Thicke’s music video for ‘Blurred Lines’ or even the Nickelodeon series iCarly. Emily Ratajkowski was born in London and started acting when she was just a child. When she was five, her family moved over to California where she ended up getting her high school education. She studied at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas. As you can see, she hasn’t changed a bit.
Ratajkowski also enrolled at the University of California but only stayed for a year before moving on with her career. Since then, she has been in movies like Gone Girl, Entourage, and I Feel Pretty. She is now married to a producer, Sebastian Bear-McClard, after a surprise courthouse wedding in 2018.
It took me a moment to recognize her with this hairstyle, but the next celebrity on the list is Black Eyed Peas member is Fergie. She was raised in California as a Roman Catholic and attended a religious middle school. After a while, she switched to a public high school. Of course, she dabbled in cheerleading for a bit, was a spelling bee champion, a Girl Scout, and a straight-A student.
While she was in high school, she attended a dance school and ended up meeting an agent who got her some voiceover work. She was the voice of Lucy and Sally in the Peanuts cartoon from 1984. She recently got divorced from her husband of ten years, Josh Duhamel, The two have one son named Axl Jack who was born in 2013.
Jennifer Lopez went to high school in the Bronx at Preston High. In middle school, she started taking singing and dancing lessons and then moved on to gymnastics, track, and softball. She was really good at track and ended up competing in national track competitions. At one point in her life, she said, “I remember watching Rita Moreno in West Side Story and going, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to sing, and I want to dance, and I want to act.'”
In her senior year of high school, she got the role which gave her the feeling that this is what she is meant to do in life. She was cast in My Little Girl, which was a low budget movie. She portrayed Myra and it was based at a center for troubled girls. Well, acting was probably the best decision that she could have made seeing as she now has a total of 348 awards and on top of that another 510 nominations.
We can all recognize Julia Roberts no matter what the situation is. This award-winning actress has a net worth of $200 million now and was reportedly one of the top 20 richest actresses in 2019. She grew up in Georgia where her father was an acting coach for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter. Roberts went on to attend Campbell High School and graduated in 1984.
As a child, she wanted to be a veterinarian but after a few semesters in college moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. She is famous for one of her first parts in the film Pretty Woman where she portrayed the love interest of Richard Gere. She had a career full of famous sexy men and got to work with Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, and Jodie Foster.
This celebrity started off as Victoria Adams or Posh Spice of the Spice Girls. She married David Beckham a year later, taking on his name, but you still see her first music credited to Adams. She was with the Spice Girls until the year 2000 and went on to release some of her own music. The Spice Girls did a reunion tour in 2007 and even performed at the Olympics closing ceremony in 2012, but Posh Spice didn’t attend the latest tour in 2019.
Beckham was born in the UK and raised in Hertfordshire where she attended the Jason Theatre School and Laine Theatre Arts to study dance and modeling. She also went to St. Mary’s High School where she tried playing with her looks a lot. In an interview, she said, “I used to get sent into the toilet every single day at school to take off my makeup and brush my hairspray out.” Well, some things never change, and she is as gorgeous as ever.
This next actor grew up in New York and Canada with a Catholic upbringing. Tom Cruise attended 15 different schools in 14 years. He attended Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey for his senior year where he graduated in 1980. He starred in his high school play and pursued acting after graduation. Cruise moved back to New York where he was cast in Risky Business and Top Gun, two amazing movies from the ‘80s.
He has been married three times, and each time gets more memorable than the next. He first married Mimi Rogers, and the two joined the Church of Scientology, where he stays a member to this day. After they got divorced, Cruise married Nicole Kidman, then dated Penelope Cruz, and then married Katie Holmes. Scientology influenced his relationships, and he even said that Holmes divorced him to protect their daughter Suri from the Church.
Monica Geller from the sitcom Friends is still her most well-known part. Courteney Cox grew up in Alabama and graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 1982. She started university at Mount Vernon College in DC to study architecture but went into a modeling and acting career instead. Well, another great choice for an award-winning actress.
Did you know that Cox appeared in Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark music video? She took on a few smaller roles before going to audition for the part of Rachel Green in Friends. Of course, we know that she didn’t get the part because we all know her now as Monica. Since then, she’s appeared in many movies and TV shows, more recently Cougar Town, Shameless, and Modern Family.
Beyoncé was born and grew up in Houston, Texas. She went to St. Mary’s Montessori School in Houston where her singing talent was discovered. She took dance classes with Darlette Johnson, and he was humming a song when she just finished it for him, hitting the high-pitched notes and all. She then went to Parker Elementary School and performed with their choir and attended two different Performing Arts Schools, getting ready for her career.
While she was still in high school, she and her childhood friend, Kelly Rowland met LaTavia Roberson at an audition and they started a group called Girl’s Tyme. The girls were discovered quickly and after a few different contracts, signed with Columbia Records. This is when they changed their name to Destiny’s Child and became one of the biggest girl bands of the ‘90s. Of course, Beyoncé is an independent woman today with 1058 award nominations and 543 wins.
Blake Lively grew up in Los Angeles and attended Burbank High School. She was the class president, a cheerleader, and part of the choir. Instead of being left home with a babysitter, her parents sent her to acting classes which ended up coming in handy. Towards the end of her Junior year in high school, she went to a few auditions and ended up getting the part of Bridget in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
After filming in the summer, she finished up her senior year and went on to act in Accepted with Justin Long. She didn’t stop there and got cast as Serena van der Woodsen in Gossip Girl. This is where she really became famous and started taking parts in bigger movies. She is now married to Ryan Reynolds after meeting him on the set of Green Lantern, and they have three daughters together.
Kim Kardashian West
It’s been years since Kim Kardashian West has had her hair styled like this without using a flat iron, but she hasn’t changed too much since her freshman year at Marymount High School in Los Angeles. Kim graduated in 1995. This yearbook photo was taken a year after her father, Robert Kardashian represented her godfather, O.J. Simpson, during his trial. This is really what made the Kardashian name well-known at first, and Kim continued it with the help of her best friend Paris Hilton.
Hilton helped her gain media attention by bringing her on as a guest star on her show, The Simple Life. In 2006, they started out by opening a boutique shop and Kim was recognized for the “inappropriate film” which was distributed of her. I guess the saying is right, there is no such thing as bad publicity. This drama was a great way to promote their new TV show, Keeping Up with The Kardashians.
Taylor Swift is originally from Pennsylvania and she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. Of course, she focused on acting and went to New York regularly to attend acting and vocal lessons. When she was 11, she convinced her mother to help her take things to the next level and they traveled to Nashville to submit a demo. This didn’t work, but they ended up moving to Hendersonville, Tennessee to help push her career forward.
Swift was homeschooled to accommodate her touring schedule and graduated in 2005, a year earlier than scheduled. She went on to act as well but is really known for her awards. She has ten Grammys, twenty American Music Awards, twenty-three Billboard Music Awards, six Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, and so many more. It looks like her father knew what he was doing when they moved out to Nashville.
Jennifer Aniston knew she wanted to be an actress from only six years old when she attended Waldorf school. She then enrolled at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts and joined the drama society and graduated in 1987. This led her to perform in off-Broadway productions like For Dear Life and Dancing on Cher’s Grave.
At the time she worked really hard to become a recognized actress and took on jobs as a telemarketer, waitress, and a bike messenger. She had a few small roles before breaking out as Rachel Green in Friends. Did you know that for the final season of friends, she and her female co-stars were the highest-paid TV actresses of all time receiving $1 million per episode?
Rachel Bilson really got her career started after a guest appearance in Buffy the Vampire Slayer on The O.C. where she played Summer Roberts. Originally, she was only supposed to be in a few episodes, but she became popular right away, winning Teen Choice Awards and getting on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list. Bilson was born and raised in California where she attended Notre Dame High School.
She actually went to high school with Kristen Dunst, Rami Malek, and Katharine McPhee. After this, she went to Grossmont College in San Diego and started out in commercials before breaking out. She hasn’t changed a bit since high school with the same beautiful wavy hair today as she had in this yearbook photo. IN an interview about high school, she mentioned, “I used to make my mom iron my hair with a clothing iron! She would totally fight me, but I insisted. So, I had this dry, brittle, disgusting straw hair plastered to my head.”
This beautiful actress was born in New Jersey and raised in New York. Zoe Saldana moved with her sisters and mother to the Dominican Republic when she was nine where she discovered her love of dance. They enrolled her in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy where she studied different types of dance. She really took to ballet first but ended up quitting stating that she, “didn’t have the feet for it.”
Saldana’s first real exposure was from an episode of Law & Order before she moved on to larger movies. She worked with people like Nicholas Hytner, Britney Spears, Nick Cannon, and Johnny Depp. Her big breakthrough was her rolewas in Star Trek before she portrayed Neytiri in Avatar and then Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, there were many other films that helped her career, but she was nominated for 10 and won all 10 Saturn Awards for her performance.
Ben Affleck still has the same cute smile as he did when he graduated from The Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school in 1987. He took several TV guest spots and had an ABC Afterschool Special while he was still a student. Affleck has known Matt Damon since he was 8, and they became close in high school. Damon was older than Affleck, but they both wanted to move to New York to pursue a career in acting. After this, he moved to LA to study a bit more and started landing smaller roles.
Affleck’s breakthrough came just a little bit later in 1997 the lead role in Chasing Amy. Of course, throughout his career, he and Damon have kept in touch and the two of them wrote Good Will Hunting. They got to go to a screening of Good Will Hunting with President Bill Clinton at Camp David. The two won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Affleck is still the youngest writer to win an Oscar for screenwriting.
This small girl with a big voice caught our attention on the TV show Glee. Lea Michele was born in the Bronx and attended Rockland Country Day School. She had a few roles in Broadway plays, an understudy for the role Gavroche in Les Miserables and then she landed the part of the Little Girl in the original Broadway cast of Ragtime in 1998. Through her different roles, she got a high school education and graduated in 2004.
At this point, she was already a success and moved on to portraying Rachel Berry in Glee. Ryan Murphy apparently wrote the role specifically for Michele and she won a few awards for it. In 2011, she performed America the Beautiful during the pre-game ceremony for Super Bowl XLV at the Cowboys Stadium. Overall, these celebrities really seem to get an idea in their head and just go for it. Perhaps that’s the trick to becoming famous (along with actually having talent).
Amy Adams has made lists of the highest-paid actresses in the world, she won two Golden Globes along with 35 other awards, and has been nominated for 134 awards. She grew up moving around army bases with her parents until they settled in Colorado when she was eight. Adams went to Douglas County High School, and while she didn’t enjoy the more serious subjects, she loved the creative arts.
Douglas sang in the school choir. She went on to compete in track and gymnastics and even had a dream of becoming a ballerina. Adams graduated in 1992 and moved to Georgia with her mom. When she realized she couldn’t be a ballerina, she adjusted her goals and went on to pursue musical theater.
As you can see, Madonna was just as stylish in high school, rocking the pencil-thin eyebrows and wearing some soft eyeliner around her eyes. This photo was taken in 1975 but she really hasn’t changed much. She grew up in Michigan with Catholic parents. Her mother passed away at a young age and lived with her father. He put her in classical piano lessons, but she convinced him to switch her over to ballet classes.
Her teacher ended up persuading her to go for a career in dance. She first attended Rochester Adams High School and became a member of the cheerleading squad while keeping up her straight-A grades. After she graduated in 1975, she went to the University of Michigan on a dance scholarship. She ended up dropping out of college and moving to New York. Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts while she started her career.
Cameron Diaz was raised in Long Beach and went to high school at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. One of her classmates there was actually Snoop Dogg! While she was still in high school, she signed a modeling contract with Elite Model Management. She did advertisements for brands like Calvin Klein and Levi’s. The year after this she moved on to Seventeen magazine and was cast in a Coca-Cola commercial in Sydney, Australia.
Before getting her breakthrough in The Mask, she did a photoshoot with a professional photographer topless for a lingerie editorial and the photographer “offered” to sell her the video and photos for $3.5 million before he took it to “other buyers.” She took that as blackmail (of course) and sued him. He released it on a Russian website and ended up getting sentenced to three years in prison. She was put through a lot but ultimately made it out with success.
This is just another celebrity that hasn’t aged a day. Hilary Swank is an award-winning actress who grew up in Nebraska and Washington. She went to Sehome High School in Bellingham until she was sixteen and even went on to compete in the Junior Olympics and Washington State championships in swimming, and even ranked fifth in gymnastics. When she was 15, her parents separated, and she lived with her mom in their car until she saved enough money to rent an apartment.
Swank looks at her mother as the inspiration for her acting career and where she went in life. She went to South Pasadena High School for a while but dropped out saying that she didn’t feel like she fit in there. She said that she felt like an outsider, and fitting in, being like everyone else, is what brought her to become an actress.
Sandra Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, but was raised in Germany and Austria for 12 years. She actually spoke German and got a Waldorf education in Nuremberg. Bullock enjoyed studying ballet, like many of these other celebrities, and vocal arts. She would sometimes accompany her mother and take small roles in her opera productions. In Germany, she sang in the opera’s children’s choir.
Bullock went to Washington-Lee High School and was a cheerleader there. She even performed in their school theater productions. She graduated in 1982 and moved on to East Carolina University, where she got her BFA in Drama. After this, she moved to New York and supported herself with the usual bartender, waitress, and coat check girl jobs while she went to auditions. In 1995, she went on to receive her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in While You Were Sleeping.
Just like Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry sported the short bob in high school. Perry was born in California and went to religious camps and school growing up. She went to schools like Paradise Valley Christian School and Santa Barbara Christian School for elementary studies. During this time her family was struggling financially, and her mother was very against anything that could be connected to the devil.
Calling deviled eggs ‘angeled eggs’ is one thing, but her mother went as far as not allowing them to eat lucky charms as the word ‘luck’ reminded her of Lucifer. Perry got her love for music from her sister, Angela. She started training when she was nine, got her first guitar when she was thirteen, and started performing the songs she wrote publicly. When she was fifteen, Perry completed her GED and went on to pursue her music career.
This actor got his start in acting very early. Leonardo DiCaprio was born and raised in California where he attended John Marshall High School and Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies. He dropped out of high school after his third year and earned his GED. When he was first a child, he wanted to be a marine biologist, but he became fascinated with performing after his brother made $50,000 for starring in a commercial.
He started to appear in commercials for Matchbox cars, Kraft Foods, Bubble Yum, and Apple Jacks. From there, he went on to take roles in The Outsiders, Santa Barbara, Parenthood and was even a celebrity contestant on Fun House. His career really began when he was cast as Luke Brower on Growing Pains. From this series, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Co-Starring in a Television Series. DiCaprio only got more famous from there.
Megan Fox was born in Tennessee and was raised in a very strict household where she couldn’t have friends over or have a boyfriend. She began dance and drama training when she was only five years old and got involved with the Kingston Elementary School’s chorus and their swim team. When she was ten, they moved to Florida and she continued training. At the age of thirteen, she moved on to modeling.
Only two years later she was cast in Holiday in the Sun with Ashley Olsen. Only two years later at the age of seventeen, she was taken out of school and moved to California. This is when she took on other roles like guest-starring in What I Like About You and Two and a Half Men. She was even an extra in Bad Boys II. She broke through after her role in Transformers and is referred to as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood.
Meryl Streep was born and raised in New Jersey, going to Cedar Hill Elementary School and the Oak Street School. She acted in the school play ‘The Family Upstairs’ as the lead, Louise Heller. Streep enjoyed showing off in front of the camera for some family home movies. She was also selected to sing at the school recital and had opera lessons from the one and only Estelle Liebling.
She remembers that even though she was talented, she said, “I was singing something I didn’t feel and understand. That was an important lesson—not to do that. To find the thing that I could feel through.” In high school, she was a cheerleader for the Mountaineers and was crowned homecoming queen in her senior year. After many plays and her film debut, she made a breakthrough with The Deer Hunter and her role in Kramer vs. Kramer.
Her hair has definitely changed since then, but it seems like she took on the style of the decade when she attended Harborfields High School. Mariah Carey supposedly missed so many classes that she earned the nickname ‘Mirage.’ But she still graduated in 1987. While she was in high school, she would write poems and add melodies to them which started her singer-songwriter career.
Carey started writing songs with Gavin Christopher and brought in someone to play the keyboard. They would compose in the basement of his father’s store during their senior year. After high school, she moved to New York handing out her demo tape to different labels. After failing multiple times, she met Brenda K. Starr who helped get her demo to Columbia Records. This is what jump-started her career.
Jennifer Garner was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in West Virginia. Her family grew up attending the United Methodist Church every Sunday and Garner even went to Vacation Bible School. When she and her sisters were teenagers, they weren’t allowed to do any of the typical things a girl her age would do like wear makeup, paint their nails, pierce their ears, or other things like this.
Garner attended George Washington High School and enrolled in Denison University in 1990. She graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theaters performance. Garner moved to New York the next year and like most actors, she had a guest appearance on Law & Order. She eventually was cast for larger roles in films like 13 Going on 30.
January Jones was born and raised with her two sisters in South Dakota and attended Roosevelt High School. During her high school years, she took on some usual jobs for teenagers like a lifeguard and a counter girl at Dairy Queen. Jones graduated from high school but decided not to continue with her education. She moved to Paris and then Los Angeles after being recruited for Abercrombie & Fitch and Clearasil modeling jobs.
After this, she made her first appearance in television commercials which landed her a minor part in the TV movie, Sorority. Her rise to fame came from the series Mad Man and then the American Pie movie sequel called American Wedding. After starring in X-Men First Class, she hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live and just kept getting more famous.
She creases her eyes when she smiles the same way now that she did back in 2003. Emma Stone is originally from Arizona and started her acting career at the age of four. She started taking voice lessons for several years and focused on musical theater. Then at the age of eleven, she made her acting debut in a stage production of The Wind in the Willows. She was homeschooled for two years and took advantage of this time by appearing in sixteen different productions at that theater.
At one point she auditioned for a role in Nickelodeon’s All That but didn’t succeed. Stone just went on to take more acting lessons and started at an all-girls Catholic high school as a freshman. She dropped out and convinced her mother to move with her to LA. After almost four years of auditioning with no luck, she landed the role in Superbad with Michael Cera and Jonah Hill which kickstarted her career.
This singer got her start from the show American Idol, but her journey really started in Oklahoma. She was raised on her parents’ farm with her two sisters and spent her free time singing at the local church and other events in Checotah. A fan from the area arranged an audition for her with Capitol Records when she was only fourteen years old and she almost signed a contract with them, but management changed, and it was canceled.
Underwood was an honor society member, a cheerleader, and on the basketball and softball team. She graduated in 2001 as a salutatorian but chose not to pursue singing afterward. She tried to have a more practical outlook on life. She got her bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State University and spent time performing in shows around the area. In 2004, she took a chance at auditioning for American Idol and became the winner of season four.
Angelina Jolie was born and raised in California with her brother. She lived with her mother starting in 1976 and the family moved to New York for five years before moving back to LA. She was interested in acting and enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She trained for two years and made appearances in multiple stage productions. Jolie went to Beverly Hills High School where she didn’t really feel like she fit in.
In an interview, she mentioned, “I wore black boots with big silver bat [charms] that dragged when I walked. I wasn’t aware of how I looked, but apparently I looked really creepy.” No one really understood who they were going to school with, but Jolie has a great life and career now, which probably helps her forget about the high school drama. She graduated from high school in 1991 and was already starting to take auditions before that.
Amy Poehler was born and raised in Massachusetts with her younger brother, Greg. She acted in her school play in middle school which really inspired her love of performance. She attended Burlington High School where she continued to act in school plays and even joined the student council, soccer team, and softball team. Poehler graduated in 1989 and got her bachelor’s degree from Boston College in Media and Communications in 1993.
After this, she moved to Chicago and eventually got a recurring role as Andy Richter’s little sister on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. This got her on the cast of Saturday Night Live in the beginning of the 2001-2002 season with Tina Fey. She was the first woman, second cast member overall, to be promoted from featured player to full cast member in their first season of doing the show.
Also born in California, Zooey Deschanel comes from some famous family. Her father is director Caleb Deschanel and her mother is actress Mary Jo Deschanel. You also probably recognize her last name from the show Bones, starring her older sister Emily Deschanel. She went to a private preparatory school in Santa Monica where she became friends with Jack Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson.
Deschanel also spent time in high school singing and planning to pursue a musical theatre career. She ended up attending French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts during the summer and going to college at Northwestern University. However, she dropped out of college after nine months to pursue her career. She started her acting career in 1999 and one of the first movies she starred in received a Golden Globe Award.
Johnny Depp was the youngest of four children born in Kentucky. They moved around a lot growing up but ended up settling in Florida in 1970. He attended Miramar High School but dropped out after his parents got divorced in ’78 to become a rock musician. The craziest thing is he actually tried to go back to school two weeks later but the principal turned him down and told him to keep trying to pursue his dreams.
He went to LA to figure things out and did get a bit of attention. Depp married makeup artist Lori Anne Allison who was the sister of his band’s singer. She introduced him to Nicholas Cage, who told him to pursue an acting career instead. This was the start of Depp’s award-winning career.
Tina Fey was born in Pennsylvania and went to Beverly Hills Middle School in Upper Darby. She knew that she was interested in comedy already in middle school. She went to Upper Darby High and was a member of the choir, drama club, tennis team, and the co-editor of the school’s paper. Moreover, Fey was also an honors student. She graduated high school in 1988 and started at the University of Virginia. She graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama after studying playwriting and acting.
Fey was awarded the Pettway Prize in college as well. Just like Amy Poehler, she moved to Chicago before getting her breakthrough on Saturday Night Live in 1997. She was hired as a writer after meeting with Lorne Michaels and moved to New York. She worked as a writer until quitting in ’99 and went on to perform in sketches in 2000. She is most known for being co-anchor with Jimmy Fallon on the Weekend Update sketch.
Born to the actress Blythe Danner and producer-director Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth Paltrow was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her mother has a Christian background, but she was raised with both Jewish and Christian holidays, including her brothers Bar Mitzvah. Paltrow attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica before being sent to a private girls’ school in New York City.
After this, she studied anthropology at the University of California but ended up dropped out to pursue an acting career. That worked out for the best as she made her stage debut in 1990 in the feature Hook as Wendy Darling. Paltrow went on to work with actors like Steven Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, and Brad Pitt before finally making her big break in Great Expectations.
Barack Obama started his education out in Indonesia where he lived until the fifth grade and was able to speak Indonesian fluently as a child. He then moved to live with his grandparents in Hawaii where he stayed until graduation. Obama graduated from high school in 1979 and his yearbook photo matches the times with an extra-wide collar on his shirt and his hair styled for the ‘70s. After high school, he moved to LA and started at Occidental College.
Once his freshman year was up, he traveled around Indonesia, Pakistan, and India for three weeks before returning for his Junior year. However, he decided to transfer over to Columbia College in New York where he finished up his degree. Obama ended up with a BA degree in political science. I think we all know how things worked out for him in the end.
Amanda Seyfried is another actress born in Pennsylvania. She went to high school in Allentown at William Allen High School and graduated in 2003. She has an older sister who is a musician in the band Love City in Philadelphia. While Seyfried was in high school she modeled for companies like Limited Too and was on the cover of the Sweet Valley High novel series. During her senior year, she starred on As the World Turns as Lucy Montgomery.
This got her a place in All My Children as Joni Stafford until 2003. This is when she found the movie Mean Girls. Seyfried first tried out for the part of Regina George, but we all know that went to Rachel McAdams. She also almost got Lindsay Lohan’s part but ended up portraying one of the dim-witted sidekicks. There is no such thing as a small role, and Amanda Seyfried’s career is just going uphill.