'I struggled through school. I never felt very smart,' the Oscar-winning actress admits, adding that she always knew acting was her true calling.
"I dropped out of middle school. I don't technically have a GED or a diploma. I am self-educated," she tells CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker. "I struggled through school. I never felt very smart," she admits.
When asked if she regretted the decision, she says, "No. I really don't. I wanted to forge my own path. I found what I wanted to do, and I didn't want anything getting in the way of it. Even friends, for many years, were not as important to me as my career. I mean, from the age of 14."
Lawrence says she always knew acting was her true calling. "It's hard to explain. "It's just an overwhelming feeling of, 'I get this. This is what I was meant to do,' " she goes on sharing. "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.' "
Having gone through this, the Mystique in "X-Men: First Class" and "X-Men: Apocalypse" says she can relate to her character in her new movie "Red Sparrow", which centers on a young ballerina who is forced to forgo her dream and starts being trained as a Russian intelligence officer.
She says, "And when I'm reading this script, and I feel like I know exactly what it would look like if somebody felt that way. That was a whole part of my brain that I didn't even know existed - something that I could be confident in, and I didn't want to let it go."
Jennifer Lawrence says she dropped out of middle school. The Oscar-winning actress tells Bill Whitaker she didn't want anything getting in the way of her career. Sunday on 60 Minutes.https://t.co/BgAj4TcRiV pic.twitter.com/MjzH5Bgu8d— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 23, 2018
Lawrence's new movie "Red Sparrow" will hit theaters across the nation on March 2. The action thriller is directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed her in the last three "The Hunger Games" movies.