Jennifer Lawrence Explains Decision to Drop Out of Middle School, but Has No Regret About It

'I struggled through school. I never felt very smart,' the Oscar-winning actress admits, adding that she always knew acting was her true calling.

AceShowbiz - Jennifer Lawrence may have gone through a lot to achieve her status as a Hollywood A-lister and an Academy Award-winning actress, but one thing for sure, she didn't need a formal education for it. In a preview for Sunday's (February 25) episode of "60 Minutes", the 27-year-old actress opened up about her decision to drop out of middle school in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, to pursue a career in Hollywood.

"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."

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.

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