You don’t have to be the homecoming queen to make it in life, and these 5 stars are all proof that being popular in school doesn’t mean anything in real life. They may not have been hugely popular as teenagers, but they have all blossomed into beautiful and talented women who have made something of themselves. Looking back, here is what these 5 stars felt about their unpopular teenage years – some were outsiders, and some simply weren’t popular but say they weren’t “losers” either.
Charlize says she definitely wasn’t popular in school, and was obsessed with someone who was: “I wasn’t in the popular crowd. There was a really popular girl at school and I was obsessed with her. I mean you would go to jail for that stuff today, I was in tears one day because I couldn’t sit next to her.”
Selena Gomez was mostly schooled on set, but when she did go to school, she wasn’t popular and says she didn’t have many friends either: “I went to school until eighth grade. I was not the popular kid – I sat in the back, I had, like, two friends. I was mostly schooled on set. I liked that.”
Mischa was bullied in school but she feels that because she wasn’t popular no one noticed when she wasn’t there when her career took off: “I still am insecure but young Mischa was terribly insecure. The kids around me at school had realised I was an actress and I started getting teased. I wasn’t popular so it was easy to integrate me in and out without kids asking too many questions but then ‘The Sixth Sense’ came out. I would have liked to have been popular. I would have liked to have not been on the periphery so much.”
Megan says she was a loner during her school years and was quite mean too: “I was never the beautiful girl in my school – I mean, I had braces and I died my hair orange. I was not the popular girl. I was always the loner. I was drawn to this industry for other reasons. “Careers sort of go up and down. Not everybody makes a hit every single time. There’s no particular technique. Most of the time it’s just about survival.”
Julia Roberts reveals that although she wasn’t popular, she wasn’t a “loser” either: “[I was] just mediocre, just getting through the hallways with my girlfriend Paige. We weren’t losers, but we weren’t popular, we were just coasting, that is exactly what we were doing.”
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