Claire Danes Regrets Not Finishing College

Posted by PZ on January 18th, 2011

Actress Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy arrive at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California on January 16, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen

Claire Danes has admitted that she regrets not finishing school before pursuing acting. Claire was studying psychology at Yale University in 1998, but dropped out two years later. She says that from the age of 12, she was able to find work as an actress, and was often tutored on set:

“I started working when I was very young. I got an agent when I was 12 and fortunately was employed consistently from that point on. So I didn’t really go to a conventional high school. I was tutored on sets and things.”

When Claire was asked what advice she would give to a young version of herself, Claire said she would tell herself to go to college:

“Go to college, actually. I didn’t finish. I only went for two years but those two years were really good for me to just step away for a little bit and grow up without the prying eyes of the public and all the judgment that accompanies it. So that was good, and I don’t know.”

Do famous actresses really need a degree (Emma Watson is currently studying English Lit at Brown University)? Is college an important experience not to be missed? Let us know in the comments!

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