There's no one path to success—and these celebrities are proof. Here are 32 wildly successful celebs who never finished high school.
Lawrence ended her formal education when she was 14 and dropped out of middle school.
"I dropped out of middle school. I don’t technically have a GED or a diploma,"she explained during a 60 Minutes interview. "I am self-educated."
Gosling dropped out of Lester B. Pearson High School in Canada when he was 17 and went on to star in Disney's All-New Mickey Mouse Club.
Styles dropped out of school when One Direction took off because he, understandably, didn't have time for much else.
The Oscar-winner dropped out of school after his junior year and started studying at a free local drama center instead.
The model left school when she was 14 to pursue her career.
Rihanna was just 16 when she signed a record deal with Def Jam and left school.
The rapper and producer bounced around high schools in Brooklyn and New Jersey before eventually dropping out.
The EGOT winner is a high school dropout—but things worked out okay for her.
Depp dropped out of school when he was 15 to pursue a career as a rock star. Apparently, acting was his fallback plan.
Cruise originally planned to become a priest, but dropped out of high school when he decided to be an actor instead.
Wayans dropped out as a freshman to follow his older brother to Los Angeles.
The Harry Potter star never finished high school (just like Harry never technically finished Hogwarts).
The Iron Man star dropped out of Santa Monica High School after his junior year.
The comedian dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy instead.
Diaz dropped out of high school to pursue modeling full time.
Law dropped out of high school when he was 17 to star in the soap opera Families.
The actressdropped out of school in Australia when she was 16.
The actress now says she regrets dropping out of high school.
"I ended up dropping out of high school. I'm a high school dropout, which I'm not proud to say. I had some teachers that I still think of fondly and were amazing to me. But I had other teachers who said, 'You know what? This dream of yours is a hobby. When are you going to give it up?' I had teachers who I could tell didn't want to be there. And I just couldn't get inspired by someone who didn't want to be there."
Rock dropped out of high school in tenth grade.
Avril dropped out of school at 17 when she signed her record contract.
Jim Carrey dropped out of school not to pursue acting, but to help support his family financially.
Reeves dropped out of school because he never fit in.
"It was a very small school, and I guess I didn't fit in," Reeves told The Daily Mail in 2008. "I had conflicts and run-ins with the staff. The principal and I didn't see eye to eye," he said. "I was one of those 'Why?' kids—I asked too many questions about everything. I couldn't stop even if it got me into trouble."
Barrymore's career took off at an early age and she never finished school.
Pacino struggled academically and ended up dropping out of high school.
The actress dropped out of school at 15 to study acting full time.
Morgan says he's glad he dropped out of high school.
"I’m glad I dropped out of high school, man. I wouldn’t be where I’m at. I would have had a net. I’m glad I didn’t have anything to fall back on, man, because that made me go for my dreams that much harder."
Disney dropped out of school at 16 to join the army.
He famously played a doctor on TV, but Dempsey dropped out of school at 17.
Applegate dropped out of high school her junior year and quickly found success on Married...With Children.
Brando was actually expelled from high school for riding a motorcycle down the hallway.