This weekend, Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence described how she dropped out of school when she was a teenager to pursue an acting career. She sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes and shared her thought process as a middle school student in Kentucky which led to her life-changing travels to New York where a talent scout promptly spotted her. She explains, “I struggled through school, I never felt very smart, and when I’m reading the 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 described how overwhelming her instincts were to essentially drop everything and pursue acting as she was certain she was “meant to do” it. But Lawrence was only 14 years old at the time, and so she had to convince her parents that pursuing this passion was worth sacrificing her education–at least for the time being–amidst them asserting, “You’re out of your mind!”

She must have made a compelling case; indeed, Jennifer succeeded in talking her parents into supporting her in her aspirations. Now the 27-year-old actress admits, “I dropped out of middle school, I don’t technically have a GED or diploma. I’m self-educated.” But she says she has no regrets, asserting, “I wanted to forge my own path.”

Additionally, Jennifer insists it wasn’t only her education that she put on the back burner; she didn’t allow anything to get in the way of her acting dream–even friendships. She landed her breakthrough role in the 2010 film Winter’s Bone when she was 19 years old … and presently this middle school dropout’s films have grossed over $5.5 billion worldwide!

Dropping out of school to pursue a career as a performer may sound extreme, but Lawrence is certainly not alone. While Mark Wahlberg graduated from high school, he would be 42 before he earned his diploma. About four years ago, the All the Money in the World star penned an article for the Huffington Post stating, “I never made it past the ninth grade. My circumstances were not unlike millions of other teens today who live in tough working class neighborhoods surrounded by drugs, violence and crime, and who struggle to stay on the right path without positive influences.” Wahlberg attended an online high school; he studied wherever he could, whether he was traveling, was on set, or at home. “Now I can look at my kids every day knowing I didn’t just do this for me–I did it for them, and I did it for all the other teens and adults who have inspired me by their commitment to graduate,” he wrote.

Other actors who reportedly dropped out of high school include Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Jessica Chastain, Seth Rogen, Ryan Gosling, Hilary Swank, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Downey Jr., Robert De Niro, Jim Carrey, Roseanne Barr, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp, and John Travolta.