School is hard enough without the added stress of managing a successful, well-paying and highly-visible career. Actors, like the rest of us, must be educated. However, it’s a slightly different experience when your fellow classmates are more fans than peers and your teacher wants your autograph more than your final paper.
Here are a few accounts of the young and famous.
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According to an article by the Daily Mail, other students who attended the same high school as Emma Watson were reprimanded for discussing the Harry Potter series around her or asking for her autograph. TIME Magazine also conducted an interview with the star back in 2010 to discuss her life outside of filming. When asked if there was any truth to the rumour that classmates would yell “10 points to Gryffindor” every time she participated in class while at Brown University, she replied:
“No. Actually, I’m really glad that he asked. That has never happened to me. Maybe someone said it under their breath, but I’ve never, ever had anyone say that when I’ve been in a class.”
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In a Rolling Stone article from 2013 (right in the peak of her Robin Thicke-VMA-twerking controversy), Miley revealed that she was kicked out of a private evangelical school for two reasons: she stole her teacher’s motorized scooter and she decided to teach the rest of her class what French kissing was.
Dylan and Cole Sprouse
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The brothers left their acting careers to go to the prestigious New York University in 2011 and graduated last year. Cole studied archaeology and Dylan studied video-game design. In a Teen Vogue article, the twins discussed their thoughts.
Dylan: In all of this, there’s this grim realization that there really is no truly escaping the industry. Like once you’re in it, you’re in it for good whether you’re doing anything or not. By not doing anything, we were doing something. You know, it was something interesting to some people at least. So there was this realization recently that was like, ‘You know what? I think it’s time to just come to terms with that and go back into acting.’
Cole: It gave such a powerful perspective on how the industry works and operates. In enabling us to study other paths and other understandings and ideas, it really empowered my understanding of the industry and how to act and how to be within it as well. I really am so glad we decided to go away for a little bit.
So there you have it! Of course, this is only a brief glimpse into the lives of the young and famous, but it does show us that fame really isn’t everything. It’s nice to know that education is a valuable asset to all.