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20 Celebrities That Weren't Cool In School

Not the coolest kid in school? Neither were these famous people and now they're super cool.

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1. Christina Hendricks

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“My school days were pretty unhappy. I had the worst high school experience ever. I was a bit of a goth with purple hair and I was also part of the drama group, so my friends and I were all weird theatre people and everyone just hated us."


4. Taylor Swift

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"I remember when I was in school, the whole reason I started writing songs was because I was alone a lot of the time. I'd sit there in school and I'd be hearing people like, 'Oh my god, this party that we're going to is gonna be so awesome on Friday. Everyone's invited except for [Taylor].'"

5. Charlize Theron

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"I didn't have any boyfriends in high school. I had a massive, massive crush on this one guy. He was a couple of years older than me and I did not exist in his world."


9. Naya Rivera

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"In high school, I was most like Artie and Rachel. I knew what I wanted, like Rachel, although I wasn't as obnoxious. But like Artie, I was a nerd, always trying to fit in and get my hair to lie flat."

10. Lady Gaga

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"Being teased for being ugly, having a big nose, being annoying. 'Your laugh is funny, you're weird, why do you always sing, why are you so into theater, why do you do your make-up like that?'"


12. Jessica Alba

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"I'd eat my lunch in the nurses' office so I didn't have to sit with the other girls. Apart from my being mixed race, my parents didn't have money so I never had the cute clothes or the cool back pack."

13. Megan Fox

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"I was fifteen and everybody knew that my aspiration in life was to become an actress. One girl came to school on Halloween in a black leather cat suit and everyone thought she was cat woman. She answered, 'No I am Megan Fox.' She was making fun of me. I didn't say anything to her. I was really shy."


17. Mischa Barton

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"I just wasn't part of the popular clique. I was on the outside of it and that was when I was the most self-conscious. I didn't dress cool enough and I didn't have enough money."

18. Zac Efron

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"I wasn’t a heartthrob at school; I was a geek, I was into musical theater, which isn’t perceived as the coolest thing. There were guys who were 6’ 1” with beards and big muscles and I was a gawky 17-year-old, a skinny, awkward kid. I was a late bloomer. Growing up was hell."

20. Jennifer Garner

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“I was a real nerd. I wasn’t the popular one, I was one of those girls on the edge of the group. I never wore the right clothes and I had a kind of natural geekiness. I was in the school band and I think that has a bit of a stigma at the age of 13. If you’d asked me what I wanted to be, I would have said something like a librarian.”