When you’re a famous celebrity, one of the things that you need to get used to is that your past isn’t something that is easily going to be erased. Especially if your past includes some incredibly embarrassing yearbook photos like half of our list.
In fact, Margot Robbie didn’t even know about the incredibly embarrassing photo of her from her younger years that we have of her below until she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he pulled it out.
While some celebrities in Hollywood have always known how to embrace their good looks, it definitely didn’t always come so easily to others. Whether it’s Megan Fox proving she was always a fox, or Christina Hendricks proving why we should be glad she dropped the goth look, you’ll be entertained throughout our list.
And while most of these celebrities ended up becoming extremely good looking, Ron Jeremy also makes our list and he’s definitely a man of…debatable attractiveness (even if he has slept with thousands of women).
Any fan of Game of Thrones will also be incredibly amused when they check out the fantastic mullet that Peter Dinklage decided was a totally great look for him during high school.
We also include some background information on these celebrities during some of their most formative years, such as who was bullied and spat upon and the experiences they went to that made them into the star you know and love.
15. Hot – Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman has been acting since she was a little girl (see Leon: The Professional), but she’s also always been a firm believer in the importance of education. In fact, she even elected to pass on the premiere of The Phantom Menace so she could study for her finals.
It clearly paid off for her, as Portman ended up attending Harvard where she admitted in a past interview she had to fight for respect
“I feared people would assume I had gotten in just for being famous, and not worthy of the intellectual rigor here. Every time I opened my mouth, I would have to prove that I wasn’t just a dumb actress.”
14. Not – Ron Jeremy
We don’t want to be too hard on Ron Jeremy but if we’re being completely honest, he may be the worst looking male both in high school and as an adult! And yet, he’s slept with more beautiful women than anyone on this list combined.
But he’s also the only adult performer on this list, so we suppose that makes sense! For those unfamiliar, Jeremy isn’t just a performer he’s arguably considered the best of all-time (at least in terms of males) and has been in over 2,000 films. Prior to entering the industry, Jeremy worked as a teacher so you can hope he had positive high school memories to inspire him.
13. Hot – Blake Lively
Blake Lively landed a huge break when she was still in high school when she was cast to be one of the leads in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. The movie paved their way for Lively’s career but admitted in a past interview that it alienated her from her friends
“I came back after three months ready to go do what we used to, but things change. People get older and there are some inside jokes that you don’t know about that have happened.”
And while you may agree with our sentiment that Lively looks stunning, she also admitted that she felt tall (she’s 5’10”) and shy and thus was not confident in high school. We’re sure becoming a huge movie star definitely didn’t hurt her confidence though.
12. Not – Eminem
When you take a look at the above photo, you may agree that it was probably the right decision for Eminem to keep his hair short as an adult! Eminem definitely had no shortage of tough high school experiences to help inspire him in his music.
“I would change schools two, three times a year. That was probably the roughest part about it all…. [I got] beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved into lockers. You know, just…for the most part, man, you know, just bein’ the new kid,” said Eminem in a past interview.
11. Hot – Megan Fox
It was clear early on into the movie Transformers that Megan Fox was going to be one of the biggest sex symbols in Hollywood. Then she went ahead and got fired after comparing Michael Bay to Hitler, but that still doesn’t take away from her good looks! And judging by the above photo of Fox in high school, it’s clear that she’s always been beautiful.
When talking about her high school experience, Fox admitted that she felt on the outside
“I was never a mean girl. No, I was always the outcast,” as well as saying, [I] always talked to people I thought was interesting. It’s not like I only talked to people who were, like, the Adonis-es of the school. That was not me.”
10. Not – Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage may be one of your favorites on our list, but back in high school he, unfortunately, found himself alone on a regular basis,
“High school is a funny thing. On one hand, you’re so fragile. But I thought I was William Burroughs by the age of 13, so I had this massive ego as well. Everything in high school feels like it’s life or death. I went to a pretty athletic high school, and I didn’t have many friends.”
said Dinklage in a past interview. While he can now see it as having a massive ego, we’re sure that sense of confidence is part of why Dinklage was able to make it as an actor. At the very least once his time in Westeros is done nobody will blame Dinklage if he’s got a bigger ego than at the start of the franchise.
9. Hot – Beyonce
Beyonce‘s education was definitely a little bit different that yours, after all, call me crazy but you probably didn’t skip out on getting your high school diploma because you were too busy touring with your band! While there are rumors that Beyonce may have later acquired her GED, she definitely didn’t need university to continue along her success path.
It was clear from an early age that Beyonce was talented, starting out in a band entitled Girl’s Thyme when she was 8 years old with Kelly Rowland.
Beyonce’s former partner, Lyndall Locke, who she dated when she was younger re-affirmed her passion in a past interview,
“She [was] no ordinary kid. She lived and breathed her career.”
8. Not – Conan O’Brien
Oh Coco! Nobody is better at making fun of his own appearance than himself and judging by the lovely hairstyle that he has going on in the above photos it may be something that he has been doing his entire life.
But when you hear how smart Conan is, you may understand where his focus was.
While attending Brookline high school he was named the valedictorian and then got accepted to Harvard. Once there along he also worked on the school’s humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon, including being the president for two years.
7. Hot – Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks is no stranger to audiences whether it’s appearing in the Hunger Games franchise, the latest Power Rangers movie or even embracing her raunchier side with things like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Zach and Miri: Make a Porno.
In high school, however, it was school plays like “Our Town” and “Man of La Mancha” that helped Banks fall in love with acting. Banks attended Pittsfield High School which was located in Western Massachusetts.
Banks was also clearly popular in her school, as she was selected to be one-half of the “Class Couple”. Whoever the lucky guy was in high school clearly didn’t last though, as Banks actually met her future husband on her first day of college.
6. Not – Margot Robbie
Now if we’re being completely fair, we suppose this isn’t exactly a “traditional” yearbook photo, but it is a photo of Margot Robbie from when she was 13 and that’s good enough for us!
Robbie was bombarded with the photo after a friend of hers from back home sent it into Jimmy Kimmel in anticipation of her interview back in June.
“I’m drinking a cup of tea. I’m in bed. I’m clearly really enjoying myself, reading Harry Potter,” she said. “I have braces, which I had for two years. I was really into slicking my hair back — God knows why — and I’m wearing glasses, which I didn’t actually need,” said Robbie when talking about it.
5. Hot – Dwayne Johnson
If Dwayne Johnson was walking down the halls in high school, you can`t honestly tell us that he wouldn’t pass as a teacher. I mean seriously, the man looks 25! Who needs a fake ID when you look like that. Johnson was able to use his big size to his advantage when he joined the football team. Showing he wasn’t just strong, he was also a member of their track and field team.
He was talented enough on the gridiron to earn a full scholarship to the University of Miami and eventually ended up playing in the CFL.
4. Not – Tina Fey
Tina Fey is one of the funniest females to ever enter the entertainment world, so leave it to her to put a hilarious take on her own lack of style and less than desirable appearance in high school, saying in a past interview,
“What doesn’t nineteen-year-old Virginia boy want a wide-hipped, sarcastic Greek girl with short hair that’s permed on top? What’s that you say? None of them want that? You are correct.”
Following her time at Upper Darby High School, Fey attended (and graduated) from the University of Virginia. As a fun fact, Fey admitted in an interview with Dave Letterman that she did not lose her virginity until she was 24
3. Hot – Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba looks beautiful in the above photo as she’s smiling at her high school prom and you can imagine any guy that says he got to go to prom with Alba would consider himself pretty lucky.
But Alba has also admitted in the past that she was bullied throughout her high school experience and that it was acting that gave her the ability to escape from it all. Considering she made millions as an actress and is now able to help run her own company, you can imagine she is pretty happy with her decision to express herself through acting.
2. Not – Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks has been open in the past about how she was bullied during her high school years, including saying
“‘I was a bit of a goth and I was also part of the drama group, so my friends and I were all weird theater people and everyone just hated us. There was a long corridor with lockers on either side and kids would sit on top of them and spit on you.”
While you may think that Hendricks still looks pretty, albeit different with the black hair, she admitted in another interview that she didn’t feel pretty until leaving school and went into a modelling competition
“When I got the pictures back my mum and I started crying because I had no idea I could be pretty. I’d always felt awkward. It was the first time I really felt pretty. It just sort of changed my perspective of myself.”
1. Hot – Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfieffer has been acting since the 70s and is still looking absolutely beautiful and is always a welcome presence on the screen, so are you really shocked to see she also looked beautiful in high school? Pfeiffer attended Fountain Valley High School, where she admitted she was less than stellar in a particular subject
“In high school, I took theater to avoid taking an English course because I was terrible in English. And all of the kids in the theater department were thought of as being the strange kids on campus. But I felt right at home, which meant, I suppose, that I was one of those strange kids on campus. But nobody told me. And I loved it.”
We’re sure even if she didn’t love English class that she didn’t mind reading scripts!