Everyone wants to be popular in high school, but that’s not the reality we live in. It’s an environment that allows certain personalities to shine while others remain in the background. For that very same reason, plenty of people hate the high school experience and wouldn’t want to go through it again. That is, unless you were one of the cool kids and everything went your way. While most people will fit in a group or at least find a friend, it’s not nearly enough to be popular among your peers. Celebrities are people and they experienced the same joys and struggles as we all did.
Some will be the first admit they were unpopular, while others try to hide it. Your status during high school is irrelevant in regards to your future life, as many people who were once considered to be losers end up thriving. On the other hand, transitioning from high school popularity to real life can be a daunting experience for some of the cool kids.
This list will prove that high school popularity doesn’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of things; many people are late bloomers and end up doing great things as they get older. You also have those who simply don’t fit in the environment, sometimes due to their interests or their personalities. Today, we look at 15 celebrities who had the reputation of being losers during their time in high school, but ended up thriving in life.
15. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron turns heads everywhere she goes these days, and there are plenty of men of all ages who have a crush on her. But that wasn’t the case during her high school days when she was unpopular among the opposite sex. Theron had several crushes that never materialized into anything, and she went through high school without having a boyfriend. She has also admitted to being unpopular at the time, as she tried her best to fit into a unwelcoming crowd.
Theron’s nerdy glasses and fashion choices turned off the boys, while the girls avoided befriending her. In such a shallow environment, it’s expected that kids are very judgmental and insecure during one of the most challenging periods of their lives.
Looking back, Charlize Theron would’ve probably liked to have enjoyed popularity from a young age, but as things turned out, it’s probably for the best that things took their course to make her a top star.
14. Miley Cyrus
Before she rose to stardom on Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus had her struggles in high school. With 72 million followers on Instagram today, she didn’t have many during her younger days. Cyrus didn’t fit in and was often picked on for various reasons, to the point of even experiencing some severe bullying, Miley has previously told a story about being locked up in a locker for nearly an hour, which left her terrified, as one would expect.
Being the kid of a celebrity doesn’t gain you any cool points, as she was mocked for being the daughter of American singer, Billy Ray Cyrus. In the end, everything worked out for her as far as popularity goes; she had one of the biggest hit shows on Disney before she went on to enjoy a very successful career as a singer. Miley probably doesn’t want to go back to high school ever again unless she can be Hannah Montana.
13. Christian Bale
Before he embarked on a journey to face all evil as Batman, Christian Bale wasn’t having the best times in high school. He could have probably used his superhero powers back then to impress his classmates, who didn’t care to get to know him.
Some were even mean to the actor, especially once he found fame at such a young age by starring in Empire Of The Sun. You would think that kid celebrities would receive special treatment, but the opposite is closer to the truth. Kids won’t be exactly thrilled to see one of their classmates shine, which in turn creates jealousy and tension.
Not only was Bale unpopular as a kid, but his new stardom made him a victim to some of the school bullies who went out of their way to make him feel bad about breaking into Hollywood.
12. Demi Lovato
Who wouldn’t want to be friends with Demi Lovato? Her childhood peers, according to the star, who has spoken about her struggles during middle school up until high school. An outcast in her younger days, she wasn’t one of the cool kids and struggled to adjust during her teen years.
According to Lovato, one of the reasons behind her lack of popularity was her weight and she was mocked by many of the kids who obviously didn’t know any better. It affected her confidence for years as she battled some tough times while she tried to change her image.
As an adult, Demi has been outspoken in supporting obese kids who are sadly still experiencing some of the elements that had made the star uncool among her peers. Without proper parenting, kids can be ignorant and say hurtful things, but it’s the very reason why it’s important to raise awareness in regards to bullying.
11. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz comes across as the most confident person in the world, so you would surely expect her to have been one of the most popular kids in high school. That wasn’t the case. Diaz was somewhat nerdy and not exactly as lusted after by men as she is today.
According to the actress, she wasn’t even acknowledged by the guys who attended her high school, but it obviously didn’t negatively affect her as she grew up to put everyone else to shame with her major success.
There are several girls in desperate need of companionship even in their teenage years, but the actress was planning for far more important things. During an interview, Diaz stated that she doesn’t attend high school reunions since she doesn’t care what her peers are up to these days. When you reach her level of stardom, she probably has too many things keeping her busy over reconnecting with people who didn’t add much value to her life.
10. Justin Timberlake
If Justin Timberlake was a loser in his younger days, then nothing should surprise you anymore. He’s been in the spotlight for so long that we thought he must have been popular throughout his entire life.
But before he truly became a musician and film star, kids weren’t very fond of Timberlake. In fact, he was mocked for being different than anyone else, with some labeling him as “weird”. As it turned out, being different is far from being a negative thing, as Timberlake became one of the top artists of 2000.
It’s clear that he isn’t completely over the days when he was deemed a loser since he has mentioned it a few times. Perhaps it’s to lift the spirits of those who are currently going through a difficult time at such a young age, especially kids who are mocked for not fitting in in a place where everyone attempts to do so.
9. Taylor Swift
We all know Taylor Swift for her singing career, but the actress is having a transitional period as she chases the big screen after featuring in some hit films. There seems to be a common theme on this list; everyone who was deemed to be different by their peers turned out to be truly unique, as they went on to achieve tremendous success. You can add Taylor Swift to the list as another name who was unpopular as a teenager, mainly due to her interest in country music as opposed to other genres.
Her classmates avoided her as much as possible since she wasn’t part of the cool kids’ group. As for boys, they weren’t very fond of her either, but that probably saved her some of the headaches that she encountered later on. Years later, the tables turned around when many of her old classmates showed up to one of her concerts.
Swift was mature enough to let go of the past and didn’t hold a grudge as she probably has millions of reasons to ease her mind.
8. Eva Mendes
Despite being a volleyball player, Eva Mendes wasn’t very popular in her teenage years. Being very skinny in high school, Eva Mendes became a target for some kids who mocked her big teeth. Kids can be mean since they don’t know any better, that’s why it’s important for parents and teachers to be aware of their behavior and make sure they properly educate them.
As we all know by now, it clearly didn’t affect Mendes, who has featured in some of Hollywood’s most successful films in the past 15 years, including 2 Fast 2 Furious, Hitch, Ghost Rider and The Other Guys.
One has to wonder how Mendes’s high school friends feel about her successful career, we can imagine many of them being bitter about what she has achieved. Additionally, she went on to marry Hollywood’s top heartthrob, Ryan Gosling, so eat your hearts out.
7. Megan Fox
Most of us would have expected Megan Fox to have been the most popular girl in high school, possibly a cheerleader who broke hearts like it was nothing. But she wasn’t in such demand during her high school days, boys weren’t into her while girls didn’t care to befriend her.
The actress has previously stated that she used to eat her lunch in the bathroom in order to avoid her peers. Megan Fox has been outspoken about her high school experience, and while she didn’t have the best of times back then, she’s now living the dream.
Most of the boys who passed on dating her in high school probably have daily regrets today; she has become one of the top sex symbols of the past 10 years in Hollywood. As for Megan, she’s probably not losing much sleep at all.
6. Zac Efron
Zac Efron is one of those celebrities who were late bloomers, so if you happen to be struggling at the moment, keep your hopes alive and you could also do some great things in life. Though he is one of Hollywood’s top sex icons at the moment, that wasn’t the case back in high school. According to Efron, he was a skinny kid who struggled with girls and was considered a geek. His interests differed than his classmates; he was into musical theater rather than sports.
While the ladies are all chasing Efron these days, he wasn’t exactly going after anyone during high school; his focus was directed towards his theatrical interest where he would spend the majority of his time. Efron had a couple of friends but preferred to be around his pets, and we can’t really blame him for that. He was also considered to be different which clearly proved to be true, as the actor has established himself as a top star.
5. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart is another name who broke out into the scene at a young age, and her high school experience didn’t last long since she left to pursue studies while on the set of her films. During the time that she attended high school, she didn’t get to make many friends before she left the drama behind to chase the fame.
In previous interviews, the actress noted that her reputation changed once she started acting, as some kids accused her of being arrogant. She also didn’t care for the experience and was glad to have left early on, mainly due to the drama that comes with being a teenager. As for socializing, Stewart noted that she has made enough friends outside of high school and so doesn’t regret leaving early on back when she was still somewhat of a loser.
4. Selena Gomez
Being famous doesn’t mean that you will be instantly liked by everyone, just ask Selena Gomez. Unlike most rational adults, kids have no filter and won’t hold back, leading to some hurtful comments and actions.
Gomez was a Disney star while going to high school, so you can only imagine the difficulties she must have faced in building relationships. Her personality was slightly more reserved than she appeared to be on the Disney hit show, which is a recipe for disaster in high school. Selena didn’t appreciate being teased by other kids, who always had something to say.
Since then, Gomez has spoken about her personal experiences, as well as her mother’s, who was bullied as a teenager, although she managed to overcome those tough days.
3. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga was always destined to become a known person since she has always stood out. Going back to her high school days, she didn’t get along with most of her classmates, who labeled her as weird due to her interests. While most teenagers are usually just hanging out at the mall and not doing much, Gaga always kept herself busy thanks to her enthusiasm for music and theater.
Many also thought that she was annoying and difficult to be around, so they didn’t care to befriend her. It seems like was she even more misunderstood as a teenager, as she struggled to deal with that transitional period. Since breaking into fame, Gaga’s message has been consistent as far as being proud of who you are, and we can imagine that her high school days have contributed to the message that she always tries to deliver.
2. Jason Segel
During an interview with MTV, Jason Segel talked about his high school days and told a story about how kids used to jump on his back and then yell “ride the oaf!” It’s probably not the most pleasant memory for the How I Met Your Mother star.
At 6’4, Segel used to play basketball and wasn’t too shabby on the court, which probably gained him a few friends. But being tall his entire life means he always stood out from the rest of kids, which made him a punchline in his younger days. As he got older, his height was definitely much more appreciated by the ladies, who have probably been yelling the same thing as his classmates did once.
In the past 10 years, Segel has retired from basketball and taken his talents to the big screen where he starred in box office hits, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, and The Five-Year Engagement.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is another surprising name that appears on this list, she’s as cool as it gets and her confidence is pretty high. But her classmates didn’t share that same feeling, as troubles continuously rose between them and Lawrence. It seems like those qualities didn’t translate as smoothly when she was young.
She changed schools several times, but her popularity didn’t increase since she was always treated as the new kid, and became an outsider during her teenage years. Lawrence isn’t someone who holds back, so we can imagine why she would be unpopular. High school kids tend to be followers who are just trying to be accepted by their peers.
After all these years, Lawrence is probably more than over her high school days following her enormous success as one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood.
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