Jennifer Lawrence may seem to exude confidence now, but that wasn’t always the case. In fact, Lawrence struggled at school, which gave her a lot of social anxiety. In an interview with Madame Figaro, the “No Hard Feelings” star explained, “When my mother talks to me about my childhood, she always tells me that there was like a light in me, a spark that constantly animated me. When I entered school, that light went out.” She elaborated, “We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety. Yet I had friends.” Just like so many people, Lawrence had a hard time at school, and it threatened to dull her spirit altogether.
As for why she might have experienced anxiety at school, Lawrence told Madame Figaro, “I mostly think that I didn’t feel smart because I wasn’t a good enough student.” She continued, “I thought that some people are stupid, but eventually get away with it and that I was one of them.” The award-winning actor even went to therapy in an attempt to understand her feelings, but ultimately, the only thing that helped her overcome her anxiety was pursuing an acting career. Luckily, Lawrence appears to have found a stronger sense of self since leaving school, but her education was clearly a difficult time for her.