Kristen Stewart’s career as an actor began at a young age, ensuring that the star’s childhood would be unlike most. This was especially true when it came to going to school.
When some of her classmates discovered her passion, they made school a little more difficult for her.
Stewart spent more time on film sets than she did in school during her formative years. Her acting career had reached new heights by the time she was 18 years old, thanks to her role in the monster hit Twilight series.
Stewart had to abandon traditional schooling at a young age due to her film career.
When the actress graduated from high school, she was already working on the third Twilight film, Eclipse. Ironically, Eclipse provided Stewart with the perfect opportunity to attend the graduation ceremony she might otherwise have missed.
“I attended public school until junior high. “I know it’s late and I’m old, but I just finished high school — with honours,” she once told MTV News. “I was doing a graduation scene on Eclipse the other day, and I had just finished high school myself the week before, so I told the crew, ‘Hey, just so you know, I’m actually graduating right now, and I’m not going to have another ceremony,'” she says.
Stewart decided to stage a real-life graduation ceremony with her coworkers right on set.
“So I took a practise shot with an extra,” she explained. “I literally requested that the actor return and shake my hand and hand me the diploma while I was dressed in a cap and gown.”
When Stewart was younger, leaving traditional school was not a difficult decision. Her dual life as an actor and a student, she felt, was sabotaging her experience with the latter.
“I was happy to leave school at 14 and study on set, because it took a load of work off my shoulders. “The fame and pressure were lifted because they had been failing me in school,” she explained in a 2012 interview with Mirror.
Stewart wanted to keep her acting career a secret at the time. But when her classmates found out, it made her difficult high school years even more difficult.
“I was never the type of girl who went around talking about wanting to be an actress, so I didn’t get a lot of s*** until someone found out,” she explained. “I was trying to play it down, but I definitely heard, ‘Oh, she’s such a b.'” ‘You’ve never spoken to me, but you think I’m a b?’ I exclaimed. Great.’”
Despite foregoing the typical high school adolescent experience, Stewart believed that having a film career was worth the sacrifice.
“I certainly haven’t missed out. I’ve met a lot of people. It’s like a school hierarchy, and I’m glad I’m not a part of it. It’s strange, though, because once you finish school, you realise it’s just a scaled-down version of life. “Having said that, I’m still glad I didn’t go,” she said.
Stewart did, however, later in life admit that she regretted not continuing her education during her college years.
“The most difficult struggle I’ve ever had was not going to school and instead working. I was concerned about declining specific individual experiences. “It was like, ‘F***, I have to do that movie,'” she told Marie Claire.