We spend so much time being bathed in the glorious light of celebrities that we often feel like we know them. While this feeling might be solely based on candid Instagrams and pure delusion, some lucky souls out there got to know the stars before they reached lofty heights; peeking at their true selves before they were famous.
Below are some accounts from people who went to school with a celeb (or know a friend of a friend who did) and — although they should be taken with a liberal pinch of salt —they make for pretty interesting reading:
1. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie has never been afraid to express herself through unusual mediums such as vials of blood or snogging your brother, so it's not surprising to know she was exactly the same when she was a rebellious teenager.
2. Brad Pitt
Does this look like a guy who draws a turd in a high school year book? Yes, yes it does.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
To all the haters out there who brand Jennifer Lawrence as a fake, because no celebrity is capable of being friendly and fun — her high school classmates testimony (probably) doesn't lie.
4. Emma Watson
In other news, a friend of a friend went to Brown with Watson and apparently she isn't a fan of people shouting "one point to Gryffindor" when she speaks up in class. Who knew!
5. Will Ferrell
Is it really any suprise that Will Ferrell has always been the class clown?
6. Miley Cyrus
Who would have known that a young Miley Cyrus was once so beige and normal that the thought of her landing her own TV show seemed absolutely ludicrious.
7. Liam Hemsworth
To be fair, you can almost tell by looking that Liam's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. At least he's nice though, eh?
8. Taylor Swift
High school can't be easy when you're a public figure. As if it's not hard enough to know who your friends are in the insane cesspit of hormonal drama as it is!
9. Justin Bieber
Well, at least people aren't making fun of him for being short these days. Swings and roundabouts.
10. Anne Hathaway
People just can't stop gulping down the hateraid and spitting it back out in Anne Hathaway's lovely face, but hopefully this glowing report from a former aquaintance is enough to make them all feel ashamed.
11. Johnny Depp
It's common knowledge to any Johnny Depp fan that his passion for music outshadows his love of acting, and it seems like this has always been the case.
12. Taylor Lautner
At least you were forced to dress like an idiot by a influential fashion label and not your weird conservative parents, eh Taylor?
13. Nicky Minaj
You can tell from Nicky's isatiable drive and intelligent rhymes that she was always the sort of 'gal who had here eye on the prize.
14. Christian Bale
Don't mince words then, babe.
Prince was clearly so quiet at school because it took years of silent meditation to transcend into the most fabulous being on the planet. The world will never be as sparkling again.
16. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has spoken out about being bullied at school, but according to this person, the shoe was sometimes on the other foot.
17. Chris Evans
Ummmm can someone give me Chris's brother's number please? I don't know how it is possible to surpass the fitness of those perfectly parted curtains, so I have to meet him.
18. Adam Sandler
How could a guy who looks like this be a bad kisser?!
19. Megan Fox
Who knew that Jennifer's Body was a documentary!
20. Chris Pratt
Admit it, you were kind of hoping they were going to say he was a bit of a cock, weren't you? Nope, seems like there really are people as nice as Chris Pratt out there to thaw our cold, dead hearts.
21. Alec Baldwin
Alex Baldwin egotistical? Never!
22. Johnny Knoxville
The teachers should probably count their blessings that he wasn't eating omelettes made of his own vomit or nailing his nuts to the wall tbh.
23. Jessica Simpson
Raise your hand if you found the candid account about creepy daddy Joe more illuminating...
24. Marilyn Manson
Anyone who has read Marilyn Manson's book can confirm that the bit about the answer machines is indeed true. Spooky.
Did you know a celebrity in high school? Share your stories with the world below and maybe we will make another post!