ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

No matter how expressive your natural personality happens to be, becoming a great actor takes years of work, especially when it comes to your own self confidence.

While Jennifer Lawrence has been heralded as a 'genius' by her [The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1](movie:446261) co-star, Donald Sutherland, her acting instincts were once no more sharpened than your average high school students'.

Just take a look at how nervous and hesitant the Oscar winning actress looks in this newly excavated footage of her performing Shakespeare in high school:

While managing to land the lead role of Desdemona is clear evidence that teachers had already noticed Lawrence's potential, some of these other stars might regret the embarrassing evidence left behind in the wake of their teenage thespian adventures...

David Hasselfhof

Hasselhof was already beginning to forge his special bond with Germany back in 1969 where he donned some fetching lederhosen to play Pinocchio,


Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher's appearance as Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors back in 1994 was exactly what it said on the tin.


Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Oscar nominated actress channeled all of the '90s from head to toe in her 1993 high school production of Black Comedy.


Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson was already setting the stage alight with his eccentric style all the way back in 1954. Naturally, he was the star of the show in Manasquan High School's production of Out of the Frying Pan.


Katie Holmes

Who knew Katie Holmes had an inner Michael Jackson to channel?


Tom Hanks

The larger than life actor was already making audiences laugh in this 1974 production of Twelfth Night!


Whose high school play would you rather travel back in time to see?

(Source: Huffington Post via CNN and


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