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Famous Celebrities Who Went to Acting School

Every actor or actress is aware that one of the most important aspects of mastering the craft of acting is practice. Most of the major television personalities and famous movie stars of today have studied and perfected their acting skills by taking acting classes. Everything eventually paid off after. Here are some of the celebrities went to school for acting.

Zac Efron

We all saw him in movies like “High School Musical” and “17 Again”. The child actor went to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts from 2000 to 2001. He got an offer to attend the University of Southern California but he opted to defer instead.

Sandra Bullock

She is famous for starring in the films “Miss Congeniality,” “The Proposal” and “Gravity,” Sandra received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from East Carolina University in North Carolina while performing in multiple theater productions.

Jessica Chastain

She is known for her roles in “The Martian,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help,”. She went to the Juilliard School in New York City, where she was awarded a scholarship funded by the late Robin Williams. She suffered from anxiety while attending school and was always worrying about her performance in the program. She found her niche later on and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003.

Denzel Washington

The Triple Golden Globe winner received his Bachelors of Arts degree in drama and journalism from Fordham University New York City, New York. He later attended the Lincoln Center campus to study acting full-time. This is where he performed in “Othello.” a Shakespeare’s play.

Rachel McAdams

We’ve all seen her from movies like “The Notebook” and “Mean Girls”. Rachel attended York University in Ontario, Canada after one of her drama teachers recommended it. Eventually, in 2001, McAdams graduated with a BFA honors degree. She is also known to have worked with Necessary Angel Theatre a Toronto-based company.

Hugh Jackman

Jackman is known internationally as Wolverine.¬†He went to the University of Technology, in Sydney Australia where he graduated with a BA in communications. He discovered his love for acting during his senior year and decided to take up a drama course. This led him to complete “The Journey” a one year course at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney.

Miranda Cosgrove

The “iCarly” and “Drake and Josh” actress attended the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts to study film. Although she already had a few credits under her belt, she was committed to take her craft more seriously and better understand the principles of cinematic production.

Meryl Streep

Meryl is a three-time Oscar winner and Academy Award-nominated actress. She received her BA cum laude from Vassar College New York in 1969. She applied for an MFA from the Yale School of Drama later on, where she was annually featured in numerous theater productions. Streep worked hard to receive her MFA from Yale in 1975 and later achieved an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1981.