While you hear stories of celebrities who gave up college or even high school in order to pursue acting and became multimillionaries without ever having to hit the books again, it’s nice to see someone who’s able to juggle both. Dakota Fanning graduated from North Hollywood private school Campbell Hall yesterday.
Despite having an incredibly busy acting career — her last few movies were Coraline, The Runawys, and appearances in Twilight: New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, Part 1 — Fanning managed to stay on the varsity cheerleading squad, and she was voted homecoming queen two years in a row.
Not to sound like a teary parent, but wasn’t it literally just yesterday that she was that creepy alien-human kid in the Taken miniseries, or Sean Penn‘s adorable kid?
Unlike other actors her age who opted to abandon schooling or had a private tutor, Fanning has really made sure that she gets the quintessential high-school experience. After all, she’s only 17, so she could have a few more years of high-school dramas ahead of her (or college-aged ones), so it pays to know what the screenwriters were going for.
Then again, there are rumors that Fanning got accepted to my alma mater, the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, and could be attending there in the fall as part of the class of 2015.