Congratulations are in order for Storm Reid because she just announced that she’s headed to the University of Southern California this fall! Yep, the actress will be trading in her scripts and cameras for essays and tests, and we couldn’t be more excited for her.
Reid — who fans may recognize from A Wrinkle In Time, Euphoria, The Invisible Man and more — took to Instagram to share the epic news on Sunday, May 2 by sharing a pic of herself a wearing USC shirt.
“Forever indebted to the ones that guided me through this process. #FIGHTON #USC25 #CommitmentDay,” she captioned the post.
And it turns out, she’s not the only big star to attend college after becoming famous. Wow, could you imagine if you walked into your math class and sat next to one of your favorite celebs?! That was the case for so many students! From Emma Watson to Dylan and Cole Sprouse, here’s all the big celebrities who took a break from their careers to focus on their education after they rose to fame…
Dylan And Cole Sprouse
After they starred in Disney Channel’s Suite Life of Zack and Cody, both of the Sprouse brothers stepped away from the spotlight for a few years so that they could attend school. They both graduated from New York University in 2015, and then they jumped right back into acting! Cole went on to play Jughead Jones in Riverdale, while Dylan recently appeared in the After sequel, After We Collided.
In the height of her Harry Potter fame, Watson started going to Brown University. She actually filmed the final two flicks in the series while attending classes! The super star ended up graduating in May 2014, and she later said she was treated totally normal on campus.
“I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook,” she said. “Anyway, even if I was being given a hard time, I wasn’t going to wuss out of university because someone said ‘wingardium leviosa’ to me in a corridor, or ‘Ten points for Gryffindor.’ I’ve been dealing with the media since I was 9. If I can’t stand up to a few people giving me a hard time, it’s a bit pathetic, really. I’ve had so much worse.”
“The weirdest part is after a day at school, I’ll go on Instagram or the Internet and there will be pictures of me from school that random people took and I didn’t know they took,” she told ABC News back when she first started attending.
As for why she decided to go to school, the actress explained, “My dad went to USC and it always had been very important to me and my family. And I kind of always thought I loved acting and always wanted to do that, but always had it in the back of my mind that I was going to go to college. It’s just a good experience, and all my friends and my family think it’ll be really cool for me. I love school. I’m excited to be on a campus and explore new things that I might like.”
In 2018, Yara Shahidi announced that she was attending Harvard University, and that Michelle Obama wrote one of her recommendation letters! But despite attending one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, she has continued to act — most famously starring in the Black-ish spinoff series Grown-ish.
After Good Luck Charlie came to an end in 2014, Bridgit Mendler started taking classes at University of Southern California. She graduated in 2016, with a degree in anthropology. And get this — in In January 2019, she announced on Twitter that she was had gotten into Harvard Law School. You go, girl!
Emily Osment gave college a try after her Hannah Montana days, but she later admitted that it wasn’t for her. She studied theater at Occidental College for two years, before eventually dropping out.
“I went to a little college and I knew everyone there. There were some people who were a little weird… and things got kinda weird,” she later said of the experience.
Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen
Like the Sprouse twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen attended NYU in 2004. After only a year, however, they both decided to leave school to run their company, Dualstar Entertainment, instead.
Amanda Bynes announced in 2020 that she was studying Merchandise Product Development at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. But according to her fiancé, Paul Michael, she dropped out of school because of her anxiety.
In 2011, Dakota Fanning revealed that she had started studying “film and the portrayal of women in film” at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. And in 2018, she explained on The Today Show that she still hadn’t graduated! She explained that although it was taking her a while to get her degree, “it’s something that’s important to [her] and [she] knows [she’ll] be happy when [she] accomplishes it.”
Modern Family alum Ariel Winter briefly went to the University of California in 2016, but she later explained that it was too hard to balance school and acting.
“I loved going [to UCLA], however, I overestimated what I could do at that time. I wasn’t really able to get to the majority of my classes. It was kind of me just looking at the book, not having any exam notes, just trying to figure it out on my own. I thought it was kind of a waste,” she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter. “Not like going there was a waste, I mean UCLA, I was so so lucky, it’s such an amazing school … But it just didn’t make sense at the time.”
Everyone loved watching Sofia Carson in the Descendants movies, but you may be shocked to learn that she actually attended UCLA the entire time she worked on them! She later told Access Live that it was harder than she thought to go to school while acting, but that she was still determined to graduate.
“I’m technically still a Bruin,” she said. “I’m still going to school — still enrolled. Had to take a pause of a second with all of this, but I’m going to graduate maybe when I’m 45. You guys are all invited to the graduation. It’s going to happen.”
“She is already considering a life after film. She never got to complete college and she wants to get a proper education,” a source dished at the time. “She is a voracious reader and cannot wait to get going on her correspondence course. It won’t be easy and it will mean putting in some fairly strenuous hours. But once she’s graduated, Kristen will be able to do almost anything she wants, in or out of Hollywood.”