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Kate Bosworth still considering Princeton dream

In hindsight Kate Bosworth is happy her swift rise in Hollywood happened when she was just a teenager.

Actress Kate Bosworth hasn't given up on her dream of studying at Princeton University after putting her acting career before further education in her late teens.

The clever Superman Returns star was accepted to the Ivy League school but chose to focus on her fledgling acting career, which began with The Horse Whisperer when she was 14.

She told her parents she would give Hollywood a year and if she didn't land a good role she'd turn her back on acting and concentrate on her studies, but four months into her Tinseltown trip she landed a role in surf drama Blue Crush, and her career took off.

"I had never surfed before so all of a sudden I land in Oahu (Hawaii) and I'm looking at these waves that are 20, 30 foot (high) in December and I'm thinking, 'I know I said I could do this but actually I'm not so sure!'" she tells U.S. talk show The Talk. "Then I just started to work and I realised that this is what I really love to do."

But the Princeton academics have never closed their doors to Bosworth, and she's still invited to study there whenever she wants to.

"They were very kind," she explains. "They said, 'If you ever want to come back the door's open'. So you never know."

Beginning her career so early meant Kate had to move around a lot and lost touch with a lot of friends who she hoped to reunite with once they were "back in sync". The new life was a struggle for the star and if it weren't for the support of a guidance counsellor, Kate wouldn't be where she is today.

"She gave me a lot of important tools to understand the person I wanted to be, without the confusion of the bumps and bruises you get growing up,” Kate recalled to The Edit. “I didn’t go to college, so I was thrown into: ‘Now you pay rent, now you go to auditions, now you make an impression on the world,' at 18 years old.

“If I could impart advice, it would be to find mentors – as many as possible. I started too young and I had to white-knuckle it a little bit. I kept things too bottled up. I just put my head down and fought through it, and I wish I had sought more guidance.”

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