The do’s—more love, more confidence—and the don’ts—no hard drugs, no trendy hairstyles—that these famous icons wish they knew then. Remember when stars like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Shailene Woodley and Hugh Jackman looked this young? Since then, they have done pretty okay for themselves. Okay, so maybe they don’t have all the money in the world, just 99% of it. Still, all that fame and fortune didn’t come without a few hard-won lessons. The superfamous shared these inspirational words of wisdom that they wish they’d known back then.
Celebs reveal what they wish they knew when they were younger
Peter DinklageOn Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister has a wry sense of humour, something that Dinklage wishes he'd had more of himself in his youth. “Don't take yourself so seriously," he cautions.Getty Images
Jennifer LopezHer famous affairs have taught her at least one truism about love. “Love yourself--appreciate yourself. I think a lot of women, especially, give so much love away, and we forget about ourselves. And the only way to have really beautiful and fulfilling relationships is to love yourself too."Getty Images
Taylor SwiftAs a reformed teen-angst troubadour, Swift urges her teen fans to be present in their own lives. “Get your feelings hurt, get your hopes up and be let down and dream about things and imagine the possibilities. Yeah, you're going to get hurt along the way, but you're also going to learn things."Getty Images
Joan JettThe punk pioneer's glory days with the Runaways blinked by in a flash. Today, she urges kids to backup those Facebook pages and save their selfies. “Document what you go through. The Runaways have few photos or videos. I don't think teenagers think that far ahead."Getty Images
Stephen KingThe horror icon's addiction to alcohol, cocaine and prescription pills through the '80s was so severe he contemplated suicide before being saved by a family intervention. In a letter to his 16-year-old self, he writes, “stay away from recreational drugs" calling himself, “a junkie waiting to happen."Getty Images
Angelina JolieBefore she was a mother of six, Angelina Jolie was a famous free spirit. She has no regrets about the spontaneity she enjoyed in her youth. “I would probably say enjoy the freedom as much as you possibly can before it goes away. Enjoy the walks in the park and the backpacking and travelling and living."Getty Images
Shailene WoodleyEven the Divergent star had to grow into her skin. “I wish at 13 years old I had the confidence and knowledge that you don't need to be accepted by anyone other than yourself. And the second you start accepting and loving yourself, the second your light shines and other people react strongly to that."
Hugh JackmanWhile the multi-talented star may not have known what he wanted to do with his life at 16, he'd teach his younger self a tool to figure it out. “Keep writing down one list: the 5 things you love to do, and the 5 things you are good at. They will keep changing, but one day they will match up...and there is your path."Getty Images
Michael J. FoxFox, who has been married to his wife Tracy Pollan for 27 years, would want his Alex P. Keaton-era self to keep his heart open to love. “When love comes, and it will, don't bury it in expectation and projection—be prepared to fall in love all over again every day."Getty Images
Liam PayneThough just 21, the level of superstardom he's reached as a member of One Direction has taught him plenty. “I'd tell myself to lighten up a bit. I was just a bit too work-concentrated, because I really wanted to make it. I should have just enjoyed it a bit more."Getty Images
Carrie FisherThe actress, author and alternative hairstyle icon wished she'd had her priorities straight earlier in life. “If there's a choice between companionship and anything else—especially career—choose companionship. It's the only thing that has the potential to last."Getty Images
Jodie FosterFoster's advice is simple: “Avoid the hairdos! They follow me wherever I go."Getty Images
Michelle ObamaThe First Lady's advice is as relevant for today's teenagers, such as her daughters Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13, as it would have been when she herself was in high school. “Walk away from friendships that make you feel small and insecure."Getty Images