Mac Miller wasn't a very good painter, but that didn't stop him from covering his hometown with murals.
Everything changed for Christine Teigen when she moved to California and was scouted to be a model.
Tech N9ne missed out on one of the biggest nights in KC, "Grad Night," because he had chickenpox.
Rita Ora's music teacher, Ray, pushed her to be the best singer she could be, and she's very grateful for that.
MGK and his friends picked up a lot of ladies back in high school, and some of them weren't up to par, but MGK would always take one for the team.
Trina had one of the craziest lunches ever which started with eating some crabs, and ended with being mistaken for dead.
When they were 17, Chris Brown fired BB's and was fined 50 grand, Wiz Khalifa got played at prom, and Chanel West Coast was taken downtown for trespassing.... Read Full Summary »
When they were 17, emcee-turned-actor Common opened for his idol, rapper T-Pain met Mrs. Pain, and actor Alex Meraz kicked a girl in the crowd.... Read Full Summary »
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T-Pain ran a taxi service out of his car to earn gas money.
Common's mom came to bail him out of jail after he got into a school yard fight.
Alex worked at a mall kiosk selling baby clothes to grannies.
Get a blast from the past with photos of Jordan, Shane, and Tristan from when they were 17.
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Check out the band behind the 'When I Was 17' theme song.
Ever wonder what your favorite celebrity was like as a teenager? What did they do differently than you to get where they are? And what did they do the same? In this poignant, sometimes funny, often enlightening, always inspiring new show, each episode will focus on the lives of three uniquely different artists. We'll explore their upbringing, family life, school days, friendships, romantic relationships, part-time jobs and the things they did, or didn't do, to get them to where they are today. The series will give MTV viewers an exciting look inside the world of your favorite stars BUT with a twist --- it will provide a rare look at their lives before they were famous.
MTV's 'When I Was 17' will show how artists' lives are different from the average viewers'... and how they are the same. In some cases, we'll hear about seventeen years olds struggling with the same challenges as their peers -- trying to figure out what their lives will hold at the end of high school. In many cases, we'll see driven young people who were already hard at work at 17 to make their dreams come true.
'When I Was 17' will provide a picture of what the now glamorous stars were like in their teen years. It will also provide an instant nostalgia trip for the stars and their fans. In each episode, we'll take a look back at pop culture from the year each star was 17, reminiscing about their favorite music, movies, and TV shows. Find out about the car they drove, the clothes they wore, their favorite hang-outs, and hear their memories of historical events from when they were 17.