Long before she twerked her booty on Drake and unleashed her 'Anaconda', Nicki Minaj was a fierce young wannabe actress. And we mean FIERCE.
British TV show You Saw Them Here First found footage of the rap queen as a teenager at acting school in Queens, New York… and she's seriously intense.
From the look in her eyes to the moment she beats a co-star with a phone, young Onika Maraj is 100 percent attitude. Watch the clip above!
At the time, the fresh-faced star was studying acting at the Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. In 2001, the 19-year-old scored a part in an Off-Broadway play In Case You Forget but it was her rap mixtapes in 2007 that really got her noticed.
Since then, she's dipped her toes back into acting in this year's The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton and as the voice of Steffie in 2012's Ice Age: Continental Drift.
And then there's her awesome Kim Kardashian impression on Saturday Night Live recently...
Last week, Nicki released a 16-minute mini-movie to promote her new album. Get a glimpse at The Pinkprint Movie below:
Want to see more vintage celeb vids? These "before they were famous" clips are classic: