It turns out Nicki Minaj always wanted to be a performer.
Years before she was recording sexy singles like "Anaconda" and releasing controversial music videos, the Pinkprint singer wanted to be an actress – and there's proof! Here's a look at her acting skills when she was a high school student studying at the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Queens, N.Y.
It's only a quick glimpse of a dramatic scene in which a young Onika Minaj steals the spotlight with a powerful, emotive performance that concludes with her hurling a phone at her scene partner.
Clearly, she got wrapped up in the heat and passion of the moment, like a true thespian. The clip comes from the British TV series You Saw Them Here First, according to Rolling Stone.
While Nicki might have gone on to fame and fortune through her rap career and sex appeal, she has managed to snag a few acting roles, including her feature film debut in The Other Woman earlier this year.
2014 has been a big year for Nicki, including the release of her new album The Pinkprint, hosting the MTV EMAs, and breaking records with "Anaconda," her highest-charting song to date. Check out the clip below for a look at the track's racy music video.