Watch a young Nicki Minaj steal the spotlight in a high school play

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It turns out Nicki Minaj always wanted to be a performer.

Years before she was recording sexy singles like "Anaconda" and releasingcontroversial 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.

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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.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Nicki Minaj performs at Fashion Rocks 2014 at the Barclays center on September 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj performs at Fashion Rocks 2014 at the Barclays center on September 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Host Nicki Minaj on stage during the MTV EMA's 2014 at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images for MTV)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Rapper Nicki Minaj (C) performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj performs at Fashion Rocks 2014 at the Barclays center on September 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Nicki Minaj performs at Fashion Rocks 2014 at the Barclays center on September 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage at Fashion Rocks 2014 presented by Three Lions Entertainment at the Barclays Center of Brooklyn on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Nicki Minaj performs on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 24, 2014 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Nicki Minaj (C) performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Nicki Minaj (C) performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Singer Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 17: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage at Power 106 FM's Powerhouse at Honda Center on May 17, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 17: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage at Power 106 FM's Powerhouse at Honda Center on May 17, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Rapper Nicki Minaj and Rapper Fabolous perform onstage at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2013, presented by Play GIG-IT, at Barclays Center on November 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs onstage at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2013, presented by Play GIG-IT, at Barclays Center on November 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 30: Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Nicki Minaj (L) and rapper Lil Wayne perform onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Rapper Lil Wayne (L) and recording artist Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 19: Recording artist Nicki Minaj (L) and rapper Lil Wayne perform onstage during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Cam'ron, and Nicki Minaj perform at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Lil Wayne and Drake perform at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs at the Staples Center on April 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22: Rapper Nicki Minaj performs at the Staples Center on April 22, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj performs at Fashion Rocks 2014 at the Barclays center on September 9, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Three Lions Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 14: Nicki Minaj performs at Pepsi Presents Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday Tour at Roseland on August 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Pepsi)
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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.

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2014 has been a big year for Nicki, including the release of her new albumThe 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.

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