There is some weird cliché out there that Celebrities are in showbusiness because they couldn’t do anything more, or because they aren’t that smart. This is a ridiculous claim, as many of the brightest minds in the world have been involved in the showbusiness.
If you still had any doubts, here are examples of current celebrities who are not only known for their famous roles, but also because they are extremely smart. How does that make you feel?
1. Lisa Kudrow
Her character in “Friends” may have been frivolous, but it turns out Lisa Kudrow is anything other than silly.
Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Vassar and spent eight years working with physician father on scientific research.
2. Geena Davis
Davis is not only a brilliant actress in performances like “Thelma & Louise” and “A League of Their Own,” but she also possesses a brilliant mind. Geena is a member of MENSA, a social organization for 2% of the world’s smartest people.
She also speaks fluent Swedish and is an Olympic archer. Additionally, she can play the piano, the drums and the flute.
3. Conan O’Brien
His program, “Late Night Talk Show”, may seem like all laughs, but there is an impressive intelligence operating behind the camera.
Conan graduated magna cum laude with a degree in American History from Harvard, where he also studied Latin American culture. He later earned a doctorate in art history and a master’s degree at Yale.
4. James Wood
The star of “Once Upon a Time in America” is the holder of one of the highest IQ scores possible: an amazing 184! Woods was close to perfect on his SAT after take linear algebra at UCLA while still in high school.
James could have gone to MIT and Johns Hopkins University with full scholarships, but instead opted for acting.
5. Emma Watson
Emma is just like his character in “Harry Potter” in many ways: she is beautiful, open-minded and very intelligent.
The British star showed the world her smart by attending the prestigious Ivy League school, Brown University. While there, she graduated with a degree in English literature.
6. David Duchovny
We certainly remember him from the “The X-Files” where he starred as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder.
Afterward, David went to Princeton and won a prestigious award. He earned a master’s degree in English literature at Yale University, while being a part of the basketball and baseball teams.
7. Jodie Foster
Jodie was Valedictorian ( an academic title of success for the student who delivers the closing or farewell statement at a graduation ceremony) at the exclusive French Lyceum school in Los Angeles.
She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in literature from Yale and is fluent in several languages. In addition, she also belongs to MENSA.
8. Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino is known as one of the best directors of cult in Hollywood, such as by theirschool desertions.
Strangely enough, he claims to have an IQ of 160, and is self-taught about many topics. This could be why his films never disappoint.
9. Hedy Lamarr
One of the biggest names in Hollywood’s “Golden Age” quickly rose to fame as one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Internestingly, her passion for mathematics and technology led to a patented technique called “frequency hopping. This technique was an early technology that paved the way for modern wireless communications.
10. Kal Penn
Kal Penn may not play the smartest role in “Harold & Kumar”, but in real life he is very intelligent and active politcally.
The famous actor turned away from his career to work for the Obama administration. He is currently working on a graduate degree in International Security at Stanford.
11. Natalie Portman
It is common to hear or read about Natalie Portman for her incredible beauty, impressive performances, but she also has another side to her personality.
She graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology, and her work has been published two times in scientific journals. Amazing!
12. Steve Martin
Steve Martin’s talent goes beyond comedy. He is also an accomplished musician and writer.
The actor, musician, film producer, screenwriter and writer studied for his doctorate before opting to become an actor. We all know, however, that this is a man who can succeed at anything he wants.
13. Mayim Bialik
Playing a neuroscientist on the “The Big Bang Theory” is not much of a challenge for Mayim Bialik, because it is what she really is! Bialik could have entered Harvard or Yale, but he chose to attend UCLA.
While there, he earned his doctorate in neuroscience. This is a total surprise because none of the other protagonists in “The Big Bang Theory” are actually engaged in the professions that they play.
14. Colin Firth
Colin Firth has many credits for his activism and his acting. The most surprising part of Firth’s resume is his co-authorship of a serious scientific book.
The paper studies the brain structures of people with different political orientations. This makes the intelligent actor a very unusual person in Hollywood.
Are you surprised to find the singer of “Tik Tok” on this list Apparently, the star who skipped school to consume whiskey hiders an intelligent mind under her luscious hair.
She has an IQ of 140, which is considered very high. Ke$ha also scored a 1500 on her SAT. All we can say is that the world operates in mysterious ways.
16. Dolph Lundgren
Dolph Lundgren is well known for his physical strength, but “Ivan Drago” has more brains than brawn. You would d be surprised to know that Dolph obtained a degree in engineering in Sweden, his native country.
Later, he received a master’s degree in Australia before winning a Fulbright scholarship to MIT. Far from being just a ruthless boxer or a disciplined soldier, he is a true Renaissance man.
17. Sharon Stone
Sharon Yvonne Stone, the beautiful blonde who is recognized for her role in “Basic Instinct”, apparently has a very high IQ.
She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in arts and creative writing. Stone is a voracious reader and boasts an IQ of 154, which places her among the smartest people in the United States.