8 Hollywood Celebrities With Surprisingly High IQs
Many celebrities are known for their talent rather than intelligence, but don’t let that fool you — there are a lot of smart celebs out there. Some might think stars aren’t that smart, but that’s a misnomer. Intelligence can be found in all walks of life, including and especially among the rich and famous. These 8 celebs have high IQ scores, and we decided to take a look at their surprising academic background.
1. Rowan Atkinson — 178
Only 0.1% of the population has an IQ as high as Rowan. The actor studied at 2 prestigious universities in the United Kingdom: Newcastle University and Oxford University, and got a degree in Electrical Engineering. He later decided to devote his life to acting instead. Besides, Atkinson also takes a keen interest in cars and even has an impressive car collection.
2. Lady Gaga — 166
Gaga studied music and theatre at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She also gained early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21, a musical theatre conservatory. She recollects that her high school years were challenging, “I felt a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and isolation. I felt lonely and misunderstood.”
3. Cindy Crawford — 154
Cindy Crawford was discovered as a model while studying chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She signed her first modeling contract in 1984 and used the money to supplement her scholarship. Later, however, she dropped out of school and focused on her modeling career.
4. Ashton Kutcher — 160
Ashton majored in biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa before dropping out to pursue modeling and acting full-time. Despite not completing his degree, Kutcher is a successful technology entrepreneur. He even invested in Skype and Airbnb and co-founded his own venture capital firm, A-Grade Investments.
5. Matt Damon — 160
Matt studied English at Harvard University but never graduated. He loved playwriting and knew that he would be an actor. Once he wrote a 3-act movie instead of a one-act play for the assignment and thought he’d drop out of the class. However, the teacher encouraged him and gave him an A.
6. Quentin Tarantino — 160
Quentin didn’t go to college. Once he left school at 15, he started working as an usher at a movie theater and wrote screenplays. The director recollects, “I hated school. Now, little did I know that if I had stayed in school, I would’ve actually really liked college. I wasn’t aware enough to know that the junior high I was suffering through would be school at its worst.”
7. Lisa Kudrow — 154
Lisa graduated from Vassar College and pursued a career in neuroscience. She worked with her father, a headache specialist, for 8 years before delving into the acting world. The actress even conducted clinical research on headaches. No surprise Lisa has an IQ of 154, not only is she funny and talented, but also incredibly smart.
8. Ben Affleck — 154
Ben went to Rindge Latin school in Massachusetts. He then got into the University of Vermont and spent a few months studying Spanish, but later dropped out after one semester. The actor also earned one of 6 honorary doctorate degrees in fine arts in 2013 from Brown University. Ben has an IQ score of 154, which makes him belong to a group of geniuses or near-geniuses.
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