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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Geniuses

From completing PhD’s at Yale to having IQ’s of 160, join us as we take a look at 10 celebrities you didn’t know were geniuses.



10. Jodie Foster

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Not only was Foster busy acting at the age of three, she was also busy teaching herself how to read. Her intellectual achievements didn’t stop there however, as she grew up to graduate valediction from a prestigious preparatory school in Los Angeles and then earn a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate from Yale University.

9. Ashton Kutcher

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

Ashton Kutcher’s role as the dim-witted Kelso on That 70’s Show is truly just an act, as this celebrity was planning on pursuing a degree in biochemical engineering before his acting career took off. However, he still uses his smarts on a regular basis as a savvy investor in companies such as Airbnb, Spotify, and Uber.

8. Lisa Kudrow

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

Before she was the goofy and aloof guitar playing Phoebe on Friends, Lisa Kudrow worked eight years as a medical researcher and obtained a degree in psychobiology from Vassar College.

7. Steve Martin

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

His genius in comedy also carries over to his genius in academia. Martin is a member of MENSA, an IQ society for those who score in the 98th percentile or higher and holds a philosophy degree from California State University. He had plans of becoming a college professor before his performing career took off.

6. Conan O’brien

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

Not only did he graduate from Harvard, he graduated Magna Cum Laude. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he shares the same IQ score- 160- with Stephen Hawking.

5. James Franco

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

James Franco’s educational resume might actually be more impressive and substantial than his acting one. He completed his undergraduate degree at UCLA in just two years, as he convinced the school to allow him to take 62 credits in one semester as opposed to the normal 19. After this, he completed two master’s degrees, one from NYU and one from Columbia University, and is currently working towards his PHD in English at Yale.

4. Cindy Crawford

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

More than just a pretty face, this iconic model was her high school class valedictorian, and was headed to get her degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University on academic scholarship; however, her modeling career soon took over.

3. Natalie Portman

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It’s tough to rank Natalie Portman’s most impressive intellectual feats. She holds a degree in Psychology from Harvard, and has published two research papers in scientific journals, one of which she wrote in high school. And when it comes to languages, her intelligence is unmatched. Portman speaks English and Hebrew, as well as conversational German, French, Spanish, and Japanese.

2. Shakira

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Not only is she a multi-talented performer, she is also a multi-talented linguist. This star is fluent in four languages- English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Shakira also has a highly respectable IQ of 140, has opened a school in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia, and was once a guest speaker at the University of Oxford.

1. Matt Damon

Celebrities you didn't know were geniuses

Ever wonder why Matt Damon always seems to play roles as the genius prodigy in films, such as Good Will Hunting, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the Bourne Series? Well, maybe it’s because these roles are actually in his comfort zone. Before seriously pursuing his acting career, Matt Damon was attending Harvard University, and with an IQ of 160, he is one of the smartest actors in the business.

Well there’s our list of 10 celebrities you didn’t know were geniuses. Did this listicle make you feel like an underachiever? Me too. Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

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