“Never judge a book by its cover.” Every person on the planet must be familiar with this saying. This is especially true for people involved in the show biz industry. Many people automatically assume that actors and actresses are unintelligent and only became famous for their good looks. However, the truth is that many stars out there have IQs that are well above the average. They do not only have millions of dollars in their bank accounts, but they also have impressive minds to boot. Let us find out which red carpet staples are actually geniuses. Get ready because some of these names are going to shock you!
We all love Shakira for her lovely personality and incredible voice. Among other things, the musician has brought home three Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, thirteen Latin Grammy Awards, and seven Billboard Music Awards. This is already impressive enough on its own but wait until you hear that her IQ is around 14. The truth is that she is well-educated and did very well in her studies.
Goldie Hawn has played a number of “dimwitted” and “goofy” characters in the past, but this does not mean that this is her true personality. If you assumed that she is like this, we will have you know that she has an IQ of 130. This means that she is a lot smarter than she gets credit for. Over the years, she has won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her performance in Cactus Flower. On top of that, she has also been nominated for another Oscar, as well as eight more Golden Globes.
James Franco boasts an IQ of 130, which means that he is smarter than the average American. After all, the national average in the United States is only 98! We are not shocked to hear that he has earned multiple degrees. In case you did not know, he is a two-time Golden Globe award winner. Aside from his wins for James Dean and The Disaster Artist, he was also nominated for his incredible performance in a 2011 movie called 127 Hours.
Most people are familiar with Cindy Crawford. She is just a supermodel who has to be one of the most beautiful ladies to have graced the planet! However, there is more to her than those wavy locks, long legs, and memorable birthmark. We bet that you did not know that her IQ is 154. This is a clear indication that “beauty” and “brains” are not mutually exclusive. If you are lucky, you get to have both!
Reports say that Alicia Keys has an IQ of a whopping 154. If true, it means that she is far smarter than the average Joe! Her fans can tell you that she is an intelligent woman thanks to her incredible lyrics and compositions. We are sure that people will continue to sing to her music for many decades to come!
Conan O’Brien gets up to a lot of silly antics on his late-night shows, but he is actually a genius! His IQ is 160. He actually attended Harvard University and even worked on a legendary satirical periodical called the Harvard Lampoon. Aside from his TV shows, he also deserves credit for his behind the scenes work on Saturday Night Live. He was a part of the show from 1987 until 1991. On top of that, he has also written some of the best episodes of the animated show The Simpsons.
Steve Martin is a comedian who is best known for his wit, but you might be surprised to hear just how smart he really is. The funnyman allegedly has an IQ of 142. He went to the California State University, Long Beach and majored in philosophy. He has penned novels and screenplays, as well as scored soundtracks and released records of his own. Not only does he play the banjo, but he has also raked in various nominations and awards over the course of his long career. We are not at all shocked to find him on this list!
Even though Ashton Kutcher always plays dumb characters, this is not what he is like in real life. The That ‘70s show star reportedly has an IQ of 160! This certainly explains how he has achieved success as a venture capitalist when he is not working behind or in front of the camera. He is an investor in a number of high-tech startups. The list includes 60 businesses like Airbnb, Foursquare, and Skype!
Fair enough, this one is not the most shocking thing on the list. After all, it clearly takes brains to be one of the richest men on the planet! He has an IQ of approximately 160, which we are sure does not come as a shock to anyone. The tech genius is best known as the Microsoft founder. More recently, however, he has also become famous for his philanthropic work through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Claire Danes has been acting in television shows and movies ever since she was a little girl. At the age of 13, she snagged her big break by appearing in an episode of the hit show Law & Order. Two years after that, she landed a major role in My So-Called Life. Reports say that she has an IQ of 140, which might explain her ability to put so much angst and passion into the iconic role. She did not stop with that role either! She also impressed all of us when she brought a CIA operative called Carrie Mathison from Homeland to life.
If you want to know anything about film, Quentin Tarantino will likely be able to give you the answers. He has an IQ of a cool 160, so it must be easy for him to remember obscure trivia about the industry. He is amazing at creating interesting characters and telling incredible stories through movies. He has said that he plans to retire soon, but we doubt that he will be able to put a mind like that to rest so easily.
A lot of people do not realize just how similar David Duchovny is to Fox Mulder, the character that he plays on X-Files. The two of them boast genius-level IQs. To be specific, the actor has an IQ of 147. The hit show is still adored by fans from all over the world. You should also check out his other projects such as Californication and Twin Peaks! Trust us, you won’t regret it.
Not only is Natalie Portman a talented actress, but she also happens to have a high IQ at 140. Might we remind you that she went to Harvard University for her degree in psychology? She was once asked if she thought that her education is going to mess up her career. Her reply? “I’d rather be smart than a movie star.” It is also impressive to hear that she finished her degree while working on the set of the Star Wars prequels. She was able to achieve so many things by her early 20s but did not stop there!
Madonna has said that she has an IQ of 140. In our opinion, this is not really surprising. For around three decades, she dominated the music charts at various intervals. When people think that she has hung up her gloves, she releases a new album or single that earns critical acclaim. Aside from that, she has also been recognized for her acting chops. We simply love her award-winning feature film, Evita.
It seems that Lisa Kudrow is the opposite of Phoebe Buffay, the character that she plays on the hit show Friends. Even though the character has many “blonde moments” on the show, she might be the smartest person on the cast of the sitcom. Just so you know, her IQ comes in at a cool 160! Whoa.
Can you come up with a film actress who is more celebrated than Meryl Streep? We bet that you can’t. She has already won 172 awards and gotten 356 nominations. Her IQ is not that far from the number of awards she has received! It stands at 143. We cannot name anything that she is not good at! You know what, she might just be the first perfect person on the planet.
Over the course of his acting career, Matt Damon has played a number of smart characters. Let us see how smart he really is. Interviews said that his IQ is 160! This would mean that Good Will Hunting is more autobiographical than one might assume. This actor became a household name after writing the screenplay for the movie with his pal Ben Affleck. He has received many accolades in the field. Not only has he been nominated for the Academy Awards three times, but he has also brought home a Golden Globe award for Best Actor thanks to his performance in The Martian.
Modern Family has to be one of the most successful sitcoms in the past 20 years. Any fan of the show will know who Nolan Gould. Not only has he won multiple Emmys with the rest of the cast, but his IQ also rests at 150. With this in mind, we have no doubt that the actor can memorize his lines more quickly than the average person. His career has only just begun, so we are sure that we will see more of the talented young man in the future! We cannot help but wonder what is next for him.
Ken Jeong first became a household name when he played a doctor in Knocked Up. In reality, he was already making waves thanks to his recurring MADtv role, as well as small parts in Two and a Half Men and The Office. Of course, there is no way that we can forget the memorable roles that he played in Community and The Hangover series! Not only is he an incredibly funny guy, but he also happens to be a physician in real life. He holds a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His IQ is said to be 130 or higher, even though some people think it is even higher than that.
Aisha Tyler has accomplished many things over the years. We are sure that you remember her from projects such as 24, Friends, and The Ghost Whisperer. Aside from acting, she is also the voice behind Lana Kane in the animated show Archer. She is a very successful person, but we want you to focus on the fact that she has a reported IQ of 156. It feels like some people have it all! If you are jealous of her, we want you to know that you are not the only one.
This one probably comes as no surprise to you. Do you think Emma Watson used a spell to increase her IQ? At any rate, it is fitting that she was cast to play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter because she is just as smart as the clever witch. She also attended prestigious educational institutions such as Brown University and Worcester College at the University of Oxford. The actress holds a degree in English Literature. At any rate, her IQ is reportedly around 138.
Let us talk about a smart actor who was cast to play a dumb character! Rowan Atkinson is, no doubt, best known for playing Mr. Bean. He came up with this character while he was taking up his master’s studies in electrical engineering at the Queen’s College at the University of Oxford. It turns out that he is a genius with an astounding IQ of 178! This is even higher than most people on this list!
Have you heard that Nicole Kidman has an IQ of 138? We have to say that we are not at all surprised to hear this. This Australian actress has, after all, successfully captured character after character over her long career. Aside from being naturally intelligent, she is also a hard-working person. She deserves all the acclaim that she has received over the years! It doesn’t look like she plans to slow down soon either.
We were totally devasted when we learned that Robin Williams passed away in 2014. The talented actor brought entertainment to all of us with his memorable performances in Aladdin, The Fisher King, Happy Days, Good Morning Vietnam, and more. Aside from acting, he also worked as an award show host, late-night talk show guest, and stand-up comedian. It is said that he had an IQ of approximately 140. We will never forget this genius who made us all laugh.
Even though there are many smart movie characters out there, we doubt that the first thing to come to mind would be the ones played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. No matter what you think, the truth is that he can speak several languages. Let us not forget that he also served as the Governor of California for a period of time. He has an IQ of 135, which explains how he was able to become this successful!
Sharon Stone is a star who is not usually cast to play smart characters. In fact, she is often cast in sexual roles in films such as Silver, Casino, and Basic Instinct. She is all the proof you need to know that looks can be deceiving. Mind you, the IQ of this great actress is 148.
Mayim Bialik is an actress who is best known for her work on Blossom and The Big Bang Theory. Her IQ has yet to be confirmed because a source said 150, while another said 163. At any rate, there is no arguing that she is a bright woman. She actually earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California Los Angeles in 2007. Clearly, she was the best person to play her character on The Big Bang Theory!
Do you know how clever Ben Stein is? His IQ is 150, so we hope that this answers your questions. We can see why he was hired to write the speeches of many presidents including Richard Nixon, although that might not be the best example. He is now a regular economic and political commentator on Fox News. He has always had an interest in politics and was even the Yale Law School valedictorian for his batch. Aside from that, he worked as a poverty lawyer and a trial lawyer as well.
Dolph Lundgren has become synonymous with all the brawny men that he plays. This is the reason it is rather shocking to hear that his IQ is 160. Wait until you hear that he has a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He also earned a master’s degree in the same field courtesy of the University of Sydney. Even though he was granted a Fulbright scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he decided to try out acting. We are glad that things all worked out for him.
James Wood has said so himself that his IQ has been measured to be 184. He’s a Mensa member, and if his IQ measurement is accurate, that means he has an IQ over 20 points higher than Stephen Hawking and possibly even higher than Albert Einstein. Not to mention, James scored an almost perfect SAT score on the pre-1995 test. That’s when perfect SAT scores were rare. To top it off, James attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship in which he studied political science.
The Furious 7 star takes after her grandfather in the brains department. Her grandfather was a professor at Yale University. In fact, Jordana attended Yale University later on and graduated with a B.A. in English. Her IQ is rumored to be between 120-130.
Known for being gifted, Jodie Foster taught herself to read at age 3! So, it’s not all that surprising that she has an IQ of 132. Fluent in French and English, she also understands a lot of Italian, Spanish, and German. She graduated from Yale University Magna cum Claude and majored in literature. In fact, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1997.
Geena Davis being multifaceted in Hollywood is probably connected to the fact that her IQ is 140! In 1979, she graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s Degree in drama. On top of that, she’s a member of Mensa as well.
Famous for a variety of roles, Kate’s acting abilities are appreciated in Hollywood. All the same, the roles don’t get her the credit she deserves for her intelligence. Just like many other stars on this list, Kate attended Oxford University. In addition, she speaks English, French, Russian, and German. It’s not surprising that she has an IQ score of 132.
While she was offered a scholarship to Barnard College, Kesha turned it down in order to focus on her music career. Her IQ is 140 and she had a near-perfect score of 1500 on her SAT. Growing up, the pop star was very studious. Kesha said, “I was in the international baccalaureate program, I loved physics and math, and I was in the marching band. After practice, I would drive to Belmont [a college in Nashville] and listen to Cold War history classes; I just think it’s so interesting.”
Tommy Lee Jones
Aside from having an IQ score of 135, Tommy Lee Jones has accomplished much in his life in addition to his successful acting career. He attended Harvard University and got an undergraduate degree. Not to mention, his roommate was none other than Al Gore!
Growing up, Allison Williams wasn’t allowed to act professionally until she graduated from college. The “Girls” actress studied English and archaeology at Yale University. It turns out that she didn’t get a part in Yale’s big musical as a freshman, so she joined an improv group instead and discovered her knack for comedy.
John Legend was offered scholarships to Georgetown, Morehouse College, and Harvard, but he turned them down so he could go to UPenn. There, he studied English with a focus on African-American literature and graduated cum laude. Not to mention, he also worked at a prestigious consulting firm back before he made it big as a musician.
Before switching over to theater, the Dartmouth College student studied Latin. In fact, in 1999, Midy Kaling earned an Eleanor Frost Playwriting Award. As a student, she illustrated a daily comic for the school paper called “Badly Drawn Girl”.
Before he became an actor, John Krasinski pursued an array of academic interests at Brown. He spent his first semester teaching English in Costa Rica before going back to Brown. His favorite classes were said to be “Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Organisations” as well as an introductory biology course.
The two-time Oscar-nominated actor studied history at Yale University. There, a back injury forced him to retire from the crew team early. That’s when he tried his hand at theater. After he graduated, Edward moved to Japan to consult on behalf of his grandfather’s nonprofit, Enterprise Foundation. While there, he studied Aikido, a martial art, and learned Japanese.
After Kevin Spacey graduated at the top of his class in high school, he went to Julliard to study acting. Two years later, he dropped out in order to pursue his career and did some Broadway shows before making it big on the silver screen.
Rashida Jones attended Harvard University where she studied and got a B.A. in comparative religion. As a student, she displayed musical and theatrical talents, writing music scores, and also performing in campus plays. It turns out that she originally thought about becoming a lawyer.
Eva Longoria has both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. Before she began acting, producing, and launching various businesses, she got her B.A. in kinesiology from Texas A&M University Kingsville. Later on, she went back to school and got her Master’s in Chicano studies from California State University, Northridge.
From the age of 9, Kara Hayward has been a Mensa member. In fact, she was only 12 years old when she landed her film debut in Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom”. On top of being a successful actress, Kara is a published poet as well.
Before she was an Emmy-nominated actress in Hollywood, Elizabeth Banks studied communications and theater arts at the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating Magna cum laude, she went on to get her Master’s at the American Conservatory Theater.
First attending Barton Peveril College in the UK, Colin Firth recalls this time as “among the two happiest years of my life. I must have been paying some attention as I can still quote randomly from Thomas Hardy and Lord Byron.” In 2011, the actor commissioned scientists to scan the brains of politicians and analyze if there were any differences depending on political leanings. His name appears as a co-author of this study which was published in the Current Biology journal.
Throughout his career as a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz has transplanted thousands of hearts and lungs. In fact, The New York Times called him “one of the most accomplished cardiothoracic surgeons of his generation.” Made famous by his 55-plus appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Dr. Oz studied at Harvard University and UPenn where he got his MD and MBA. For eight years, he served as director of the Cardiovascular Institute of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
As a child, Flavor Flav was a musical prodigy. He was once part of the most innovative hip-hop groups of all time. When he was younger, he would cut classes in order to hang out in the band room he had at school. He was able to play about 15 instruments and learned to play songs by ear.
It is said that Ke$ha has an incredible IQ of 140, which means that she has above average intelligence. A lot of people might be shocked to hear this since they did not expect this from the star who came out with hits like “TiK ToK” and “Die Young.” She had to take a step away from the spotlight as she went through a legal battle with her old producer. The good news is that she has started to release new music again. She has received various awards over the years. It is so neat that she has gotten many Grammy, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Billboard Music Award nominations in the past!