Hollywood celebrities are popular worldwide. Their acting is superb, and they truly let you feel for them whenever you watch them. If you think they are only good in acting, you might be surprised that there are celebrities in Hollywood that are likewise smart. As in “smart” smart. They excel in school before they pursued a career in acting. In fact, they might get a cue from their “wits” from school to help propel their acting career. Take a look at some of the secretly smart celebrities in Hollywood.
Smartest Celebrities In Hollywood
1. Natalie Portman
There are so many roles that Natalie Portman has played. She is one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood. It is most likely because of her amazing intelligence. At one point, she even said that she’d rather be smart than a movie star. In 2003, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Harvard University. She’s also fluent in Hebrew. She studied the French, Japanese, German and Arabic languages.
2. Conan O’Brien
If you love watching talk shows on television, perhaps you get to see Conan O’Brien. Perhaps, he’s the smartest talk show host today. He’s witty and he knows how to effectively engage his guests to keep the conversation smooth, without cringe. Conan graduated from high school as a valedictorian. He went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Literature. Talk about being smart.
3. Lisa Kudrow
We all know Lisa Kudrow as part of the 90s hit sitcom “Friends”. But did you know that she is actually smart? Her dad is a doctor and her brother is a neurologist. She holds a degree in Biology, and she worked as one of her father’s staff.
4. Quentin Tarantino
If you love the films like “Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill”, then you must thank visionary director Quentin Tarantino. He directed these films and other major films. He even partly acted in some of his films. But Tarantino is reported to have an IQ level of a whopping 160. Though it’s not confirmed, we can see why it’s real. Juts watch his movies.
5. Dolph Lundgren
He may look like a tough guy, but Swedish Dolph Lundgren is actually also smart. He graduated from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology. Afterwards, he went to University of Sydney where he earned his Masters’ in Chemical Engineering. He was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT.
6. Kate Beckinsale
If looks could kill, Kate Beckinsale has killed a lot already. She is one of the prettiest leading ladies in Hollywood. She’s widely known for her role in the “Underworld” series. In her teens, the glamour actress has won two W.H. Smith Young Writer awards. Before entering showbiz, she studied French and Russian literature at the New College Oxford.
7. Edward Norton
Edward Norton is an A-lister. He starred in some of the widely-acclaimed movies like the “Birdman” “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Fight Club”. But before he became a successful actor, he went to Yale with a B.A. in history in 1991. Likewise, he learned how to speak Japanese during his tenure as a worker at his grandfather’s company in Osaka.
8. Jodie Foster
Another Hollywood A-lister, Jodie Foster, is damn smart. In 1980, she graduated from the French-speaking Lycee Francais de Los Angeles. She was the valedictorian. She went on to earn her B.A. in Literature, and she likewise graduated Magna Cum Laude. Up to these days, she is still fluent in French.