Let’s be really clear here: just because you are insanely successful, and a Hollywood star, doesn’t mean you’re lacking when it comes to brains and smarts. Let’s check out the super-smartest celebrities we could find!
Born in 1990, Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British activist, model, and actress, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Emma was born in Paris but brought up in Oxfordshire where she attended the Dragon School when she was younger. She trained as an actress at Stagecoach Theatre Arts. Emma knew from the age of six that she wanted to be an actress and by the age of ten she had performed in several school plays and Stagecoach productions.
Following the Dragon School, Emma enrolled at Headington School, but while she was on film sets she was tutored for five hours a day. She took her GCSEs in June 2006 and achieves a whopping eight A* along with two A grades. Her decision to attend Brown University in 2009n caused quite a stir, but she took a brief leave of absence to concentrate on her acting career. She did, however, return to finish her degree.
Born in 1981 to and Israeli father and American mother, Natalie Portman is a successful actress, director, and producer. Natalie first attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland and then went on to a Long Island elementary school, Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County which was in New York. Natalie attended high school on Long Island and in 1999 she enrolled at Harvard with the intention of studying psychology while working as an actress.
She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, citing that she didn’t care if college ruined her acting career as she’d rather be smart.
After graduating, Natalie returned to Israel to attend graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Thanks to all of this, Natalie has built herself quite the reputation among the entertainment industry for being a Brainiac. What’s more, Natalie speaks German, Hebrew, Japanese, Arabic, and French. We’d say that’s not too shabby at all.
Margalit Ruth Gyllenhaal was born in 1977 and is daughter to filmmakers. Maggie grew up in Los Angeles where she first attended Harvard-Westlake prep school. She graduated in 1995 and moved to New York where she attended Columbia University to study Eastern religions and literature. Maggie is the only one in her family not to have dated Taylor Swift, and the only Gyllenhaal to graduate from Columbia University! Her brother, Jake Gyllenhaal was accepted to the university, but dropped out to following his acting career. Maggie starred in her first film, Waterland, in 1992 at the young age of 15.
With all her party music, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Kesha may be less than genius, but think again. Kesha is an ordained minister who has performed several legal commitment ceremonies.
She’s got a registered IQ of 137 (certified by Mensa), which puts her squarely in the top 0.05% worldwide. For every 200 people you meet, Kesha is likley smarter than them!
Definitely one of the smartest ladies on our list…
Will attended a private Catholic elementary school, followed by Overbrook High. While some reports say he turned down a scholarship to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he actually never applied to college in order to pursue his career in rap. He was, however, admitted to a pre-engineering program at MIT. Will aced his SATS, though, and could’ve gone wherever he liked!
If you’ve ever watched NBC’s Parks and Recreation, You’ll know Rashida Jones for her role as Ann Perkins. Born in 1976, Rashida is an American actress, film producer, screenwriter, comic author, and singer. As a youngster she attended The Buckley School in California where she made the National Honor Society. It was there that her classmates voted her “Most Likely to Succeed” and they weren’t wrong. At Buckley, Rashida became heavily involved with theatre, and attended the same school as Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, and Paris Hilton.
After graduating high school, Rashida made her way to none other than Harvard University where she belonged to theatrical and dramatic clubs, student associations, and other societies, as well as being resident of Eliot House. While Rashida initially wanted to become a lawyer, she changed her mind after becoming disheartened by the O.J. Simpson trial.
She then threw herself into performing arts. She graduated from Harvard in 1997 and while she went on to pursue a degree in acting, she further showed off her musical abilities by writing scores of Harvard’s infamous Hasty Pudding Club.
Born Constance Elaine “Connie” Britton, Connie is an American singer, producer, and actress. At the age of seven years old, Connie and her family moved to Virginia where she was enrolled in E.C. Glass High School. Connie later attended Dartmouth College and chose to major in Asian studies with a concentration in Chiense.
She also spent her freshman summer studying in Beijing at the Beijing Normal University along with New York Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. Connie graduated in 1989 and moved to New York City where she studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
Ever watched The Mindy Project? If so, you’ll know who we’re talking about. Born Vera Mindy Chokalingam in 1979, Mindy is an actress, writer, and comedian. Not only is she the star of the show, she also the creator, writer, and executive producer. What’s more, she’s known for her work on NBC’s The Office where she acted, wrote, directed, and served as executive producer.
As a youngster, Mindy graduated from Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a private school in Massachusetts. She then attended Dartmouth College where was a member of an improvisational comedy troupe, member of an a cappella group, creator of a comic strip, and a writer for the college’s magazine.
She graduated in 2001 and in her biography jokes that she attended an Ivy League school to pursue a love for North Face parkas and white people. Mindy graduated with a major in classics and a bachelor’s degree in playwriting. She also studied Latin, which she had been learning since seventh grade!
Now this is a pretty legendary story! Throughout his early childhood, John was homeschooled by his mother. He began playing the piano at the tender age of seven and by the age of twelve, he attended North High School. He graduated from high school salutatorian of his class, at the age of sixteen. According to John, he was offered scholarships to Morehouse College, Georgetown University, and Harvard. He decided, though, to attend the University of Pennsylvania where he chose to study English.
Just a year before his graduation, a college friend introduced John to none other than Lauryn Hill who hired him to play piano for one of her tracks. In a similar instance in 2001, he was introduced to Kanye West who he later collaborated with.
Another star from The Office, John graduated from Newton South High School in 1997. Prior to heading to college, John travelled to Costa Rica to teach English as a foreign language. He then went on to Brown University where he studied theatre arts. He graduated in 2001.
Tyra Banks first attended John Burroughs Middle School. In 1991 she graduated from Immaculate Heart High School. Tyra caused a stir when she announced she would be attending Harvard Business School, and while she certainly did attend classes, she did not receive a degree as she had chosen to enroll in a special syllabus, “the Owner/President Management Program.”
This was a certificate program, but, hey, she still went to Harvard!
Born in 1981, Julia O’Hara Stiles was raised in New York City and began her acting career at the age of 11. Julia graduated from Columbia University with an English Literature degree, and in 2010 received the John Jay Award. This is an honorary award given out annually to five alumni for professional achievements.
Born Conan Christopher O’Brien in 1963, Conan is a well-known comedy writer, television host, and producer. He is best known for his late-night talk shows, but this man has a brain! Conan first attended Brookline High School where, in his second year, he did an internship stint for Congressman Robert Drinan. In his senior year, Conan won a major writing competition. He graduated valedictorian in 1981.
Conan then went on to Harvard University where he focused on studying literature and history. In 1985, he graduated magna cum laude.
While she seems to love playing those dumb blonde roles, Elizabeth is nothing like her characters. Born in 1974, she is an American director, producer, and actress.
As a youngster, Elizabeth had a keen interest in horse riding and baseball, but she broke her leg sliding into third base. That’s when she tried out for her school play and set her acting career into motion. In 1992 she graduated from Pittsfield High School and is still a member of the Massachusetts Junior Classical League. Elizabeth then attended the University of Pennsylvania where she joined the Delta Delta Delta Sorority, and graduated magna cum laude in 1996. She majored in communications and had a minor in theater arts. In 1998, Elizabeth completed her schooling at the American Conservatory Theater in California.
Born in 1966, Rachel Susan Dratch is a producer, actress, writer, and comedian. Rachel was born and raised in Massachusetts and was best known in her youth for being the class clown. She attended Willian Diamond Middle School followed by Lexington High School. She then went on to the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 1986, and in 1988 she graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in psychology and drama. While she may be best known for her character, Debbie Downer, in Saturday Night Life, she is certainly one our list’s brainboxes!
Wentworth Earl Miller III was born in 1972 and is best known as Michael Scolfield in Fox’s hit series, Prison Break. When he was one-year-old, Miller’s family moved to Brooklyn. In 1995 he graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature. While he attended Princeton, Wentworth performed in a cappella group called the Princeton Tigertones and was also a member of the Colonia Club and the Quadrangle Club. He may have been the show’s bad guy, but Wentworth was really all about the Ivy League.
Born in 1970, Julie Bowen Luetkemeyer is known for a myriad of top roles in shows like Ed, Boston Legal, Lost and his series, Modern Family. Julie was raised in Maryland where she first attended Calvert School, followed by Garrison Forest School. She also went to St. George’s School in Rhode Island. She then went on to Brown University and majored in Italian Renaissance. Julie spent her junior year in Florence and enjoyed several top roles in plays during her college days.
Nolan is possibly one of the youngest stars on our list. He was born in 1998 and is best known for his role as the ditzy Luke Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family. Born in New York City, Nolan’s father’s military career soon had them moving to Alabama. At the age of five, he then moved on to California. By 2012, Nolan has accelerated no less than ten grades in school and during an interview on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he revealed that he had an IQ of 150. A member of Mensa, Nolan graduated from high school in 2012 at the age of 13 by taking a General Education Development test. He plans to take online college courses.