Nowadays, many people think that actors and actresses are only good at what they are doing, which is acting. However, what they do not know is that there are more to these celebrities than what meets the eye. Here are ten of the famous celebrities you didn’t know have high IQ’s.
1. James Woods with 184 IQ
He is famously known for being the voice of Hades in the 1997 animation film Hercules as well as the voice of Falcon in the 2002 family movie Stuart Little 2. When he was still studying in school, he aced his SATS where he got 779 for maths and a perfect 800 in the verbal section. He got admitted to MIT through a scholarship, with Political Science as his major. However, he decided to quit school in order to pursue an acting career.
His admission with regards to his 184 IQ is documented on the program “Inside the Actor’s Studio”.
2. Quentin Tarantino with 160 IQ
He is both a screenwriter and a famous director. Famous for his brilliant work in directing critically acclaimed films, such as “Reservoir Dogs” and “Django Unchained”, many people definitely know about his artistic genius and admire it.
However, he actually has limited formal education and did not go to any film school. He is a high school drop out when he was 15 years old. He had the chance to work at a video rental store where he usually spends several hours to analyze different films, together with his co-workers. Through such experience, he strived hard to be a director.
3. Sharon Stone with 154 IQ
This model-turned-actress is known for her role in “Basic Instinct”, a 1992 film, where she played Catherine Tramell, a bisexual temptress, and an alleged serial killer. When she was 5 years old, she already entered second grade, which is the reason why her family considered her as a gifted child. When she reached 15 years old, she got admitted to the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania through a scholarship. However, after only two years, she pursued a modeling career and quit school.
Although she is not a member of Mensa, as opposed to what she has said before, a Mensa representative definitely thinks that if Sharon Stone applied, she would have been accepted.
4. Nolan Gould with 150 IQ
The actor is the youngest who is included in this list. He is known for playing Luke Dunphy from “Modern Family”, a comedy show from ABC. At the age of thirteen, he has already graduated high school.
He is also a member of Mensa. Aside from that, he also has musical abilities with him knowing how to proficiently play the banjo and double bass.
5. Steve Martin with 142 IQ
This actor and comedian are known for his portrayal of Inspector Clouseau from the films “The Pink Panther” and the “Pink Panther 2”. He is also known for his family comedy film, “Cheaper by the Dozen”.
He studied at California State University with Philosophy as his major. He once dreamed of being a professor.
However, such passion was short-lived. He eventually shifted to Theatre and left college to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
6. Geena Davis with 140 IQ
She is a former model with a height of six feet as well as a good actress. Apart from being a Mensa member, she graduated from Boston University with a degree in Drama. She speaks Swedish fluently and also plays several musical instruments, such as drums, flute, and piano. She is an advocate of gender equality.
In 2009, Bates College awarded her with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
7. Madonna with 140 IQ
She is known as the Queen of Pop and has reached the top of the music industry in the past decades. She is also considered to be the best-selling female recording artist of all time.
However, what most people do not know about Madonna is that she was a certified straight-A student back in her high school years. She was able to study at the University of Michigan and has a scholarship.
However, she decided to pursue a singing and dancing career and dropped out.
8. Shakira with 140 IQ
This singer hails from Colombia. According to Forbes magazine, she is one of the most powerful women in the world today.
She speaks several languages fluently, such as Spanish and English, and some Arabic, French, and Italian. Due to her love and passion for world history and cultures, she enrolled at UCLA Extensions in 2007 for the History of Western Civilisation course.
Aside from that, she was also able to set up schools in Colombia, her home country.
9. Natalie Portman with 140 IQ
She is one great actress who has received an Academy Award already. When she was in high school, the Israeli-American actress studied for her final exams while her other classmates and friends were watching Star Wars Episode 1 : The Phantom Menace. She is passionate about learning and education. As such, she has graduated from Harvard with a degree in Psychology.
She had also taken up-graduate courses from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, she also speaks five languages fluently.
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger with 135 IQ
The former professional bodybuilder is famous worldwide for his film Terminator and its sequels. He has won the Mr. Olympia title seven times. He became later known in the acting industry through his breakout film which is the 1982 film “Conan the Barbarian”.
Aside from that, he has also served California twice as its governor from 2003 up to 2011.
After leaving his post in 2011, he came back to the entertainment industry and made several other films such as “The Expendables 2” and “The Expendables 3”.
The ten celebrities on this list have proven that they just do not have pretty faces nor good acting skills, they also have the intelligence that is above average. They are proof that actors and actresses do not only bank on their acting skills nor good looks. There are also other things that are innate to them than such skills.