We are often interested in the talent of celebrities and their beauty, but it must be said that they are generally not credited for their intelligence. So we thought it would be relevant to take a closer look at the IQ of your favorite stars. Although IQ is not easy to measure, anyone who normally has a score above 110 is considered to have above-average intelligence. So here is the IQ of some of your favorite stars!
1. James Franco – 130
To succeed in Hollywood, you don’t need a university degree, which means it’s very unlikely that you’ll see Justin Bieber or Harry Styles in your conference on postcolonial history. But James Franco is not a regular celebrity. Far from it.
In fact, the Pineapple Express star holds a Master’s degree in English literature from UCLA and has also taken various creative writing courses. Teaching is another of Franco’s strong points, and when he’s not studying on set, he gives courses at several American universities.
UCLA even celebrated its academic titles on a poster of members of famous former students.
2. Ashton Kutcher – 160
He may be best known for his chiseled jaw, his beauty and his marriage to Mila Kunis, but before the actor reached his peak in Hollywood, he was a student of biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa.
In recent years, the Iowa native has also built up an impressive investment portfolio. With its investment partner and manager of Madonna, Guy Oseary, Kutcher would have provided start-up funds for applications as large as those of Uber and Airbnb.
3. Nicole Kidman – 132
The high IQ of Australian beauty is not surprising. Especially when you know that this actress comes from a family of doctors and biochemists.
Nicole also excelled in high school, although she decided to drop out of university. Instead, she accepted an offer to study theatre at the prestigious Victoria College of Arts in Melbourne.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger – 135
The actor and former governor of California first made a name for himself as a professional bodybuilder, a dream that began in a small town in Austria.
Not only did Schwarzenegger realize his dream of going to America and becoming a champion of bodybuilding without speaking a single English word at first, but his success as a leading actor and governor of the state is partly explained by his impressive IQ of 135.
5. Natalie Portman – 140
Unlike many child actors, Natalie Portman excelled at school. She didn’t go to the afterparties for film premieres to study for her exams.
Such dedication to his studies did not go unnoticed in the media, although Portman never bothered to combine the two. “I don’t care if[the university] ruins my career: I’d rather be smart than a movie star,” she once told a journalist.
As expected, Portman’s willingness to learn earned him a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harvard University. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the Oscar-winning actress speaks five different languages, has been published in scientific journals and is studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
6. Quentin Tarintino – 160
The man behind some of Hollywood’s most famous movies is an encyclopedia of knowledge when it comes to his job. The director regularly watches more than 200 films a year and has even worked as an usher in an adult cinema to immerse himself in the world of cinema as much as he could.
Yet Tarintino never had much formal education in the art of making films, as he dropped out of high school at the age of 15. He has since credited his directing knowledge to his years of working in a video rental store. “When people ask me if I went to film school,” he explains, “I tell them, “No, I went to the movies.”
7. Sharon Stone – 154
Actress and model Sharon Stone is famous for the cinematographic works in which she has performed as well as for her incredible IQ.
Believe it or not, the actress was offered a scholarship to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania at the age of just 15. Unfortunately, she left school two years later to become a supermodel. With an IQ of 154, the starlet is probably smarter than most academics.
8. Matt Damon – 140
Like James Franco, but with more success as an actor, Matt Damon is exceptionally well educated, earning a place at Harvard University before leaving it for a film role. However, his time at one of the world’s most prestigious universities served him well. During his stay, he met Ben Affleck, who co-wrote with him the highly acclaimed film Good Will Hunting.
9. Jodie Foster – 132
It’s a shame that Jodie Foster doesn’t receive as much love from the industry as Meryl Streep does because if we’re honest, she’s just as good an actress and judging by her IQ of 132, more intelligent too.
Foster’s IQ is not only impressive, but it is also remarkable when you consider that she was educated at home from a very early age after her success as a child actress. But it didn’t seem to make much difference, because Foster’s appetite for learning began at a young age. Indeed, at 3 years old, she was already writing fluently, so you will not be surprised to learn that Foster not only received a degree in English literature from Yale University, but also an honorary doctorate in fine arts.
10. Ivanka Trump – 140
Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has an amazing IQ of 140. This is not surprising. In fact, Ivanka, who attended Georgetown University for two years before moving to Wharton Business School, finally earned a degree in economics.
11. Madonna – 140
Madonna may be an artistic genius for millions of people, but before she became known to the general public, the singer was also an outstanding student, which won a scholarship to the University of Michigan. However, at this stage of her life, she had already decided to pursue a career in music.
12. Shakira – 140
Magazines often praise the beauty and vocal talents of the Latin megastar, but Shakira has much more to offer. Unbeknownst to many, his academic career is very impressive.
Yes, in addition to writing all her songs and speaking three different languages, Shakira is deeply interested in the cultures of the world, which led her to enroll in a course at UCLA to study the history of Western civilization.
13. Cindy Crawford – 154
Proving that she doesn’t only have chiseled cheekbones and a flawless complexion, Cindy Crawford is not your stereotypical supermodel. After graduating as a valedictorian in 1984, Crawford continued his studies at Northwestern University and, once again, challenged stereotypes by specializing in chemical engineering.
However, his academic career was short-lived. She dropped out of school after only one term to focus on her modeling career.
14. Kate Beckinsale – 132
A graduate of Oxford’s prestigious British University, vampire slayer Kate Beckinsale can do a lot of things, including university studies.
Studying modern languages, the actress is a polyglot accomplished thanks to her mastery of French, German and Russian.
15. Melania Trump – “Very high”
While reports on Melania’s official IQ are rare, the former supermodel professor who briefly taught her when she was a student at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia remembers her as incredibly intelligent and even believed that “her IQ was very high”.
Whether this is true or not is impossible to prove, but there is no doubt that Melania, who can speak five different languages, is intelligent.
16. Michelle Obama – 130
Many websites felt Michelle Obama’s IQ was lower than expected after she openly admitted that her SAT scores were lower than they should have been. However, this has never prevented her from becoming a high-level lawyer and there is generally a correlation between married couples and their respective IQs.
After all, to graduate from an Ivy League law school, which she did, you would have to have an IQ of at least 120 points.
17. Malia Obama – 146
Like her younger sister Sasha, the eldest daughter of the former US President is considered to have a surprisingly high IQ. That’s not surprising! After all, both her parents are lawyers and she has received the best education on the planet.
Only time will tell us how smart Obama’s eldest daughter is and what she thinks about, but there is no doubt that she could accomplish great things.
18. Donald Trump – 156
It is estimated that the American President has an IQ of about 156.
Some may find this very hard to believe, but he graduated from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, with a bachelor’s degree in economics and anthropology. However, Trump’s official transcripts are not available, so it is impossible to know his actual academic results.
19. Barack Obama – 145
After studying law at Harvard and Chicago, serving as a state senator and becoming president of the United States, it is perhaps not too surprising that many believe Barack Obama’s IQ is high.
A civil rights lawyer before entering politics, Barack used his brain to propel himself to the top of his game.
20. Emma Watson – 138
A graduate of Brown University with a degree in English literature, Emma Watson was the only one in the Harry Potter trio to continue her studies after her high school exams. But with the responsibility of playing in a multi-billion dollar franchise, it was not easy for Watson to continue his studies. Apparently, Watson spent five hours each day studying to maintain his grades and after earning A’s in his college and high school exams, Watson earned a place at the prestigious Ivy League College, Brown and continued to excel, both inside and outside Hollywood.
A notable example is her work as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Women, which enabled the actress to promote her “HeforShe” campaign. The campaign encourages men and boys to defend women’s rights but, ultimately, to challenge preconceptions about what it means to be a woman or a man in the 21st century.
21. James Woods – 184
Best known nowadays for his vocal skills, James Woods has admitted to James Lipton on Inside the Actor’s Studio that he has a recorded IQ of 184! If this is true, it would place Woods among the brightest people on earth, and it seems that his SAT scores for verbal reasoning (800) and math (779) support his statement.
To put things in perspective, Stephen Hawking’s IQ is 160 while Albert Einstein’s was considered the same. So Woods may not be the king of Hollywood, but he may just be the teacher.
22. Bill O’Reilly – 150
The tension was always palpable every time the former cranky Fox News host interviewed a guest on his show The O’ Reilly FACTOR.
Despite all the tension he receives from the left, the broadcaster and best-selling author is probably intelligent, with an IQ of 150.
23. Lisa Kudrow – 160
She may have reached world fame for her performance of the blonde Pheobe in NBC’s hit series Friends, but Kudrow’s personality is hardly like that of her most famous character.
For 8 years after graduating from college, which allowed her to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology, the actress worked with her father as a medical researcher and even earned a research credit for one of her articles on the comparative probability of left-handed people suffering from cluster headaches before deciding to pursue a career in film.
24. David Duchovny – 147
Some people seem to have everything they need, and David Duchovny can boast of being one of them. He is handsome, rich and quite good at everything he does, although he is best known for his acting work on the hit shows The X-Files and Californication.
Perhaps refusing to limit himself to a single discipline, Duchovny then turned to direct, scriptwriting, novel writing and even music before entering the academic world, the star has recently obtained a Master of Arts degree from Yale University.
25. Ke$ha – 140
Not very popular at school, Ke$ha confided in books rather than people and, although she left school early to pursue a pop career, her outsider status allowed her to have enough space to study before her Hollywood career took its full place.
26. Steve Martin – 142
According to some sources, everyone’s favorite actor would have an IQ of 142, although rumors of an alleged Mensa membership were rejected via his official Twitter account.
Whatever his current IQ level, Martin’s intelligence, who holds a Bachelor of Philosophy degree from California State University, is beyond doubt.
27. Mayim Bialik – 163
Mayim Bialik became famous in the successful television series The Big Bang Theory, playing Sheldon Cooper’s sexually frustrated girlfriend, Amy Farrah Fowler. Amy’s role in the show also explores her work as a neuroscientist, a profession Mayim knows well from her own experience as a neuroscientist.
How many actresses auditioning for the role of neurobiologist can say that they are one themselves? Not much, that’s for sure, which probably helped Mayim get the part.
28. Robin Williams – 140
It seems that Hollywood has not yet fully accepted the tragic death of Robin Williams, a man whose career and personality do not need to be presented. However, his life was not entirely devoted to the arts.
Before enrolling at Julliard, where he would meet and share a room with Christopher Reeve, Williams was considering a degree in political science while playing a teacher on screen in Gus Van Sant’s famous film Good Will Hunting.
29. Ken Jeong – 130
Ken Jeong is a former doctor and recently reiterated his former profession in the family drama ABC Dr. Ken. While attending high school in Greensboro, North Carolina, Jeong was even part of the High IQ team.
In addition, the actor and actor played the violin in the school orchestra and won the Greensboro’s Youth of the Year award for academic and extra-circular excellence before studying at Duke University and then medicine at the University of North Carolina.
30. Conan O’Brien- 160
Conan O’Brien would like to make a fool of himself on his talk show, but he is far from being the clown from class to school! While still in high school, O’Brien did an internship for MP Robert Drinan and in his final year, he won the National Council of Teachers of English essay contest for a short story he submitted.
Not surprisingly, O’Brien graduated as the valedictorian of his class, which allowed him to earn a place at Harvard University, where he worked on a graduate thesis focusing on the use of children as symbols in the esteemed literary works of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.