Celebrities Who Are Also Smartypants


Contrary to popular belief that Hollywood is full of highschool or college dropouts, there are also some who are actually diploma holders -- and not just your typical college graduates. They beg to differ.

James Franco


James Franco graduated from UCLA as an English major after feeling dissatisfied with his career. He garnered a GPA of 3.5/4. Aside from being an English major, he studied French, philosophy of science, the Holocaust, and American literature.
He also graduated from Columbia University under its MFA writing program. 

Natalie Portman


Natalie Portman has a degree of AB Psychology from none other than Harvard University. 
She also co-authored two research papers that were published in respected scientific journals.
She's always remembered for saying this:
I'd rather be smart than a movie star.

Rowan Atkinson


Though his character Mr. Bean be dumb, Rowan Atkinson is very much far from what he portrays in the small screen. He has a degree of Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University in England. Then he studied MSc in Electrical Engineering in The Queen's College, Oxford, where he was an Honorary Fellow.

Emma Watson


She not the internet's favorite darling for no reason. Like her character Hermione, Emma is very smart. Back in the UK, she got A* in eight subjects and A in two subjects when she took the GCSE school exams in ten subjects. Emma graduated from Brown University with a degree of English Literature. While on a hiatus during her Brown education, she was a visiting student in Worcester College, Oxford for one year.

Conan O'Brien


Conan O'Brien is highschool valedictorian. It was not a surprise that he got into Harvard University and graduated with a degree of History and Literature as magna cum laude.

Mayim Bialik


Mayim Bialik is almost close to her character Amy in Big Bang Theory. In real life, she is a neuroscientist. She graduated from UCLA with a degree of B.S. Neuroscience. It should also be noted that Mayim was accepted in both Yale and Harvard, but chose UCLA instead. She has also earned a doctorate degree in neuroscience. Talk about brainy!
She has also written published scientific research papers.

Meryl Streep


The veteran actress was cum laude when she graduated from Vassar College. After that, she pursued MFA in Yale University which she earned despite working different jobs to pay for her course fees. She was a visiting student in Dartmouth College where she received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree.


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