Stars with High IQs
You might not need a degree to become a celebrity, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be smart. In fact, some of the biggest stars are insanely clever and have high-than-average IQs. Did you know that Nolan Gould was actually a member of Mensa despite his role on ‘Modern Family’? Do you know which rockstar has studied microbiology? Let’s find out!
NICOLE KIDMAN – 132
Kidman is one of the best actresses in Hollywood with many accolades to her name. She won several Emmys for her role in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’. However, her skills go beyond the screen, and it’s said that her IQ is 132. It seems that her intelligence might have come from her parents, as her mother is a nursing teacher and her father was a biologist and psychologist.
LISA KUDROW – 154
Kudrow is best known in the industry for playing the role of Phoebe Buffay on the sitcom ‘Friends’. Phoebe was the craziest one of the bunch. She was spiritually and often considered ditzy. However, the actress has an IQ of 154. She even got a degree in Science from Vassar College. Before earning her big spot in Hollywood, Kudrow worked with her father on important research for 8 years.
MADONNA – 140
The world of music would not be the same if Madonna didn’t exist. She will always be remembered as the Queen of Pop, and for breaking stereotypes in the business. She was always ahead of her time, and her IQ of 140 might be the reason why. Thanks to her cleverness, she got a scholarship to the University of Michigan, but she decided to become a singer.
MAYIM BIALIK – 150-163
Mayim Bialik was first introduced to Hollywood at a young age on the show ‘Blossom’, but she became a household name later on thanks to ‘The Big Bang Theory’. The actress played the role of neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the famous sitcom, but a lot of people don’t know that she actually has a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. She even got accepted to Harvard and Yale. Her IQ is somewhere between 150 and 163.
SHAKIRA – 140
Shakira is another huge name in the world of music. She has performed on some of the biggest stages in the world such as the Super Bowl, the FIFA World Cup, and more. The singer has an IQ of 140, which might explain why she is a multi-instrumentalist, dancer, songwriter, and singer all at the same time. Additionally, Shakira went to UCLA and speaks seven languages
STEVE MARTIN – 142
Steve Martin is a legend in the world of comedy, but before his rise to stardom, he was a student at Cal State. He was studying philosophy and even wanted to become a teacher at some point. However, he later transferred to the theater department of UCLA and began his new path. He has an IQ of 142, and maybe that’s what makes him so funny.
MATT DAMON – 160
Before becoming one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, Damon was a Harvard student. He wrote the script for ‘Good Will Hunting’ for an English class task. The rest is history, and it has been reported that the actor has an IQ of 160. Considering how great the film was, it’s no wonder! What’s your favorite Matt Damon movie?
NOLAN GOULD – 150
Just like Lisa Kudrow, Nolan Gould played a character that no one would applaud for being smart. He was Luke Dunphy in the sitcom ‘Modern Family’, and his goofiness was often one of the funniest parts of the show. However, Gould is actually a member of Mensa and has an IQ of 150. He also skipped 10 grades in school.
GEENA DAVIS – 140
Geena Davis is another big name in Hollywood and has been on many different projects throughout her career. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from Boston University back in 1979. The actress is also a member of Mensa and has an IQ of 140. After earning an honorary doctorate from Bates College, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
JIM MORRISON – 147
The world of Rock ‘n’ Roll, everyone knows the name, Jim Morrison. He was the frontman of The Doors. The musician earned a Film Bachelor’s degree from UCLA. After moving to Venice Beach, he met the other members of the band, and they were impressed with his amazing songwriting ability. His IQ was 147.
QUENTIN TARANTINO – 160
Tarantino is one of the best filmmakers in history with unbelievable movies such as ‘Inglorious Bastards’, ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, and many others. His IQ is 160, but you would be surprised to learn that he dropped out of high school and never earned a degree. That makes his career even more impressive.
CONAN O’BRIEN – 160
O’Brien has been one of the most popular late-night hosts in America for years. He is known for his dry humor and deadpan delivery. Of course, the host is also famous for his red hair. In high school, he won the National Council of Teachers of English writing competition and became valedictorian. With an IQ of 160, Conan studied at Harvard and graduated magna cum laude.
DEXTER HOLLAND – 160
The Offspring was a huge band during the 80s and 90s, and you might be surprised to learn that their frontman, Dexter Holland, has a high IQ of 160. Holland dedicated as much time to his studies as he did to rock music. He was valedictorian of his high school, got a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a Master’s in molecular biology. The rockstar never finished his Ph.D. as The Offspring found success.
ASHLEY RICKARDS – 130
Rickards starred in MTV’s teen show ‘Awkward’, and she was just a girl trying to get through the struggles of life. In the real world, Rickards finished high school by 15 and became a part of Mensa. It has been reported that her IQ is 130, although other sources say that she has never revealed it. Hopefully, she’ll continue her career in Hollywood soon!
GLENNE HEADLY – 140
Headly became a household name after starring in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ with Michael Caine and Steve Martin back in 1988. Her next role in Warren Beatty’s ‘Dick Tracy’ with Madonna and Al Pacino earned her two Emmy nominations and a Theater World Award. Her IQ is 140 and she studied at the NYC drama school as well as the American College of Switzerland.
That’s definitely eye-opening! All of their cleverness has probably helped them in their entertainment careers. Let us know which smart celebrity was the most surprising. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who love learning new things about Hollywood. See you next time!