All too often, people think that the actors, musicians, and comedians are a few fries short of a happy meal. While this common misconception may never die out, let’s lay some of the rumors to rest and find out which of the A-Listers can truly wow us with their IQ. Here are 23 of the most intelligent celebrities to have walked the red carpet. You won’t believe who landed our number one spot!
23. Ashley Rickards (Unreported)
While this celeb hasn’t reported her IQ, she is a member of the exclusive group, Mensa, which requires a near genius level IQ to achieve membership in. It’s safe to say this star has an IQ that would give us all a run for our money.
22. James Franco 130
Known for his outrageous sense of humor and string of comedy movies, this actor really knows how to play dumb. But in real life, he has a staggering IQ of 130. While acting may be his day job, he has a pretty impressive collegiate resume as well. He has attended or graduated from the following universities: UCLE, Columbia, NYU, Brooklyn College, and is also a PhD student at Yale University. Talk about a full load of classes.
21. Jordana Brewster 130
A high IQ must run in the family for this Furious Seven starlet. Her grandfather was a professor at Yale University, the same college she went on to complete her degree in English. Rumor has it that her IQ falls between 120-130.
20. Kate Beckinsale 132
Fluent in German, Russian, French, and English, Kate Beckinsale attended Oxford University while auditioning (and being accepted) into her first acting role. While she quit school at Oxford during her third year to focus on her acting career, it’s no doubt that she is one intelligent and beautiful actress.
19. Jodie Foster 132
Not many children learn to read at the young age of 3 years old, but those with a 132 IQ, like Jodie Foster, do. She can speak French and English fluently and can understand Italian, Spanish, and German. Majoring in literature from Yale University, and graduating magna cum laude, she ended up being awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 1997 from Yale University.
18. Nicole Kidman 132
High IQs run in the Kidman family, as her father was a clinical psychologist and biologist and her mother worked as a nursing instructor. She took her smarts, and her creativity, to the Victorian College of the Arts and later on to Phillip Street Theater, and finally the Australian Theatre for Young People. Creative, beautiful, talented and smart!
17. Arnold Schwarzenegger 135
While he may have arrived in the United States with not a dollar to his name, he quickly started building his empire by attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a degree in international marketing of fitness and business administration. Since his graduation in 1979, he has gone on to be an A-list celebrity, known for The Terminator as well as being the former governor of California. What a resume!
16. Geena Davis 140
Acting has been in Geena Davis’s blood since she was young, and she even went on to major in Drama at Boston University back in 1979. A multifaceted starlet, she is also a member is Mensa, a group whose membership requirements include being in the top 2% of intelligence.
15. Madonna 140
Madonna has been in the lime light for over 40 years, and we are guessing it may have something to do with knowing the ins and outs of how to stay current. Perhaps that high IQ helps out with that? During middle school, she had an exceptionally high GPA and (not surprisingly) was known for her often odd behavior.
14. Shakira 140
This belly dancing musician can speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently. She can also speak French, Italian, Catalan, and Arabic. She has attended UCLA and is reported to have an IQ that floats around 140.
13. Natalie Portman 140
A dedicated scholar, Natalie Portman actually skipped the premier of her movie role in Star Wars Episode One: Phantom of the Menace in order to study for her finals in high school. She later attended Harvard where she majored in Psychology and attended graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. But it doesn’t stop there, Ms. Portman has been published in two scientific journals, was a research assistant at Harvard, and can speak 5 languages.
12. Steve Martin 142
Funny man Steve Martin has more than just a talent for comedy. He went to Cal State to study Philosophy, even considering becoming a professor at one point. However, fate took control and he ended up majoring in theater at UCLA.
11. David Duchovny 147
David Duchovny is a Princeton Graduate, majoring in English Literature. During his time at Princeton, he wrote poetry and ended up receiving a college prize from the Academy of American Poets. He later went to Yale, where he got his MFA in English and pursued a PhD, but has yet to complete it.
10. Nolan Gould 150
Famous for his Modern Family role, Nolan Gould knows how to play dumb. In real life, he has an IQ of 150 that would outsmart plenty of us. He, like others on this list, is a member of Mensa and in 2012 he accelerated 10 grades in school.
9. Sharon Stone 154
While she hasn’t applied to Mensa (yet) Sharon Stone is beautiful and smart. With an IQ of 154, it’s obvious she’s talented in more than just her acting and producing career.
8. Cindy Crawford 154
Cindy Crawford is famous for her covers on Vogue, Sports Illustrated, and other magazine covers. But she isn’t all beauty, no brains. She has a reported IQ of 154 and graduated valedictorian of her class in high school. She then received a scholarship to attend Northwestern University, and pursued a major in chemical engineering (not a degree for the faint of heart!) but ultimately decided to quit after one semester and pursue her (very successful) modeling degree.
7. Lisa Kudrow 154
The loveable and dim Phoebe from Friends is not quite so dim in real life. With an IQ of 154, she graduated from Vassar College and worked with her father, earning research credit for studying left handed individuals and cluster headaches. Quite the interesting resume.
6. Quentin Tarantino 160
What do Albert Einstein and Quentin Tarantino have in common? The exact same IQ. While he was a high school drop out who went on to be an usher at a porn theater, he is extremely brilliant and worked his way into Hollywood as a famous actor and filmmaker.
5. Dolph Lundgren 160
With a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, Dolph Lundgren received a scholarship to MIT after completing his master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney. Obviously, acting isn’t his only talent!
4. Ashton Kutcher 160
Who would have thought that man who played the funny and dim Michael Kelso from That 70’s Show was actually a bit of a genius? With an IQ that matches Steven Hawking’s, Ashton attended (and later dropped out of) the University of Iowa as a Biochemical Engineer. While he ended his education to become a model, his original career goal was to find a cure for his twin brothers heart issue.
3. Matt Damon 160
A famous A-List actor who once attended Harvard, Matt Damon has a reported IQ of 160. Fun fact: he actually wrote the script for Good Will Hunting in his English class. We’re guessing he got an A+ on that assignment.
2. Conan O’Brien 160
Conan O’Brien is famous for his comedy show but is also infamously smart. Once an intern (in high school!) for Congressman Robert Drinan, he also wrote a short story that won a writing contest at the National Council of Teachers of English. It doesn’t stop there! He later graduated as valedictorian of his class and then magna cum laude from Harvard.
1. James Woods 184
Topping our list is the insanely brilliant and talented James Woods. Just an FYI, anything over 160 is considered to be “extraordinary genius” and he actually attended MIT with the goal of becoming an eye surgeon as his long term career. Shortly before he graduated from MIT he dropped out and pursued his lucrative acting career.