8 Celebrities Much Smarter Than You

Celebrities are constantly in the public eye, and their every word and move are harshly scrutinized. With this in mind, it’s not a surprise celebs have a bad rep for being dumb. But our list of intelligent celebrities proves that superstars can have both beauty and brains. It appears that some people do have it all!

Matt Damon


The Oscar winner is not only one of our favorite actors, screenwriters, and producers, but he is also one of our favorite Hollywood smarties. Matt began his education at Harvard University in 1988 where he studied English. The superstar later dropped out to pursue his acting career, but there’s no doubt that he contributed to the Harvard community with his good looks and talent!

Natalie Portman


Natalie is not only a talented actress but also incredibly smart. The Black Swan beauty graduated from Harvard University in 2003, where professors described her as being a very determined student. Natalie has been quoted saying she would rather be intelligent than be a movie star. It’s just unfair that one person can have so much beauty and brains!

Reese Witherspoon


The Legally Blonde star was an English Literature major at Stanford University before she dropped out to pursue her acting career. Reese has an ardent love for books, and says her heart races when she’s in a bookstore. Looks like blondes can have fun and be smart!

John Legend


The talented singer had an unconventional childhood. He was homeschooled by his mother until high school. Despite this unusual start, John received scholarships to Harvard University, Georgetown University, and Morehouse College. He turned down all these offers, however, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a major in English.

Elizabeth Banks


The Hunger Games beauty graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Elizabeth managed to attain a diverse college experience by joining a sorority while keeping up with her academics. Elizabeth’s looks could kill, but she graduated magna cum laude making her more than just a pretty face!

Brooke Shields


The beautiful actress and former model abandoned her modeling career in 1983 to attend Princeton University. Shields was a member of the Princeton Triangle Club and the Cap and Gown Club and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French Literature.

Jake Gyllenhaal

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This Hollywood cutie has more to offer than just his great looks and washboard abs. Jake attended Columbia University for two years before dropping out in 2000 to pursue his acting career. His stunt at Columbia certainly moves him up on the hotness scale!

Jennifer Connelly


This sexy actress is not only super talented, but she’s also seriously smart. Her roles in A Beautiful Mind and Requiem for a Dream were impressive, but we are more amazed that the actress attended Yale for two years and left to finish her studies at Stanford. This beauty has not only one, but two top-ranked schools under her belt!

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