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Most celebrities aren't considered as intellectuals, but many famous folks really know way more than we give them credit for. Here are 20 celebrities who have college degrees that might surprise you. Keep reading to find out what Kourtney learned before the Kardashians gained fame and money.
"I felt like there had been some mistake,” the Black Swan star later recalled, "that I wasn't smart enough to be in this company, and that every time I opened my mouth I would have to prove that I wasn't just a dumb actress." To handle the conflict within herself, Natalie Portman grabbed a Bachelor degree in psychology from Harvard just after the release of Star Wars. She returned with the paper to prove that she wasn't just a dumb actress.
This actress made a range of bad decisions as Marnie in Girls, from awful romances to gloomy music career. Marnie may be a sandwich short of a picnic, but Alison Williams isn't. She wasn't allowed to act professionally until she graduated from Yale, where she studied English and archaeology. Besides, Aliso joined Yale's improv group and found where her true talent lay - comedy. Good for her!
The stud, the myth, the legend is pretty in tune with the English language. Bradley Cooper attended Georgetown University and was very into the readings in all his classes. He was brought to immediate joy when asked about his first encounter with Paradise Lost. Cooper wrote his thesis on Vladimir Nabokov's Loita. He seemed very passionate about this degree and even cried tears while reading Romeo and Juliet in the campus library.
Rebel Wilson, who was one of the most popular characters from Pitch Perfect, confirmed with Seth Meyers that she indeed graduated from law school back in 2009. She studied at the University of New South Wales. "A lot of people look at me and think I'm stupid," Rebel said, "But no, I graduated from a school that's kind of like the Harvard of Australia." Generally, law isn't the easiest subject to tackle so kudos to Wilson for this great accomplishment.
This comedian rose to stardom in the '90s for his portrayal of Ali G, a jungle and uneducated music obsessed character. Cohen continued to become a staple of the Hollywood scene. Surprisingly, this London-born actor graduated from Cambridge with an upper-second-class degree in History. He was also a member of the university's dramatic society. It's hard to imagine Cohen being serious, isn't it?
This actress graduated in 2010 from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, with a bachelor's degree in a bunch of subjects, including psychology, international social policy, and nonprofit organizations. Rooney Mara really has more knowledge than most people can fit into their brains.
This wisecracking late-night host hardly seems stupid, but it's still rare for a talk show host to be as intelligent as Conan O'Brien is. He majored in history and literature at Harvard University, but even back then his knack for comedy prevailed. Dubbed as the "pre-eminent jokester," O'Brien was the president of a semi-secret social organization named Harvard Lampoon, which published a humor magazine. He graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Before the Kardashians gained fame and money, the oldest sister had to think about navigating life, so Kourtney attended Southern Methodist University. After two years there, she continued to finish her education at the University of Arizona. In 2002, Kourtney graduated with a degree in Theater Arts while minoring in Spanish.
John Legend is also a celebrity who was dedicated to the English major. He got his bachelor's in English with a concentration in African American literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He started his studies at just 16 and graduated in 1999. The EGOT winner also performed as part of the acapella group Counterparts during his college days. Legend seemed to be bound to be a real legend sooner or later.
Mayim Bialik rose to fame for her portrayal of the title role in the NBC sitcom Blossom. It might be unknown that Mayim has the kind of smarts that put most of us to shame. She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, which isn't the kind of qualification most actors have. While she returned as the super smart Amy in The Big Bang Theory, Mayim continues to be active in the medical field and has published books on parenting and puberty.
No, we aren't pranking you. Ashton Kutcher may be one of the funniest figures in entertainment, but that doesn't mean he's short on knowledge. The multi-talented star graduated with a degree in Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1996. He intends to find a cure for his brother's heart disease. Now that's funny, yet a nobleman for you.
This singer is quite an achiever. As you may not know, Carrie Underwood was victorious when she tried out on American Idol. After she won that, Underwood went back to Oklahoma to finish her degree. She earned her bachelors in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Journalism from Northeastern State University. Underwood also graduated magna cum laude.
The genius behind Harry Potter is fluent in a number of other languages. JK Rowling earned her degree in French with additional Greek and Roman Studies from the University of Exeter. Her parents wanted her to get a vocational degree, but Rowling didn't. "A compromise was reached that in retrospect satisfied nobody, and I went up to study Modern Languages," said Rowling. "Hardly had my parents' car rounded the corner at the end of the road than I ditched German and scuttled off down the Classics corridor."
James Franco sometimes gets into trouble for his odd behaviors, while his roles in the likes of Pineapple Express and The End paint him as the quintessential dumb stoner. In real life, James is highly intelligent, graduating from Columbia with a Master's in Fine Arts. He was seriously invested in his education for the majority of his adult life, studying for a Ph.D. at Yale alongside acting. "I go to school because I love being around people who are interested in what I'm interested in," James said.
Lisa Kudrow's father was a reputable physician and researcher who worked in the field of headaches. Before going into acting, Lisa planned to follow her father's footsteps. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Vassar College. Lisa also worked on her father's research team.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, the man we know and love as the Terminator, got a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. As far as we're concerned, Schwarzenegger's brain is as impressive as his huge muscles.
Millennials might think of David Duchovny as a dunce because of his role as the boozy writer and social dope, Hank Moody in Californication. He actually isn't. Duchovny graduated with a BA in English Literature from Princeton University and then earned his Master's from Yale. He wanted to become a screenwriter and considered acting as research. "I thought, 'Well, if I'm going to write things that are going to be performed by actors, then it's probably helpful for me to know something about what that's like." Little did he know he'd drop his Ph.D. to act full time.
Danai Gurira was defeating bad guys for years in The Walking Dead. She then impressed even more with her performance as Okoye in Black Panther and Avengers. Well, before that, Gurira studied at Minnesota's Macalester College. "I was really looking at race, population, gender and how we psychologically function in a way that affects our societal outcomes around those issues," she told Rolling Stone. Gurira got her degree in Social Psychology there.
Will Ferrell graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Information from the University of Southern California in 1990. He also got an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree there in 2017. The sports information program no longer exists now. Ferrel said, "Yes, you heard me, sports information. A program so difficult, so arduous, that they discontinued it eight years after I left. Those of us with sports information degrees are an elite group. We're like the Navy Seals of USC graduates. There are very few of us, and there was a high dropout rate."
Brian May, the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, got his Bachelor of Science in Physics, with honors, in the '70s. In 2007, he returned to school to finish up his Ph.D. in Astrophysics at Imperial College London. May's doctoral thesis was on the motions of interplanetary dust. That sounds quite rock and roll to me.