A higher education can often lead to a much bigger chance of success. Many celebs out there might not be able to show off what they’ve learned in college in their field. Some folks with a degree in chemistry won’t use those nifty skills in a fight scene, and others with a degree in electrical engineering would be out of luck putting that knowledge to good use in a sitcom.
It’s hard to imagine how being a neuroscientist would help you host a talk show, but believe it or not, there are numerous celebrities who are secretly … kind of geniuses. We’re counting down the top 12, starting with …
12) Natalie Portman
Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman didn’t let her acting career get in the way of obtaining her college education. While she was busy filming the “Star Wars” prequels, the actress attended Harvard University to study psychology. In 2003, she graduated from the Ivy League school with her bachelor’s degree.
11) Dolph Lundgren
Before landing the iconic role of Ivan Drago in the 1985 film “Rocky IV,” Dolph Lundgren was busy getting his college work done. The chemistry buff received his degree in chemistry from Washington State University, a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.
10) Mayim Bialik
After the hit sitcom “Blossom” ended in 1995, actress Mayim Bialik attended UCLA and put acting on the side. In 2007, she graduated with a Ph.D. in neuroscience. Three years later, she would find herself playing a neuroscientist in the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” which earned her four Emmy nominations.
9) Conan O’Brien
Conan O’Brien sharpened his writing skills inside Harvard University. During his time there, he was the president of The Harvard Lampoon, which was the college’s humor magazine. To make things more interesting, Conan attended the college at the same time as his future NBC boss Jeff Zucker. He would eventually graduate magna cum laude in 1985.