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Celebrities With Surprisingly High IQs

When it comes to celebrities, most people assume because they’re actors, musicians, or socialites, that they aren’t very bright. Obviously people like that need to take a class in breaking down stereotypes, because these 21 celebs are probably smarter than all of us. The current definition of IQ test standard scores states that about two-thirds of all test-takers obtain scores from 85 to 115, and about only 5 percent of the population scores above 125. See which celebs score above that!

James Franco – 130

Like us, when you think of James Franco, you think of Seth Rogen and a string of stoner movies. While those thoughts aren’t unwarranted, he has done a lot of dumb-funny movies, but he’s actually kind of a genius. It’s been reported that his IQ is 130, and on top of that, he has attended & gradated from UCLA, Columbia University, NYU, Brooklyn College, Warren Wilson College, and is a PhD student Yale University. While at UCLA he took 62 credits in one semester, while the normal limit is 19 .

Conan O’Brien – 160
Conan O’Brien is known for his late night hilarity, but he has some hidden smarts. While still in high school, he interned for Congressman Robert Drinan and in his senior year he won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest with a short story, then went on to graduate as valedictorian of his class. After that he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a senior thesis focused on the use of children as symbols in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connor.
Lisa Kudrow – 154
We all know and love Lisa Kudrow from her days as ditzy Phoebe Buffay on Friends , but obviously she fooled us all, because she’s pretty brilliant. With a report IQ of 154, she graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Science. She worked with her father for 8 years while trying to become an actress and earned a research credit on his study on the comparative likelihood of left-handed individuals developing cluster headaches..
David Duchovny – 147
It has been reported that David Duchovny has an IQ of 147. He graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a B.A. in English Literature. While there, his poetry received an honorable mention for a college prize for the Academy of American Poets. He got his MFA from Yale University in English and went on to begin a PhD, but that remains unfinished at the moment.
Natalie Portman – 140

Portman’s reported IQ of 140 didn’t come without the dedication to her education! She notoriously skipped the premiere of her film Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace to study for her high school finals. After that, she went on to get her A.B. degree in psychology from Harvard University. She also pursued graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She’s been published twice in scientific journals, was a research assistant at Harvard, and is fluent in over five languages!

Mayim Bialik – 150-163
Mayim Bialik plays a neurobiologist on The Big Bang Theory and in real life has her Ph.D in neuroscience from UCLA. After her time on Blossom , she had been accepted to Harvard and Yale, but chose to attend school close to home. She first got her B.S., then went back to school for her doctorate, with her dissertation being an investigation of hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–Willi syndrome. It’s been reported that her IQ is between 150-163.