The word “genius” gets banded around all too often in Hollywood – but what does it actually take to be an official genius? Well, it’s all to do with your IQ. Your intelligence quotient is a total score obtained from a set of standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence, and an average score is around 100. But that’s nothing compared to these celebrities’ scores.
When it comes to IQ, a score of 140 is considered to be way above average, and a score over 160 is the big leagues. Yep, if anyone scores over 160 they’re officially a genius – and while you might not have expected it, these celebrities are all either above average or certified geniuses. But we don’t blame you for being surprised. Some of these celebrities are known for being Hollywood strongmen, others are models, and others are famous for not really doing a lot at all…
Basic Instinct Icon Sharon Stone Has an IQ of 154
When you think of Sharon Stone, your mind probably immediately wanders to that scene in Basic Instinct – which didn’t look all too dissimilar to the photo she recreated below. This saucy siren made a name for herself as the ultimate sex symbol of the ’90s, and many people assumed that her looks and her acting talent were all that she had going for her. But oh how wrong they were! Sharon hit the jackpot with both brains and beauty.
Yes, what you might not know about this leading lady is that she actually showcased her almost-genius brain when she was only a toddler. It was clear to all of her teachers that she was intelligently advanced, and so by the time she was five years old, she was allowed to accelerate to the second grade. What’s even more impressive is that she was offered a full scholarship to Edinboro University when she was just 15. In the end, though, she decided to leave education to pursue a modeling career.
Singing Sensation Madonna Has an IQ of 140
The music world is full of iconic figures, and while some fans have found Madonna’s new look and way of life to be pretty bizarre, there’s no doubt about the fact that the Queen of Pop is an icon. With countless smash hits to her name, Madonna has sold over 100 million singles worldwide. She’s certainly not an average singer, but what you might not know about this singing sensation is that her IQ is above-average.
In fact, Madonna has an IQ of 140 – and her intelligence was reportedly obvious from a young age. She scored highly on all of her tests at school, and she was consistently top of her class. This led to her being awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, and although she accepted the scholarship to study performing arts, she ultimately decided to drop out to pursue a full-time music career.
Former Child Star Nolan Gould Has an IQ of 150
Fans of the epic TV show Modern Family will recognize this actor. Nolan Gould joined the show as Luke Dunphy when he was just 10 years old, and we’ve since watched him grow up in front of our very eyes. But anyone who has seen the show will know that Luke wasn’t the brightest of the bunch, which is why it may surprise you to learn that Nolan himself is not only a genius – but also a member of Mensa!
It was clear from a young age that Nolan had a pretty special mind. When he was younger he studied four grades ahead of his age, he became a member of Mensa when he was 12, and when he was just 14 years old he took his GED in the hope of taking online college courses while he was in the midst of his acting career. It’s not known what he’ll do now Modern Family is over, but we bet it’ll be something impressive.
Famous Friend Lisa Kudrow Has an IQ of 152
Although Lisa Kudrow has an impressive acting resume under her belt, it’s fair to say that she will always be remembered for her leading role in the classic comedy show Friends. During this iconic stint in her career, Lisa expertly played the airhead character of Phoebe Buffay. And while some fans of the actress might imagine Lisa and Phoebe to be interchangeable, Lisa is actually super smart in real life.
In fact, this actress has an IQ of 150! Not only is she a remarkable actress, but she also has a remarkable mind that she has used to further her education in the past. When she was younger she graduated from Vassar College with a degree in biology and had all intentions of becoming an expert in headaches just like her father. She even worked with her father on a research project for eight years, where they investigated the relationship between left-handed people and the development of headaches.
Eclectic Rapper Snoop Dogg Has an IQ of 147
The music world is full of rappers, but none are quite like Snoop Dogg. This West Coast rapper changed the game thanks to his allegiance to Dr. Dre, and since the start of his career, he’s sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Snoop’s still in the music game today, but now he’s largely known for his eclectic personality, his care-free lifestyle, and his enthusiasm for marijuana. So, people are surprised to hear that he’s one of the smartest celebs in the business.
In fact, Snoop has an IQ of 147 – which is well above average! What makes this even more impressive is the fact that he has no real formal education. Although he managed to finish high school, he was almost immediately arrested after his graduation, and he spent the next three years in a jail cell as he tried to make a name for himself in the music world. We guess Snoop just proves that education doesn’t automatically mean intelligence.
Our Favorite Funnyman Steve Martin Has an IQ of 142
It takes a certain kind of comedian to be universally loved by people of all ages, but you’d probably agree with us that Steve Martin seems to have it. He’s so much more than a comedian, though. He’s an actor, comedy performer, writer, and even a banjo musician – but what’s so impressive is that his talents don’t end there. As well as being loved by everyone, Steve is also super smart.
With an IQ of 142, Steve is one of the most intelligent celebrities in Hollywood, and he almost went down a different career path because of it. This funny man loved learning and education, and he even majored in philosophy at California State University. Although he toyed with the idea of becoming a full-time professor, he ultimately decided to pursue a career in theater instead. That was lucky for us.
A-List Actress Natalie Portman Has an IQ of 140
With her beauty and her talent, it should come as no surprise to learn that Natalie Portman is one of the best in the business. The A-list actress has been the star of hit movies like Black Swan, V for Vendetta, Star Wars, and more, and that’s before we mention the fact that she’s graced the covers of countless magazines and become the face of major perfume brands. It’s almost criminal that she’s also a genius.
With an IQ of 140, Natalie Portman puts many of us to shame. Not only is she fluent in five different languages, but she’s also a published author and graduate from two esteemed universities. The Israeli-born actress studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to begin with, and then made her way to the prestigious Harvard University to study psychology. She’s even had papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
Swedish Martial Artist Dolph Lundgren Has an IQ of 160
If you’re someone who thought Dolph Lundgren was all meat but not substance, then think again. While this Swedish martial artist and actor is known primarily for his muscle-head roles in movies like Rocky IV, The Expendables, and Aquaman, he’s actually a certified genius with an IQ of 160. That means that he has the same IQ as the one and only Albert Einstein.
Although Dolph ultimately decided that a life in the limelight was where he belonged, there was a time when his above-average intelligence opened up another career path. After attending MIT on a Fulbright Scholarship and then studying for a master’s in chemical engineering across the pond in Australia, he could have worked to the top of the engineering world. Alas, he decided that it just wasn’t for him.
World-Famous Supermodel Cindy Crawford Has an IQ of 154
Cindy Crawford is not only a world-famous supermodel but she’s also given birth to the next generation of A-listers. Yes, her children Presley and Kaia are now models themselves – and it must be pretty cool to have Cindy as a mom. After all, she was one of the most famous women of the 1980s and 1990s, and she appeared on countless magazine covers and runways during this era.
Cindy is still modeling today, but she’s also proven that she has beauty and brains. She’s using her impressive IQ of 154 to build brands and companies – and this isn’t surprising if you know her history. Before she became an international icon, Cindy was a high school valedictorian with a full scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She dropped out to become a model, though.
Legendary Moviemaker Quentin Tarantino Has an IQ of 160
When it comes to the moviemaking big leagues, there are a few names that dominate the ground. There’s Spielberg, Coppola, Hitchcock, and more. But that list wouldn’t be complete without writer, director, and occasional actor Quentin Tarantino. This man has brought the likes of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs to the big screen, and he reportedly has an impressive IQ of 160. Not bad for a high school dropout, huh?
Quentin’s fans often call him a genius, but with an IQ of 160, he actually is one – something his high school teachers probably didn’t expect. This filmmaker knew from a young age that he was going to be a filmmaker, so he didn’t really care about school. He dropped out at age 15 before he could graduate, and he made it his mission to make it big in Hollywood. It’s safe to say that he succeeded.
Saucy Señorita and Singer Shakira Has an IQ of 140
It’s hard to believe that Shakira landed her first recording contract when she was just 13 years old, but that might have something to do with the fact that she’s incredibly smart – and that she has perfect pitch! Since her debut, Shakira has become one of the most successful women in music, and certainly one of the most successful singers to come from her home country of Colombia. But she’s got so much more to offer than just some fast-moving snake hips.
This saucy señorita actually has an IQ of 140, which means she’s almost a genius. She’s proven this through her incredible songwriting ability, but also by the fact that she is fluent in five different languages, and has a partial understanding of another two. As if that wasn’t enough, Shakira also completed an undergraduate degree in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020.
“Stoner” Actor James Franco Has an IQ Of 130
James Franco is an extremely versatile actor, but it’s fair to say that he’s perhaps best known for starring in “stoner” comedies with the likes of Seth Rogen. He’s often portrayed as the hilarious “layabout” character who spends more time getting high than anything else, but it seems as though there’s more to him than meets the eye. In fact, James Franco is almost a genius.
Everyone knows him as a loveable doofus, but James actually has an IQ of 130. This can be seen through his educational history, which stems across countless courses and universities. He’s studied at UCLA, Columbia University School of the Arts, Tisch School of the Arts, Brooklyn College, Warren Wilson College, Columbia University, Yale University, and Rhode Island School of Design. In fact, he holds bachelor’s degrees and masters degrees, and he’s currently working towards his PhD!
Beautiful Actress Jordana Brewster Has an IQ of 130
If you’re a fan of Jordana Brewster, you might have come to love her from her stint within the Fast and Furious franchise. Of course, this series isn’t exactly known for being hard-hitting with thought-provoking headlines, and Jordana was certainly cast to show off her beauty and her talent. But what these films failed to show off was Jordana’s impressive intelligence.
Jordana has an IQ of 130, which is well above average – and it seems as though these brains may run in the family. Her grandfather is recognized as being one of the most popular professors at the prestigious Yale University, and Jordana made it her mission to follow in his footsteps. She also attended the Ivy League College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. Who would have thought it?
Hollywood Strongman Arnold Schwarzenegger Has an IQ Of 135
Arnold Schwarzenegger wouldn’t be Arnold Schwarzenegger without his muscles. His strongman qualities are what thrust him into the limelight in the first place, firstly as a professional bodybuilder and then as a professional actor in movies like Hercules in New York, Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, and other films where he could flex his muscles. But this hunk is more than just brawn.
This Austrian native actually has an IQ of 132, which is way above the average Joe. And we guess that makes sense when you look at the bigger picture when it comes to this man. Not only did he serve as the Governor of California, but he’s also become an impressive businessman, investor, and philanthropist. There’s nothing he hasn’t turned his immensely large hands to, so kudos to Arnie and his brain.
Notorious Bachelorette Kate Beckinsale Has an IQ of 132
While we all know that Kate Beckinsale is an actress with some major acting credits to her name, in recent years she’s made a name for herself as the ultimate Hollywood bachelorette. She’s been able to win over some of the biggest names in Tinseltown and dated the likes of Pete Davidson, Michael Sheen, Jack Whitehall, and Goody Grace. But have you ever wondered if she won them over with her intelligence? After all, she’s pretty smart!
Kate Beckinsale actually has an IQ of 130, and while she doesn’t boast about her past or her history, she has a lot to be proud of in terms of her education. Not only does she speak four languages fluently, but she also attended the prestigious Oxford University where she studied French and Russian literature. As you do, of course.
Late Night Talk Show Host Conan O’Brien Has an IQ of 160
Fans of late-night talk shows are probably familiar with Conan O’Brien. Known for being funny and witty, this talk show host has years of experience under his belt – making him one of the most popular men in television. What you might not know, however, is that he’s also one of the smartest men in television. And that’s all thanks to his IQ of 160, which makes him a certified genius.
Yes, underneath Conan’s impressively large head of hair is an equally as impressive brain – which has been there since he was a youngster. As well as achieving straight As at high school, Conan also served as the managing editor of the school newspaper, he won short story contests, he was a congressional intern, and he even became Valedictorian. This all led to a place at Harvard University, where he majored in History and Literature.
Hollywood Hunk Matt Damon Has an IQ Of 160
Matt Damon is one of the most famous actors in Hollywood, and it’s not hard to understand why. His appearances in movies like Good Will Hunting, the Jason Bourne franchise, The Martian, and more has allowed him to become one of the most bankable stars in the industry. In fact, his films have collectively earned over $3.88 billion. And while he’s become known as the ultimate action star, he’s so much more than that.
Matt’s intelligence and drive can be seen by the fact that he actually co-wrote the script of Good Will Hunting as part of an English assignment while studying at the prestigious Harvard University. It was this university task that thrust him into the limelight, but we don’t want anyone to forget his roots – or the fact that he’s a certified genius with an IQ of 160.
Comedy King Ashton Kutcher Has an IQ Of 160
Over the course of his impressive career, Ashton Kutcher has built up a reputation for being care-free and funny. While he has taken on a few serious roles, his portfolio of work has largely seen him become the “joker” character who doesn’t care about anything in movies and television shows. But the reality of Ashton Kutcher’s life couldn’t be any more different. He’s an actual genius.
With an IQ of 160, Ashton Kutcher has the exact same IQ as Albert Einstein. And while this may surprise some people, when you look back at his history it actually makes sense. Although he was a troublesome student who got up to all kinds of mischief, he was incredibly smart and ultimately landed a place at the University of Iowa to study biochemical engineering. His career later took a different turn, but even today he’s using his smarts to become a successful venture capitalist as well as an actor.
Television’s Favorite Brainiac Mayim Bialik Has an IQ Of 163
We wouldn’t be surprised if you already thought Mayim Bialik deserved a place on this list. After all, she plays a genius on television! This actress is perhaps best known for her role as neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler in the sitcom The Big Bang Theory – but we guess she didn’t have to act too hard when she was playing this role. After all, she’s actually a neuroscientist in real life.
With an IQ of 163, Mayim is actually the third most intelligent person in Hollywood. During the midst of her acting career, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience with minors in Hebrew and Jewish studies at the University of California, and then later on in her career she earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in neuroscience from the same college. Dr. Malik really is impressive.
Basketball Legend Michael Jordan Has an IQ Of 154
During the 1980s and 1990s, all anyone could talk about was Michael Jordan. This basketball star brought the NBA to the center of everyone’s attention during this time, and all eyes were on the Chicago Bulls player for his next move. And while fans will always remember him for winning six NBA championships with his team, what many people don’t realize is that Michael is so much more than just his athletic ability.
Before he became a pro baller, Michael’s career could have gone in a very different direction. With an IQ of 154 he had the makings to become a genius, especially as he was one of the best in his class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He majored in cultural geography but was ultimately drafted into the NBA in 1984 so he dropped out. He returned in 1986 to complete his degree, though.
Broadway Actor James Woods Has an IQ of 180
While James Woods has certainly caused a lot of controversy on Twitter for his political views, there’s no denying that he’s a popular actor. He’s performed on the stage and the screen, but he’s perhaps best known for his performances on Broadway. He’s worked on shows like The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Moonchildren, and Borstal Boy, as well as countless television shows and movies. But did you know that he’s actually the smartest celeb in the business?
To be classified as a genius you need to have an IQ of 160, and James Woods has an IQ of 180! When he was younger he actually had dreams of becoming an eye surgeon and he even studied at MIT before dropping out one semester before he was due to graduate. He decided that, instead of becoming a doctor, he should become an actor – and that’s exactly what he did. He’s since used his brains to become an avid and successful poker player, and he’s won over 80 tournaments so far.
Magical Brainiac Emma Watson Has an IQ Of 138
You can’t think of Emma Watson without immediately thinking of the Harry Potter series. This actress had us questioning our pronunciation of “Wingardium Leviosa” for years on end, and it’s safe to say that she grew up in front of our very eyes. Her role as Hermione Granger in the magical franchise thrust her into the limelight, but it didn’t hinder her ability to take on the world as an academic in the Muggle world.
Emma grew up with two successful lawyers as parents, so it seems as though impressive intellect runs through her veins. She achieved straight As throughout her schooling years – both in a physical school and through on-set tutors – and she later enrolled at Brown University to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. It took her five years to graduate because of her busy schedule, but she certainly didn’t struggle with her IQ of 138!
Straight Talking Sylvester Stallone Has an IQ of 160
An action movie wouldn’t be an action movie without Sylvester Stallone involved, right? This straight-talking, muscular actor has been the star of countless big-budget productions, including the Rocky franchise, the Expendables franchise, and even the Rambo franchise. And while fans would stereotype Sylvester as the typical Hollywood “meathead,” it seems as though he actually has a rather impressive brain underneath all of that hair.
During his younger years, Stallone studied at the Charlotte Hall Military Academy, Miami Dade College, the American College of Switzerland, and the University of Miami. And while he majored in drama, everyone around him could see that he had an intelligent head on his shoulders. If you want to be more specific, Sylvester Stallone has a whopping IQ of 160 – making him an official genius!
Mr. Bean AKA Rowan Atkinson Has an IQ of 178
Although Rowan Atkinson has made his mark under his own name in movies and TV shows like Johnny English and Blackadder, he’s perhaps best known for his character of Mr. Bean. With his tweed suit, his loveable teddy, and his green mini car, Rowan has become synonymous with the whole Mr. Bean brand. And while Mr. Bean is silly, clumsy, and not all that bright, Rowan Atkinson is actually the second smartest celeb on this list!
Yes, Rowan has an IQ of 178 – making him even more genius than a genius. This might have something to do with his private school education in England, which pushed him to achieve top grades in all of his subjects – ultimately allowing him to secure a place at Newcastle University, where he studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Rowan even obtained a master’s degree in the same subject and embarked on doctoral work before he ultimately decided that he was better suited to comedy acting.