From Ashton Kutcher to 'Jersey Shore' Star Vinnie: 10 Celebrity Geniuses

January 24, 2012 By:
From Ashton Kutcher to 'Jersey Shore' Star Vinnie: 10 Celebrity Geniuses

Okay, we put Vinny from ‘Jersey Shore’ in the title, so obviously, we’re using the term ‘genius’ fairly loosely.

But nevertheless, there are some celebs who are either geniuses or damn close to being geniuses. A high IQ, impeccable GPA, impressive college credentials…there are quite a few celebs who are incredibly smart, and some of them might surprise you. Actually, a lot of them might surprise you.

At any rate, here are ten celebs who are just as brainy as they are entertaining.

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman: First Natalie had a 4.0 high school GPA. Then she went to Harvard. And if that wasn’t enough, she won an Oscar. With all that going for her, I think we can overlook a little project called No Strings Attached, maybe? No? Natalie is fluent in five languages and wrote a paper in high school titled “Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen.” It was entered into the Intel Science Talent Search.

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford: Cindy Crawford received a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She must’ve used some of that education to help create the fountain of youth, because her face is a scientific anomaly.


Shakira: And you thought she was just good at hip shakin’. Shakira reportedly has an IQ of 140, which would make her literally a genius.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale: Kate Beckinsale might be the hottest literary genius since Ernest Hemingway. He was kinda hot, right? Kate won awards for both her poetry and short stories. She went to Oxford, where she studied French and Russian Literature.

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher: His Sara Leal move might not have been his smartest, but Ashton is apparently quite the smartypants. He was going to MIT to study biochemical engineering but ended up losing his scholarship. I’m guessing a hot tub was involved.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys: Keys graduated high school at 16, and if that’s not smart enough, she was also the class valedictorian. She gave up a scholarship to Columbia to pursue a music career. Thank god that worked out.


Vinny Guadagnino: Vinny’s resume might not be as impressive as the others, but it's so surprising, we’re putting him on this list anyway. Guadagnino graduated from CUNY College of Staten Island with a 3.9 GPA. He also became a political aide for a New York State Assemblyman. He was going to attend law school, but decided to GTL for a living instead.


Quentin Tarantino: He might make a living as one of the goriest directors of our time, but Quentin Tarantino probably could’ve had any number of flourishing careers. Tarantino has an IQ of 160.

STeve Martin

Steve Martin: He’s the king of goofiness, but Steve Martin has an estimated IQ of 142. He majored in Philosophy at Cal State and even considered becoming a professor.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis: Davis studied drama at Boston University. She also plays piano, flute, drums and organ and most impressively, has an IQ of 140.