Harvard Grad Rashida Jones is co-writing Toy Story 4. She is one of BI's 30 Smartest Celebrities in Hollywood.
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Rashida Jones got her B.A. in comparative religion from Harvard.
The daughter of Quincy Jones displayed musical and theatrical talents as a student at Harvard, writing music scores and performing in campus plays. Still, the "Parks and Rec" actress earned her degree in comparative religion.
Kate Beckinsale is fluent in four languages.
A young Kate Beckinsale was singled out for her intelligence in grade school; her school reports cited a reading level of an 11-year-old when she was just six.
Before performing her notable role as Selene in "Underworld," Beckinsale studied French and Russian literature at Oxford University's New College, and still fluently speaks both French and Russian, as well as German.
Allison Williams is more than the smart one on "Girls."
Growing up under Brian Williams' roof, the "Girls" actress wasn't allowed to act professionally until she graduated from college. She studied English and archaeology classes at Yale — taking the kind of classes that make you feel like "lying on the ground thinking about things," she says.
When she didn't get a part in Yale's big musical as a freshman, she joined the improv group instead and found she had dad's comedy genes.
Natalie Portman has been published twice in scientific journals.
The "Black Swan" lead has a bachelor's degree from Harvard — making her the first alum to win an Academy Award — and took graduate courses at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She enrolled at Harvard as Natalie Herschlag, her birth name, for the anonymity, but her professors noted that she was an exceptional student.
Mayim Bialek plays a neurobiologist on TV and has a Ph.D. in neuroscience in real life.
The lead in NBC's "Blossom" as a kid, Bialek went on to get her bachelor's degree in neuroscience and Hebrew/Jewish studies from UCLA in 2000.
She took a break from her studies in 2005 to go back to acting and made a huge splash as the uber-smart Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory," but finished her Ph.D. in neuroscience in 2007, specializing in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adolescents with Prader-Willi syndrome.
Emma Watson did Hermoine proud during her studies at Brown.
This spring, the "Harry Potter" actress walked across the commencement stage at Brown University, where she earned a bachelor's in English literature. She also pursued studies at Oxford University during her Ivy years, and took a year off in 2011 to film.
This year, Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and gave an impassioned speech about women's rights.
Cindy Crawford studied chemical engineering on scholarship at Northwestern University.
Cindy Crawford, who graduated as the valedictorian of her high school class, signed her first modeling contract in 1984. Initially she used the money to supplement her scholarship to attend Northwestern University, but she ditched school to launch her career.
Ashton Kutcher anticipated acceptances to both MIT and Purdue to study engineering.
But the former "Punk'd" host lost his scholarships when he broke into his high school as a prank. He ended up at the University of Iowa, but dropped out at age 19 to pursue modeling. Kutcher now divides his time between acting and smart investing — in companies like Airbnb, Spotify, and Foursquare.
"The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart," Kutcher said at last year's Teen Choice Awards.
Flavor Flav was a musical prodigy as a child.
Flavor Flav co-wrote the first Public Enemy album, heralded for its militant, revolutionary lyrics. Still, he's remembered most for shouting "Yeahhh boyyyy!" and "Flavor Flav!" during performances and on a string of VH1 reality shows.
The wall clock-wearing hype man grew up as a musical prodigy, cutting classes to hang out in the band room. He could play about 15 instruments, and learned to play songs by ear.
James Franco picks up college degrees like it's an extracurricular activity.
In high school he played a class-cutting "Freak," but young Franco was a math wiz who interned at Lockheed Martin.
The actor has since made a hobby of picking up college degrees. After graduating from UCLA, he moved to New York and enrolled at NYU for filmmaking, Columbia University and Brooklyn College for fiction writing, Warren Wilson College in North Carolina for a low-residency poetry program, and Yale for comparative literature.
He's also taught screenplay-writing and directing at UCLA, USC, NYU, and Columbia.
Quentin Tarantino has an IQ of 160.
Despite his intelligence, Tarantino never liked school, except for history class "because it was kind of like the movies," he told Entertainment Weekly.
The famous film director, whose IQ of 160 is the same as Shakira and physicist Stephen Hawking, dropped out of high school and went on to produce some of the most awarded and brilliant films of all time, including "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction."
Ken Jeong is a licensed obstetrician.
Best known for his role as Mr. Chow in "The Hangover," Jeong studied pre-med at Duke University, got his MD at UNC Chapel Hill, then completed his residency in New Orleans.
According to a profile of Jeong in The Washington Post, "he treated patients at an HMO clinic [during the day]; at night, he scooped up as many stand-up gigs as he could." His big break came when Judd Apatow cast him as the OB in "Knocked Up."