Steve Martin is a comedic genius, but he’s also just a genius, period. He’s proven that he can play an airhead well (e.g. Inspector Clouseau from The Pink Panther), but that’s just pure acting talent. Martin’s actually quite bright. Business Insider reports that Martin has a high IQ of 142.
Our favorite redheaded late-night host is one of the smartest dudes in television. Conan O’Brien was the valedictorian of his class in high school and graduated magna cum laude from a little school called Harvard University.
Wait…Phoebe is a genius!? Yup. The “Smelly Cat” star has a successful acting career, a great education under her belt and an IQ of 154. Before launching her acting career, the talented and very bright Lisa Kudrow graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Science.
Natalie Portman has an Academy Award and an IQ of 140 — can she get any more perfect? Portman got her BA in psychology from Harvard (even though she had already established a successful acting career) and went on to take graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Also, she’s fluent in five languages!
Shakira’s hips aren’t the only things she has going for her. This Colombian pop star is also super smart, boasting an IQ of 140. She is fluent in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. And she can also speak a decent amount of Catalan, Italian, French and Arabic.
Holy smokes! Good Will Hunting wasn’t a lie! Matt Damon actually is a genius! He reportedly has an IQ of 160. Also, did you know that Matt Damon wrote the script for Good Will Hunting as a project for a college English class? That’s only something a genius with an IQ of 160 would be able to do.
Okay, this one doesn’t really surprise us. We already know that Quentin Tarantino is brilliant. What is surprising, though, is that Tarantino is a high-school dropout! And for the record, a 160 IQ is the same as Albert Einstein’s!
James Franco may play a lot of stoned, goofy characters, but don’t let that fool you: He’s pretty darn smart. Franco has studied at universities like UCLA, Columbia, Brooklyn College, NYU and Warren Wilson College. Oh, and he is also a PhD student at Yale. So yeah, Franco is a busy Hollywood movie star and he still has the time, energy and motivation to get a better education than all of us.
If brushing my teeth with a bottle of Jack is what it takes to be as smart as Ke$ha, I’ll officially become a whiskey fan. We already know that Ke$ha is a great songwriter, but did you also know that she has an IQ of 140 and missed a perfect score on her SATs by a mere 100 points? See? She’s brill.
The goddess of the screen has an impressive IQ of 143. Meryl Streep graduated at the top of her class in school, just like she’s at the top of her class in Hollywood (she's received 19 Academy Award nominations, after all).