Thanks to the likes of Hermione Granger (played by Emma Watson), Evie Carnahan (played by Rachel Weisz), and Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon), the image of nerds went up a notch or two. Nerds always got a lack of flack, just because of their smarts and awkward social skills. But who said nerds can’t be hot, beautiful, and famous?
Take the case of actress Mayim Bialik, who plays a nerd in The Big Bang Theory, who is a nerd in real life. While earning her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, she also minored in Hebrew and Jewish studies. If that was not enough, she went on to earn her doctorate degree in neuroscience from the UCLA. Would you believe that her dissertation title is Hypothalamic regulation in relation to maladaptive, obsessive-compulsive, affiliative, and satiety behaviors in Prader-Willi syndrome. No wonder her IQ is around 150ish.
Then there is Natalie Portman. She has brought to life relatable, nerdy characters like Jane Foster in Thor because it came naturally for her. She has a degree in Psychology from Harvard University. This pretty lady has an IQ of 140. She even skipped the premiere of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace because of her high school exams!
Beautiful and badass, sassy and sexy, that’s how you would describe the lovely Kate Beckinsale. But nerd? No way! But in real life, yes way! Ms. Beckinsale went to Oxford University to study French, German, and Russian. If that were not enough, she went on to write short stories and poems. And she bagged the WH Smith Literary Award twice in a row!
Steve Martin’s brand of wit and humor can only come from an intellectual mind. With an IQ of 142, he went to California State to study philosophy. Alas, acting called so he shifted to UCLA and studied theater.
Matt Damon is a talented actor, screenwriter, and film producer, and did quite well for himself, considering how much money he makes. . He studied English at Harvard University. He actually wrote the screenplay treatment for “Good Will Hunting” for an English class. Though he was only 12 credits shy to earn his bachelor’s degree, he was later awarded the Harvard Arts Medal. And did we mention that his IQ is 160?