It’s easy to make fun of celebrities and think they’re all empty-headed, but that’s actually far from the truth!
Here are 10 famous people who went to Ivy League colleges and even graduated!
Take a look and prepare to be impressed.
Actress/model Shields was a big star in the 1980s, but she still took a while to get an education. She graduated with honors from Princeton in 1987 with a degree in Romantic Languages.
Because she was so well known, Shields had to deal with pesky paparazzi. She said: “The paparazzi tried to sneak onto campus, dressed like what they thought the students looked like, and follow me around. The students were great and they alerted the school and myself if anyone saw anyone suspicious.
“A photographer hid in an air duct to photograph me going to class; another tried to bribe a freshman from Mathey College to take a camera into the showers and take me naked. They would have been surprised if they had tried, because I had taken to showering in a one-piece swimsuit!
Foster graduated from Yale in 1986 with a degree in literature.
When she was a freshman, Foster was stalked by John Hinckley, Jr., the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. Hinckley followed Foster around campus and it later emerged that her assassination attempt on the President was intended to impress the actress.
Foster later said, “Obsession is the pain and desire for something that doesn’t exist. John Hinckley’s greatest crime was the confusion of love and obsession. The trivialization of love is something I will never forgive him for. His ignorance prompts me to say that a lot of things are missing. Love is happy. Obsession is pitiful, complacent. It’s a lesson I learned. I will always be suspicious of people who proclaim their love for me.
Duke is best known for his movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he’s no slouch in the education department. Duke earned his bachelor’s degree in theater from Yale in 2012.
By a strange twist of fate, his Black Panther Co-star Lupita Nyong’o also went to Yale and was the person responsible for showing her around the campus and they have been friends ever since.
Mindy Kaling is well known for her work in television and film, but she also earned a playwriting degree from Dartmouth in 2001.
She gave the commencement speech at her alma mater in 2018 and even stopped by her old dorm.
I think it’s safe to say that John Legend is a prodigy.
The singer graduated from high school at the age of 16 and turned down an offer to go to Harvard to attend the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in English with a major in African-American literature in 1999.
Considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation, Streep graduated from Yale in 1975 with a master’s degree in drama and received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1983.
Streep said of his time at Yale, “When I was there, from 1972 to 1975, it was a small program, and that was one of the great things about it. … I felt guilty [about being cast so much]. I felt like I was taking something from people I knew, my friends. I was on a scholarship and some people had paid a lot of money to be there.
So I went to see a psychiatrist at school who was like, ‘You know what? You’re graduating in 11 weeks, and you’ll never be competing against five women again. You will be competing against 5,000 women, and that will be a relief. It will be better or worse, but it won’t be that. He was right. It was great advice. After I came out, I had a lot of incredibly good breaks, but they didn’t seem like they were designed at someone else’s expense.
The actress graduated from Harvard in 1997 with a degree in religion and philosophy.
Jones said she originally wanted to study law, but watching the OJ Simpson trial changed her mind. So she changed majors and she also joined an a capella group and a drama club on campus.
Actor Krasinski may have played the clumsy character of Jim on Officebut in real life, he attended the prestigious Brown University and graduated with a degree in English in 2001.
He joined the sketch comedy group Out of Bounds on campus and said of his experience, “I went to audition and my whole life changed. No, not because I entered, not because I started playing. It is thanks to this group that I found my way in this community. It was through this group that I met my people.
Portman has been in the public eye since childhood, starring in films like Leon: the professional and Beautiful girls when she was still a teenager.
But Portman took time out of her busy schedule to attend Harvard, and she earned her psychology degree in 2003.
Portman said: “I think I was really lucky to have been there before social media. In fact, Facebook was invented when I was a senior by freshman Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard. So I went to school without Facebook, without Instagram, without cameras on phones.
So I was really able to go about my business and not document it for public consumption. Who was really lucky because, guess what? It’s okay to make mistakes and do stupid things when you’re a teenager and young adult and it doesn’t haunt you forever.
Banks earned a degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996.
She met her husband Max Handelman on his very first day of school at college and they’ve been together ever since.