Presenting: The surprising geeks of Tinseltown
PRESENTING: THE SURPRISING GEEKS OF TINSELTOWN
You’re not being Punk’d. Before Ashton, 40, broke into showbiz, he was studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa. The actor revealed that, at the time, he’d actually been anticipating acceptance to MIT and Purdue University. But after breaking into his high school as a prank, he was persona non grata at the prestigious schools. These days the actor still has his thinking cap on. Along with partner Guy Oseary (yup, Madonna’s long-time manager), he’s built a $348.5 million investment portfolio with start-ups like Uber and Airbnb.
To call Karlie a supermodel is just sk skimming the surface. On top of creating a liline of vegan and gluten-free cookies for Ne New York’s famed Momofuku Milk Bar, the 2 26-year-old learnt to code in her spare t time. ‘I follow my nerdy passions, even if they’re kind of unexpected,’ says Karlie, who runs a summer coding camp for girls. How’s that for beauty and brains?
The three-time Oscar nominee didn’t always have his sights set on the big screen. After graduating from the prestigious Yale (where he was also a competitive rower) with a BA in history, Edward, 49, moved to Japan to work as a consultant for his grandfather’s leading non-profit, Enterprise Community Partners. While there, he studied aikido, a martial art, and became fluent in Japanese. No biggie!
Playing a neurobiologist on The Big Bang Theory isn’t exactly a stretch for Mayim, 42, who has a PHD in neuroscience. After catapulting to fame as Blossom in the early ’90s, Mayim decided to take a break from cameras to attend UCLA. ‘I had to earn my way through based on my intellect and my brainpower,’ she explains. And she certainly did. She earned her degree in 2007, focusing her research on hypothalamic activity in patients with Prader–willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
In September, the singer and actor, 39, made history as one of the youngest performers ever to join the elite EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club. But turns out, he’s been head of the class since he was a kid. At 16, John graduated from high school at the top of his class, then went on to study English with an emphasis on African-american literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Plus, he’s gotta get props for locking down wife Chrissy Teigen!
Growing up, 55-year-old Lisa planned on following her neurologist father’s footsteps. She received her BA in biology from Vassar College and worked on her dad’s staff for eight years, even co-authoring a research paper with him on the comparative likelihood of left-handed individuals developing cluster headaches. So much for being the ditzy friend!
Modern Family fans may know him as dimwitted Luke Dunphy, but the young star is actually a certified genius! With a reported IQ of 150, the 20-year-old actor and Mensa member put his brains to good use, graduating from high school at the age of 13 – yes, the same year most people enter it.