Pre­sent­ing: The sur­pris­ing geeks of Tin­sel­town


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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.

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