Where 50 Celebrities Went to College
When asked about her education impacting her fame, Natalie Portman reportedly told the New York Post, “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”
11. David Duchovny
Best known for playing a writer on Californication, Duchovny likely understands parts of his character from his own experiences pursuing and obtaining a master’s degree in English literature at Yale University. He’s still working toward his Ph.D., too!
12. Will Ferrell
Coming to you, live! It seems like our favorite funnyman was always destined to be in front of the camera. He even studied sports broadcasting at University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports information in 1990.
13. Tina Fey
This comedienne always had the fame bug, even before Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock. Fey attended the University of Virginia, where she studied acting and playwriting and earned her bachelor’s degree in drama in 1992.
14. Jodie Foster
Foster attended Yale University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in literature in 1985, even after having to take a leave of absence for a semester.
15. James Franco
In addition to his bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia, he recently worked towards his doctorate in English from Yale University. He’s also taken film-making courses at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, fiction writing at Brooklyn College and poetry at North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College. He also plans to attend the Rhode Island School of Design.
Yikes! This guy really gets around – academically speaking, of course.
16. Art Garfunkel
Yes, it’s that Garfunkel as in, “Simon and.” Before he joined the infamous duo, he studied architecture at Manhattan’s Columbia College, Columbia, earned his bachelor’s degree in art history and a master’s in mathematics. He also completed work towards his doctorate in mathematics education.
17. Jennifer Garner
Before Alias or Ben swept her off her feet, Jen earned a bachelor’s degree in drama from Denison University.
18. Ricky Gervais
The hilarious creator of The Office attended University College London, where he earned a bachelor’s in philosophy. Maybe that’s why The Office is so deep…
19. Paul Giamatti
He’s got an impressive acting background, but did you know his academic background is equally as impressive? The actor earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University and continued on to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
20. Maggie Gyllenhaal
Setting the bar for her little brother Jake, Maggie studied literature and Eastern religions, earning a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. She also studied at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.