With busy schedules filled with photo shoots and movie shootings, one would think it's unlikely that these A-listers could even manage to squeeze in reading a book or two in between doing hair and makeup. Some might even say that looking glamorous and walking down the red carpet are all they'd ever care about, but this time, we'll prove that theory wrong once and for all.
Here, we've listed down eight stunning celebrities who are proof that having both beauty and brains is indeed possible.
There’s more to Emma Watson than just being Hermione Granger. Known for her work as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, this Harry Potter breakout star is also a graduate of Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. No wonder she didn’t have a hard time casting that Wingardium Leviosa spell.
We see Karylle everyday on TV regularly hosting ABS-CBN’s noontime show It’s Showtime. But not known to many, the daughter of the Divine Diva Zsa-Zsa Padilla was also in fact a high school valedictorian and a consistent dean’s lister in Ateneo de Manila University.
Blonde beauty Julia Stiles was known for her starring roles in romantic comedies The Prince and Me and 10 Things I Hate About You, but here’s one thing we absolutely love about her: She graduated from Columbia in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in English Lit and even bagged the John Jay Award in 2010, a privilege only given to select alums by the Columbia College Alumni Association.
Nikki Gil first became a familiar face in show business after her very first TV commercial where she was spotted singing while handing out bottles of Coca-Cola. Apparently, it’s not just her golden voice that deserves recognition, because this morena beauty was also a high school valedictorian and graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with flying colors.
The Underworld star stood out in class since she was in grade school not just because of her beauty but also for her intelligence. She possessed a reading level of an 11-year-old when she was just six. And have we mentioned she’s also fluent in four languages? That’s English, French, Russian, and German.
Carla Abellana’s first major break came right after college when she was chosen to be the local Rosalinda, the Filipino remake of a hit Mexican telenovela starring Thalia herself. This pretty face, who eventually became one of the most sought-after leading ladies in her home network, in fact graduated Cum Laude at De La Salle University where she took up her BA in Psychology.
There’s no denying that Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s most prized talents. She successfully bagged an Oscar for her lead role in the award-winning film Black Swan. But more importantly, she has a Harvard diploma with a degree in Psychology. The face of the Miss Dior fragrance was also once quoted, “I don’t care if [college] ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”
If this Asia’s Next Top Model host isn’t intimidating enough with her piercing smize and picture-perfect poses, here’s one more fun fact about Georgina Wilson: She’s a self-confessed math geek. She has a double major in accounting and finance from a university in Sydney, Australia. And yup, she’s extremely good with numbers!