Rebel Wilson knows how to make us laugh with her roles in films like “Pitch Perfect” or “Bridesmaids,” but before embarking on her acting career, she actually wanted to be a lawyer. Sounds like a funny choice for someone whose name is literally “Rebel.”
She received two degrees from the University of New South Wales — a degree in the arts and a law degree, with a focus on space law (seriously!). She even received the highest score in the Australian Mathematics Competition when she was just 14! The actress revealed that her law studies came in handy when negotiating her own contacts early on in her career.
Unknown - Ina Garten
You might be surprised to know that before Ina Garten was giving us advice on how to cook, she was advising presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter on nuclear energy budgets and policies. No kitchen work there, folks!
Garten actually worked in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget while cooking on the side. She eventually left the world of politics to open a gourmet food store called Barefoot Contessa — a name that would inspire several cookbooks, products, and of course, her show on the Food Network. From budget analyst to Bruschetta, Ina’s rise to fame is certainly impressive!
147 - Snoop Dogg
While most people would not associate rapper and media personality Snoop Dogg with the word “genius,” we do have to point out one thing: the guy has an obvious talent when it comes to words — who else would think to add the word “izzle” to the end of everything?
After releasing his debut hit album "Doggystyle" in 1993, the rapper has continued to be a pop culture icon. Whether it is his interest in a certain type of green substance, his surprising friendship with Martha Stewart, or his equally surprising business-savvy investments, the star clearly makes some intelligent decisions.
Unknown - Chris Pine
While many people think you can’t be born with beauty and brains, Chris Pine proves that there's much more to him than his good looks (and that some people really are that lucky). The "Star Trek" actor is not only one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but he actually has a pretty impressive educational background.
Pine attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in English. He even studied abroad at the University of Leeds in England for a year. Listening to how eloquent he is during his interviews, it’s not hard to see that all that studying was worth it.
115 - Will Smith
It's hard to believe that the same man who brought us the ‘90s classic “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” almost became an engineer, but it’s true! Smith considered going to school to study engineering and believes he could have been accepted into MIT.
After being accepted to a pre-engineering summer program at MIT geared towards high schoolers, he decided to change course and pursue a career as a rapper and actor. But don't let his film credentials fool you, Smith is still as brainy as ever and has even shown off his ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute!