Celebrities with Diplomas: The Unknown Professions of Hollywood Stars


By CAPosts 21 November, 2020 - 11:16pm 106 views

The acting career is a coin toss. To achieve fame and fortune you need a lot of luck. However, many interpreters wanted to reinforce their future with a university career , either out of a desire to improve themselves, or as certain if the doors of Hollywood did not open enough for them.

Psychologist Natalie Portman

In 1999, while working on the film From Star Wars , she entered Harvard University in a degree in Psychology and obtained her degree in 2003.

In an emotional speech at that university, the actress said that she preferred to be "intelligent" rather than an actress, she spoke about her past “Dark” and the prejudices he had to face.

“Today I feel like when I came to Harvard for the first time, in 1999. When I entered I thought I had made a mistake, that I was not smart enough to be here … Every time she opened her mouth, she tried to show that she wasn't just a dumb actress. I was afraid that people would assume that because she was famous and therefore, she was not worthy of the intellectual rigor here, "said the interpreter and confessed that, at that moment, she was willing to take up the challenge. “ I didn't care if college was going to ruin my acting career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star. "

Portman also took a few minutes to share with the graduates her "dark years", as she herself defined them. In this context, he explained how difficult it was for him to adapt to the new and competitive life at Harvard but, at the same time, how exciting it was .

On several occasions, I even started to cry in meetings with professors, ” he revealed to the crowd.

Historian Edward Norton

His maternal grandfather was the famous architect James Wilson Rouse, his father is the prestigious lawyer Edward Mower Norton, so he felt the obligation to finish a university degree , which he did by studying history in Yale University.

He also took courses in astronomy, history of oriental and Japanese philosophy (which he is fluent in) , and excelled in rowing competitions that the university itself programmed (1991). He stated in an interview that he chose a history degree because it could serve as a reinforcement in the world of cinema.

Lawyer Gerard Butler

The famous 300-year-old actor studied law at the University of Glasgow. During his undergraduate years, he became the president of the university's law society.

One year before graduating, he took a sabbatical and moved to California for a time. However, despite the excesses experienced in his break, Butler returned to Scotland to finish his career. During this time he sang in a rock band called Speed and decided he wanted to be an actor, but yes, after his title.

Biologist Lisa Kudrow

The interpreter of the eccentric "Phoebe" in the Friends series attended high school Portola in Tarzana, California and graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, with a bachelor's degree in biology.

His father Lee was a doctor and he worked with him for eight years on an interesting scientific study on the relationship between left-handedness and cluster headaches (a type of headache considered to be one of the most intense pains) .

Engineer Rowan Atkinson

British actor and screenwriter best known for playing the beloved character Mr. Bean and star of Blackadder and Johnny English studied at Oxford and Newcastle Universities, where he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and subsequently earned a Master's degree from Queen's College, Oxford , the same faculty of which his father was a student and of which he is even an Honorary Member since 2006.

Neuroscientist Mayim Bialik

She is known for playing "Amy Farrah Fowler" in the television series The Big Bang Theory and in her childhood for roles as Blossom on the 90's sitcom. Bialik studied at the University of California UCLA, despite being admitted to other more recognized universities such as Harvard or Yale, to remain close to her parents.

In 2000 she graduated in neuroscience and Jewish and Hebrew studies . In 2007 he obtained a doctorate in neuroscience with a thesis focused on the study of the hypothalamus and obsessive-compulsive disorder in Prader-Willi syndrome.

Historian Steve Carell

Son of nurse Harriet T. Koch and Edwin A. Carell, an electrical engineer, as a child Steve Carell played the piano with other members of his family, and joined a group of historical re-enactments, which deep down woke him a taste for acting but also for history.

In 1984 he earned a degree in history from Denison University in Granville, Ohio . At Denison, Carell was a member of Burpee's Seedy Theatrical Company, a student improv comedy group, and decided he would pursue this profession.

Bachelor of Marketing and Business Administration Kevin Costner

The Bodyguard actor graduated in Business Administration and Marketing from California State University Fullerton (1973-1978). In his youth, he was a great athlete, as he excelled at baseball, basketball, football, and canoeing: he built a canoe himself and sailed up the Missouri River at the age of 18.

He graduated from Business and landed a highly paid job as a director of marketing. But that job only lasted thirty days because he met the great British actor Richard Burton on a plane . Costner confessed that he had always wanted to be an actor. Burton's response was simple: "To be happy we must fight for our dreams." When he got off the plane, Costner left his job and moved to Hollywood.

Lawyer Ruben Blades

The Panamanian salsa singer studied law (1974) in his native country and also completed a Master of Laws at Harvard University ( 1985) , and these credentials are an evidence of his interest in politics, he participated in the presidential elections of his country in 1994 and also served as Minister of Tourism between 2004 and 2009.

Later he was Honorary Doctorate in Chicano Studies of the University of Berkeley (California). Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Lehman College, CUNY (Bronx, New York) and Honorary Doctorate in Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, Massachusetts).

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