Even celebrities know that college can be some of the best years of life. While fame often pulls stars away from studies, here are 10 celebrities who stayed in school longer than their sophomore year.
Whether playing a sexy spy in Charlie’s Angels, the office witch in Ally McBeal, or voicing characters for video games or cartoons, Lucy Liu knows how to use her talents to wow an audience. Liu earned a degree in Asian languages and culture from the University of Michigan.
Before earning the title of People’s Sexiest Man Alive, Matt Damon studied English Literature at Harvard University. Damon dropped out of Harvard just 12 credits shy of his degree. Damon and BFF Ben Affleck put their English skills to use on the screenplay for Good Will Hunting.
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While Jedi fans will forever love Jones as the voice of Darth Vader, the celebrity has several major roles in his filmography. Part of the actor’s success may stem from his advanced education. Jones graduated from the University of Michigan with a drama degree.
While the scandal with ex-husband Jesse James could have been more drama than Bullock wanted, the Oscar winner has always focused on one type of drama: acting. Her education may take some people by surprise, but she studied drama at East Carolina University before earning her degree.
As an NBA superstar, Jason Kidd could have skipped college and gone right to the pros. He instead played for the University of California at Berkeley. At the end of his sophomore year, Kidd felt he had proven his professional merit and left college for the NBA draft.
Before the U.S. had Beckham, it had Hamm. Known as one of the best female soccer players of all time, Hamm led the U.S. soccer team to two gold medal wins. The celebrity graduated with a degree in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Before a small town called Forks became the setting for one of America’s most popular love triangles, the author of the Twilight Saga earned her degree in English from Brigham Young University. Meyer blended her educational background and her love of classic romantic literature when she created Edward Cullen, Bella Swan, and Jacob Black.
Sometimes fame provides the chance for an actor to go to school. After stacking her filmography with over 50 roles, Foster joined the students at Yale University, where she earned her degree in literature. The celebrity proved she had more than fame on her side when she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Ivy League school.
Some celebrities gain so much popularity that universities award them degrees without the celebrities having to step foot inside a classroom. While this is the case with Oprah’s Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Howard University, the mega-star did put her time in first—she earned her bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University with a focus in speech and drama.
Whether these celebrities took full advantage of college life isn’t always obvious, but it sure doesn’t hurt their credentials to have advanced education. Some go as far as teaching – there are celebrity professors at colleges around the country. How awesome would it be to take lecture notes given by Oprah? If that’s not motivation to stay in school, I don’t know what is.