What Kate Beckinsale thinks held back her acting career
Celebrities aren’t usually known for their cleverness, but few people know that some of the brightest minds of our generation hang out in Tinseltown.
Did you know that Cindy Crawford dropped out of high school and got a full ride to Northwestern University for chemical engineering? She only studied for one semester and eventually dropped out to do full-time modeling. In an interview with Fashion, she said if modeling hadn’t worked in her favor, she probably would have been a teacher. Meanwhile, Shakira, one of the most successful singers in the world, is said to have an IQ of 140, which makes her a genius, per HuffPost† The “Waka Waka” singer is apparently a polyglot, speaking fluent English, Spanish and Portuguese, but also speaks French, Italian, Catalan and Arabic, per Hollywood.com†
Having a big brain is certainly impressive, but according to actor Kate Beckinsale, her IQ didn’t help her career at all. In fact, the “Serendipity” star claims that he did the exact opposite.
Kate Beckinsale Believes Her High IQ Served As A ‘Disability’ In Hollywood
It turns out that being smart won’t get you very far in Hollywood, at least according to actor Kate Beckinsale. In an interview with Howard Sterntold the “Pearl Harbor” star that her high IQ, which is apparently 152, was more of a burden than an advantage in her career.
“It was very high. I think she had me tested because very smart kids are almost unbearable. I’m sure that’s why she had it done,” she said of her mother who wanted to know more about her IQ. “That’s almost Einstein level,” Stern replied. “Oh, I wish I had an IQ of 152.” But Beckinsale assured him he wouldn’t want to be as smart as she was. “You don’t,” she chided. “Every doctor, every person I’ve ever encountered has said, ‘You’d be so much happier if you were 30% less smart,’ and I’m sure that’s true.” She added: “It’s not good for me though. It’s really not helpful in my career. I just think it could have been a disability actually.”
While she didn’t explain how her cleverness can be a “disability,” she did say how it affects her love life. “I’ve always found that I can forgive an awful lot when someone is funny,” she revealed. “So there’s a certain amount of intelligence to someone being funny that I can mess with.”
Kate Beckinsale doesn’t want to fool herself
Many fans were impressed that Kate Beckinsale had such a high IQ, but there were also those who made fun of her, including Media outlets† The actor then took to Instagram to defend himselfand says her disclosure is exactly why she barely reveals her high level of intelligence.
“I have told the truth and some journalists have been triggered by this,” she wrote. “Do we really muscle on women for answering a question truthfully about their intelligence or education? I went to an all-girls school where I never had to worry about raising my hand that might make me unfeminine – and I went to college where intellectual debate was not only encouraged, but the whole point of attending.” Beckinsale went on to explain why she thought her cleverness could be a burden — that’s because when women show off their intelligence, they’re often thought to be “bragging.” She added: “When I said it was a handicap in Hollywood it’s EXACTLY because being feminine AND having an opinion often has to be packaged very carefully so as not to be offensive or, as in this case, deliberately twisted to give the perceived to denote superiority or arrogance… As a woman who truthfully answers a question about my own IQ, I have been the subject of a few articles trying to embarrass myself.”
Beckinsale ended her diatribe by saying that no woman should feel the need to punch herself for any reason. “My IQ is 152 and if that triggers you, that’s your problem…IQ doesn’t really mean anything either. But stop supporting women perfomatively while pulling crappy things like this.” Aaaan, microphone drop!
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