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Celebrity scientists: Stars who love science

These stars were science geeks before they pursued careers in acting.

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Natalie Portman

The Harvard alum was a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search in 1998 and a co-author on a study published in the journal NeuroImage in 2002.

"I don't care if [college] ruins my career," Portman has said. "I'd rather be smart than a movie star."

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Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren is known for his role as Russian boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. But did you know the Swedish actor has is a genius with an IQ of 160 and a master's in chemical engineering.

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Lisa Kudrow

She may have played the stereotypical dumb blonde on "Friends," but Kudrow is no space cadet. The actress has a degree in biology from Vassar College.

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James Franco

Actor James Franco is a serial student. The "This Is the End" star attended NYU, Columbia University, Yale, UCLA and many others.

At UCLA, his studies included Philosophy of Science.

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Brian May

Before he was a band geek, Queen guitarist Brian May was a science geek. He a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London and is currently a visiting professor of the same subject there.

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Donald Sutherland

Sutherland was a double major studying engineering and drama at the Victoria College of the University of Toronto.

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Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher is more than just a pretty face. The actor gave up a biochemical engineering program at the University of Iowa to become an actor.

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Mayim Bialik

The "Blossom" star took a break from acting to study neuroscience at UCLA and it paid off. Her science background helped land her a role on the hit show "The Big Band Theory."

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Rowan Atkinson

Before he was Mr. Bean, Atkinson earned a degree in electrical engineering at The Queen's College in England.

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Eva Longoria

The former "Desperate Housewives" star studied human movement, or kinesiology, at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

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Celebrity scientists: Stars who love science

These stars were science geeks before they pursued careers in acting.

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