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15 Hollywood Actors Who Were Nerds In High School

Actors are generally considered the epitome of beauty and cool. But what people usually forget is that the stars who stayed in school were just theater nerds who had a lot of talent and hoped to make it in Hollywood.

That path may have led to where they are today, but that doesn’t mean they appeared as cool to their classmates. Many celebrities were outcasts and nerds in high school. And then there are those who were geeks just because they were studious.

Now that they’ve passed it all, many celebrities have opened up about their time in high school. Sometimes those years can be tough, but if there’s one thing this list shows you, it’s that you have a lot to look forward to! Here are 15 Hollywood actors who were nerds in high school.

1. Nolan Gould

Nolan Gould (far left) and the cast of Modern Family. | ABC

the modern family The actor was already famous in high school, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t so nerdy! The young actor was so studious that he graduated from high school at the age of 13. He probably could have stopped there and relied on acting for the rest of his life, but instead he started taking college classes while working.

Nolan Gould has an IQ of 150. and is a member of Mensa International. There’s almost nothing cornier than that.

2. Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera poses on the red carpet.

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The actress played the mean cheerleader on Joy who eventually fits into the music club. But while her character on the show has been popular, she relates more to the more nerdy characters on the show.

In high school I was more like Artie and RachelNaya Rivera told Fitness Magazine. Rivera refers to the Joy characters who are outcasts at school, but love music. “But like Artie, I was a nerd, always trying to fit in and make my hair lay flat.” She then continued, “My dad always wanted me to be athletic, so I tried softball. I was 12 and short, and all the other girls were huge and looked like 25. I was too scared of the ball to kick.

3. Adam Levin

Adam Levine sings on stage in a white t-shirt.

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No one would think of the singer and actor as anything other than cool now. He’s the lead singer of a band, is a judge on one of TV’s most popular competition shows, and isn’t hard to watch. But apparently his passion for music did not make him popular at the time.

“When I was 14-15 years old, I think it was a little less cool to be in a band. I was very uncool, I had long hair and disgusting shorts until [to my knees]cut off shorts – I desperately wanted to be Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder really, and I was just a nerdy, goofy kid and obsessed with music,” he told Access Hollywood.

4. Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner looks down in a leather outfit in Daredevil.

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The gorgeous actress proved she could kick some ass on screen in the TV show A.k.a. Since then, she’s starred in some dramatic and funny movies, but what you probably didn’t know is that she was a band geek back then. There are even interesting things photographic evidence of this one.

“I was a real asshole. I wasn’t the most popular,” she told the Mirror. “I was one of those girls on the fringe of the bunch.”

She then continued“I never wore the right clothes and was kind of a natural geek. I was in the school band and I think it’s a bit stigmatized when I was 13. If you had asked me what I wanted to be, I would have answered something like a librarian.

5. Rachida Jones

Rashida Jones squints as she looks up at Angie Tribeca.

Rashida Jones in Angie Tribeca | TBS

The actress is beautiful, so it’s hard to think she could ever fit the “nerdy” label. But while she was involved in some things in high school that would give her “cool points,” she was also in some nerdy clubs. Basically, she did it all and was more of a Leslie Knope than an Ann Perkins.

I was social“, she told Vanity Fair. “I was overachieving, I was a cheerleader, I was in the math club, I was in the National Honor Society. I was in all the clubs. I was like a teacher’s pet.

6. Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road | Warner Bros.

The Oscar-winning actress is definitely gorgeous now, but she didn’t always look that way. Back then, she had a pretty nerdy look thanks to a few standout accessories.

I wore really cheesy glasses because I was blind as hell and boys didn’t like [me]. I had no boyfriends, but a lot of crushes… I wasn’t in the popular crowd. There was a very popular girl at school and I was obsessed with her. I mean you would go to jail for that kind of stuff today. I was in tears one day because I couldn’t sit next to her.

7. Zac Efron

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We’ve pretty much watched the actor grow up onscreen since his musical high school days. But even though he’s a big hunk now, he wasn’t turning heads at school.

I was not an idol at school“, the actor said according to CelebsNow. “I was a geek, I was into musical theater, which is not perceived as the coolest thing. There were guys who were 6′ 1″ tall with beards and big muscles and I was a lanky 17-year-old kid, a skinny, clumsy kid. I was a late bloomer. Growing up was hell. I could never get in trouble like the rest of my friends, my parents were very strict and taught me good values.

8. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman poses on the red carpet.

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The actress is one of the smartest people in the industry. Although she starred in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in high school, she also missed the film‘s premiere in New York to stay home and study for her final exams.

Natalie Portman entered Harvard University after graduating from high school with a 4.0 GPA. She also participated in the Intel Science Talent Search and qualified for the semi-finals.

9. Danica McKellar

Danica McKellan smiles with her hands raised as she performs on stage.

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You probably remember her as Winnie Cooper in The good years. Although she broke into the business when she was young, Danica McKellar was still a nerd in school.

“I always worked hard in school, both on set and at my current school (I was going back and forth – it was hard!). Most of the time I liked school and I had good grades,” she said. magazine seventeen. “But after a few good teachers and a lot of perseverance, I ended up loving math and even choosing it as my major when I got to college.”

When asked which group she was in in high school, she gave an interesting answer. “I wasn’t in school often enough to really belong to a clique, but my friends all studied hard and got really good grades. They were good people who respected each other. »