His character may be a bit of a airhead on the hit sitcom "Modern Family," but Nolan Gould is a bonafide genius! The actor is barely 13 years old and he is already done with high school thanks to his above average IQ score.
"Over the summer, I did a lot of studying and I took an exam and tested out of high school," he said on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier this week. "So I'm hopefully going to go on and do some online community college courses."
Earlier this year he had told Ellen that he had an IQ score of 150, adding, "When people learn I'm a member of MENSA, they're shocked."
With the news of his early graduation and MENSA membership, the young star joins an exclusive group of celebrity geniuses. Here are a few of the stars who have admitted to being members of MENSA:
Geena Davis: When she's not busy driving her convertible off a cliff, the "Thelma and Louis" star is one smart cookie and is a card carrying member of MENSA! She originally started out her performing career as a model, but quickly moved into films after being cast as a soap opera actress in the film "Tootsie." Today she has more than twenty films to her credit and even tried to make the Olympic team in archery for the 2000 Olympic Games.
Asia Carrera: Who would have thought that porn stars can be smart? This retired star was playing piano at Carnegie Hall and teaching English at a Japanese college before the age of sixteen. She eventually won a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University. It was the academic pressure of having an IQ of 156 that caused the actress to run away from home at the age of seventeen to embark on a career as a go-go dancer before turning to the porn industry.
Goldie Hawn: She may be known as an airhead in many of her films, but the funny gal is a real egghead off-screen. As an actress, Goldie recognized early on in her career that smart girls don't always finish first so she embraced her flighty side to gain fame in the 60s comedy "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In". She has since moved on to more solid roles including her Oscar-winning part in the 1969 film, "Cactus Flower." She is reportedly a member of MENSA.
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