2. Natalie Portman
Life in the showbiz isn’t usually the best place for a kid who needs to concentrate on her education. A great many stars who started out in the biz as children only completed high school through an equivalency test in their 30s or 40s. Natalie Portman is different. While she did start out as a child star, school was never far from her mind. When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace released, it was her first major role. Yet, she skipped the premiere to be able to study for her final exams in high school.
In 2003, she graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology. Reportedly, she has said that when in college, she didn’t care if her focus on her college studies took away from her movie career. Her education came first. At this time, she is the only Harvard graduate ever to also have an Academy Award.