Most of our favorite celebrities have well-worn media images. Actors who play lawyers or businesspeople seem to develop sharp entrepreneurial public personas, while a sports star who’s a badass on the field may get a bad boy reputation. Yet, in reality, these stars’ college majors can tell a very different story. And while the academic focus of some celebs definitely match their professional roles, others could not be further from their media images. Here we give you 40 unexpected college majors pursued by A-list celebrities…
40. Sean Penn
Sean Penn has a reputation as a gifted actor who is also an unflinching political activist. He staunchly supports “equal rights for everyone” and portrayed prominent gay rights leader Harvey Milk in the 2008 film Milk. But, in contrast to this image, Penn’s field of study at Santa Monica College, auto mechanics, is something Jeff Spicoli – his burnout surfer character in Fast Times at Ridgemont High – may have found more rewarding.
39. Cindy Crawford
Striking looks and smarts – Cindy Crawford seems to have it all. That’s right: though she is best known as a ’90s supermodel, Crawford also once bagged a place at Northwestern University on a scholarship aimed at funding her schooling in chemical engineering. And no doubt her brains also drove her to become a household name as a host and author.