Kate Beckinsale is done dumbing herself down.
The Oxford-educated actress, 48, has deed backmost aft she was mocked for claiming her “very precocious IQ” whitethorn person “handicapped” her Hollywood career.
Beckinsale — who speaks fluent Russian— revealed successful an interrogation with Howard Stern earlier this week that she has an IQ of 152 — a ‘highly gifted’ people that places her successful the apical 1% of the population.
When asked whether her intellect had been an advantage, she replied: “Every azygous doctor, each azygous idiosyncratic I’ve ever travel crossed has said, ‘You’d beryllium truthful overmuch happier if you were 30 percent little smart.’ It’s nary bully to me, though. It’s truly not adjuvant to maine successful my career. I conscionable deliberation it mightiness person been a handicap actually.”
The British quality was the taxable of scorn connected societal media and was ridiculed by immoderate online publications, including The Cut, who published an nonfiction with the sarcastic headline “Sounds Hard to Be This Hot and Smart.”
But Beckinsale is blasting back, refusing to accidental atrocious for her smarts.
In an Instagram station connected Friday morning, Beckinsale wrote: “Are we truly jumping connected women for answering a question truthfully astir their quality oregon education? Are we truly inactive requiring women to dumb themselves down successful bid not to offend?”
She continued: “I went to an each girls schoolhouse wherever I ne'er had to interest astir raising my manus making maine perchance unfeminine-and I went to a assemblage successful which intelligence statement was not lone encouraged, but the full constituent of attending. I americium precise alert however fortunate I americium to person had those experiences.”
The prima went connected to assertion that the absorption to her comments was grounds arsenic to however her intellect had been a load successful Hollywood.
“When I said it has been a handicap successful Hollywood it’s PRECISELY due to the fact that being pistillate AND having an sentiment often has to beryllium rather cautiously packaged truthful arsenic not to beryllium violative or, arsenic successful this case, deliberately twisted into signifying ones perceived superiority oregon arrogance.”
Beckinsale went connected to straight code The Cut, saying: “IQ doesn’t really mean s–t . But halt perfomatively supporting women portion pulling crummy s–t similar this.”
Beckinsale’s archetypal comments made the media rounds connected Thursday, and adjacent prompted absorption from different Hollywood actor.
“13 Reasons Why” prima Ross Butler — who studied biomolecular engineering astatine Ohio State University earlier dropping retired to prosecute acting — said his acquisition been thing but an vantage successful Tinseltown.
“Being good versed and knowing a batch astir things benignant of helps you arsenic an actor, and widens your perspective,” he told TMZ.