Kate Beckinsale Suggested She Would Be More Successful In Hollywood If She Had A Lower IQ Score

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You know Kate Beckinsale, actor, cat mom, and star of the Underworld film series.

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Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

But did you know Kate has an IQ score of 152? The actor and her mother recently revealed that detail on The Howard Stern Show.

That's significantly higher than average, and in fact approaches the exam's second-tier

That's significantly higher than average, and in fact approaches the exam's second-tier "genius" threshold, which starts at 155.

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While that IQ score sounds like something to be proud of, Kate says it's actually hindered her career and personal happiness.

"Every single doctor, every single person I've ever come across has said, 'You'd be so much happier if you were 30 percent less smart,'" she said.

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David Crotty / Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

When Howard remarked that he's envious of her elevated cognitive skills, and wishes he had them himself, Kate quickly replied, "You don't."

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The Howard Stern Show / Via youtube.com

"It's no good to me," she explained, although it is worth noting that, in addition to her accomplishments in Hollywood, Kate is Oxford educated and fluent in a second language.

  The Howard Stern Show / Via youtube.com
The Howard Stern Show / Via youtube.com

As far as acting though: "I mean, it's really not helpful in my career," Kate said. "I just think it might have been a handicap actually."

She didn't elaborate on that point, but you can check out her full conversation with Howard in the video clip above.