With Hollywood painting her as just another pretty girl in an ideal world, 18-year-old Brooke Shields decided to reject her modelling and acting careers and went to Princeton. Here she studied Spanish and Romance languages and graduated cum laude.
She studied mathematics at UCLA and graduated summa cum laude after taking a break from acting after The Wonder Years ended.
After Blossom ended, Mayim Bialik took a 12-year break from acting to study neuroscience at UCLA.
Upon wrapping The Suite Life on Deck, Cole Sprouse paused his acting career to earn a bachelor's degree from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Dylan Sprouse, Cole's brother, graduated from NYU's Gallatin School with a bachelor's degree in video game design.
After Miranda Cosgrove completed the fifth and final season of iCarly, she attended the University of Southern California, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
In the midst of a successful career in the film and television industries, Joseph Gordon-Levitt felt a new kind of longing for a more diversified career and for knowledge of a number of subjects, including literature and the arts.
When Anna Paquin enrolled at Columbia University at 18, she was ready to give up acting since she'd already won an Oscar at 11.