Comedy Newcomer Was Child Genius
The breakthrough star of VINCE VAUGHN and JON FAVREAU's new comedy COUPLES RETREAT was a child prodigy who went to university when she was 16.
Kali Hawk plays a fun-loving 20-something, dating a much-older man in the film, but in real life, she's something of a genius.
She tells WENN, "I went to private school when I was in kindergarten and I didn't know how to read but the kids were copying down current events from the blackboard in cursive and this was like gibberish to me. Then they gave us a scan tron exam. I didn't know what that was about. I tried to cheat off this kid in front of me named Ralph but I couldn't read so I just started filling in the dots on the exam.
"At some point it switched from not knowing how to read to knowing and I started winning awards for reciting the Constitution. I started in the first grade and then they moved me after a day or two to the third grade.
"I went to high school when I was 12 years old and then college when I was 16. I guess to some people that was exciting enough to throw out the term prodigy."