Celebrities are often showing off their talents on stage or in movies, but did you know that some of your favourite stars have surprising hidden talents?
Every now and then they’ll go on a talk show and reveal that they’re a master juggler, have the skill set to through knives or play an instrument. These are the surprising hidden talents of your favourite celebrities.
- Leslie Mann and her unicycle
- Angelina Jolie throws knives
- Chloe Grace Moretz and her knife skills
- Kendall Jenner and the sounds she makes
- Amanda Seyfried loves needles
- Jack White
- Conan O’Brien
- Jamie Lee Curtis invented something
- Colin Farrell can line dance
- Tim Gunn and his many talents
- Neil Patrick Harris is spellbinding
- Jessie J sings with her mouth closed
- Justin Bieber solves Rubik’s Cubes
- Harrison Ford can fly
- Bob Dylan and iron art
- Pierce Brosnan eats fire
- Matthew Perry the athlete
- Christina Hendrick and her unusual instrument
- Aaron Paul’s special ability
- Steve Martin plays the banjo
- Vanilla Ice and extreme sports
- Kristen Wiig the artist
- Ricky Gervais’ singing ability
- Geena Davis could take on Katniss
- Snoop Doog
- Bruce Willis
- Taylor Lautner and his black belt
- Susan Sarandon
Leslie Mann and her unicycle
We love Leslie Mann, she’s hilarious, especially in films when she works with her husband Judd Apatow. But her talent is definitely a little more bizarre, she can masterfully ride a unicycle. Mann learned to ride one when she was just 10 years old.
Angelina Jolie throws knives
It’s amazing that Angelina Jolie has any spare time between her UN duties and raising her children, but the actress is a specialist at knife throwing. Jolie honed her skills on the set of the Tomb Raider films. Rumours have previously surfaced that she would turn to knife throwing when she was angry, which scared Brad Pitt – not surprisingly.
Chloe Grace Moretz and her knife skills
Another celeb with a talent with knives is Chloe Grace Moretz. She’s previously showed off her skills on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. In fact, she told O'Brien that she'd been practising the skill since she was 11 years-old, and held the conversation while she flipped her butterfly knife all the while.
Kendall Jenner and the sounds she makes
Kendall Jenner is probably best known for her catwalk domination and a little show called Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But did you now that she’s really good at making bird sounds? She first revealed her hidden talent during Vogue’s 73 questions, and then again when on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Amanda Seyfried loves needles
Along with acting, one of Amanda Seyfried's biggest talents is her ability to knit and crochet.
Jacki White has fallen in love with… upholstering. The bluesman has a passion for furniture fashion and told The Believer that he even worked as a professional upholsterer throughout his teenage years.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, White's record label, Third Man, actually has an upholstery department, and White personally restored "an antique Sixties-era couch, which was most likely sat-in by luminaries like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash."
Conan O’Brien is known as a comedian and talk show host today, but when he was a kid, his dream was to be a professional tap dancer. A fan of black-and-white films, O’Brien enrolled in tap dancing classes a child and never gave up the habit. Conan displayed his tapping talent on his talk show in early 2012 in a tribute to the year’s Best Picture Oscar winner “The Artist.”
Jamie Lee Curtis invented something
Jamie Lee Curtis isn’t just a talented actress and philanthropist — she is also a patented inventor. In 1987, Curtis was granted a patent for her invention of a diaper with a built-in waterproof compartment for baby wipes. However, the actress refused to have her diaper manufactured until companies started making biodegradable diapers, and her patent expired before this happened.
Colin Farrell can line dance
Colin Farrell put his Irish stepping background to good use in America. The actor took to country line dancing. He got so good at it, in fact, that Farrell has even taught classes on the dance style.
Tim Gunn and his many talents
Project Runway judge Tim Gunn has previously spoken out about his hidden talents: "I studied classical piano for 12 years. People don't know that. And I was a record-breaking competitive swimmer when I was a teen. Even I can't believe it."
Neil Patrick Harris is spellbinding
Neil Patrick Harris has been a magic fan for years, even serving as the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood’s Magic Castle. Additionally, Harris has included magic tricks in many of his acting spots.
Jessie J sings with her mouth closed
British singer Jessie J is most known for belting out tunes, and as it turns out, she's pretty good at doing so with her mouth closed too.
She put her unusual singing talent on display during a 2015 appearance on The Graham Norton Show.
Justin Bieber solves Rubik’s Cubes
Solving a Rubik’s Cube quickly has been a popular challenge for over 30 years. You might be shocked that Justin Bieber was able to solve the popular puzzle in 1 minute and 23 seconds. While this is a far cry from the 6-second world record, Bieber’s time is still impressively fast.
Harrison Ford can fly
The real-life Indiana Jones is a skilled pilot of all kinds of aircrafts. Before he was famous, Ford took flight-training lessons in the 1960s but had to stop when it became too expensive. But Ford never forgot about this passion, and began his training again after he became an international star.
Bob Dylan and iron art
Bob Dylan prefers iron more than anything else when it comes to his art. “I've been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country - where you could breathe it and smell it every day. And I've always worked with it in one form or another,” says Dylan.
Pierce Brosnan eats fire
Brosnan is talented at eating fire. Before he was 007, the famous actor attended a workshop at a London theatre where a fire-eater was teaching his skill. At the time, Brosnan was still a teenager, but he picked up the unique talent quickly and was hired by a circus.
Matthew Perry the athlete
Matthew Perry was more interested in athletics than in drama when he was growing up. In particular, Perry was obsessed with tennis, and was even ranked as a top junior player.
Christina Hendrick and her unusual instrument
Christina Hendricks can play the accordion. She has displayed this talent on “Mad Men.”
Aaron Paul’s special ability
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! back in 2013, and revealed that he's able to tell the gender of a dog, just by petting it… while blindfolded.
Steve Martin plays the banjo
Steve Martin picked up a banjo when he was 17 years old and never put it down. Even while starring in blockbuster movies, Martin has released numerous bluegrass albums, and has featured his banjo playing on his comedy albums as well. In 2010, Martin was a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for his album “The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.”
Vanilla Ice and extreme sports
Vanilla Ice never really thought he would become a rapper — his real dream was to conquer the world of extreme sports. Back in the 1980s, Ice won three Grand National Championships in dirt biking, and even became ranked as the 6th best jet skier in the world.
Kristen Wiig the artist
We know Kristen Wiig today as a hilarious comedian and actress, but she is also able to produce some very beautiful artwork. Wiig majored in Art at the University of Arizona, but dropped out after taking an acting class to fulfill a requirement and being recognised as a talent.
Ricky Gervais’ singing ability
Before he found his comedic voice, Ricky spent his days flexing his singing voice. In 1983, the young Gervais was part of a New Wave pop duo called Seona Dancing. His singles failed to break the top 40 in the UK, but one song, "More to Lose," did manage to become a hit in the Phillippines.
Geena Davis could take on Katniss
Geena Davis was very nearly an Olympic athlete. The actress is a skilled archer and competed with 300 other women in the semi-finals for the 1999 Olympics women’s archery team. She placed an impressive – although not qualifying – 24th place.
Most people know him as Snoop Dogg but the parents and players of the Pomona Steelers, he's simply coach. Snoop Dogg is a certified football coach and has served as head coach for both of his sons' youth football teams.
When you think of Bruce Willis, you most likely think of action movie hero. While Willis found fame from his thrilling movie roles, he has also always had a passion and found success with music. Willis is a masterful harmonica player — a talent he’s displayed in numerous solo albums, compilations, and guest appearances.
Taylor Lautner and his black belt
We’re pretty sure that Taylor Lautner could take anyone in Hollywood. The Twilight star is a martial arts champion who received his black belt at the age of 8. Lautner has displayed his skills at the martial arts in various films and interviews.
Susan Sarandon is an acting legend, but recently, her biggest passion has been ping-pong. Sarandon has such a love for the game that she has opened her own ping-pong nightclub called SPiN in New York City. She has also talked about filming a reality show about ping-pong.