28 celebrities and their surprising hidden talents

Taryn Davies
Published: July 26, 2017

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

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. It was whilst she was filming Tomb Raider that she perfected the skill.

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.

Jack White

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

Conan O’Brien might be a hugely successful TV host and comedian, but that wasn't always his dream. In fact, he wanted to be a professional tap dancer, something that he trained as.

Jamie Lee Curtis invented something

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 can line dance, and even shared his talents in a line dancing class he taught.

Tim Gunn and his many talents

Project Runway judge Tim Gunn can play classical piano, he studied it for 12 years. And he's a record-breaking swimmer too.

Neil Patrick Harris is spellbinding

Neil Patrick Harris might have very well got a letter to Hogwarts, he's a big fan of magic and serves as President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle. He's never one to pass up showing off his magical skills either.

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

You might be shocked that Justin Bieber is able to solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle in 1 minute and 23 seconds. The world record currently stands at 6 seconds, but we still think Bieber's time is pretty impressive.

Harrison Ford can fly

Harrison Ford first began training as a pilot in the 60s, but couldn't afford lessons after a while. Once he became a huge star and the money started rolling in, he took to training again and now he can fly all kinds of different aircrafts.

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

Pierce Brosnan picked up the skill of eating fire at a workshop in a London theatre when he was just a teenager, he was so good he 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.

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. Whilst working as an actor he even released bluegrass albums on the side, and he's even won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

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 fulfil a requirement and being recognised as a talent.

Ricky Gervais’ singing ability

Ricky Gervais was one half of pop duo Seona Dancing in the early 80s, but while he struggled to break through in the UK, one of their songs was a big hit int he Phillippines.

Geena Davis could take on Katniss

Geena Davis was very nearly an Olympic athlete, competing for a spot on the 1999 archery team for the Olympics. She fought it out against 300 women, and although she placed quite highly, it wasn't a qualifying spot.

Snoop Doog

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.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis might come across as a big. burly, strong man who loves action, but he also loves his harmonica. He's released solo albums and compilations of him performing with it.

Taylor Lautner and his black belt

Twilight star Taylor Lautner is a martial arts champion, he earned his black belt when he was just 8.

Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon has a huge passion for ping pong, she's even opened a ping-pong nightclub in New York.