In the world of entertainment, many celebrities have successfully proven their skills at more than one job. Renowned actors such as Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Jodie Foster and Jon Favreau have earned significant popularity as directors and producers. Screenwriters like Christopher McQuarrie, Charlie Kaufman and Joss Whedon also made a successful transition from writing to directing. Some acclaimed playwrights like David Mamet and Adam Rapp also turned to screenwriting later in their careers. Even renowned wrestlers like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dave Bautista are now highly successful in their acting careers. There truly seems to be more than one box in which to check these celebrities' various talents.
However, there are some celebrities out there who hold another kind of talent outside of their careers: a secret talent that is not well known by the general population. Either brought to light by the media or by their entourage, the secret talents of these celebs are other items that may serve to understand their personalities. Aside from their looks, skills, and overall reputation to the rest of the population, these celebrities might also surprise us with these concealed aptitudes, thus unveiling a hidden side of their character.
Here are 20 celebs with hidden talents we didn't know about until now!
20 Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey is best known for his breakthrough role as neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in the award-winning series Grey's Anatomy. He also starred in popular films such as Enchanted, Valentine's Day, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Bridget Jones' Baby.
An avid collector of sports cars and vintage cars, Dempsey also enjoys auto racing, having participated in many pro-am events over the years. Dempsey is also an accomplished juggler, having shown or discussed his skills on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He even stated that, before deciding to become an actor, he even auditioned to join the Ringling Brothers Circus!
19 Matthew Perry
Anyone who grew up in the 1990s surely remembers NBC's acclaimed sitcom Friends. As part of the series' ensemble cast, Matthew Perry became highly popular worldwide as the wisecracking Chandler Bing. He also appeared in films such as The Whole Nine Yards and 17 Again, and in TV shows such as Mr. Sunshine and Go On. Since 2015, he's been starring in the CBS sitcom The Odd Couple, which he also co-developed. Perry has also demonstrated a keen interest in tennis. Growing up in Ottawa, he practiced up to ten hours a day, and even became a top-ranked junior player.
18 Margot Robbie
One of this generation's most influential people under thirty, Margot Robbie's acting career truly took off once she moved to the US from Australia. After her breakthrough role in The Wolf of Wall Street, her popularity continued to rise with leading roles in films such as The Legend of Tarzan and Suicide Squad.
More recently, she received critical acclaim for her role in I, Tonya, even earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Robbie has also distinguished herself as a tattoo artist. Aside from tattooing a "toe-moji" on her Suicide Squad costar Cara Delevingne, she even tattooed a fan live on The Graham Norton Show!
17 Aaron Paul
Aaron Paul received critical acclaim for his role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad, which is now recognized as one of the greatest TV series of all time. Starring alongside Bryan Cranston, Paul earned three Emmy Awards for his performance as Walter White's young, troubled partner in crime.
He's also been starring in BoJack Horseman since 2014 and in the Hulu drama series The Path since 2016. Paul also has a highly unusual talent, namely the ability to instinctively tell whether a dog is male or female. That's right, he can decipher the gender of a dog just by petting it!
16 Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien has now joined the ranks of Johnny Carson, David Letterman and Stephen Colbert as one of America's kings of comedy. After working as a writer on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, he hosted the comedy show Late Night from 1993 to 2009.
Since 2010, he's been hosting Conan on TBS, and also hosted other mainstream events such as 2002's and 2006's Emmy Awards.
O'Brien has also proven to be an accomplished tap dancer, having enrolled in tap dancing classes as a child. Most notably, he displayed his talent on his talk show in early 2012 as a tribute to the Academy Award-winning film The Artist.
15 Susan Sarandon
After starring in the popular cult film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Susan Sarandon's reputation as an accomplished A-lister has never faltered. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in Atlantic City and Thelma & Louise.
In 1995, she finally won the award for her acclaimed performance in Dead Man Walking. She also found success on TV and even on Broadway, earning six Emmy Award nominations over the course of her career. Sarandon is also a talented ping-pong player. Her passion for the sport even led her to start a chain of franchised ping-pong social clubs called SPiN.
14 Bruce Willis
First earning worldwide success for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard series, Bruce Willis has become one of Hollywood's most recognizable action stars. He appeared in a lot of high-profile films in the 1980s and 1990s, including Pulp Fiction, The Fifth Element, Armageddon and The Sixth Sense.
In recent years, he renewed his fame with leading roles in Sin City, Moonrise Kingdom, The Expendables 2 and Looper.
Willis is also very skilled at playing the harmonica. He showed off his talent in numerous solo albums and compilations. Many people still remember his awesome performance of "Devil Woman" at the Sin City premiere in 2005!
13 Taylor Lautner
Audiences' excitement over Twilight may have faded away a long time ago, but Taylor Lautner is still remembered by many fans for his portrayal of Jacob Black. After appearing in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, Lautner gained popularity as a sex symbol and teen icon in the late 2000s.
More recently, he's been starring in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo since 2013 and in Scream Queens since 2016. There is a reason behind Lautner's ripped physique, though: the actor is actually a karate champion. He earned his black belt at the age of 8 and displayed his skills in various films and interviews.
12 Geena Davis
Geena Davis made her breakthrough in the 1986 sci-fi classic The Fly. She then went on to star in films such as Beetlejuice, Thelma & Louise and A League of Their Own. She also won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1988 for her performance in The Accidental Tourist.
Her TV work includes roles in Grey's Anatomy and Commander in Chief, for which she won a Golden Globe in 2005.
More recently, she's been starring in FOX's The Exorcist series since 2016. Davis is also highly skilled with a bow and arrow. She even almost qualified for the US archery team in the 2000 Olympics!
11 Jamie Lee Curtis
The daughter of renowned actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Jamie Lee Curtis managed to lead her own successful acting career. First starring in John Carpenter's Halloween, she then appeared in films such as The Fog, Prom Night and Road Games. She also earned critical acclaim for her roles in Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda and True Lies.
Curtis has also distinguished herself as a patented inventor. In 1987, she invented a diaper with a built-in waterproof compartment for baby wipes. However, she refused to have her diaper manufactured until corporations started making biodegradable diapers, and her patent had expired by then.
10 Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has truly become a cultural icon since he first started his career in the 1960s. He epitomized the era's social movements with hit songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'". He later became a renowned rock musician with songs such as "Like a Rolling Stone".
He is also a skilled artist, having published several books of drawings and paintings since 1994.
Dylan's artistic sensibilities aren't limited to drawings or paintings. He's also the mind behind massive, highly detailed sculptures made out of iron. He even had his own exhibit at the Halcyon Gallery in London in 2013.
9 Steve Martin
First coming to public notice as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, Steve Martin became a nationwide sensation for his offbeat, absurdist comedy style. Performing before packed theatres in the 1970s, he turned to acting in the 1980s.
Earning acclaim for his roles in films like The Jerk, Roxanne and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Martin quickly became a highly recognizable comedic actor.
More recently, he appeared in The Pink Panther, The Big Year and Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Born in Texas, Martin is also an accomplished banjo player. He even created his own music award in 2010: the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.
8 Leslie Mann
First appearing in films such as The Cable Guy and George of the Jungle, Leslie Mann renewed her success alongside her husband Judd Apatow. She indeed starred in films written and directed by Apatow, such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and This Is 40. Her career also includes roles in films like The Change-Up, The Bling Ring, Vacation and Blockers.
Mann is also a talented unicyclist, having first gotten one at the age of ten. She even said in an interview that she can do all sorts of tricks with a unicycle, like cycling backwards and jumping off curbs!
7 Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris first found success as the titular character on Doogie Howser, M.D. He then renewed his popularity after appearing as a fictionalized version of himself in the Harold & Kumar series. To this day, he's mostly renowned for his iconic role as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother.
Recently, he's also been starring as Count Olaf in Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Harris also knows more than a few tricks as a magician. He not only performs his own tricks and illusions basically every chance he gets, but he also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Hollywood's Magic Castle.
6 Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried made her breakthrough in Mean Girls, starring alongside Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. She then appeared in indie films such as Nine Lives and Alpha Dog, and also had a recurring role on Veronica Mars. She later found success for her roles in Jennifer's Body, Dear John, Les Misérables, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Fathers and Daughters.
Seyfried also has a passion for knitting and crochet, even though she's usually seen in a stunning gown on the red carpet. She does seem to enjoy comfy clothes over fancy dresses, as she once proved her knitting skills on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
5 Harrison Ford
Among movie buffs, Harrison Ford needs no introduction. He truly is a living legend in the world of pop-culture, instantly recognizable as Han Solo, Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard. He's also known for his leading roles in Witness, The Fugitive, Air Force One and What Lies Beneath.
He also reprised his famous roles from the 1980s in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Blade Runner 2049.
Ford is also a licensed pilot of both airplanes and helicopters. He's sometimes lent his aircraft to rescue missions in the wilderness, even taking part in a few of them himself!
4 Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell first established his box-office appeal after appearing in films like S.W.A.T., The Recruit, Minority Report and Daredevil. In the 2000s, he earned leading roles in Alexander, The New World, Miami Vice and In Bruges. More recently, he starred in Saving Mr. Banks, Winter's Tale and The Lobster.
Fans of Harry Potter have also seen him in the spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Born and raised in Ireland, Farrell has also proven his skills in Irish-style dancing. He's even taught classes on country line dancing. It seems like he's put his Irish stepping background to good use in America!
3 Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken has appeared in more than a hundred films and TV shows over the years. He first became famous for his work in films like Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter and A View to a Kill. He then went on to star in Batman Returns, True Romance, Pulp Fiction and Sleepy Hollow. I
n recent years, he also appeared in films such as Seven Psychopaths and 2016's The Jungle Book.
Before his acting career, Walken worked in a circus. It was there that he found his talent as a lion tamer. That's right, he actually managed to tame a lion at the age of 16!
2 Pierce Brosnan
After an early stage acting career, Pierce Brosnan first rose to popularity in the TV show Remington Steele, and then went on to appear in The Fourth Protocol and Mrs. Doubtfire. He later became the fifth actor to portray the iconic MI6 agent James Bond, from 1995's GoldenEye to 2002's Die Another Day. In recent years, he starred in films such as The Ghost Writer and The November Man.
Brosnan is also talented in the art of fire eating. As a teenager, he attended a workshop in London where a fire eater was teaching his skill, and was even hired at a circus before starting out as an actor.
1 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is known as much for her remarkable acting career than for the highly-scrutinized dramas of her personal life. After earning her first mainstream success for her work in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, she went on to star in films like Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficient.
In the 2010s, she delved into directing, producing and screenwriting, releasing her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey in 2011.
Jolie also happens to be a specialist at knife-throwing, having honed her skills on the set of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Reportedly, she'd even throw knives when angry, which actually scared her then-husband Brad Pitt.
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