- 5 Unexpected Celebrities that Know Different Languages! - May 11, 2020
There are many reasons why people learn a second language: improving memory, business opportunities, learning different cultures, and so on! Celebrities tend to pick up languages from acting in diverse roles and traveling the world. However, it takes much more dedication and passion to become fluent in different languages, such as these 5 celebrities!
In America, John Cena is known as a multi-champion pro wrestler, actor, and….rapper. What isn’t commonly known is his fascination with learning languages. Despite having a limited amount of free time, he pushes for time to expand his knowledge of Mandarin Chinese.
He is very dedicated to learning — he even has a personal tutor to practice conversation in Mandarin! In 2018, he temporarily lived in China for several months for a movie. During that time, he was able to learn plenty about Chinese culture. John Cena has posted about his love for Lao Gan Ma, a Chinese hot sauce.
Recently, he also proclaimed that he is one of BTS’ biggest fans?! He listens to BTS and states that he loves the message of their music. Who knows, John Cena might be fluent in Korean next!
“I have a desire to learn Chinese. I know my Chinese has a lot of problems. It’s not easy, but if I have a problem with learning Chinese…I tell myself that I have a passion for this” – John Cena
Movies: Thor, Avengers, Kong: Skull Island
Tom Hiddleston, aka Loki from Thor, is known for his charisma and charm. The skilled actor absolutely appreciates other cultures and loves learning languages. Tom speaks Spanish, French, Italian, and Greek. In addition, he speaks conversational Korean, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian! 😱
He explained how going on press tours around the world allows him to learn and practice the language of the country. There are interviews that feature him talking about his love for learning languages and how it’s played a big role in his career. When he is on a press tour, he would talk to the fans in their native language.
When he stayed in Korea to promote the upcoming Avengers film, Hiddleston stated that Korea is a beautiful country and he sees himself coming back soon. At the end of his interview, he told his Korean fans: 사랑해요 ❤️
“Language has always fascinated me ever since I was in school…it is our primary tool of externalizing the many complex feelings we have as human beings.” -Tom Hiddleston
Movies: Black Swan, Thor, Star Wars, V for Vendetta
Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s leading actresses. She won an Oscar for Best Actress from playing the lead in Black Swan. Her work includes Star Wars Prequel Saga, and…the upcoming Marvel films as Female Thor!
The talented actress is also known to be very intelligent. In high school, Portman graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She attended Harvard and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Since a young age, she has always enjoyed learning, especially languages.
Her native language is both English and Hebrew. Born in Jerusalem, she moved to America at a young age and entered the entertainment industry when she was scouted as a model at age 12. Natalie attended a Jewish elementary school in Long Island, where she learned to speak Hebrew fluently.
Natalie Portman’s passion for learning languages expanded to studying French, Japanese, German, and Spanish.
“Learning gives you an open mind. Knowing languages is a tool that helps in some situations where all you do is just, you don’t even think about it, you just keep moving forward.”
Movies: The Hangover, A Star is Born, Guardians of the Galaxy, American Sniper
Oh là là! From his press tour in France, Bradley Cooper impressed the world with his French skills. The interviewer was so impressed by the Hollywood star and stated that his French is like a native! Bradley revealed that he lived in France for a few months and picked up the language from conversation. He also studied French while he was attending college.
The Hangover actor explained that he challenges himself to speak French completely when he is in a conversation with someone who speaks French.
Furthermore, he also speaks conversational Italian because of his mother, who is Italian descent.
“There’s a scene where a guy was speaking French and I thought, ‘Man, that sounds so cool.”
– Bradley Cooper (talking about the movie, Chariots on Fire, which fueled his passion to learn French)
Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, My Fair Lady
One of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, fashion icon, humanitarian, and also polyglot! Audrey Hepburn grew up exposed to many cultures. She was the daughter of a Dutch Baroness and British businessman. Growing up, she travelled to various places and became fluent in both English and Dutch.
When she arrived in Hollywood, Audrey travelled around the world for acting, but also got involved in philanthropy. She volunteered to help children in various countries, including India and Vietnam. Audrey Hepburn was known for her beauty inside-out and open mindedness. From her travels for acting, she learned French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
In total, Audrey Hepburn reportedly knew 6 languages fluently!
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
― Audrey Hepburn
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