Despite the general opinion that actors must have an extraordinary appearance and ability to transform, knowledge of foreign languages can also contribute to their acting career.
The desire to speak or at least understand different languages is inherent in most representatives of modern society. And this is easy to explain: such knowledge allows you to immerse yourself in the secrets of various cultures. Being multilingual is also incredibly exciting because it opens the possibility of communication with people around the world in their native language.
When many are struggling to learn their own language, some uniquely gifted people manage to comprehend two, three, four, and even more!
Hollywood stars must have impeccable English skills, that’s a given, but beyond that, the more languages they know, the more riles they can fill. Most stars do not scream about their knowledge from the rooftops, and only show off their hidden talents when necessary.
Here are 10 celebs who can speak multiple languages.
1. Tom Hiddleston
In addition to his native language, Hiddleston speaks French, Spanish, and Italian pretty darn well.
Aside from Spanish, Shakira can freely speak English, Portuguese, Arabic, and even a little Italian.
3. Johnny Depp
The fact that Johnny Depp speaks French and English equally well should not be a surprise. He’s got a villa in France and met the love of his life in the country of vineyards.
4. Charlize Theron
There are tons of actors and actresses who are bilingual. But Charlize Theron is from South Africa, where she had to learn Afrikaans and only then – English, when she was much older.
5. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is a true fan of the Old World and the European lifestyle. She enjoys living in London with her family, where she opened her first Goop store. But she also spent a year in Spain, where she studied Spanish.
6. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt studied French poetry at Columbia University, and of course, you can’t read poetry without knowing the language.
7. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman speaks Yiddish, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Arabic, and, of course, English. Holy multilingual madness, Batman!
8. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek is not only an actress but also a very public person, which means she must be able to freely express her thoughts in different languages. And her list is quite impressive: Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese, and English. Wow!
9. Viggo Mortensen
Even though he’s not the most stellar actor, Viggo Mortensen is one of the largest language specialists in the acting community. Aside from English, he speaks Danish, Spanish, Italian, French, Norwegian, and Swedish.
10. Mila Kunis
Born in Ukraine, this cutie was forced to learn Russian; such was the Soviet Union way. But after moving to Los Angeles with her parents when she was seven years old, she, of course, had to learn English, and it’s way better than Russian.