10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Bilingual
After ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Friends with Benefits’ star Mila Kunis surprised many by busting out her native Russian to scold a reporter in Moscow, we started wondering how many other celebrities are out there who speak more than just English. Check out the stars who we never knew were bilingual, and in some cases, trilingual:
Firth’s wife is Italian, and he’s said he learned the language to charm her when they were dating.
Cooper became fluent in French while attending Georgetown University, and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France.
We’re not entirely sure how or when Jackman learned the language, but he’s said his wife once lived in France and is fluent in French.
When the basketball star was a child, his father — a hoops player himself — moved the family to Italy, where Kobe picked up both the native language and Spanish.
The longtime Van Halen frontman’s grandparents were multi-lingual, so he may have picked up Spanish from them. Regardless, he’s recorded 11 percent of his music in the language.
Back in 2000, Depp said he spoke French but not fluently — however, thanks to many years of living in France (and longtime French girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis) have certainly sharpened his skills.
The ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ and ‘Blades of Glory’ star is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and learned to speak Japanese for an LDS mission in Japan.
Bullock learned to speak the language from her mother, who was a German opera singer.
The actor comes from a multi-national family and has lived in Spain, Denmark and Argentina, where he picked up several languages.
The Oscar-winning star of ‘Monster’ was born and raised in South Africa, where she learned to speak a Dutch/African derivative language called Afrikaans.