Actors are known for being skilled at languages, using their talents to tell universal stories. But while many of the most recognizable actors today gain fame by appearing in English-speaking films, some are fluent in other languages. You might be surprised to learn, for example, that Bradley Cooper speaks absolutely flawless French. Which other famous celebrities are bilingual?
Some actors don't stop with just one language: Natalie Portman speaks five languages (fluently)! Not all bilingual actors and actresses actually do films in other languages - but some do, and others handle dubs in other languages with ease (we're looking at you, super-smart Jodie Foster).Behold these awesome videos of bilingual celebrities and videos of celebrities speaking a foreign language. Whose language skills are the best? Be sure to vote for the most linguistically talented celebrities below!
Actress Sandra Bullock was born and raised in the U.S., but she speaks fluent German. Bullock's mother was a German opera singer, and her parents actually met while her dad was stationed in Nuremberg. In 2000, she won a Bambi Award (Germany's version of the Oscars) and gave her acceptance speech in German.
Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Gravity, The Proposal, Crash, The Blind Side
Natalie Portman is fluent in Hebrew, along with four other languages: Spanish, German, Japanese, and (a little) French. Yes, Portman (born Natalie Hershlag, in Jerusalem) is quite the linguist. Other reports indicate she has also studied Arabic.
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine
Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
Credits: V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Charlize Theron's English is so perfect, it's easy to forget that the actress actually grew up in South Africa, where her first language was Afrikaans. Occasionally, Theron will speak Afrikaans, like during this interview with CNN's Piers Morgan.
Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director
Credits: Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, Monster, Hancock
Actress Mila Kunis speaks fluent Russian, a fact that isn't so surprising, given that she's originally from the Ukraine. She lived there until she was 7, and Russian is her native language. In July of 2011, Kunis spoke Russian during a press junket for her movie Friends With Benefits, leaving co-star Justin Timberlake essentially scratching his head as he struggled to keep up via translation feed.FYI: Kunis can also be heard speaking fluent Russian at the end of the "Family Guy" episode "Spies Reminiscent of Us" (she voices the character Meg).
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Profession: Model, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted, Friends with Benefits