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The Most Surprisingly Bilingual Celebrities  

Jules Burke
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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!
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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.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

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Actor Bradley Cooper blew everyone's minds when, in May of 2011, he gave an interview promoting The Hangover Part II in French. Cooper says he learned French while in a student exchange program in France during his college years.

Age: 44

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Actress Kim Cattrall is bilingual, speaking fluent German. Cattrall picked up the language while living in Frankfurt, Germany, with her second husband, Andre J. Lyson.

Age: 62

Birthplace: Mossley Hill, United Kingdom

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As children, brothers Ben and Casey Affleck both lived in Mexico, where they learned to speak Spanish. Ben promoted his movie The Town in Spanish, describing co-stars Jon Hamm as "guapo" (handsome) and Jeremy Renner as a little bit "loco," but also "likable."

Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, California, Berkeley

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