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10 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Bilingual

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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:


10

Colin Firth

Other languages spoken: Italian
 
 

Firth's wife is Italian, and he's said he learned the language to charm her when they were dating.

 
9

Bradley Cooper

Other languages spoken: French
 
 

Cooper became fluent in French while attending Georgetown University, and spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence, France.

 
8

Hugh Jackman

Other languages spoken: French
 
 

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.

 
7

Kobe Bryant

Other languages spoken: Italian and Spanish
 
 

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.

 
6

David Lee Roth

Other languages spoken: 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.

 
5

Johnny Depp

Other languages spoken: French
 
 

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.

 
4

Jon Heder

Other languages spoken: Japanese
 
 

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.

 
3

Sandra Bullock

Other languages spoken: German
 
 

Bullock learned to speak the language from her mother, who was a German opera singer.

 
2

Viggo Mortensen

Other languages spoken: Spanish, Danish, and French, as well as some Swedish and Norwegian
 
 

The actor comes from a multi-national family and has lived in Spain, Denmark and Argentina, where he picked up several languages.

 
1

Charlize Theron

Other languages spoken: Afrikaans
 
 

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.

 

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