Hidden talents of the rich and famous
From tattoo artistry to piloting planes
Ever wondered what musicians and actors get up to in their spare time? This selection of celebrities’ secret skills is full of surprises:
1. Margot Robbie – tattoo artist
On the set of Suicide Squad, the Australian actor tattooed her co-star Cara Delevingne with a ‘toe-moji’, and in the below clip admits to having given about 100 tattoos over the years.
2. Christopher Walken – lion-tamer
Speaking to IndieWire in 2015, the actor said that the lion he tamed aged 16 was “really more like a dog. It wasn’t really lion taming.” He added: “She was very sweet. Sheba. Old girl. Very nice. She’d come and bump your leg. Like a house cat.”
3. Jack White – upholsterer
Before The White Stripes, Jack White worked as a furniture upholsterer. Once he’d started his music career, he formed a band with another upholsterer called Brian Muldoon – unsurprisingly they called themselves The Upholsterers. And White has since admitted to having snuck their music inside furniture he upholstered – one of which was recently found, after years hidden inside a sofa.
4. Angelina Jolie – pilot
Jolie has held a private pilot licence since 2004 and flies a Cirrus SR22.
5. Pierce Brosnan – fire-eater
In 2003 Brosnan recalled: “At the Oval House – this was in 1969 – there was a workshop and one night I came in to rehearse. I looked in and some guy was teaching people to fire-eat. There was a big group of people in there but I noticed that there were women and they had their tops off. So I thought I’d join in. This guy was a street performer and he was teaching us how to put the flames across the chest and the young ladies had to take their bras off – there were no bras then anyway. So I went to the workshop and I learnt how to fire-eat. It’s still [on my CV], absolutely.”
6. Aaron Paul – dog-whisperer
Aaron Paul can tell whether a dog is male or female simply by patting its back.
7. Geena Davis – pro archer
Two years after taking up archery aged 41 in 1997, Davis tried out for the USA’s Sydney 2000 Olympics team. She came 24th out of 300 women and didn’t qualify, but did take part in the Sydney International Golden Arrow competition. See her make fun of her participation in the below video.
8. Bob Dylan – ironwork
Dylan has completed many projects as a visual artist, but perhaps most unusual is his ironwork. In 2013, London’s Halcyon Gallery exhibited seven wrought-iron gates the legendary musician had made; he said: “I’ve been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country, where you could breathe it and smell it every day. Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference.”
9. Sandra Bullock – linguist
Sandra Bullock speaks fluent German – her mother is German, and she visited Germany a lot as a kid. At the 2012 Oscars she surprised everyone by zipping fluently between English and Deutsch.
10. Ellen Page – juggler