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Parlez-vous francais? Celebs who are fluent in other languages

FFE Entertainment News Staff


Some people have it all. They are rich, attractive, famous and talented. This is how some big-name movie stars are, aside from being rich and good looking many are also bilingual, and some even speak several languages fluently. Salma Hayek for instance speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese, Jennifer Connelly Italian and French, Natalie Portman speaks Hebrew, some French, German, Japanese and Spanish, and the list goes on. We have picked eight videos of movie stars speaking/singing in a foreign language. Watch and be in awe on how good they are. 

Bradley Cooper — French

Being voted the "sexiest man alive" should do wonders for a guy's chances with the opposite sex. Likewise, being able to carry on a conversation in what is often called the sexiest language in the world can't hurt either. Bradley Cooper must have been a great person in his past life because he has both those boxes checked.

Charlize Theron — Afrikaans

Charlize Theron's lack of accent makes some people forget she's African (South African to be exact). In fact, English isn't even Theron's first language; it's Afrikaans. Watch as she gives an interveiw to a Beligian reporter in Afrikaans..

Joseph Gordon-Levitt — French

A self-described Francophile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was inspired to take on the French language after studying French poetry at Columbia University. Although he dropped out to concentrate on acting, he continued to pursue the language. See him singing in French.

Sandra Bullock — German

Pop quiz: Where did Sandra Bullock spend a significant amount of her childhood? If you said Germany, you're right (you also have a knack for connecting very obvious dots). Bullock often traveled through Europe while her mother, a German-born opera singer, was on tour. During this time, the future Oscar-winner became fluent in her mom's native tongue, as she demonstrates in the clip on the right.

Colin Firth — Italian

In Love Actually, Colin Firth's character spends hours upon hours trying to learn Portuguese so he can communicate with the woman he loves. Well, Firth's real life isn't that far off from the film. Colin began Italian lessons when he started dating Livia Giuggioli in order to be more connected with her. Now, the pair is married with children, and Firth is totally fluent.

Gwyneth Paltrow — Spanish

Gwyneth Paltrow has openly admitted to enjoying Europe more than her native USA, and while marrying Chris Martin and living in England likely cemented that preference, her love for our neighbors across the Atlantic started early on. When Paltrow was 15, she spent a year studying in Spain, where she learned to speak Spanish. So impressed were her Spanish fans that in 2003 the town of Talavera De la Reina named her their "adopted daughter."

Viggo Mortensen — Danish (among others)

Viggo Mortensen is a name that sounds vaguely ethnic, but it's difficult to place, which is appropriate considering the actor's background. Viggo was born to an American mother and Danish father who met in Norway. Once Viggo came around, the family moved to Venezuela, then Denmark, before eventually settling in Argentina until he was 11, at which point he moved to New York. The globe-trotting helped Mortensen become a man of many languages. He is fluent in English, Danish, Spanish; conversational in French and Italian, and understands Norwegian and Swedish.

Kim Cattrall — German

Kim Cattrall's second marriage to Andre Lyson ended in divorce in 1989, but she came out of the split with a second language to show for it. During their time together, Cattrall and Lyson lived in Frankfurt where she learned to speak German. While she has since admitted to forgetting much of what she learned, Kim seems to be doing just fine in this clip from 2008.


With contribution from Darrick Thomas



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