It seems unfair that celebrities—people who are so talented that they get paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to do what they do—should be good at anything else. Celebs' lives seem like they are open books where we should already know everything about them, but sometimes, it turns out, celebrities have secret talents. Here are some examples of celebs' secret talents, and no, they're not just posing for pictures and signing large checks.
1. Pierce Brosnan used to be a fire-eater.
It was like rocket fuel. I blew it, it all came back into my mouth and my mouth blew up. I had blisters for the rest of the show.
He has not done his fire-eating routine since.
2. Geena Davis was almost in the Olympics for archery.
Davis is in a league of her own when it comes to the sport. She even tried out for the US Olympic Archery Team in 2000. She made a satirical video about archery for Funny or Die in 2013, but her skills are very, very real. You could almost believe that she is the love child of Legolas and Katniss Everdeen.
In a 1999 interview with the New York Times, Davis spoke about how she first got into the sport. She was inspired by Justin Huish, a golden medalist who competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
I was fascinated by how he shot arrows across the street at home and through his garage. It was kind of cool. He made it sound like fun, and that inspired me eventually to look into it. I met Justin at the beginning of 1997. He hooked me up with his coach that spring and I started taking lessons.
3. Bruce Willis should play more harmonica and make less Die Hard movies.
Willis has played harmonica alongside BB King, so you know he is the real deal. According to Ask Men, Willis even had a stint as a harmonica player for an R&B group.
In his later years, Bruce discovered his hidden talent -- playing the harmonica -- and performed with an R&B group, Loose Goose, for a time being.
The A-Lister will also sing from time to time, and he is pretty good at that as well.
4. Ellen Page came out as a juggler.
When the former Juno star is not juggling her life as an actor and activist, she is literally juggling. She is pretty good, too! She doesn't just do the normal stuff, she has some tricks up her sleeve that are pretty impressive.
She showed off her juggling skills on Conan in 2013.
5. Jason Lee was a professional skateboarder
The actor best known for playing Earl in the comedy series My Name is Earl and Dave Seville in the Alvin and the Chipmunks film franchise was a pro skateboarder in the 80s and 90s.
According to Metro, Lee quit the sport because he thought he was getting too old.
In the 90s when I did it 25 was old to be competing but these days skateboarders are still professional in their 30s so things have changed now. Back then I left skateboarding and thankfully acting took off because I didn’t go to college, I left school early.
Although he doesn't skate professionally anymore, he still drops in from time to time.
6. Nick Offerman is a professional woodworker.
When Offerman is off-screen, he tends to his woodworking business, "Offerman Woodshop." According to the company's website, Offerman used to build furniture to supplement his income when he was starting out as an actor.
Offerman Woodshop is a small collective of woodworkers and makers based out of Nick Offerman’s kick-ass wood shop in East Los Angeles. We focus on hand-crafted, traditional joinery & sustainable slab rescue–working with fallen trees from throughout northern California & our urban LA environment. We like to carve spoons, chainsaw stumps, plank canoes, keep our chisels sharp with stones, build pinball machines & fine furniture. From refined modern designs to enormous Middle-Earth masterpieces, we build it all while smiling a lot.
7. Chloe Grace Moretz knows how to handle a butterfly knife.
After playing Hit-Girl in the 2010 film Kick-Ass, it would seem that Moretz has picked up some pretty cool knife skills that would make you afraid to run into her in a dark alley at night. Moretz shows Conan how to use the knife, also known as a balisong.
Conan looks slightly terrified as Moretz flips the knife around, but she seems very comfortable showing off her fancy knife skills.
8. Mila Kunis can give you a verbal lashing in Russian.
Kunis lived in Ukraine until she was seven, and Russian is her native tongue. Her husband, Ashton Kutcher, even learned Russian so he could speak to their daughter in the language.
While promoting her film Friends with Benefits in 2011, Kunis defended co-star Justin Timberlake to a Russian reporter using her native language.
Kunis doesn't spend much time talking about her Eastern-European roots, calling it the most "mundane subject possible" in an interview with NJ.com.
9. Bob Barker was taught karate by Chuck Norris.
You have to be in pretty great shape in order to be twice named the Guinness Book of World Records "Most Durable Performer." Barker, 92, holds a black belt in karate and a red belt in tang soo do (a Korean martial arts style). He says he owes it all to Chuck Norris, who would come over to train him twice a week for many years.
Norris spoke to World Net Daily in 2007 about coaching Barker.
Yes. Early in my career I not only trained Bob but other stars like Priscilla Presley and the legendary Steve McQueen, who encouraged me to go into movies back then. Bob was a great martial arts student of mine, even showing off his technique in the now classic Adam Sandler comedy, “Happy Gilmore.”
10. Mike Tyson races pigeons.
The former boxer is not quiet about his love for pigeons, but it is sometimes hard to hear him because his face tattoo is so loud. In a post he wrote for City Room in 2011, he said:
Actually if it weren’t for a pigeon, I may not have been the heavyweight champion of the world. Pigeons were the first loving relationship I ever had. As a matter of fact, when a bully that was antagonizing me killed one of my birds in front of me, I snapped and began fighting him. If it weren’t for this guy hurting my beloved animal, I may not have ever had the desire to fight. By him hurting an innocent being that I loved and cherished, it was the catalyst to the fighter within.
11. Harrison Ford flies (and sometimes crashes) planes.
Even though Harrison Ford is an action hero on screen, he still likes an adrenaline rush off camera. The Star Wars star has been an avid pilot for over 20 years. His flying instructor even told E! News:
Harrison Ford is a professional pilot in every sense of the term. He is rated in Turbo Jets and Helicopters and participates in factory simulator emergency training on a regular basis
Last year, Ford made headlines when he crashed a small World War II replica plane into a golf course in southern California. Luckily, Ford did not sustain any serious injuries.
12. Christopher Walken tamed lions (don't act surprised).
In an interview with Indie Wire, Walken recounted the summer he spent as a lion tamer:
When I was 16 I spent a summer taming lions? But, it was fake... Well it was fake in the sense that the real lion tamer who owned the small circus, the gag was that he had a son, which he didn't. But I had an identical outfit, and he would do this big act with a dozen big cats. And then he would send them all out at the end and just leave this one old girl, and I would come in with my whip and I'd go like that and she'd sit up. But she was really more like a dog. [laughs] It wasn't really lion taming. She was very sweet.
He went on to say that the lion's name was Sheba, and that he got the gig from an ad in a trade paper.
13.You probably wish you had Lupita Nyong'o's secret talent.
The most impressive secret talent of all might belong to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, who has learned how to do the impossible– fold a fitted sheet. This may not be as cool as taming lions or shooting arrows, but probably the most enviable talent in terms of practicability. Watch the amazing video below!
Good thing these stars all have something to fall back on!