By YEET MAGAZINE | Updated 1301 GMT (2101 HKT) May 25, 2021

Do you know what sometimes lies behind the sequins and the red carpet, the bright smiles and the golden curls? Budding polyglots! Here are some examples of stars who speak several languages.

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These stars who speak several languages

As every year, sequins and red carpet are at the rendezvous of the Cannes Film Festival. For ten days, the city turns into miniature Hollywood… or should we rather speak of miniature Babel? Because if the plunging necklines and slicked back hair too often make us forget that celebrities are at the bottom of people like the others, certain stars are also distinguished, on and off the screens, by their linguistic talent.

We have therefore concocted a small list of stars who speak several languages . Let yourself be surprised by these brilliant polyglots !

1. Natalie Portman

Impossible to start this list of stars who speak several languages ​​without citing Natalie Portman. The famous actress, who already fluent in the English and Hebrew , his mother tongue, and also mastered German , Spanish and Japanese,  learning French for a few years now. Oulala!

2. Colin Firth

Colin Firth is involved in various humanitarian causes but also in his marriage. Indeed, the actor has taken to Italian from his wife Livia Giuggioli. And as we can see at the end of this video , he not only perfectly masters the spoken language, but also the language of gestures !

3. Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster is not only a magnificent actress, but also an accomplished Francophile. Particularity among the stars who speak several languages: it is even she who doubles most of her roles in French version. His secret? Have continued all of his studies at the French Lycée in Los Angeles.

4. Javier Bardem

Like his wife Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem is fluent in English and Spanish. So which language has priority at home ?

5. Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis was born in Ukraine and didn't start learning English until she was seven , when her parents emigrated to the United States. A very difficult period, as the culture shock was strong. And yes, the inability to communicate is sometimes painful ! This did not prevent the actress from hanging on - or landing roles in English from her teenage years.

6. Christoph Waltz

We no longer present him, the cruel Nazi colonel and talented polyglot who, with his flawless Italian, takes Brad Pitt to court in a jubilant scene from Inglourious Basterds . In real life, too, Christoph Waltz is one of those artists who speaks several languages. He is fluent in German, English and French , without forgetting a solid knowledge of Italian .

7. Kirstin Scott Thomas

Here is another English-speaking actress who honors French. Coming to live in France at the age of 19, Kirstin Scott Thomas has since distinguished herself in many French-speaking films. It is generally she who doubles her characters in the French versions of her English-speaking films.

8. Viggo Mortensen

Not only is Viggo Mortensen a repeat artist (painter, poet, actor… take your pick), but he is also an inveterate polyglot . Raised with English, Spanish and Danish as mother tongues, he didn't stop there. During the shootings, he learned Russian, French, Swedish, German… and even learned Algerian Arabic in 6 months! Like what, nothing is impossible .

9. Arnold Schwarzenegger

His career as an actor and then as a politician could almost make one forget the Austrian origins of the legendary hero of Terminator . For the record, when Schwarzi wanted to dub his own character in the German version of the film, the studios refused because of his accent, too Austrian and rural for their taste .

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And to finish this list of celebrities who speak several languages, it would be unforgivable not to quote Audrey Hepburn , this icon of cinema of the 1950s and 1960s. In 1999, she was voted third greatest actress in American cinema by the American Film Institute. But his wonderful career too often overshadows his multiple talents, including that of languages. Raised with English as a mother tongue, she learned Dutch in her youth, for reasons of survival: while Holland, where she had moved with her mother, had been invaded by Nazi power, it was imperative to avoid to be noticed by German soldiers by his English. But this experience did not disgust her, on the contrary: Audrey Hepburn has always saidhis passion for foreign languages and took advantage of every opportunity to learn a new one. Thus, at the end of her life, she spoke, in addition to English and Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, French and Italian. Without a doubt the most multilingual of the stars!

Bradley Cooper speaking French in an interview

Milla Jovovich interview on Russian TV with subtitles

Actor Viggo speaks perfect spanish

Jodie Foster french interview on Ina Plateau

Sandra Bullock Bambi Awards german speech

Natalie Portman hebrew interview

Mila Kunis Speaking Russian in Moscow


Gwyneth Paltrow speaking perfect spanish!


Kim Cattrall speaking German at the Life Ball 2008


Evangeline Lilly French interview about the end of LOST


Shakira Speaking 5 languages


Edward Norton speaking Japanese


Tom Hiddleston speaking Different Languages


Colin Firth, speaking Italian during interview in Italy

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