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16 Celebrities Who Have Surprising Hidden Talents

Celebrities Maressa Brown Jan 29, 2018

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From being a superb actor to a business-savvy reality star, writing addictive novels to directing award-winning films, folks can achieve fame (or, perhaps even notoriety) in a multitude of ways. But just because celebrities are known for their likely entertainment industry–based skills doesn't mean that many don't also have hidden talents that no one could have guessed from their public resumes.

Hey, people who aren't famous may have a gift for singing and cooking up a storm without the help of Blue Apron. Or are skilled at throwing parties and building furniture. Throughout history, plenty of famous figures have been known to harbor secret talents. 

For instance, Paul Revere -- best known for his Midnight Ride during the American Revolution -- also studied dentistry. Bombshell actress Hedy Lamarr was also a pioneer in the science of wireless communication. So, why wouldn't today's celebs have a few offbeat, unexpected skills up their sleeves? 

There are tons of other famous folk have even made side careers out of their passions -- just take Rihanna and her unexpected beauty industry savvy! To celebrate the many sides of our favorite celebs, we rounded up 16 of them who have a surprising secret talent that may have absolutely nothing to do with their day job of acting, singing, dancing, or any other form of entertaining the masses.

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1Margot Robbie

The I, Tonya star has actually proven herself to be a skillful tattoo artist. The Australian actress told talk show host Graham Norton that she has has actually done about 100 pieces of body art over the years, and she even tattooed her Suicide Squad co-stars!

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2Jennifer Garner

The 13 Going on 30 star once told Allure: "Besides the saxophone, besides playing spoons, besides clogging? My cup runneth over with hidden talent."

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4Angelina Jolie

Sure, we know Angelina can act and direct and serves as a Special Envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency and is a proud mama of her six-deep brood. But she can also fly. As in, Jolie has had her pilot's license since 2005 -- and has even been passing on her skills to eldest son Maddox. Yep, badass mom doesn't begin to cover it.

5Neil Patrick Harris

The father of two is known to be a talented actor on both the stage and screen, but Neil Patrick Harris also gets props for being an advanced magician. He talked to Jimmy Kimmel about this not-so-hidden talent, which he puts to awesome use by serving on the board of directors at the Magic Castle in LA.  

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6Jack White

Jack White may be a musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the White Stripes. But he is also adept at furniture upholstery. Rolling Stone reported that White recently "returned to his upholstery roots by restoring an antique Sixties-era couch, which was most likely sat-in by luminaries like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. The guitarist gave the original couch from Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee a sleek, modern look."

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7Tim Gunn

The Project Runway star may be best known for encouraging designers to "make it work," but he's also a skillful pianist, having studied classical piano for 12 years. Plus, he confessed to NPR that he was a competitive swimmer as a teen.

8Kendall Jenner

It may not exactly be a marketable skill, per se, but model and reality star Kendall Jenner flaunted her secret talent for W magazine and James Corden: making bird noises

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The "Praying" singer has a knack for fashion design and crafting! Of course, that hidden talent isn't exactly shocking, given how creative she is with her music and personal style. Back in 2012, she shared with BANG Showbiz just how she put her quirky skills to use: "I asked for [fans] to send me their teeth and I got, like, over 1,000 human teeth. ... I made it into a bra top, and a headdress, and earrings, and necklaces. I've worn it out!"

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13Matthew Morrison

The Glee alum, Broadway star, and new dad has the skills to bring new life into the world. "I've been in a delivery room once, where I delivered two babies," Morrison told Access Hollywood in 2012. "My dad is a midwife."

14Justin Bieber

Selena Gomez's on-again, off-again boyfriend may make poor decisions from time to time, but Justin Bieber seems to be a bit of a smartypants -- at least when it comes to his Rubik's Cube skills, which he has showed off many times, including in this classic Carpool Karaoke clip.

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