Since most of you liked my list on facts about languages (a second list of that will be coming soon!!) I am going to do another list, this time on Bilingual Celebrities. Us language-learners are not the only ones who can speak foreign languages- these celebrities are fluent!
Will Smith- The actor is fluent in Spanish. He's a little rusty now but apparently when he was younger, he was very good at it!
Ben Affleck- Affleck and his younger brother both learnt Spanish while living in Mexico during stints of filming.
Sandra Bullock- Bullock is fluent in German, but is half-german on her Mother's side.
Johnny Depp- He learnt French to communicate with his previous wife, Vanessa Paradis and their two children, Jack and Lily-Rose.
Charlize Theron- Theron is fluent in Afrikaans, which is a variant on Dutch. Dutch is in fact Theron's first language, as she grew up in South Africa where it was one of the main languages.
Orlando Bloom- He is fluent in French and came by his bilingualism because his parents ran a language school in England.
Colin Firth- Firth is fluent in Italian, because he is married to Italian film director and producer, Liva Giuggioli. They have also raised two Italian speaking children, Luca and Matteo.
Bradley Cooper- Oddly enough, Cooper was inspired to learn French after watching the film, Chariots of Fire. He studied it in college and did six months abroad with a French family.
Gwyneth Paltrow- Paltrow is fluent in Spanish after spending the summer of her high school sophomore year as an exchange student in Spain. She liked it so much that she still visits the town, Talavera de la Reina, and her host family.
Kim Cattrall- Cattrall learnt to speak German fluently while living in Frankfurt with her second husband from 1982- 1989, although she admits to have lost a lot of it over the years.
Jodie Foster- She attended a French-language school prep while growing up and is so good that she apparently sometimes dubs over her own character's voices for the French version.
Mila Kunis- Kunis was born in Ukraine and thus speaks fluent Russian.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt- JGL apparently took a bunch of classes at Columbia entirely in French, so that was an Ivy League AND a second language. Ironically, in the film 10 Things I hate about You, JGL played a character, called Cameron, who desperately tried (and failed) to learn French to win over the girl of his dreams.
Maybe if he'd had DuoLingo to help him, he might have been a little better?
- Charlize Theron- Theron is fluent in Afrikaans, which is a variant on Dutch. Dutch is in fact Theron's first language, as she grew up in South Africa where it was one of the main languages.
I think you made a typo. I looked it up and Theron's first language is Afrikaans and Afrikaans, not Dutch, is one of the 11 (!) official languages of South Africa.
Maybe athletes who speak multiple languages? Kobe Bryant speaks Italian. Patrice Evra speaks 5 or so languages. Romelo Lukaku speaks I think 6. Dikembe Mutombo speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Lingala, Tshiluba, and 3 other African dialects (Swahili and Kikongo might be in there too).
He played Pvt. Gator Lerner (an interpreter) in Platoon (1986):
The character is only on screen briefly but appears to have an extensive back-story; I wouldn't be surprised if there was a decision in post-production to cut him down to size.
He can also speak Italian and probably a bit of Dutch too.
Just a little bit of useless information: Zlatan is an official verb in Swedish (and I think French).
Wes Studi's first language is Cherokee. He started to learn English in elementary school.
Jon Heder learned Japanese by serving as a missionary in Japan for two years.
Mitt Romney learned French, also by spending two years as a missionary (although it seems that he is extremely rusty).