Juggling, squirrel skinning and other strange celebrity skills

From Jennifer Lawrence and Mila Kunis to Patrick Dempsey and Matt Damon, these stars have some surprising hidden talents

These celebs aren’t just starring in films, pounding the red carpet and being papped getting out of taxis, you know…


Jennifer Lawrence

Now we know J-Law isn’t just a pretty face. As well as being a positive role-model for gals the world over, the 23-year-old star has won an Oscar, made falling over cool and kicked a lot of butt in the Hunger Games but guess what? She can also skin squirrels. A skill which is sure to come in useful. Sometime. 

Matt Damon 

Matt Damon, he of Hollywood blockbuster fame, has many strings to his bow. Acting, producing, looking rather handsome… But that’s not all. Oh no. The 43-year-old Oscar-winning star has an extraordinary talent. He knows all the words to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Yep, all the words. Isn’t it neat? (Wouldn’t you think my collection’s complete? Wouldn’t you think I’m the girl, the girl who has… everything?)

Myleene Klass

We all know Myleene Klass (former member of PopStar’s pop group Hear’Say) is a talented musician. She’s released two classical solo albums, appeared on the Royal Variety Performance AND sung backing vocals for Cliff Richard. But did you know she could play piano backwards just as well as she can forwards? Think that doesn’t make any sense? You’d better watch this video… 

Taylor Swift

That Taylor Swift… She can sing, dance, act and model. She’s won multiple awards. She finished the last two years of high school in just twelve months. She’s dated a member of One Direction. And, it turns out, she’s also creatively gifted. It’s not fair is it? Apparently the 24-year-old singer-songwriter makes snow globes in her spare time. 

Mila Kunis

As if the male population need any more reasons to fawn over Miss Mila Kunis. Not only has Mila been named FHM’s sexiest woman in the world, the 30-year-old Family Guy and Black Swan actress was once an avid player of World of Warcraft. Apparently she decided to quit the gaming world as it was becoming addictive, but we’re sure she’d pick up the console again. You know, for the right man… 

Patrick Dempsey

Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey is the first celebrity we’ve found with a bankable skill. McDreamy, who also happens to race cars in his spare time, can juggle. Like, really well. It’s probably what got him the part in Made of Honour. And it’s always something he can fall back on if acting roles ever get few and far between… 

Colin Farrell

The Irish bad boy may be well known for drinking, fighting and generally being a bit of a hell-raiser, but he’s actually got a rather wholesome hobby: line dancing. In fact The Phone Booth, In Bruge and Winter’s Tale actor is so good at grape vines and heel digs that he was once a line dancing INSTRUCTOR. Five, six, seven, eight… 

Lesley Mann

You’d think being a film star and the wife of director Judd Apatow would be enough to keep Lesley Mann amused (We can’t imagine life with Judd is ever dull…) but it turns out the 41-year-old Knocked Up and This Is 40 actress also practises a strange skill in her spare time. Mann can ride a Unicycle. Apparently she was given one when she was 10, taught herself to ride it and still does to this day. Get her and Patrick Dempsey together and you’ve got half a circus… 

David Arquette

So guess what? David Arquette – he of Scream fame – well, he loves to knit. That’s right, he’s into the whole knitting needles, balls of wall, knit one, purl one shebang. Rumour has it he used to knit scarves for ex-wife Courteney Cox. Who’d have thought it?