Celebrate World Art Day with 10 celebrities you didn’t know had hidden artistic talents
[Apr. 14, 2021: Josh Shavit]
Amongst many learnings from the unprecedented pandemic, a major realization was that we would be completely bored without our favorite artists who helped us through the difficult times. From musicians to dancers, content creators, actors & more, our love and respect for art surely has increased tenfold in the year gone by. Here is some interesting trivia that brings to light skills you didn’t know your favorite artists have.
1. Justin Timberlake - Dancer
We have all grown up to Justin Timberlake’s phenomenal tracks and still tune-in to hits like “What Goes Around, Comes Around” amongst others. Justin went onto impress us with his acting skills in Hollywood but not many know that the actor is a phenomenal dancer and has showcased the same through many dance performances.
2. Snoop Dogg- Football Coach
Known for his party goer persona and rap skills, Snoop Dogg’s hidden talent is sure to surprise you. This music sensation is a big fan of sports and spends a great deal of time coaching both of his sons' football teams.
3. Justin Bieber – Rubik Cube Expert
Fans often feel artists who start their careers early may not be that intelligent however breaking that stereotype is the Canadian megastar Justin Bieber. The singer-songwriter is an expert with a Rubik's Cube, and he can solve it in under two minutes!
4. Jack White - Upholsterer
Before creating history with his rock music, The White Stripes founder Jack White was making a decent living as an upholsterer. He even named one of his first bands The Upholsterers!
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5. Taylor Swift – Jam & Jelly Maker
Pop queen Taylor Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm and watched her mother make homemade grape jelly every year for the holidays. This tradition inspired her to concoct her own line of jellies and jams and distribute them to her nearest and dearest pals.
6. Pierce Brosnan - Fire-eater
In 2003 Brosnan recalled: “At the Oval House – this was in 1969 – there was a workshop and one night I came in to rehearse. I looked in and some guy was teaching people to fire-eat. There was a big group of people in there but I noticed that there were women and they had their tops off. So I thought I’d join in. This guy was a street performer and he was teaching us how to put the flames across the chest and the young ladies had to take their bras off – there were no bras then anyway. So I went to the workshop and I learnt how to fire-eat. It’s still [on my CV], absolutely.”
7. Bob Dylan – Ironwork
Dylan has completed many projects as a visual artist, but perhaps most unusual is his ironwork. In 2013, London’s Halcyon Gallery exhibited seven wrought-iron gates the legendary musician had made; he said: “I’ve been around iron all my life ever since I was a kid. I was born and raised in iron ore country, where you could breathe it and smell it every day. Gates appeal to me because of the negative space they allow. They can be closed but at the same time they allow the seasons and breezes to enter and flow. They can shut you out or shut you in. And in some ways there is no difference.”.
8. Neil Patrick Harris – Magician
Like his How I Met Your Mother character, Barney Stinson, NPH is a pretty decent magician in real life:
9. Margot Robbie – Tattoo artist
On the set of Suicide Squad, the Australian actor tattooed her co-star Cara Delevingne with a ‘toe-moji’, and in the below clip admits to having given about 100 tattoos over the years. One particularly keen member of The Graham Norton Show‘s production staff got a matching toe-moji on the show, which you can see below.
10. Christopher Walken – Lion-tamer
Speaking to IndieWire in 2015, the actor said that the lion he tamed aged 16 was “really more like a dog. It wasn’t really lion taming.” He added: “She was very sweet. Sheba. Old girl. Very nice. She’d come and bump your leg. Like a house cat.”