There’s no mistaking that we live in a celebrity-centric world. Magazines, TV shows, even entire television networks have been created in a Sisyphean attempt to sate our collective need for celebrity gossip. Given how we tend to idolize them, it can be all too easy to lose perspective and forget that underneath the makeup, silicone, and restraining orders, they’re human just like the rest of us–only beautiful and successful.
So, it’s refreshing to see that, once you get past all the awards, the entourages, and–ahem–sex tapes, they’re just as weird as you and me. In fact, many of them are quite a bit weirder. And anything that serves to humanize these people is a good thing, no matter how boring and uncool it may make them seem.
So sit back, relax, and let the sanctimonious judging begin!
15. Johnny Depp Plays with Barbies
Who would have thought that Captain Jack Sparrow likes to spend his spare time playing with Barbie dolls? Ok, put your hands down, everyone! In his defense, he says he really only gets into it when he’s playing with his daughter. The photo is a fake, but it’s really not that big of a leap to imagine the famously eccentric Depp surrounding himself by dozens of dead-eyed plastic dolls, whom he presumably hopes will eventually pull a Toy Story and spring to life, if he can just love them enough.
14. Leslie Mann Enjoys Riding a Unicycle
The actress and wife of director Judd Apatow taught herself to ride a unicycle after being given one as a gift when she was just a kid. Mann still does it to this day, but mostly just to impress people at parties. And who wouldn’t be impressed by that? The answer is no one. Because unicycles are awesome.
13. Liam Neeson Fly Fishes, Terrifies Nature
The Taken star and all-around action movie God likes to relax by fly fishing in his spare time. No word on what Neeson does with the fish once they’re caught, but odds are he either swallows them whole or uses them to bait bears, which he then swallows whole.
12. Mila Kunis Plays World of Warcraft
Cementing her status as Nerd Goddess du jour, Mila Kunis not only admits to playing World of Warcraft, she actively embraces it. Her gaming chops are real, too. She cut her teeth in the gaming word playing Settlers of Catan before eventually moving on to WoW.
11. Quentin Tarantino Collects Retro TV Board Games
It’s actually not that surprising that someone as quirky as Tarantino has an odd little hobby. The Django Unchained director apparently collects all kinds of board games, but his favorites are games for old TV shows, like I Dream of Jeannie and The Dukes of Hazzard.
10. Pierce Brosnan is a Fire Breather
The second-worst James Bond actor developed his fire breathing skills early in his career as a way to round out his resume. However, Brosnan stopped doing it publicly after a mishap with The Muppets in 1996 left his mouth blistered inside and out. Not to blame the victim or anything, but he kind of had it coming for what he did to the world with Dante’s Peak.
9. Flea From Red Hot Chili Peppers is a Really Good Chess Player
You wouldn’t think it to look at him, given his shirtless, hard-rocking persona, but Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary is actually a really good chess player. In fact, he went head to head with chess grandmaster and No. 1 ranked player in the world Magnus Carlsen and more than held his own, lasting longer than most non-professionals Carlsen had ever played.
8. Kylie Minogue is a Scrabble Genius
Australian singer Kylie Minogue is an avid Scrabbler and she’s apparently pretty good at it. Together with her sister Danni, Kylie likes to face off against controversial author Salman Rushdie, who says he often wins because he plays “street Scrabble,” whatever that means.
7. Kristen Stewart is a Juggler
Let’s face it, K-Stew isn’t the greatest actor in the world, far from it in fact. But what she is apparently good at is juggling, so…there’s that, I guess. A boring hobby for a boring person. If that sounds to you like a mean and unwarranted attack on that actress, you’re right.
6. Angelina Jolie Collects Antique Daggers
Angelina Jolie has always been a little bit off, but don’t you dare say that to her face. She apparently has a room full of razor-sharp daggers at her disposal, which she’s been collecting ever since she was a child. You don’t mess with someone with that kind of arsenal and presumably an army of blade-wielding children at her beck and call.
5. Chris Brown Breeds Pit Bulls
Of course he does. When he’s not beating up his girlfriends, getting into brawls with his rivals, or attacking random R&B singers, Chris Brown likes to relax by breeding pit bulls. Why? Because he’s Chris Brown. And no, he’s not raising Pitbull the artist.
4. Steve Martin and Ed Helms Are Both Banjo Players
Funny men Steve Martin and Ed Helms both get down on the banjo something fierce. Helms plays the banjo in a bluegrass band called The Lonesome Trio and Martin has won a total of 5 (five!) Grammy awards for his banjo skills over the course of a musical career that many people frankly have never heard about.
3. Alice Cooper Loves to Golf
The shock rock king turned to golf initially for health reasons. He was battling alcoholism and decided to focus on the links instead of the drinks (sorry!). He credits golf with saving his life and he’s gotten pretty good at it, too, often shooting in the mid-70s. Cooper says of overcoming his former addiction, “Some people turn to God, I turned to golf.”
2. Colin Farrell is a Line Dancer
Before he made it big as an actor, the Irish bad boy got swept up in a country music phase that swept through the Emerald Isle in the late ’90s. Farrell even briefly spent some time as a line dancing instructor, corrupting the red-headed youth of Ireland with America’s most shameful export.
1. Bob Barker Will Karate-Chop You
The former The Price Is Right host made a memorable cameo beating the crap out of Adam Sandler in the movie Happy Gilmore, but most people don’t know that Barker‘s fighting skills are real. He’s actually a black belt in Karate and was trained by none other than–wait for it–CHUCK NORRIS!
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