Audrey Hepburn and 9 Other Celebrities Who Speak Multiple Languages
“They say love is the best investment; the more you give, the more you get in return.” Do you know who said that? None other than the radiantly beautiful and ever-so-charming goddess, Audrey Hepburn herself.
When you think of Audrey Hepburn, you probably think of her legendary films, her character as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the iconic Givenchy little black dress. But one thing you and I tend to overlook is that there is more to the beloved Audrey Hepburn than her classic movies. In addition to being an actress and a fashion icon, she is also a humanitarian and a well-known polyglot. Our dearest Audrey Hepburn, may she rest in peace, spoke six languages.
However, Audrey Hepburn is not the only Hollywood star who can speak multiple languages. Many of our favorite celebrities are known to be multilingual! They showcase this ability in interviews, press conferences, and when talking with their fans. In the meantime, check out our list of multilingual celebrities and be inspired to learn a new language.
Oh, and one more thing, here’s a quick tip to all language learners: set aside a few minutes each day to learn a language by reading and listening to stories you love, relevant news articles, and more with Beelinguapp. You may not become fluent right away using this strategy, but you will be immersed in the language on a regular basis. With consistent exposure, you get to enhance your reading skills, listening comprehension, and vocabulary in a more engaging way as you’re headed towards fluency.
Sir Christopher Lee – English, German. Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, Russian, Greek, Mandarin, Latin
Sir Christopher Frank Cardini Lee was an actor and singer from the United Kingdom. He is well known for his villain roles, including seven Hammer Horror films in which he portrayed Count Dracula and for his roles in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Wars, and James Bond, among others.
Sir Christopher Lee can speak Italian, French, Spanish, German, and English fluently. He can also speak some Russian, Swedish, and Greek. And in one interview, he stated that he was conversationally fluent in Mandarin and has some background in Latin.
Salma Hayek – English, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese
Salma Hayek is an actress and a film producer. She is most recognized for her role as Frida Kahlo in the biographical film Frida. Her portrayal of Frida Kahlo earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In November 2021, she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Besides her native language which is Spanish, Hayek also speaks English, Arabic and Portuguese. She also confirmed that her daughter is fluent in Spanish, French, and English.
Tom Hiddleston – English, Spanish, French, Italian, Greek, Latin, Russian, German, Russian, Korean, Mandarin
Tom Hiddleston is a British actor who plays Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He starred in the BBC limited series The Night Manager, for which he got two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He also received his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for this series.
While studying Classics at the University of Cambridge, Hiddleston learned Greek. He is also fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian. He knows some Russian, Latin, German, Korean, and Mandarin as well.
Natalie Portman – English, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, French
Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem to an Israeli father and an American mother. Growing up, she spoke both English and Hebrew. At an early age, she became passionate about learning languages. She knows conversational Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
In an interview with America Reads Spanish, Portman called Spanish "one of the most valuable languages in the world." As a result, while filming Goya's Ghost in Madrid, she continued to improve her Spanish skills. In addition, Portman's German skills impressed the crew while shooting V for Vendetta. The actress improved her French skills while filming the movie Planetarium in Paris. She can also be seen using sign language to recreate the lyrics of Sir Paul McCartney's song My Valentine.
Monica Bellucci – English, Italian, French, Persian, Spanish
Monica Bellucci is a model and actress from Umbria, Italy. She began her career as a high-fashion model for Dior and Dolce & Gabbana before moving on to films. Bellucci is best remembered for her portrayal as Malena Scordia in the controversial comedy-drama movie titled Malena.
In Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ, Bellucci played Mary Magdalene where she learned to speak the endangered Aramaic language. In an interview, Bellucci once said that she “has an ear” for learning languages. The actress speaks Italian, French, Spanish, and English.
Sandra Oh – Korean, English, French
Sandra Oh is a Korean-Canadian actress best known for her roles as Christina Yang on Grey's Anatomy and Eve Polastri on Killing Eve. She has garnered numerous awards, including two Golden Globe nominations, four Screen Actors Guild, and twelve Primetime Emmy nominations.
Oh was born to Korean parents and she grew up speaking both Korean and English. While studying at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, she learned French.
Audrey Hepburn – English, French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish
Audrey Hepburn is a multi-award-winning actress and fashion icon. She was also inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame and is considered the third greatest female cinema legend. Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, and Sabrina are among her most well-known films.
Hepburn grew up bilingual, speaking both English and Dutch. When she was sent to a private school in Belgium, she learned French. She also picked up German, Italian, and Spanish.
Colin Firth – English, Italian
Colin Firth is an award-winning English actor who has received a Golden Globe Award, two British Academy Film Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and numerous other accolades.
On the set of the British-Italian drama Nostromo, the actor met his wife, Livia Giuggioli. As a result, Firth decided to learn Italian. He now speaks Italian fluently along with the famous Italian hand gestures.
Mila Kunis – Russian, English
Mila Kunis is an American actress who was born and raised in Ukraine. When she was seven, Mila and her family moved to the United States. She is best recognized for her work in the television series That '70s Show and as Meg in the animated sitcom Family Guy. She was nominated for Best Young Actress for her work in the psychological thriller Black Swan.
The actress speaks both Russian and English. And in one episode of the TV show Family Guy, her character Meg spoke Russian.
Viggo Mortensen – English, Spanish, Danish, French, Italian, Norwegian
Viggo Mortensen is a Danish-American actor, singer, photographer, and painter. Mortensen is best recognized for his role as Aragorn in the critically acclaimed film The Lord of the Rings.
Mortensen was born and raised in Argentina, where he grew up speaking English, Spanish, and Danish. He is conversational in both French and Italian. He can also understand Swedish and Norwegian.