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15 Celebrities You Didn't Know Could Speak French

15 Celebrities You Didn't Know Could Speak French

It’s always interesting to see how talented celebrities are. Not only are they great actors on screen, they are very talented in other walks of life as well. Here are our favourite celebrities that speak french. Their french accents will make you fall in love with them. 

In celebration of Liberty, Fraternity, and Equality, we've curated a list of 15 celebrities who speak the language of love. Prendre plaisir!

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1. Johnny Depp

The masterful actor, whom some may know as Captain Jack, Edward Scissorhands, or Willy Wonka (among others), is also very talented in picking up languages. Depp learned conversational French when he lived in Paris with his long-term girlfriend and their two children, who have dual citizenship. 



2. Jodie Foster

Foster learned French at the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a prep school that she attended for twelve years. According to native speakers, her French is impeccable, and she even dubs herself in French translations of her movies.  

What a heartthrob. Beautiful and intelligent. 

3. Bradley Cooper

During his Georgetown career, Cooper spent a semester abroad in Aix-en-Provence, where he lived with a host family for six months. Despite not living in France for over twenty years, his French is still fresh, and he even conducts interviews with French journalists. It seems like immersion is the key!  

4. Audrey Hepburn

We can all agree that Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of elegance, grace, and class, which is not very surprising considering her aristocratic background. Her father was a British subject from Bohemia, and her mother was a Dutch baroness. Hepburn herself was born in 1929 in German-occupied Brussels. As a result of her multinational background, the Breakfast at Tiffany's actress was quite the polyglot, speaking fluent English, Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish. 

5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Levitt learned French (both the language and a bit of poetry) through his studies at Columbia University. A self-proclaimed Francophile, he set out to further improve his skills in preparation for his role as Philippe Petit in The Walk (2015).  

 Pretty sexy, no? 

6. Serena Williams

Like Levitt, Williams is also a self-proclaimed Francophile -- in more ways than merely winning five French Opens. Serena tried to impress her French fans and improve her skills by learning French. She also owns an apartment off the Champs de Mars and once dated a hunky French coach. Her famous and equally talented sister, Venus, does not speak the language. 

7. John Kerry

Monsieur John Kerry, the current Secretary of State, actually has pretty strong ties to France. He first learned the language when he attended a Swiss boarding school as a child, but the culture had a lasting impact on him. He also spent his summers, lounging with his grandparents in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, Brittany. Here's a clip of Kerry expressing his condolences after the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks: 

8. Hugh Jackman

Despite being Australian, Hugh Jackman's second language is French. We're not sure where he learned it, but we're assuming it's because his wife once lived in France.

9. Emma Watson

The lovable and gorgeous Hermoine (we'll never see her as anything else) was born in Paris to British parents. Her first language was not even English! Although she moved away at age five, she's kept up her talents d'orateur.

10. Tom Hiddleston

The famous actor -- and the hottest Norse God ever on the silver screen -- also has an affinity for learning as many languages as he can. He cites this to his expectation that everyone doesn't speak English, so he always tries to interact with his fans in their native language. Besides knowing the classic romance languages, Hiddleston can speak fluent Greek and also some Russian, Latin, German, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese.

11. Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh picked up French while studying acting at a university in Montreal. Does anyone else forget that there's this giant province in Canada that speaks French as its first language? 

Even Cristina Yang, her Grey's Anatomy character, speaks French. The show needed some way to show off Oh's flawless accent!

12. Leighton Meester

Not quite sure where Meester learned French, but she certainly speaks beautifully! Her language ability certainly came in handy for her character, Blair, on Gossip Girl and her role in the 2011 film Monte Carlo

13. Gwenyth Paltrow

Gwenyth Paltrow not only speaks french, she even conducts some of her interviews partly in french. Doesn’t she make you wonder how talented people can be? 

14. Elton John

Elton John is yet another celebrity that is fluent in french. Being one of the most accomplished musicians to exist in our time, having sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, he has the hidden talent of being fluent in french as well. He has even received the Legion d'honneur from french president Emmanuel Macron, in 2019. This is the highest French civilian award!

15. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman is already someone that everyone loves. This Australian has won our hearts on and off the screen with his extremely charismatic personality. The cherry on top is that he also speaks French! Everyone was surprised when he started speaking french in an interview for the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  

So there you have it: 15 celebrities you didn't know could speak French!

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