12 Celebrities With Surprising Hidden Talents

At this point, we’ve come to expect certain characteristics from our movie stars. They need to have megawatt smiles, flawless bodies, and know exactly what to say in interviews or on the red carpet. These characteristics seem great, but after the second or third time watching the live coverage for the Oscars or the Golden Globes and hearing people say the exact same thing over and over again, it’s getting a bit predictable.

Enter the new type of celebrity: Those who don’t always say what the interviewer wants them to say (like Jennifer Lawrence), and those who have skills other than looking pretty on camera. Here are a few celebs who have hidden talents you may not have known about:

Ken Jeong

Many people know Ken Jeong from his first big role as a doctor in Knocked Up. However, most people don’t know that he’s actually a real doctor who practiced medicine for years while performing comedy and improv at night.

He met his wife while he was doing his residency, working up to 100 hours a week. After they married, he landed a part as a mobster in a buddy cop comedy, and she encouraged him to take the part. Now, his life has come full circle: ABC just picked up the pilot of an autobiographical sitcom about Jeong’s pre-Hollywood life as a doctor.

Gage Skidmore
Gage Skidmore