Multilingual, artistic, well-rounded and gorgeous – many actresses from Hollywood can stake claim to the last three adjectives, but very few have the facility to use many languages. Being a polyglot is quite useful in press conferences and interviews as these three lovely actresses could attest. Our three favorite multilingual Hollywood actresses have thrilled fans especially when they hear them speak in their own tongue.
Jodie Foster’s name often arises whenever the subject of multilingual celebrities is brought up. The American actress is so proficient in French that she sounds like a native speaker even to the trained ear. Foster’s French is flawless. Her training in French began early when she attended the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a French-language preparatory school. She moved on to Yale afterwards and graduated in 1985 with a degree in literature. Foster, a Mensa member (that exclusive club of individuals with high IQ) also converses in Italian. Reports say that she also understands Spanish and German.
Two-time award-winning actress Jodie Foster started out in Hollywood at a very early age. She was a child actress, starting out when she was three. This year, in her Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech she incited controversy after finally revealing her sexual orientation. Before this revelation, Foster was a rather private individual and her news presence was mostly about a recent film or performance. Her impressive filmography includes French-language versions of her own movies. Foster would do the dubbing herself. She has a movie due for release with Matt Damon called “Elysium,” a science fiction flick.
“Charlie’s Angels” star Lucy Liu was born in Queens, New York City. Her parents are Chinese immigrants who had professional degrees and worked multiple jobs. Her Chinese name is Yu Ling. Liu studied at Joseph Pulitzer Middle School and Stuyvesant High School in NYC and then completed a degree in Asian languages and culture from the University of Michigan. Her acting career started in her senior year in college in a school production. Liu started with bit parts and gained international popularity when she starred in the very successful remake of Charlie’s Angels.
Lucy Liu is multilingual. She is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Italian. She can also converse in French and Japanese. Lucy learned to speak Mandarin at home. She started learning English when she was five years old. Lucy Liu is also a mixed media artist and had many well-received shows and exhibits for her paintings, collages and photographs. She had training in painting, drawing, and sculpture from the New York Studio School. She supports UNICEF and has donated proceeds of profits from her art shows.
When she was young, Rosamund Pike traveled around Europe with her parents. Her father is an opera singer while her mother is a classical violinist. She’s an only child. Pike is herself an accomplished cellist. Her early exposure to multiple cultures gave Rosamund fluency in French and German aside from her native English. Pike was born in London, England. She attended a Bristol, England school as well as National Youth Theater. Rosamund already signed with an agent who saw her in a Rome and Juliet production but she still completed her degree in English Literature from Wadham College in Oxford.
Rosamund Pike’s international debut happened in the James Bond movie, “Die Another Day” in 2002. Being a Bond girl helped a lot in getting her subsequent roles in varied projects such as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Johnny English Reborn,” “Wrath of the Titans,” and most recently, “The World’s End.”