The Strangest and Most Unexpected Celebrity Hobbies

By: Michael Legg | Last updated: Mar 21, 2024

Celebrities are often admired for their talent, glamour, and luxurious lifestyles, capturing the attention of fans worldwide. However, beneath the surface of their stardom lies a world of peculiar hobbies and interests that showcase their unique personalities and creativity.

From collecting rare artifacts to mastering obscure musical instruments, these strange celebrity hobbies serve as a reminder that even the most famous among us have quirks and passions that set them apart from the rest.

Beyoncé Knowles - The Bee Hive Queen, literally

Beyoncé Knowles, commonly known as Beyoncé, is one of the most popular and talented singers and performers in the world. Outside of the recording studio and away from the stage, she has quite an interesting hobby: beekeeping. Beyoncé originally became interested in raising bees due to the healing elements of honey, which is mostly used for its antibacterial properties.


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Beyonce currently has two beehives at her home, totaling roughly 80,000 bees. These two beehives yield hundreds of jars of honey each year. She uses the honey mostly for relaxation and healing, which is extremely beneficial for her and her daughters, Blue and Rumi.


Mike Tyson, the Pigeon Raiser

Mike Tyson is one of the most dominant and greatest heavyweight boxers of all time, competing from 1985 to 2005. Tyson remains an iconic figure in the world of boxing and has been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


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Despite being one of the feared boxers of his time, Mike has an interesting hobby: raising pigeons. Tyson’s love for pigeons began when he was nine years old, and he credits them with helping him escape the bullying he endured as a child. He is known for having a collection of over 1,000 pigeons and continues to love and care for each of them.

Nicole Kidman, the Skydiving Savant

Nicole Kidman is an award-winning actress, appearing in both major television series and top movies. Outside of her professional career, Nicole has an adventurous side, as she enjoys skydiving in her free time! Nicole became such an avid skydiver that she even got her skydiving license, meaning she can skydive alone.


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Nicole not only has her license but also encourages other women to try this exhilarating hobby, as she believes it is the closest thing to flying you can get.

Julia Roberts, the Knitter

While away from her time on the set for the big screen, Julia Roberts thoroughly enjoys knitting. Julia became such an avid knitter that she would actually bring her knitting supplies with her to work while in between sets.


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Julia’s dedication and wonderful crafts inspired other actors like Julianne Nicholson to pick up knitting as well. Not only does this hobby provide an outlet for entertainment, but it also inspires her fans to explore different interests and passions.

Brad Pitt, the Potter

Brad Pitt is a top American actor and film producer mostly known for his many different iconic roles in various films and his stunning good looks. While Brad is not winning awards for his many different works, he has an interesting hobby: pottery.

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Brad Pitt found an outlet for his creativity and passion for art with pottery during the pandemic. Pitt is known for creating different art pieces, including candlesticks, which he describes as “heavy,” painted black and gold, and “very handsome.”


Kendall Jenner, Call Her By Her Bird

Kendall Jenner is a top model and reality TV star who also has a random and interesting hobby: bird calling. She originally discovered her hidden talent when her father, Caitlyn Jenner, was teaching her how to whistle. Kendall obviously enjoyed the hobby and honed her skills to a tee, being able to sound like a real bird.

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Kendall displayed her interesting talent while appearing on James Corden’s Hidden Talents Show. Kendall displayed her talents by showing off her whistling skills along with the bird sounds, making it seem like she was completely surrounded by real birds.


Katy Perry, In Locks We Trust

Katy Perry is an American pop singer, mostly known for her anthemic and sexually suggestive hit songs. Katy is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling over 143 million records worldwide. Outside of her work in the recording studio, Katy enjoys an odd hobby: collecting hair from other celebrities.

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During a fan Q&A, Perry openly discussed this hobby, even admitting that she used to keep locks of Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift’s hair in her bag. This hobby showcases her eccentric side and her fascination with her fellow celebrities.


Will Smith, the Fencer

Will Smith earned his stardom early with his work in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, which sparked a long and successful acting career. Aside from his acting career, Will has a deep passion for painting.

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Will is known for creating different art pieces, typically including portraits and landscapes. In addition to painting, he also is a fencing enthusiast, even getting Tom Cruise and David Beckham into the sport.


Taylor Swift, The Snow Globe Princess

Taylor Swift is arguably one of the most famous women in the world. Taylor has many successful albums and even has a very public relationship with Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce.

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Aside from her singing career, Taylor has somewhat of an unusual hobby: creating snow globes. She has mentioned that she enjoys creating these holiday-themed crafts in her spare time, using mason jars, antiques, and glitter to fashion the gifts.


Paris Hilton, the Frog Hunter

Paris Hilton is one of the most well-known media personalities and coincidentally has one of the most interesting hobbies on this list: frog hunting. Paris typically uses the vast land on her ranch to go out hunting for frogs. However, she does emphasize that she always releases the frogs back into the wild.

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In addition to frog hunting, Paris also has an interesting indoor hobby: vintage radio restoring. She is often seen visiting European antique radio shows, known for not only buying them, but restoring them herself.


Angelina Jolie, Doing Wonders with A Dagger

Angelina Jolie is a renowned actress and humanitarian, and has an unusual hobby: collecting knives and daggers. Angelina’s love for daggers began as a family tradition sparked by her mother.

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She has been collecting edged weapons since she was 11 years old, and her collection has grown over the years. Jolie’s collection includes many Darrel Ralph balisongs and handmade butterfly knives, which are highly sought after and can take months to process orders.


Jennifer Garner, the Saxophone Musician

Jennifer Garner is an American actress known for her roles in various films and television series, such as “Alias,” “13 Going on 30,” “Daredevil,” “Pearl Harbor,” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?”. Outside of her active acting career, Garner has an interesting hobby: playing the saxophone.

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This hobby showcases her musical side and her fascination with the instrument. Garner has even been known to serenade her friends with saxophone solos, such as Reese Witherspoon, on her birthday.


Mary-Kate Olsen, the Equestrian

Mary-Kate Olsen is a world-renowned actor and fashion designer. In addition to her career, Mary-Kate enjoys an interesting hobby in her free time: show jumping. Show jumping is an athlete riding a horse over a set of jumps in numerical order.

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Mary-Kate is known for participating in equestrian competitions and also has a passion for simply riding horseback.


Andrew Garfield, Coin Collector, Amateur Gymnast

Andrew Garfield is a widely known actor known for his work in “The Social Network” and the “Amazing Spider-Man”. Outside of his acting career, Andrew has two major hobbies: collecting coins and practicing gymnastics.

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Garfield was a gymnast and a swimmer when he was young, and he even came third in the national championships when he was 12 years old. His interest in coin collecting is another unique aspect of his personality, showcasing his fascination with these historical items.


Ryan Gosling, the Knitter

Ryan Gosling is a top American actor, mostly known for his roles in “The Notebook” and “Drive.” Along with Julia Roberts, Ryan enjoys knitting in his off time.

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Gosling learned how to knit on the set of “Lars and the Real Girl” and has since enjoyed the activity, finding it relaxing. He has even described a day of knitting as his idea of a “perfect day.”


Leslie Mann, the Cyclist

Leslie Mann is another major actress known for her role in major films like “The Other Woman” and “Knocked Up.” While she is outside of her professional life, Leslie enjoys riding a unicycle in her free time.

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Mann learned to ride the unicycle at the young age of 10. While it was a bumpy road, Mann has since mastered the skill of unicycling. She is even able to travel backward and can jump off curbs.


Rosario Dawson, the Star Trek Fanatic

Rosario Dawson is a top actor known for her roles in many different movies and TV shows. Rosario’s hobby includes another major television show: being a Star Trek enthusiast.

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She is known for being bilingual and an absolute Star Trek nerd. Aside from attending Comic-Con for her role in the Marvel Netflix series “Daredevil,” Rosario Dawson actually attends Comic-Con regularly for fun and to flex her Klingon muscles.


Tom Hanks, the Typewriter Collector

Tom Hanks is arguably one of the most famous American actors, filmmakers, and writers, mostly known for his roles in many different major hits like “Big,” “Forrest Gump,” “Apollo 13”, and “Saving Private Ryan.”

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In addition to his successful professional career, he is known for his interesting hobby: collecting vintage typewriters. Hanks has an extensive collection of more than 100 typewriters and enjoys using them for various purposes, such as writing office memos and to-do lists.


Claudia Schiffer, Has Insect Instincts

Claudia Schiffer is a top supermodel and has an interesting hobby: collecting insects. Schiffer’s fascination with crawling insects began during her childhood when she was captivated by spiders’ webs sparkling with morning dew or just after the rain.

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At the home that she shares with Matthew Vaughan, there are many different walls with insects.


Rod Stewart, The Model Railway Builder

Rod Stewart is a major singer and songwriter, while he is enjoying some downtime, he does so by building model railways. Stewart has been working on his model railroad for an impressive 26 years.

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Stewart’s model railroad has an intricate and detailed setup within his Los Angeles mansion.


Penelope Cruz Has a Vintage Hanger Mecca

Penelope Cruz is a major Spanish actress known for her roles in various movies, including “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” and “All the Pretty Horses”. She is also a trained ballet dancer and is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and English.

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Penelope Cruz has an interesting hobby while she isn’t in production on some major movie set: collecting coat hangers. Cruz has a vast collection of over 500 coat hangers, which she has been collecting since she was a teenager. The origin behind Penelope’s interesting hobby is not known for certainty, but it is possible that her collection started as a way to organize and display her wardrobe.


Susan Sarandon, The Ping Pong Champion

Susan Sarandon is a famous actress known for her roles in movies like “Thelma and Louise” and “Dead Man Walking.” Outside of her professional acting career, Susan enjoys her hobby of playing ping pong.

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Susan is not just a casual player; she is an active fan of the sport, and even considers herself a “ping pong propagandist.” She has given ping pong tables to her friends and is part-owner of SPiN, a ping pong social club chain with locations in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco.


Margot Robbie, the Tattoo Artist

Margot Robbie is a world-renowned Australian actress and producer, mostly known for blockbusters and independent films. Margot is famously known for her roles in major films like “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Suicide Squad.” Margot does have somewhat of an interesting hobby: giving her friends tattoos.

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Robbie revealed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” that she loves to give her friends tattoos on set. She got her tattoo gun from eBay and has given tattoos to some of her “Suicide Squad” co-stars. However, she stopped doing it after a minor incident where she accidentally gave a friend a tattoo that her mother did not approve of during a bachelorette party in Australia. Robbie has actually never had any training in giving tattoos but has continued to do so for her friends.


Steve Martin, the Art Collector

Steve Martin is known for his many different professional roles as a comedian, actor, writer, producer, and musician. While Steve is not working, he has quite the expensive and interesting hobby: collecting art.

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Martin has been collecting art since the age of 21 and has collected many famous works. His collection includes pieces by famous artists such as David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein, and Edward Hopper.


Kaley Cuoco, the Tennis Player

Kaley Cuoco is mostly known for her work in major television shows like “The Big Bang Theory.” Outside of her many different roles on the television screen, she has many different hobbies that display her passion for the outdoors.

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Kaley is passionate about equestrianism and tennis. Kaley has been passionate about horses since she was a child, enjoying riding, grooming, and jumping horses.


Justin Bieber, Skateboarder

Justin Bieber earned his stardom at a young age, and is known as a singer and songwriter. Bieber is known for enjoying many different hobbies like hiking, skateboarding, and is an avid Disney Film lover.

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Justin is often seen hiking in the Hollywood Hills, and is a regular at Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles. Justin is also seen quite regularly at Disney World with his wife and family.


Steve Wozniak, the Segway Polo Player

Steve Wozniak, the famous co-founder of Apple Computer and is a renowned engineer. Outside of his professional career, he has a few major hobbies for him to enjoy in his free time.

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Wozniak is known for his love of Segway polo, a unique sport played on Segway personal transporters. He has competed in Segway polo championships, including the 2009 championships. Wozniak also enjoys redesigning electronic components and even creating prank devices.


Liam Neeson, the Fisherman

Liam Neeson is an actor mostly known for his roles in action movies like “Schindler’s List” and the “Taken.” In addition to his professional career, Neeson also enjoys fly fishing to pass the time.

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He has participated in fly fishing trips around the world, including a 10-day trip to New Zealand with his best friend.


Seth Rosen, Sushi Roller

Seth Rosen is a renowned and extremely successful plaintiff attorney and enjoys an interesting hobby: making sushi.

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Rosen enjoys making sushi for his family and friends, and he finds it a rewarding and creative outlet.


Greena Davis, the Gardner

Green Davis is a major proponent of the sustainability movement, and thoroughly enjoys hiking. Green, just like his name might imply, leads a “green” life, engaging in sustainable practices, products, and produce.

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Green hikes regularly and even plants his own fruits and vegetables.


Rihanna, the Chef

Rihanna is one of the most famous singers, actresses, and entrepreneurs. Outside of her professional career, Rihanna enjoys cooking, biking, and even driving.

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Rihanna found her love for the kitchen much like many others have, during the pandemic. In addition to cooking, she also enjoys walking and biking, which she discovered during the lockdown. Her most interesting hobby is driving, as she doesn’t even have a license!


Keanu Reeves, Surfer

Keanu Reeves is an actor who is mostly known for his infamous roles in “The Matrix” and “John Wicks.” One of his hobbies is surfing, which he developed a passion for while preparing for his role in “Point Break.” He spent weeks learning how to surf and has continued to enjoy the sport as a hobby.

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Another of his hobbies is reading, which showcases his intellectual curiosity and his desire to learn and grow. Reeves is an avid reader and has been known to read a wide range of books, from fiction to nonfiction. Lastly, Reeves has a passion for motorcycles and has even co-founded a motorcycle company, Arch Motorcycle, with Gard Hollinger.


Elijah Wood, Photographer

Elijah Wood earned his stardom through a few major films, most importantly the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

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One of his hobbies is photography, which he enjoys as a way to capture moments and express his artistic side. Wood also has an interest in fencing, a sport that combines physical fitness, strategy, and agility.


Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz is a Spanish racing driver who is currently competing for Aston Martin in Formula One. While Fernando is not competing in Formula One, he is an avid advocate for performing magic tricks.

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Alonso is known for performing magical tricks to unwind from the stresses of racing. He often performs these tricks to amuse other drivers before and after races, showcasing his pride in his abilities with a wand.


Geena Davis, Olympic Archer

Greena Davis once again makes the cut because she is truly one of many niche talents not just an American actress, film producer, writer, and fashion model. Not only is she the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award, but she is a competitive athlete, on an Olympic level.

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Davis took up archery in her 40s and became so skilled that she competed on a world stage. In 1999, she was a semifinalist for the Olympic trials.


Mila Kunis, the Gamer

Milena Markovna Kunis or “Mila” Kunis as the public knows her is a beloved American actress who rose to fame playing the role of Jackie Burkhart on the hit television series “That ’70s Show.” Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and raised in Los Angeles her career spans across various television and film projects.

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She is married to her “That ’70s Show” costar Ashton Kutcher and they have two kids but what you may not know is that Mila has a hobby that you wouldn’t expect. She is an online gaming enthusiast. She is particularly drawn to World of Warcraft and uses this hobby to unwind from the pressures of her day-to-day in Hollywood.


Tommy Lee Jones, the Polo Player

Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor famous for taking on serious and complex roles in Hollywood. What some fans may not know though is that during his downtime he takes his other hobby quite seriously. Jones has participated in several competitive polo matches which demands extensive preparation not any less than the roles he takes on the screen.

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Tommy Lee loves the equestrian world and he does not shy away from a little friendly competition between players. The rigorous training, teamwork and dedication required to succeed in the sport allow him a welcomed escape from the fast pace life he leads as an actor.


Harrison Ford, the Aviator

Harrison Ford is one of Hollywood’s biggest leading men, with a career that goes back decades and continues to grow, from the “golden age” of Hollywood to the future, the sky is the limit for this actor. But in reality, Ford has no limits when it comes to his love of the sky.

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His love for aviation is his unconventional hobby, perhaps a hobby exclusively for the rich and famous he has definitely taken it to new heights. Harrison Ford doesn’t just play an adventurer on the screen as Indiana Jones, he is one in real life too. Being the explorer he is he used to fly even before his acting career. He has even participated in real search and rescue missions as part of humanitarian efforts.


In conclusion, celebrities and their odd hobbies serve as a reminder that even the most famous among us have quirks and passions that make them just like us. These unique hobbies not only provide entertainment and relaxation for celebrities but also inspire fans to explore their own unique interests and passions.

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By embracing their eccentricities, celebrities demonstrate that it’s essential to have a sense of curiosity and a desire to learn and grow, no matter one’s status or fame.