Everyone has a hobby—even celebrities! After all, they must need a break from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood, fortune, and fame, right? That’s what inspired our list of the “7 Celebrities with the Strangest Hobbies.” Are you ready to see how your favorite actors and actresses spend their free time? So are we! Let’s get started!
#7 Nicole Kidman – Skydiving
Nicole Kidman is one of the most talented actresses on the silver screen who first rose to fame alongside her then-husband, Tom Cruise. While many assumed Cruise was the only daredevil in the relationship, the 52-year-old Aussie has proven everyone wrong.
“I have my skydiving license,” she told Marie Claire after encouraging every woman to jump out of a plane at least once. “Skydiving is the closest thing to flying.” So, what’s one thing Kidman says she won’t do—bungee jump. “It’s not elegant and I don’t like the idea of being on a cord and hanging upside down.”
#6 Bob Barker – Karate
“Come on down!” Bob Barker, the legendary host of The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007, starts our list with his surprising hobby—karate! That’s right, the 96-year-old former television host is passionate about karate after discovering the martial art early in his career. He spent eight years training with Chuck Norris and later admitted in his memoir, Priceless Memories, that he once broke four ribs sparring with the master. Fans caught a glimpse of Barker’s karate skills when he sparred with Adam Sandler in the hit film, Happy Gilmore (1996).
#5 Quentin Tarantino – Board Games
Quentin Tarantino is already one of the most bizarre people in Hollywood and his passion for collecting board games certainly doesn’t let us down when it comes to strange celebrity hobbies. Tarantino said he first started collecting lunchboxes before he discovered television-inspired board games.
“At first I chose lunchboxes, but they really rape you on lunchboxes. They’re just too f*cking expensive. And as for dolls, well you can’t have much fun with them,” he told Rolling Stone magazine. “You have to keep them in a box. So, I started with board games.” The 57-year-old actor and filmmaker also collects movie posters, videos, laser discs, albums, books, film artifacts, and film memorabilia but his collection of film and television board games is one of the most impressive in the world.
#4 Angelina Jolie – Knives
One of the hottest women in Hollywood,Angelina Jolie is also one of the toughest women in the industry and her hobbycertainly gives her credibility. The Mr. and Mrs. Smith star is obsessedwith knives and owns an impressive collection of ancient daggers and knivesthat she keeps under lock and key. She even once admitted to using knivesduring intimacy as a trust challenge for her partners.
“It reminds you of history, and there’s just something beautiful about them, and traditional,” she says. “Each country has different knives and weapons, and that’s why I started collecting them. I’ve done this since I was a little girl.” Among her prized collection are many Darrel Ralph balisongs, handmade butterfly knives, and rare, ancient daggers that come with a hefty price tag. Of course, if anyone can afford it, Jolie certainly can with a net worth of a cool $100 million.
#3 Johnny Depp – Barbie Dolls
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is full of surprises and that doesn’t stop with Johnny Depp’s favorite hobby—collecting Barbie Dolls! No, we’re not joking! Depp is outspoken about his passion for Barbie Dolls and says his passion is sincere since playing with dolls is “one of the things I’m good at,” he told Ranker.com.
Depp’s love of Barbie Dolls is certainly sincere as he collects versions of his own film characters as well as special edition Barbies like Marilyn Monroe, Beyoncé, and Paris Hilton. He says he plays with Barbies to get into character for his films and to bond with his two children. Aside from the dolls, he also collects insects, animal skeletons, and film props. Don’t believe us? Read more about his strange hobbies in “Celebrity Collector: Why Does Johnny Depp Collect Barbies?”
#2 Mike Tyson – Pigeon Racing
Iron Mike Tyson has a surprising and strangehobby for a celebrity—he is a skilled pigeon racer. Tyson shared his love of pigeons in thesix-part documentary series, Taking on Tyson, where he said pigeons gavehim peace as a kid when he was bullied on the tough streets of Brooklyn. “Thefirst thing I ever loved in my life was a pigeon,” he says. “I don’t know why…I feel ridiculous trying to explain it.”
Tyson’s passion for pigeons extends beyond his childhood to the subculture of pigeon racing. Throughout his career, Tyson collected birds and, after retiring from professional boxing in 2006, found even more time for his hobby. Now with over 2,500 birds, he’s determined to become a world champion in pigeon racing!
#1 Azealia Banks – Witchcraft
“Real Witches Do Real Things,” Azealia Banks told her fans in 2016 when the rapper proved she had a few more surprises up her sleeve. Banks posted a series of videos on Instagram where she admitted to practicing witchcraft in her closet. As she panned the camera around, viewers caught a glimpse of what appeared to be blood-stained walls. Other strange sightings include two dead chickens on the floor and a mix of feathers and a black gooey substance on the wood floor. For Banks, it seemed like another day as she told fans, “I’ve got my sandblaster, and my goggles—it’s about to go down.”
Now that we’ve looked at seven celebrities with the strangest hobbies, we imagine your hobby seems tame in comparison, right? Whatever the case, we hope this list inspires you to explore new hobbies and venture out into the unknown to discover your greatest passion! After all, you might discover your love for pigeon racing… you never know!