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7 Stars You Didn't Know Are Perfectly Multilingual


I don't know about you, but I was personally pretty shook when I saw Mariska Hargitay speaking in Italian during the most recent episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Being something of a linguist and (humble brag but also fact) a native speaker of a few foreign languages myself, I'm especially fascinated when I see an unaccented English speaker acting in a different tongue.

I'm even more blown away when I hear or watch an extemporaneous interview in which stars flawlessly answer unrehearsed questions (see Sandra Bullock, below), and reveal themselves to be fluent speakers of other languages. 

So which of your faves happen to be bilingual? 

Keep reading to find out.

1. Mariska Hargitay

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Mariska is quite well known to Dick Wolf fans as the inimitable Lieutenant Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Through the years, we've seen her speak in what I would call "middle school Spanish" to some of her rape victims. 

But last night, she really wowed audiences with her Italian. "Mariska Hargitay speaking Italian is the only good thing on this earth," wrote one fan on Twitter. Mariska, who also speaks fluent Hungarian (her father emigrated from Hungary) and French, actually once played an Italian detective struggling to speak English in several episodes of Prince Street

These days, she'd like her kids to be "multilingual" like her, according to an interview with Good Housekeeping.