Entertainment is a very important sector to all South Africans and something that helps us to live happier lives. Finding ways to fill your spare time in a fun way is essential to living a fulfilling life. After all, if all you ever did was work then it would get pretty boring!
Of course, the modern world has given us more ways than ever to do this. Listening to music, watching TV shows, catching movies and checking out sports are also something that many of us love to stay entertained with. This has seen many people involved in these industries become celebrities and household names in South Africa.
While these celebs stay in the news through their sheer talent and occasional fallouts (such as Zoe Mthiyane’s feud with Rapulana), many also have other talents they keep hidden from fans. But who are some of the most interesting to find out about?
One of the best-known celebs in South Africa right now is Randal, the tough-talking Idols SA judge. He has been there since season 2 of the show in 2003 and is always someone the crowds (and singers!) love to hate. In addition to his TV work, he is also a popular radio personality and consultant to the South African PR industry. But what hidden talents does he have? It seems that he is a master baker and is a real whizz at knocking up sweet treats. He regularly brings in banana bread, cakes and muffins to the set of Idols SA for all to enjoy.
Star of the Spider-Man movie trilogy and other top films like The Cider House Rules and Seabiscuit, Tobey Maguire is a major Hollywood name. But did you know that he is also an exceptionally good card player? This passion for gambling saw him take up tournament poker in 2004 and win decent prize money in many events since. This is no surprise when you hear he has been tutored by top poker pro Daniel Negreanu! If you fancy following in this famous actor’s footsteps by trying out casino games, just make sure to use no deposit bonus casino sites. These give you free money to play with when you sign-up for more fun.
Singer Kelly Khumalo is another very well-known South African celeb. A regular on the South African charts, her impressive voice and mesmerizing live shows have won her a legion of fans. Originally from the East Rand, she really shot to stardom in 2005 when she took the Best Newcomer trophy in the Afro Pop circuit. Since then, her music career has gone from strength to strength. But what hidden talents can she boast? It seems that she is also a very talented actress, as her appearances on the TV show Rhythm City show. She has a real flair for acting and this is one talent she will hopefully show more of in the future.
Blonde stunner Candice Swanepoel is one of the most photographed women to ever come out of South Africa. Although she is now a keen philanthropist, she is mostly known as a top model. This has included working as a Victoria’s Secret model and lighting up the catwalk at countless shows worldwide. Back in 2016, she was listed in eighth position on the Forbes top earning models list and her career is still flourishing, as proved by her launch of a range of swimwear called Tropic of C in 2018. In terms of hidden depths, she has a few to choose from – as well as being double-jointed in both arms, she can also belly dance her tongue, apparently!
It is not just South African celebs who have some awesome hidden talents. Famous faces from around the globe who South Africans are familiar with can also claim this. Ex-boxer Mike Tyson is still one of the most recognised sporting faces. Known for his ferocity, speed and power, he became the youngest heavyweight champion in history when Tyson’s brutal knockout of Trevor Berbick in 1986 gained him the WBC belt. After a period of total dominance, a surprise loss to Buster Douglas in 1990 seemed to send him into a downward spiral career-wise.
Did you know that ‘Iron Mike’ actually has a talent for racing pigeons? This has been a lifelong hobby for him and he learnt how to race them successfully when growing up in New York. It is often reported that a fight over a dead racing pigeon was the spark for his whole boxing career.
Celebrities sometimes have other talents too
When we see a celeb performing, it is easy to assume that this is their only talent. After all, it is the only one we see them demonstrating to the public! Many celebs often have other strings to their bow, which we do not always know about. It just goes to show that, like normal people, famous faces also have facets to their personality that they do not always show.