It requires altogether another degree of hard work and dedication to be an athlete in real life, and who knows it better than few of the Hollywood celebs. Though you need to have athletic bones in your body to play a sport, but one must also work passionately towards attaining high fitness levels and mastering the nuances of the game.
Many of us might not know that few of the top Hollywood stars, whom we pertinently know for their acting brilliance, were star athletes in their earlier days. Don’t believe it… check it out yourself.
Denzel Washington starred in Spike Lee’s 1998 film, He Got Game, which was on NBA sharpshooter and first-ballot Hall of Famer Ray Allen. Though Denzel played the supporting role as the father of Jesus Shuttlesworth (Allen), not many are aware that the actor is an expert basketball player in reality and has played the game professionally during his university days in New York.
Everybody remembers Emma Watson for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series on the big screen. However, not many know that even though she was occupied with her acting commitments, Emma didn’t give up on her studies and went onto complete her bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Ivy-League school, Brown University.
If you are already wondering how did she manage to do that, now sink in this fact – along with all this, the actress also took out time to play collegiate field hockey and was considered an exceptional player. Now, that’s someone who can be called a real all-rounder.
The popular comic host, Jon Stewart has been getting us the best of interviews of celebs for over a decade now. However, during his college days, the Comedy Central host used to play for College of William & Mary’s football team. He was match-winner and even won championships for his team.
All of us know the legendary star for the iconic sitcom, Friends. Though people love Matthew Perry as the funny man in the series, not many know that Perry was a professional tennis player in his younger days and even ranked nationally. Perry was No. 17 in junior singles and No 3 in junior doubles. Such was his dedication towards the game that he would practice for 10 hours in a day during his growing up years.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Before establishing himself as a successful actor on screen, Dwayne was already a world-renowned wrestler and was loved by millions. He was also a college football player for the University of Miami where he won national championships for the 1991 Miami Hurricanes team.