Being famous may seem easy to us, but we never see the actual struggle behind it. Celebrities work extremely hard to get to where they are today. You know and recognize their on-camera talents, but what holds behind is a mystery to viewers.
What’s even more amazing is that numerous celebs are not just talented actors, singers, and performers, but also celebrity athletes. Many celebs at the beginning of their career started by playing some sort of sport.
While some celebrities stuck to sports in high school, others went on to play in college and beyond. In today’s article, we are going to take a look at six celebrities, who are also amazing athletes.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is probably the most athletic and fittest celebrity in Hollywood currently. Dwayne was a star wrestler before he entered Hollywood but even before that, he was a football player.
The Jumanji star had gained a full scholarship to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes. He was also on the 1991 team that won a national championship that year.
The 6-foot-5 Johnson played 39 games as a defensive lineman with 77 tackles. He has been described as a strong player and wildly impressive physical specimen by his teammates and coaches.
Also known as the action star, Jason Statham a very talented diver and his well-built physique is proof of his talent. The Fate of the Furious actor chose diving in his teens and even got selected for Britain’s national team.
Jason represented his country in the 1990 Commonwealth games but never made it to the Olympics. In 2018, a video of the Mechanic star, resurfaced on the internet, in which the actor could be seen diving in the 1990 Commonwealth games.
The stunning Victoria’s Secret model, Gigi Hadid who is currently one of the highest-paid models once was a top-notch volleyball player.
During her teenage, she even put her modeling career aside and focused more on athletic ambitions. The 25-year old supermodel was captain of her high school volleyball team and even went to Junior Olympic qualifiers.
While Gigi has since given up the sport competitively, the supermodel has now found a new athletic outfit in the boxing ring.
Terry Crews has built a career by doing all sorts of roles, from action movies like The Expendables to comedy series like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Crews also turned host for shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and America’s Got Talent. Before stepping into the show biz world in 1997, Terry Crews in his younger years played football.
Crews played in the NFL for six years as a defensive end and linebacker for teams like Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Australian actor best-known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, Hugh Jackman is one of the fittest celebrities in Hollywood.
Hugh Jackman is already 52-years old and still does not show any sign of aging – which proves that Jackman has always been athletic. Growing up in Australia, the Man of Steel actor was a huge rugby fan, and even played the game in his school.
He also told a famous magazine that while playing rugby he took most of his pent-up childhood anger out in the game. He also mentions that his childhood rage helped him to take up the role of Wolverine.
Nina Dobrev plays two characters – vampire vixen Katherine and her high school-aged human doppelganger Elena on CW’s super hit drama series The Vampire Diaries.
While Nina has already staked her claim to stardom, she was an elite sports star during her teenage. In high school days, the Fam TV series star participated in almost every sport.
She was a competitive gymnast, played amazing volleyball, soccer, baseball, basketball, and flag football. Today, the actress participates in various celebrity sporting events, like the Celebrity Beach Bowl.
The Bottom Line
To sum up, the above names are just a few examples of celebrities who are also elite athletes.
Besides them, George Clooney, 2 Chainz, Tom Cruise, and the very beautiful Emma Watson are also some other extremely talented artists who are star athletes at the same time.