We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which celebrity fact totally blew their mind. Here are the surprising results...
1. Natalie Portman was studying for her bachelor's degree at Harvard while filming Star Wars. – gracecrxmb
2. Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson once toured with Jesse McCartney. – ryanj4a2954bd4
Before she was an Oscar-winning Serious Actress™ and BFF of Emma Stone, Brie Larson took the tween world by storm with her debut album, Finally Out of PE. She promoted the release of her album – which, in the end, sold about 3,500 copies – by going on tour with a "Beautiful Soul"-era Jesse McCartney.
3. Danny DeVito and Rhea Pearlman – who played the Wormwood parents in Matilda – are married in real life. – tucarra2013
DeVito and Pearlman first met in 1971, married in 1982, have three children together, and founded a film production company called Jersey Films that's behind movies like Pulp Fiction and Erin Brockovich. They separated in 2012 after 30 years of marriage, but reconciled and called off the divorce a few months later – sadly, though, they called it quits again in March this year.
4. Courteney Cox is now older than Tom Selleck was when he played her boyfriend, Richard, on Friends. – Morgan Shanahan
5. Dakota and Elle Fanning are distant cousins of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge. – sarahcat18
It's a pretty tenuous link, but research carried out by experts at Ancestry.com in 2016 determined that the Duchess of Cambridge and the Fanning sisters were both descendants of King Edward I, making them (very) distant cousins.
The same research discovered that Kate is also distantly related to Ellen DeGeneres and George Washington.
7. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have all won more Grammys than Katy Perry. – amygracexoxo
All three of them have won Grammys in the Spoken Word category (Obama has won it twice!), but despite being nominated 13 whole times since 2009, Katy has never won a Grammy.
Other surprising Grammy winners include ex-presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
8. Seth MacFarlane – creator of Family Guy – has several big-band albums. – tannerh4025bec47
Yep, the man famous for Peter Griffin and Ted is actually a pretty decent big band musician. He's released three albums since signing with Universal Republic Records in 2011, and has even been nominated for two Grammys in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album category.
9. Kanye West applied to study fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, but was rejected. – Gemma
10. Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy on Modern Family, is a member of MENSA. – Brittany Helene Nolan, Facebook
12. Betty White is older than sliced bread. – kwaters2017
Pre-sliced bread was sold for the first time at a bakery in Missouri in July 1928. Betty White was born more than six years earlier, on 17 January 1922. Which means that the famous phrase should ~really~ be "the best thing since Betty White".
14. Julie Andrews' singing voice was almost entirely ruined by a botched surgery in the '90s. – Rhiannon Stringer, Facebook
15. Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola. His stage name is inspired by his favourite comic book character, Luke Cage. – Beatrice Toscano, Facebook
Cage is actually a member of the Coppola family, who are basically film royalty – his uncle was Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola, and his cousins are director Sofia Coppola and actor Jason Schwartzmann – but he wanted to change his name when he got into acting to separate himself from his famous family. He named himself after his favourite Marvel character, Luke Cage. His son Kal-El, is also named after a superhero – it's Superman's birth name.
16. Steve Buscemi was a firefighter with the FDNY as a teenager, and returned to help in the aftermath of 9/11. – caitlinm18
Before beginning his incredibly successful acting career, Buscemi worked as a firefighter in New York City in the early '80s. When the September 11 attacks occurred in 2001, he temporarily rejoined his old company and helped with the clean up at Ground Zero. He even produced a documentary, called A Good Job, which examines the work of the New York Fire Department.