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Celebrities with quirky hobbies

Hobby high!
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Hobby high!

Writer Margaret Atwood, a two-time Booker Prize winner, recently took an interviewer’s hand and started reading her palm, saying: “You’re quite stubborn. You don’t care about wallpaper, Molly.” Celebrities often have hobbies that may not seem to match their public persona, like Tom Hanks as a vintage typewriter collector or Julia Roberts knitting sweaters on film sets.

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Designed by Pattinson
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Designed by Pattinson

Actor Robert Pattinson, who will next be seen in the spooky thriller The Lighthouse, recently said he has started designing clothes for men and women as a hobby. “My style is influenced by the cities I go to, sourcing fabrics and local skills. What I do is pretty multifaceted, clothes for men and for women, things that I make with friends,” he told Homme Numero magazine.

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Tom likes to typewrite
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Tom likes to typewrite

Tom Hanks, who likes playing the everyman of Hollywood, is into manual typewriters — collecting them and typing out memos and letters the oldfashioned way. “Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece,” he wrote in The New York Times.

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What’s up Fernando’s sleeve?
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What’s up Fernando’s sleeve?

Fernando Alonso, the former Formula One driver, is an amateur magician and uses tricks of hand to impress all and sundry. The Spaniard is said to have learned the magic tricks from his uncle. Perhaps he was also inspired by Nigel Mansell, another Formula One champion from 1992, who is a proper magician.

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Quentin & Dukes of hazard
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Quentin & Dukes of hazard

Quentin Tarantino, the maker of Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, once said he liked collecting and playing board games. His collection includes The Dukes of Hazzard and Dawn of the Dead. “I’ve been collecting all this s**t for years… Then I fi nally decided I wanted to start collecting something new. So, I started with board games,” he said in an interview to Rolling Stone.

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Ms Roberts is busy, knitting
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Ms Roberts is busy, knitting

Filmstar Julia Roberts is also a knitter, a skill she honed while waiting for her shots at fi lm sets. "It's just great to make things. To have a pile of yarn and make it into something," she was once quoted as saying.

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Bingo! Cristiano
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Bingo! Cristiano

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese football star, loves bingo, the numbered card game of chance. He was said to have received the game as Christmas gift once and he has been at it ever since. “It can be very exciting because you can be there waiting for a long time for just the one number to make the game complete,” he was quoted as telling a Portuguese paper.

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​Tom & Will are fencing, sir
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​Tom & Will are fencing, sir

Tom Cruise and Will Smith, the two evergreen Hollywood stars, like to fence as a hobby. Apparently, it was Cruise who introduced Smith to pick up the pointy swords (known as foil, epee and saber) and do the careful back and forth moves to out manoeuvr the opponent.

By:Sourabh GuptaIllustrations: Suneesh KSource: The New York Times, Vulture.com, Numero.com, Vox.com and other websites

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