Everyone loves to do something that isn’t work or school. It turns out, so do celebrities. From crafts to expensive cars, actors and musicians love to collect or indulge in something when they aren’t busy being famous.
Some of their hobbies are something that most of us can relate to. A pickup game of basketball or quiet fishing trip can seem pretty mundane, but when a celebrity does it then it becomes interesting.
Then some celebrities take their leisure activities a little too far. When Katie Holmes starts sewing, she makes designer clothing. John Travolta took a few flying lessons and now he has a runway in his back yard.
But it’s nice to know that some of today’s biggest stars have something they are a little bit nerdy about, whether it’s fast cars or going to a soccer game.
These 12 celebrities on the list have made their hobbies into news and let us know it’s alright to obsess over something.
Eric Bana – Cars
The Aussie actor has a real love for fast cars it turns out. He took to the race course with his friends and competed in events like the Australian GT championship and the Australian Targa championship.
One of Bana’s first cars, a ’73 Falcon Coupe he dubbed “The Beast”, was a rust bucket before he got his hands on it. He fixed it up to racing shape … until he smacked it into a tree during the five day Targa race.
That hasn’t stopped “The Hulk” from zooming around the course. The Beast has since been fixed and runs fine.
Chris Brown – Basketball
When he isn’t busy punching photo-bombers or saying offensive things, this dance master tries to move his feet on the basketball court.
He’s been seen shooting hoops with other hip hop artists like Snoop Dogg and showing off at the 2013 BET Experience Fan Fest in Los Angeles.
Not only does Brown love going to see NBA games, but he played for charity after his seizure in August. Ironically, he played against the LAPD. Team Breezy lost to the cops on the court but got at least some good press for helping anti-violence organizations.
Drew Carey – Soccer
Drew Carey’s ultimate showcase would include nothing but soccer and his camera, because that is the comedian’s passion.
The former Marine and improv show host is so enamored with the sport that he wanted to be more than a spectator after a game in 2003. He actually took a camera and shot photos for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The Travel Channel followed him around for the cup and in Spain to watch him snap photos of the best soccer players in the world.
He also is part owner of the Seattle Sounders in the U.S.
Seth Green – Comics
Geek icon Seth Green loves to poke fun at sci-fi and pop culture in “Robot Chicken”, but he also has another successful side hobby in the world of comic books.
He is the creator of “The Freshman” about a gang of high school freshman gifted with special powers. Green helped write the ongoing series and its storyline with friend and artist Hugh Sterbakov. They’ve released three issues so far where the teens go through their first year and summer vacation fighting off villains and learning their true origins.
Green met his wife at a comic book store in 2007 as well.
Jake Gyllenhaal – Cycling
The dreamy blue-eyed actor likes to work on his physique, and we thank him for it. Gyllenhaal has been seen riding some fast bikes with Lance Armstrong and Matthew McConaughy.
He is often pictured riding around New York or heading off the main roads for some time to think. His enrollment in a SoulCycle class caused all of the ladies in the area to sign up and sell out the time slot.
The “Donnie Darko” star has told interviewers that he isn’t a “gearhead” but he loves his bike rides and uses them to boost his mood.
Tom Hanks – Typewriters
Jovial Hanks fell in love with the inanimate Wilson the volleyball in “Cast Away”, but it was not his first item of affection. The actor collects and obsesses over typewriters in his free time.
He loves them so much that he was willing to be bribed with one to show up on The Nerdist podcast once. The “Forrest Gump” star types on specific typewriters depending on his mood because of the noises they make and works almost exclusively on the old-school writing tool.
Hanks touts his collection on social media via Twitter when he isn’t clacking away.
Katie Holmes – Sewing
The sweet-faced former Mrs. Cruise looks stylish for the paparazzi and was an adorably slutty pumpkin in “How I Met Your Mother”.
Through her wacko Scientology days, one thing kept the skinny star grounded. Her mother taught her how to sew and make household crafts that are now Holmes’ favorite thing to do. She revs up her sewing machine and makes aprons, doll clothes and decorations for her daughter, Suri.
Her ex even got the seamstress a sewing machine as a gift. In 2008, Holmes started up a clothing line with her stylist Jeanne Yang called “Holmes and Yang”.
Angelina Jolie – Knives
Angelina Jolie has a history of collecting something other than children. The actress was a bit of a weapon enthusiast before she became such a humanitarian. Jolie showed off her proficiency with knives on talk shows and admitted she finds blades fascinating.
They are so fascinating that Jolie and her former boyfriends would use them in the bedroom and she has the scars to prove it.
She collects various types of daggers and passed the obsession on to her adopted son Maddox whom she takes to stores to pick out new pieces for his budding collection.
Liam Neeson – Fly Fishing
Neeson has a set of very particular skills that he has acquired over a very long career. Aside from the light saber skills, voice acting and the ability to snap a man’s neck with one hand, the UK-born actor likes to do a little fishing.
In fact, he is an avid fly fisherman who has cast his line across the globe. He has taken friends on international fishing expeditions and has been on a handful of episodes of “Fly Fishing the World”. The “Taken” star uses the time to reflect and get away from the crazy Hollywood life.
Conan O’Brien – Guitars
The lanky talk show host has a special place in his heart for music. His fondness for guitars is not something he talks about on his show very often, but the man is a real enthusiast.
Guests on his show have given him their electric and acoustic instruments after performances to add to his collection. He once had famed guitarist Slash on an episode for a comical guitar shopping trip. O’ Brien also plays the instrument.
On his last night hosting “The Tonight Show”, O’Brien played a cover of “Free Bird” for his audience alongside comedian Will Ferrell.
Nick Offerman – Woodworking
The stern, mustached Ron Swanson of “Parks and Recreation” is an exaggerated version of Nick Offerman, for sure.
But Offerman does share some traits with the bacon-loving outdoorsman. He runs a successful wood shop and sells his wares online. His team creates handmade tables, canoes, desks and most household furniture.
The business is environmentally conscious as well. All the wood comes from naturally fallen trees in northern California. The eight-person team works out of a “kick-a** wood shop” in LA with Offerman as one of the woodworkers. They even sell a wooden mustache comb.
John Travolta – Airplanes
A common view of celebrities is that they fly in private jets. John Travolta takes that stereotype to the next level. He is a certified pilot who has flown since he was 15 and got a pilot’s license when he was just 23 years old.
Since then, he has bought several jets and flies them to exotic locations like France, or just to his next movie shoot. His house was built around his love of jets by setting it next to a runway.
Travolta even named his late son Jett after his aviation obsession.