Having a learning difficulty is not at all unusual. Even famous people are not spared from the childhood condition that’s usually carried over to adulthood.
We might be amazed at how some of the celebrities that we know have, at one time or another, suffered from a certain condition that affected not just their education and job, but also their life. Take a look at how pretty human and normal they are when it comes to their condition. Find out what’s common among them and be surprised at what a few of them struggle with.
The actress-singer portrayed Tancy Henrickson in Big Love, Ruthy Spivey in the television series My Own Worst Enemy, and CeCe Jones on Disney’s Shake It Up. She started her acting career in the early ‘00s, and still very much active in the industry. When she was in first grade, she was diagnosed with dyslexia, and for this reason, her parents decided to home-school her until she attended the Sylvan Learning center to start reading and writing a grade ahead.
The late comedian-actor tickled everyone after starring in the hit sitcom Mork & Mindy back in the 1970s to 1980s. His first major role was Popeye, after which he did a number of memorable comedy and drama films such as Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Goodwill Hunting, and Mrs. Doubtfire, just to name some. Aside from overcoming his long addiction to cocaine and alcohol, Williams had to deal with his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Perhaps his condition had somehow helped him get into character when it came to playing certain roles that came close to depicting the symptoms of the disorder.
The former professional basketball player led a successful career, after having won three MVP Awards and honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. He was also a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame – both for his individual career and for being a member of the “Dream Team.” Johnson is dyslexic, but it’s a good thing that the condition did not at all pose a problem to his former career.
Beyonce’s sister is also a singer, songwriter, actress, and a model. She initially joined Destiny’s Child and moved on to a solo career under her father’s label. Her music influence has always been Motown, and her first love is song-writing. She has also been recognized as a fashion icon, though people could not help but compare her to her sister Beyonce. Solange suffers from ADHD, but she has never allowed her condition to get in the way of her career.
The multi-awarded and box-office hit actor has come a long way from his initial roles in Taps, Risky Business, Endless Love, and the Outsiders. Aside from starring in high profile films like the Mission: Impossible series, he takes on a much bigger role these days as a film producer. The A-lister Cruise has been diagnosed at an early age to have dyslexia and he attributes his cure to Scientology’s L. Ron Hubbard Study Tech.
She gained fame for her role as Rachel Green on the highly popular TV sitcom Friends, where she also earned a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Her character was later dubbed one of the 100 greatest female characters in US television. Aniston revealed that she initially had an undiagnosed dyslexia which took a toll on her education and self-confidence, and after being finally diagnosed when she was in her 20s, her outlook and self-esteem changed dramatically.
The actress-comedian and TV host was the second black woman in the Academy Awards history to have won an Oscar. Her talent was further recognized by winning not just an Oscar, but an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award and a Tony Award. Her breakthrough role was when she played Celie on The Color Purple, for which she received a Best Actress nomination. Her other notable portrayals were in the films Ghost and Sister Act. Currently, she’s the moderator of the talk show The View. Goldberg has been diagnosed with dyslexia.
The former Bruce Jenner is a TV personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete. His being dubbed as the “world’s greatest athlete” provided the vehicle for landing a career in television, film, auto racing, writing, and business. His being married into the Kardashian family added to his leading a highly publicized life. Caitlyn came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has since then been visible on TV and in the political arena. Even when Caitlyn was still Bruce, she already had dyslexia.
The English actress started acting when she was a child. Though she appeared on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace as Sabe, her first important role happened in the psychological horror movie The Hole. She attained international fame for playing Elizabeth Swann in the film series Pirates of the Caribbean, and have become even more well-known for starring in period dramas like Pride & Prejudice, The Duchess, and Anna Karenina, just to name some. When she was six years old, her parents noticed that she was dyslexic because she’s a slow reader and cannot sight-read.
He made a mark after playing Legolas in the trilogy film The Lord of the Rings. His star further shone when he subsequently appeared on epic fantasy, fantasy adventure, and historical epic films such as Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Hobbit, and Troy. Bloom is also busy doing theatre acts and film producing. He is a practicing Buddhist under Soka Gakkai International. Like some of his colleagues, he suffers from dyslexia.
He started acting in minor TV roles prior to gaining recognition through the comedy-drama film Swingers. Other project followed, mostly comedy films such as Wedding Crashers, the Break-Up, Fred Claus, and The Internship. Before his marriage to Kyla Webber, Vaughn dated Jennifer Aniston for a year. And like his former girlfriend, he is also dyslexic.
The actor-comedian and host of his show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno debuted on The Tonight Show in 1977, doing a comedy routine. In the ‘70s, he did minor roles on various TV series and films, but he soon found his niche in hosting a talkshow. Leno’s prominent jaw has been described as mandibular prognathism. He is dyslexic, but his condition doesn’t seem to bother him nor affect his talent as a stand-up comedian and host.
He’s popular for his highly energetic slapstick performances. The Canadian-American actor-comedian is also an impressionist, screenwriter, and producer. He first became known in 1990 for his recurring role in the TV series In Living Color. His major portrayals came when he did major productions such as Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Ace Ventura sequels, and Liar Liar. A decade later, his fame rose further when he played Bruce Almighty and the Grinch in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Carrey, who is a Transcendental Meditation practitioner, suffers from ADHD.
He started as a stripper at a local nightclub, and eventually made a movie inspired by his experiences as a stripper. The film that brought this story to life is Magic Mike. But his acting debut came much earlier when he appeared on Coach Carter, and a year later, his breakthrough role happened in the dance film Step Up. This would be followed by G.I. Joe movies which, even if not well received by critics, made millions in the box office. While growing up, Tatum suffered from both dyslexia and attention deficit disorder (ADD), which hampered his learning ability in school. To compensate for his condition, he excelled in athletics.
The former professional football player is the first English player to win league titles in four countries namely England, United States, France, and Spain. He retired in 2013 after enjoying a career that spanned two decades and gave him nineteen trophies. It’s no wonder that he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He’s considered a British cultural icon for being a global ambassador for the sport. Beckham has an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) that he wants to have things in a straight line or everything should be in an even number.