Dyslexia is a lot more debilitating than you might think. One in 10 people have the reading disorder, but only 5% of those affected know they’re suffering from the condition. While celebrities might seem like they’re living the perfect life, just like any other person, they can be affected by unseen ailments like dyslexia. For some, the condition affects them to this day. Others have found a way to beat it and manage to live the rest of their lives without any worry. If you have dyslexia, keep clicking through to see if you share something in common with your favorite celebrity.
14) Orlando Bloom
When Orlando Bloom found about his dyslexia at an early age, his mother told him to go through acting school in order to calm the disorder. Fortunately, this led to a movie career with memorable roles in the “Lord of the Rings” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises, but the actor still has trouble reading his movie scripts from time to time.
13) Tom Cruise
Actor Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of seven, and it hindered his time in school. He discovered the Church of Scientology with his first wife Mimi Rogers in 1990, and his time there helped the Oscar-nominated star battle his dyslexia. He has since become one of the biggest public representatives of the controversial religion.
12) Kiera Knightley
At the age of three, Kiera Knightley desperately wanted an agent to help boost her acting career. It wasn’t until she was diagnosed with dyslexia three years later that her parents gave her an offer. If the English promised to study and overcome her disorder, she could get an agent. Fortunately, she was able to beat the odds and landed her first role in the 1993 TV film “Royal Celebration.”
11) Sir Anthony Hopkins
Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of the most beloved actors of all time, but the star had a rough time learning with dyslexia in school. The disorder forced him into pursuing an acting career, but he would have trouble remembering scripts. In order to become better at memorizing lines, he read his scripts over 200 times.
10) Henry Winkler
“Happy Days” star Henry Winkler was embarrassed of having dyslexia in school, and his disorder caused a huge rift between him and his parents. Starting in 2003, the actor started writing children’s books about a dyslexic fourth grader named Hank Zipzer. Due to his services towards kids with the disorder in the U.K., Winkler was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.
9) Patrick Dempsey
At the age of twelve, Patrick Dempsey (who was a juggling master at the time, fun fact) was diagnosed with dyslexia. While the disorder was rough on him during acting auditions, it didn’t stop him from achieving his goals of making it in Hollywood and earn some Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in the process.
8) Ozzy Osbourne
Before he became the Prince of Darkness, iconic rocker Ozzy Osbourne battled with dyslexia in high school. He dropped out at the age of 15 because of the disorder and started working small jobs as an apprentice toolmaker and a car factory horn-tuner before serving three months in jail for breaking and entering.
7) Salma Hayek
Not only did Salma Hayek have to go through the task of not understanding English as a kid, but she also was diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. She managed to overcome her dyslexia in order to have a better grasp of the English language, which helped her land movie roles in the States.
6) Charlotte McKinney
Charlotte McKinney’s battle with dyslexia forced her to drop out of high school at the age of 17, but she gained a huge online following as a model. In 2015, her performances on “Dancing with the Stars” were often marred by her disorder; she was the second celebrity to be eliminated.
5) Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves wasn’t doing so well with his grades in school because of his dyslexia, but he was very into hockey. The actor was called “The Wall” for his stint as the high school goalie for De La Salle College. His dreams of being a successful hockey player like Martin Brodeur or Patrick Roy came to an end after an injury, though.
4) Paul Oakenfold
Producer/DJ Paul Oakenfold suffered from dyslexia throughout school, and the English native wanted to do something to help kids going through the same ordeal. In 1999, Oakenfold teamed up with Galaxy FM and BBC Radio One to release “Urban Soundtracks,” which mixed classic literature with dance music. 35 audiobooks have been released in this series.
3) Whoopie Goldberg
Whoopie Goldberg dropped out of Washington Irving High School at the age of 17 because of her dyslexia. Luckily, the New York City native found it in herself to fight against her disorder and become one of the most accomplished comedians of all time. In 1987, Goldberg won the Hans Christian Andersen Award for outstanding achievement by a dyslexic.
2) Caitlyn Jenner
As a kid, Caitlyn Jenner battled with dyslexia, but it didn’t stop her from winning the 1976 Olympics decathlon title. She has made television appearances to help raise awareness for dyslexia; in 1985, she played a character with the disorder in the “Silver Spoons” episode “Trouble with Words,” and she hosted the documentary “Demystifying Dyslexia.”
In high school, Cher had no clue what she’d be, but the California native, who idolized Audrey Hepburn, knew that she had to be famous one way or another. Unfortunately, dyslexia made things rough for her, but she managed to get high grades before dropping out of Montclair College Preparatory School.
Having dyslexia isn’t the end of the world. Many people with the disorder tend to be gifted in various things in life, including music, computer science, and sports. As this list showed, many award winning stars have battled or are continuing to battle the disorder every single time they go for an audition or try to remember their lines. The struggle can be hard at times, but those in the fight know they aren’t alone. There are plenty of programs in school to help children facing this, and the same goes for adults still at war with the ailment.