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6 celebrities who've defied all our assumptions.

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We did not see some of these coming…

These days, there’s so much media coverage of celebrities that we mere mortals often fall into the trap of believing we actually know them.

Wrong. At least where these examples are concerned.

Because despite all the paparazzi and celebrity bloggers and endless gossip columns, it turns out that celebrities can still surprise us.

Here are six super famous people who are actually very different from what you might expect.

1. Tom Cruise.

He plays the hero in most of his action movies, but you’d be forgiven for thinking that in real life, old Tom is a bit of a tool (hello, Oprah’s couch).

Not true. It turns out Cruise makes quite a habit of saving people’s lives IRL as well as in the movies. He once single-handedly saved people from a burning, sinking yacht (seriously). He also paid the medical bills of a woman who was a victim of a hit-and-run after he happened to witness the incident.

And he also saved a young boy from being crushed after the crowd at one of his film openings turned rowdy.

“And he also saved a young boy from being crushed after the crowd at one of his film opening’s turned rowdy.”

2. Marilyn Monroe.

She played the archetypical ditzy blonde – but in reality, she was anything but.

Born Norma Jean Baker, Monroe was actually highly intelligent. She had an IQ of 168 (the average is between 85 and 115).

She wasn’t frivolous, either – she preferred costume jewellery over expensive gemstones and even owned her own production company.

And better yet, she did a lot for charity – especially for orphans and underprivileged kids.

“She played the archetypical ditzy blonde – but in reality, she was anything but.”

3. The Rock.

What immediately comes to mind when you hear the words ‘The Rock’ – boofhead wrestler-turned-actor with ALL the muscles?

Well, you’d be correct – but while he looks big and tough, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is also one of the funniest and nicest guys in Hollywood.

There’s the fact that he has acted in a bunch of sweet kids’ movies like Tooth Fairy and Planet 51.

There’s the fact that he recently made a fan’s day by taking a selfie with him after the actor crashed into his car.

But the best proof is his own Instagram account. The pictures speak for themselves.

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4. Christy Turlington.

The former model has a degree in comparative religion and eastern philosophy from New York University, and she graduated top of her class.

But even more impressive is her commitment to health. After she had trouble during her own pregnancy, she studied a Master’s degree in Public Health at Columbia University.

Oh, and she’s also on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, and founded her own charity, Every Mother Counts, which helps support maternal health in the developing world.

Nice one.

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“The former model has a degree in comparative religion and eastern philosophy from New York University, and she graduated top of her class.” Image via Getty.
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5. Fergie.

The former Duchess – not the Black Eyed Pea – is best known for her turbulent marriage to Prince Andrew.

But she also has a surprising talent. If you were a ‘90s kid, you might remember the ABC Kids TV show, Budgie The Little Helicopter. It was about a feisty little helicopter and his mates, and it was based on a series of popular children’s books – written by none other than Sarah Ferguson.

She also founded the organisation Children in Crisis, which helps children in the developing world.

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Fergie at The Fashion For Relief show is in support of Ebola, raising funds and awareness for Disaster Emergency Committee: Ebola Crisis Appeal and the Ebola Survival Fund. Image via Getty.

6. Kate Winslet.

Kate Winslet has also helped save a life – she is reported to have helped Sir Richard Branson’s mum Eve to safety during a house fire at the entrepreneur’s property in the Caribbean.

She’s also an animal rights activist who has campaigned against foie gras for PETA.

And after narrating a documentary about autism, she founded the Golden Hat Foundation which raises awareness of the condition.

Kate is an animal right’s activist who has campaigned against foie gras for PETA.

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