Knowing how to drive is an important life skill. It means you can transport yourself from one precise destination to another–home to work to the dentist, back to work then to gym and home again. It also means you can roll through a drive-through at 10 pm when you’re craving a large fries and don’t want to be shamed for your food choices.
A license is one of those things you kind of assume everyone over the age of 25 has, but for whatever reason, not all adults have the credentials needed to legally get behind the wheel. These 12 celebs, for example, can’t drive themselves anywhere.
When Top Gear was hunting for a new host, the name of one of Jeremy Clarkson’s pals came up: Ricky Gervais. Gervais, however, was quick to jump in, explaining he was far from the right candidate because he was lacking one thing that the host of a car television show should have: a driver’s license. No gig for Ricky. However, the comedian also said he didn’t have the right clothes and wouldn’t have been nearly as stylish as Clarkson.
Despite having lived in the States for two decades, 45-year-old Kate Beckinsale still doesn’t have her license. She’s talked openly about trying and failing though. Since she still hasn’t passed the test, she says she relies on rideshare like Uber…. and based on this video that she uploaded to Instagram, her teenage daughter, too.
Robbie Williams may have co-written a song for Cars 2, but that doesn’t mean he can drive ’em. The 45-year-old is still licenseless, despite living in LA.
Things author J.K. Rowling excels at: writing award-winning stories about wizards, all of which have captivated the world. Things she doesn’t excel at: operating machines, which includes cars:
When Oasis skyrocketed to fame in the ’90s, guitarist Noel Gallagher had no need to drive–limos took him wherever he needed to go. But now the band is no more, Gallagher is in his 50s, and he still doesn’t drive. “That’s f****** embarrassing,” Gallagher told Q Magazine of his lack of license.
Tina Fey admitted to Jerry Seinfeld on his show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee that she’s let her license expire, explaining that there’s no point in driving in New York, where she lives. To be fair, it’s probably easier to take transit or have someone else take on the stress of daily driving in a major city like Manhattan.
Rapper Cardi B just bought herself a Lamborghini Urus (she also has a Lamborghini Aventador S roadster, a Bentley Bentayga, a Chevrolet Suburban and a Mercedes-Maybach S-class), but they’re all just for show. Props, really. The star told Carpool Karaoke’s James Corden that since she doesn’t have her full license yet (she is taking lessons) that she just poses with her cars and takes pictures.
American record producer Quincy Jones is poised and confident in nearly every interview you see of him, but put him behind the wheel of the car and that attitude dissolves. He’s never driven. Jones said in an interview that he was in a horrifying car crash at 14. His vehicle was hit by a bus and all four of the other passengers inside perished. He’s never fully recovered from the near-death experience.
Christina Aguilera is a mom and when you’re a mom it’s pretty convenient to know how to drive. Kids have a lot of appointments, practices and events. Heck, sometimes they need emergency attention at a hospital. While the singer did get her license when she was 21 and can legally maneuver a vehicle, she doesn’t get behind the wheel anymore. “I am terrified of driving in LA, with paparazzi, running them over–you hear stories,” she said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel in 2011. That’s what tinted windows are for.
Mariah Carey seems like the kind of person who has a lot of help–a gardener, a stylist, multiple nannies, an assistant, an assistant to an assistant–so it doesn’t come as a surprise that she doesn’t have a license and needs a driver to get around.
You can’t fault Carrie Mulligan for a lack of trying. The Brit has attempted her UK license not once, not twice, but five times, which she explained to Jimmy Kimmel. She did get her US driver’s license while working stateside for a film, but it wasn’t any good back in England. “I could only drive for like six months when I was living here [in America] and then I went back to England and I can’t drive anywhere,” she said.
Okay, Jordana Brewster can drive now, but when she first landed the role of Mia Toretto alongside Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in The Fast and the Furious, she had more work to do than just memorize the script–the actress was raised in New York City and never got her license. But when you’re about to star in a major motion picture about street racing, performing certain driving scenes is pretty important, so Brewster took the road test and passed. Let that be a lesson to the rest of you stars on this list.
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