Sir Anthony Hopkins is considered to be one of the greatest living actors. But how was he able to win an Oscar, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement? Hopkins credits his dyslexia for his interest in acting.

Growing up, he preferred painting and playing the piano—-which he continues to do as an adult—-and didn’t enjoy his time in school.

“I was lousy in school,” Hopkins said in an interview. “I was antisocial and didn’t bother with the other kids… I didn’t know what I was doing there. That’s why I became an actor.”

His success spans from his Oscar-winning role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, the title role in The Mask of Zorro, his performance as President John Quincy Adams in Amistad, and much more.