Being in the limelight one hundred percent of the time sounds exhausting. Always having to be on your best behavior and put on a happy face for the endless line of cameras can get old real fast. So when starstruck fans approach celebrities in public, they often expect to get a selfie next to their idol… but not every celebrity is willing to play that game. These celebrities are very likely to refuse a fan photo!
The Wolf of Wall Street star is a weird one, and we mean that endearingly. When wild fans approach him for autographs or selfies, he reportedly hands them wacky business cards that read “I just met Jonah Hill. It was a total let down.” We love a good sense of humor.
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The Hunger Games lead is known for being laid back and obsessed with pizza, but that doesn’t mean she wants to take selfies with fans 24/7. “It is hard because you don’t want to feel rude, because they’re people, but at the same time, I have to defend my life and my mental wellness.”
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The Avatar star’s reason for refusing a photo is more wholesome than bratty. She and her husband, Marco Perego-Saldana, realized aggressive photo ops affected their boys. “They’re still at that tender age where they don’t understand why a stranger is coming over and touching their mother,” she explained to People in 2019.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have dealt with a lot of media pressure and harassment over the years, so it’s not surprising that Prince Harry would rather skip the Instagram selfies. In his opinion “selfies are bad.”
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Though the handsome pop star may love taking his own selfies, posing for selfies with fans is no longer on the table. “People won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human. I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity.”
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Frances tells fans she’s “retired from that part of the business” when they ask for a selfie. Instead, she’d rather talk. “I’m not an actor because I want my picture taken. I’m an actor because I want to be part of the human exchange.”
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Frances McDormand’s philosophy actually inspired the A Quiet Place star to adopt the same one! “Social media has changed the landscape, so an encounter with you is valued more as a social-media currency than a genuine interaction,” Blunt said.
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While he’s a brilliant oddball onscreen, Jim Carrey is much more subdued and serious in reality. Understandably, he’s given up the act of trying to please the world. “I’m not unkind to people, but I would much prefer saying hello and ‘who are you’ and ‘what are you doing today’ to giving a selfie.”
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He’s not exactly as charming and quirky as Peter Parker, and that became apparent in a viral YouTube video showing Tobey literally slapping a camera out of a fan’s hand when he approached him for a photo. Just leave Tobey alone; it’s better for everyone that way.
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That’s right, Hermione Granger would rather have a genuine conversation. “If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters,” she told Vanity Fair. Touché.
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The Grammy winner’s level of fame sometimes gets complicated in regards to his social anxiety. “What instantly cuts me off is that you’re having a moment with them which is so genuine and so nice and then at the end they ask for a picture.”
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Similar to how Emma Watson feels, Maisie would rather have a nice chat with Game of Thrones superfans than pose for a staged photo. “I still don’t feel like I owe anyone anything. If I don’t want a picture one day, I don’t have a problem saying no…” she told Nylon.
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While the Gladiator star may come off as a Tough Guy™, his reasoning for refusing selfies with fans relates to his dear children. “I don’t want to steal time from my children,” he told Larry King in 2015. But if you spot him alone out in the wild, you might get lucky!
Whether you know him as Parks and Recreation‘s resident puppy dog Andy Dwyer, or Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star‑Lord, he might not take a selfie with you. “I just don’t take pictures with people. Because that’s not about enjoying the moment; it’s about stealing the moment to brag about later,” he stated.
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The Star Wars talent is a newcomer in terms of mainstream fame, and she does whatever she can to preserve her own mental health, including staying off social media and refusing selfies with fans. “I don’t want everyone to immediately know where I am,” she explained.
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An unsettling 2016 incident involving a “fan” prompted the funny lady to stop taking selfies. “This guy in front of his family just ran up next to me scared the s– out of me. Put a camera in my face. I asked him to stop and he said, ‘No, it’s America and we paid for you.’”
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After dealing with constant public obsession over a character she plays on television, a 2019 incident led Emilia to say enough was enough. While Emilia endured a spontaneous panic attack in an airport, someone approached her begging for a photo. It was frightening.
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Amy Poehler has her reasons for refusing selfie pleads (unless you’re Heidi Klum). “The idea of, ‘This is my face and everyone needs to see it all the time,’ is so far from the privacy that people used to seek.”
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Part of the English sweetheart’s charm is her unapologetic bluntness! She apparently despises selfies in general. “I wouldn’t dream of taking a selfie with anyone. God almighty. That’s to take narcissism to its unspeakable extremes,” the Love Actually star told the Belfast Telegraph in 2014.
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The sexy, snarky vampire isn’t afraid to be a little selfish sometimes, which is a good thing! He once told a Paris crowd in 2015 that selfies were a no-go for the day. “Everybody, listen, I love you guys. I’m not taking a single photo today; it’s my day…”
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Of course, there are a lot of good reasons not to take selfies. Awkward photos lead to some interesting conversations with the PR team. These celebrities are re-thinking their selfie policies.
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Nicolas Cage has plenty of fans who love his wild onscreen antics and his similarly bizarre off-screen personality. In this photo, he seems completely unaware that the famous deejay Deadmau5 is trying to pose with him.
Here’s Nicolas Cage again, but this time on an airplane! He looks equally as confused in this fan photo, which begs the question: “Is there ever a moment where he doesn’t seem like he’s coming off of a week-long party bender?”
Bill Murray has etched himself into history as a comedy god of sorts, and he apparently loves snapping photos with his fans. Here, it looks like he’s he found himself a fan that he could whisper a good joke to while also making the photographer jealous.
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Peter Dinklage of the HBO hit show Game of Thrones saw a fan outside of the X-Men: Days of Future Past movie premiere in New York City and grabbed his phone to snap a selfie. The six-and-a-half-foot fan had to bend down next to four-and-a-half-foot Dinklage just to fit in the frame.
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Talk about getting nervous before you meet your favorite movie star! Hopefully Morgan Freeman didn’t try to give any goodbye hugs to this fan after the picture was snapped. You don’t want the man with the greatest narrating voice of all time knowing how sweaty you are!
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The star of the Spiderman movies figured this picture with a female fan would look best if they were both blasting fake webs out of their wrists. The girl, however, looks like she’s way more into the gesture than the actor.
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This Reddit user apparently posted online about his resemblance to Adam Sandler. During one of his movie premieres, Sandler spotted his doppelgänger and pulled him aside for a photo. Do you see the resemblance?
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Rihanna is one of the world’s most popular singers, so the opportunity to snap a photo with her would be incredibly exciting for anyone. Unfortunately, Rihanna can’t say the same.
Talk about the photobomb of a lifetime! These two young ladies were taking a selfie when none other than the Queen of England decided to pop into the background. She seems very pleased with herself!
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Actor Samuel L. Jackson has portrayed some of the most intimidating roles in movies, but at least he doesn’t seem mad in this picture; he just looks slightly confused that this random man ran up to snap a selfie with him!
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This fan was apparently hanging out in front of a Broadway show when Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe approached the whole group, grabbed her cell phone, and took a selfie she won’t forget.
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Sometimes even celebrities are starstruck when they see their favorite actors and actresses in real life. In this picture, Sophie Turner of Game of Thrones is in awe that she’s sitting so close to heartthrob Ryan Gosling at an awards show.
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Rapper Kanye West is known for his outrageous public antics just as much as he’s known for his music. According to this picture, one thing he isn’t known for is feeling thrilled when fans want pictures.
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These two young lads have quite the story to tell for the rest of their lives because of this picture. Prince William just happened to be in the area, and they caught him on camera at exactly the right moment.
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This little fan has no idea how lucky he is to be held by one of the world’s biggest movie stars, Johnny Depp. When he grows up and watches Depp’s films, only then will he realize he should not have made this face.
It’s not quite clear whether the man in the background photobombed the picture of musician Ed Sheeran and this hawk, or if the hawk swooped in for his own epic photobomb. Either way, that’s one lucky animal.
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These fans couldn’t be more thrilled to have a selfie taken with none other than Sherlock Holmes himself, Benedict Cumberbatch. They might want to play it cool, though; they look a little too excited!
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Actor Robert Pattinson is no stranger to taking selfies with fans, but in this photo, it looks like he’s the only person who’s actually ready for the picture. At least someone was camera-ready!
Hollywood heavy-hitter Tom Hanks is loved by millions around the world, and this picture is just of the reasons why. Instead of shying away from this exhausted fan, Hanks made of the most of it with a hilarious picture!
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These two Big Star Sandwich Company employees flanking actor Liam Neeson probably never thought the actor would hear about their clever sign. Their marketing skills, however, were good enough to warrant a special—and probably surreal—visit to their British Columbia sandwich shop.
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But just wait until you see what your favorite celebs look like without the Hollywood makeup on. Supermodel Ty Ty loves smizing in high fashion looks, which often include a smokey eye, but she’s proudly bared her gorgeous natural skin for the camera on multiple occasions.
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The industrial metal singer, who got his moniker by meshing Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson’s names into one, always sports one white eye, chalky skin, and a dark pucker; however, he did wipe off the makeup for his cameo in HBO’s Eastbound & Down.
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Modern Family‘s Columbian goddess and former model is a voluptuous sex pot, not to mention a hilarious entertainer. Her makeup is usually sultry and blown out, but her makeup-free selfies show us just how naturally charming she is.
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Mother Monster is known for donning outrageous costumes, Alexander McQueen’s lobster claw heels, and loads of makeup. She even recently launched her own makeup line, Haus Laboratories. But Gaga has no problem stripping everything off to show us her naturally flawless face!
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The “célfie” queen and businesswoman has been a reality star darling for over a decade, so the world has seen her in many states. Whether she’s in full glam makeup, contouring and all, or rocking the bare-faced look, she’s always Kim K.
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Mother Ru always says “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” Whether you’re donning winged eyeliner and a contoured mug, or just chapstick and mascara, love the skin you’re in!
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Is it just us, or does Dame Helen Mirren truly get better with age? The Queen star and Oscar-winner is like a fine wine, and she looks just as gorgeous with a bed head as she does with no makeup.
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The JLo glow comes from within… sometimes with the help of highlighter. The Hustlers star posts her makeup-free gym selfies on Instagram regularly, which naturally have us drooling, respectfully of course.
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This Disney Channel veteran and LA’s resident wild child proudly does her own makeup. No glam squad here! She often posts selfies on her social media, acne scars and all, for the world to see.
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This beautiful, talented Brit has the face of a porcelain doll with or without makeup. The Pride & Prejudice star often leans on period pieces, which usually show her sporting a fresh-faced look anyway!
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The Oscar-winner and Goop founder is the reining queen of clean beauty, pseudoscience, and jade eggs. She shows off her healthy, dewy skin any chance she gets! We appreciate seeing the real Gwyneth.
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He’s one of the most famous pop singers to come out of the ’80s, and when it comes to his looks, Boy George really is a chameleon. But the blue-eyed Brit has no problem posing for eyeliner-free selfies!
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Whether it’s a bright turquoise or a crimson red, Lupita glows any time vibrant colors touch her rich skin, and that goes for both clothing and makeup! And without the makeup, the Us star’s face still has us all mesmerized. We’re not worthy.
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The funny gal and new mama has never been afraid to show herself in all forms. Though her 2018 film, I Feel Pretty, wasn’t exactly well-received, she always expresses the importance of loving yourself inside and out. Look at those gorgeous cheek bones!
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As a KISS band member, a full face of greasepaint is a must. But considering the iconic rock band has toured with and without makeup, and Gene Simmons Family Jewels ran for an impressive seven seasons, Gene Simmons’ bare face, and super long tongue, are no mystery.
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Along with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, Cindy was one of the supermodels who ruled the ’90s. The undeniable glamazon and businesswoman loves blessing us with her fresh-faced selfies on Instagram.
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She’s the Mistress of the Dark, not to mention a raving beauty. With or without makeup, Cassandra, who’s most well-known as ’80s icon Elvira, seems to ironically exude a warm light. Now that we’ve seen so many celebrities with and without makeup, we have to ask: who is the most beautiful woman of all time?
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The Bollywood beauty and winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant turns heads everywhere she goes. Those plump lips and bold brows are swoon-worthy no matter what, just ask Nick Jonas.
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Ri Ri’s beauty is on another level, and that’s a fact. Her makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, pioneered a new standard for inclusive cosmetics, and we love her for that. While the singer and businesswoman loves her highlighter, she shows off her naturally glowy skin quite often.
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She wowed us as Modern Family‘s dizzy older sister, Haley Dunphy, and her makeup-free selfies leave us just as stunned. She frequently blesses her 7.6 million Instagram followers with bared-faced selfies, and boy are they lucky.
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This ’90s queen and founder of makeup brand Flower Beauty has been in the spotlight since she was a wee toddler. The 50 First Dates star has spent decades being honest about who she is, inside and out, and we love her for it!
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With or without a full face of makeup, Zendaya’s beautiful face has us feeling euphoric. This recent Emmy-winner has both the acting chops and cheekbones of a raving goddess.
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Captain Marvel doesn’t need makeup to feel pretty! The Oscar-winner typically gravitates toward a natural-looking beat for red carpet events anyway, always showing off what she got from her mama.
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Whether you know her from Grey’s Anatomy or Killing Eve, it’s hard not to love Sandra Oh. The Golden Globe winner’s luscious lips shine when slathered in red lipstick, or cherry ChapStick; she’s a natural beaut.
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She’s the hilarious Queen of Twitter, and you’ve probably drooled over both her comfort food concoctions, and her naturally stunning selfies. Those full, high cheeks get us every time!
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Oh, Madge. The music industry veteran and pop culture icon has evolved over a slew of personal style eras, and she comes out looking beautiful every time. So, with or without makeup, strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.
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We may as well deem her Ryan Murphy’s muse, and there’s no question as to why. Sarah’s raw talent stunned audiences in the first eight seasons of American Horror Story, not to mention she’s got a killer jawline.
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The contemporary R&B singer and actor is easy on the eyes, it’s just a fact. Whether or not Janelle has bronze eyeshadow swept across her lids, she’s a stunner. That’s just the way she makes us feel.
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Halleloo! This uber-famous, Emmy-nominated drag queen has a heart of gold and some serious talent. We’ll never get tired of looking at the A Star is Born actor’s face, with or without the endless layers of drag makeup.
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This pop diva happily showed off her freckly, sun-kissed face in a tweet that’s garnered over 143,000 likes. “This year my resolution is to love myself… just as I am,” she captioned the photo. Loving the skin you’re in truly is a journey!
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The plus-size model and body positivity movement advocate encourages people to love their bodies along with the flaws. Hmm, that’s easy for you to say, Ashley, considering you’re practically flawless! In all seriousness, she always looks like she’s glowing from within.
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Cameron Diaz’s blue orbs have mesmerized us ever since she starred in 1994’s The Mask. Though a smokey eye look tends to make them pop, the Charlie’s Angels star is just as stunning with a clean face.
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The Orange Is the New Black star and LGBTQ+ activist has wide eyes and a luscious pout that are just begging to be seen. The Emmy-winner constantly posts selfies and dance videos on her Instagram, and we love her for it.
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If you told us your jaw didn’t drop while watching the entirety of 1992’s Basic Instinct, we wouldn’t believe you. The blonde beauty only gets better with age, and we’re happy to see her embracing that with makeup-free selfies.
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You know Mindy; brilliant comedy writer, hysterical actor. Well, she wore a lot of makeup as Kelly Kapoor in The Office, as well as on her own show, The Mindy Project, and we’re happy to see her sweet, glowing face makeup-free.
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While beauty is thought to fade over time, these ’70s stars are still easy on the eyes. Michelle Pfeiffer is truly a stunner, even after many decades in the film industry. She’s still a working actress, recently appearing in the 2018 Marvel film Ant-Man and the Wasp.
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From her first big break in The Godfather to her Annie Hall Oscar win, Keaton has continued to be a successful actress well into her 70s. She recently presented at the 2020 Oscar awards with her former costar Keanu Reeves.
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Nicholson is not only one of the most celebrated actors of the ’70s, but of all time. At 82 years old, he doesn’t participate in show business anymore and seems to be enjoying retirement.
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She was known for her sense of humor and blonde locks back in the day. Though she experienced a career setback in 2001 when the movie Town & Country was a massive flop, she came back to show business in 2017.
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Best known for the Dirty Harry movies, Eastwood is an absolute household name. Although he is currently 89-years-old, Eastwood is still a working actor. He has mostly shifted his focus to directing and producing in the last 20 years.