40 Celebrity Couples You’ve Simply Never Seen Together

Beyonce and Jay-Z. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. David and Victoria Beckham. These are all incredibly high-profile celebrity couples. But there are also plenty of huge stars in relationships that would surprise the heck out of you. Seriously, you’ll say, “They’re married? No way!” Gather round, dear readers, and we’ll tell you about 40 celebrity couples who you’ve simply never seen together.

40. Emma Stone and Dave McCary

Yes, Emma Stone is married now! In September 2020 the La La Land star tied the knot with Dave McCary – the Saturday Night Live writer she’d been dating since 2017. But as Stone isn’t one for big press announcements – she’s not even on social media – casual fans can be forgiven for not knowing much about her personal life. The wedding announcement even came through People magazine rather than McCary’s Instagram account, which had previously been used to reveal his and Stone’s engagement.

39. Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford

The Great Gatsby star Carey Mulligan wed Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons back in 2012. Yes, that long ago! And now the pair have two children, Evelyn Grace and Wilfred, who entered the world in 2015 and 2017, respectively. But the couple conduct their relationship largely out of the public eye. Back in 2015, Mulligan told Vogue, “Marcus is the only thing that’s mine that I can keep totally away, so I try to.” That’s nice.

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38. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

While Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes were snapped together at the 2012 premiere for The Place Among the Pines, they haven’t really been pictured together since. Some fans may even have no idea that they’ve been in a relationship since 2011 and are now mom and dad to two kids. But Mendes seems to be content with that. When someone joked on Instagram that she and Gosling should attend more public events, Mendes replied, “No thank you, I’m good. Rather be home with my man than anywhere else in the world.”

37. Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden

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In January 2020 Cameron Diaz and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden announced the birth of their implausibly named daughter Raddix. But in keeping with how they’ve conducted their publicity-shy marriage, the couple made sure that fans knew they’d be maintaining a strict level of privacy with regards to their new arrival. Diaz wrote on Instagram, “We won’t be posting pictures or sharing any more details, other than the fact she is really, really cute!”

36. Adam Brody and Leighton Meester

Fans of classic teen shows The O.C. and Gossip Girl were delighted when Adam Brody and Leighton Meester married in 2014. Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf! Together! And since then, the couple have had two children – not that you’d know unless you’re an avid gossip mag reader. Regarding his and Meester’s avoidance of the spotlight, Brody told GQ in 2019, “She’s more inherently private than I am. I don’t seek publicity, but if I’m sitting next to you on the subway, I’ll tell you everything about me.”

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35. Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley

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When Margot Robbie shared a photo of herself with Tom Ackerley as she got ready to attend the Oscars in February 2020, it was a rare public moment for the couple. The movie star and the producer tied the knot in 2016 after initially living with some pals in London. Speaking to Elle in 2018, Robbie revealed that the house had “turned into The Jerry Springer Show” for a period when their roommates discovered she and Ackerley were dating. Scandal!

34. Dave Franco and Alison Brie

GLOW star Alison Brie and 21 Jump Street’s Dave Franco have been together since 2011 and husband and wife from 2017. They tend to keep their relationship on the down-low, though. In fact, their first red carpet appearance as a couple only came a whopping four years after their relationship began. And as Brie recently starred in Franco’s directorial debut, The Rental, the pair are seemingly able to work together while still staying relatively under the radar. That’s quite a trick in 2020!

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33. Cobie Smulders and Taran Killam

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Long before she appeared in How I Met Your Mother, Stumptown or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a 22-year-old Cobie Smulders met fellow actor Taran Killam at a pal’s birthday celebrations. And it’s fair to say that romance blossomed from there. The couple went on to wed in 2012 and have two children, you see, although they rarely publicize their relationship. Yet Smulders did take the opportunity to say of Killam, “Isn’t he just a dream? I’m a very lucky woman,” during a 2019 slot on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Aww.

32. Maya Rudolph and Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most acclaimed directors of modern times, with eight Academy Award nominations to his name. Maya Rudolph is a celebrated comedian who you may know from Saturday Night Live and the hit movie Bridesmaids. And yet you’ve probably never seen the pair together. Strange, right? Their relationship began almost two decades ago, though, and has since seen them become parents to four children. And while they’re not actually married, Rudolph and Anderson refer to each other as “wife” and “husband,” which is kind of cute.

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31. Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

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Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz are another famous couple who seem to have a strict “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to the media. Their two children are never discussed with the press, for instance, and even their wedding was a secret affair in the Caribbean. But Cruz has her reasons. In 2019 she explained to Tatler that it would simply be strange for her and her husband to conduct their relationship in the public eye and that she “just couldn’t do it.” Hard to argue with that.

30. Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale must be involved in some kind of voodoo. How else do you explain keeping your relationship under wraps while still working together on several occasions? They’ve both appeared in Annie, Spy and Adult Beginners. In the latter movie, they were even seen on screen as husband and wife! But the fact that Byrne and Cannavale have been together since 2012 and have two sons is hardly common knowledge. Quite a feat.

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29. Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski

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During an appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden in 2017, Life in Pieces star Thomas Sadoski revealed that he and fianceé Amanda Seyfried had secretly tied the knot. It was surprising in one way, but also unremarkable in another because Seyfried and Sadoski have always conducted their relationship in an understated manner. They’re just like us, you see. Only richer. And better looking.

28. Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift has been in a relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn since 2016, although the two are rarely seen together. It’s serious, too, as reports emerged in 2018 claiming that the pop star thought it was time for her and her beau to marry. And while no engagement has materialized yet, Swift has included many references to her boyfriend in her music. She’s even written a song all about him: the aptly named “London Boy.”

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27. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons

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Jesse Plemons’ rise to fame was kick-started by a scene-stealing turn as the villainous Todd in Breaking Bad. But some may be unaware that he’s been engaged to Spider-Man and Marie Antoinette superstar Kirsten Dunst since 2017. The two even have a young son named Ennis. In a wonderful Hollywood twist of fate, the pair first encountered each other in 2015 when cast as a couple in the second season of FX’s Fargo. Seems that life does imitate art from time to time…

26. Clare Danes and Hugh Dancy

Lovers of Homeland and Hannibal may be shocked to find out that Clare Danes and Hugh Dancy, the respective leads of those two acclaimed shows, are married in real life. They have two sons, in fact. And while they don’t hide their relationship as such, they do shy away from social media. Even when Dancy nabbed a recurring role in the last season of Homeland, he and Danes still remained separate – as their characters never appeared on screen together.

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25. Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse

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Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse are so low-key that neither of them has ever directly said the other’s name when asked by journalists to confirm their relationship. That’s dedication to privacy right there. All we have to go on is one Instagram picture and a vague acknowledgment by Pattinson during a Sunday Times interview that he has a girlfriend who’s also famous. It’s all very hush-hush.

24. Florence Pugh and Zach Braff

For those gossip-hounds who do know about Florence Pugh’s relationship with Zach Braff, their 20-year age gap is a source of controversy. So much so, in fact, that Pugh felt the need to respond to Instagram trolls by writing, “I do not need you to tell me who I should and should not love…” But the world-at-large may still be unaware that she and the Scrubs star are together, as to date they’ve attended red carpet events separately.

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23. Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh are certainly no strangers to critical plaudits. Waller-Bridge has won three Emmys for her acclaimed show Fleabag, while McDonagh scooped an Oscar back in 2006 and has since earned three additional Academy Awards nods. But they’re total strangers to publicly discussing their relationship, which began in 2018. Waller-Bridge once flat-out told a journalist, “I’m not going to talk about that,” when asked about her romance with McDonagh.

22. Garrett Hedlund and Emma Roberts

Perhaps because their previous relationships with Kirsten Dunst and Evan Peters flamed out in full view of the media, Garrett Hedlund and Emma Roberts have been remarkably quiet about their burgeoning romance. It’s known that Roberts is pregnant with the couple’s first child and reported that they’re happy and having fun together. But it’s certainly not like they’re putting themselves out there on red carpets for the world to see.

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21. Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney

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Cooke Maroney is a high-flying New York gallery director. Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most famous and highest-paid actresses in the world. That makes them a pretty great power couple. But you’re unlikely to see them make a big song and dance about it, given how they barely ever step out together in public. Still, fans know that Lawrence and Maroney have had a crazy couple of years, only meeting back in 2018 before marrying in the fall of 2019.

20. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander

In March 2020 Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander made their first red-carpet appearance as a couple in three years. Their previous outing was at the fall 2016 premiere of The Light Between Oceans – the film on which they met. And a lot of moviegoers probably don’t know that Fassbender and Vikander are an item at all, even though the couple wed in 2017.

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19. Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder

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In a 2018 chat on Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop podcast, Julia Roberts explained that her 2002 marriage to cinematographer Daniel Moder had created a “seismic shift” in her life. Yet while the movie star seems perfectly happy to talk about her husband, there aren’t exactly many photographs of them together. Fans may know that Roberts is married, then, but not who Moder is.

18. Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal

The Dark Knight star Maggie Gyllenhaal has been married to character actor Peter Sarsgaard for more than a decade now. They have a couple of kids, too, and have been shooting The Lost Daughter – which Sarsgaard stars in and Gyllenhaal has been directing. It seems like the perfect balance of navigating the movie industry as a duo while somehow avoiding the paparazzi following their every move. They’ve got it all figured out, in fact.

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17. Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy

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Comedy fans will know the name Chris Henchy from his writing credits on the Will Ferrell movies The Campaign and The Other Guys. He also helped found the legendary website Funny or Die with Ferrell and Adam McKay. But what may well blow these folks’ minds is that Henchy is married to Brooke Shields. Yes, that Brooke Shields. Maybe women really do like men who make them laugh…

16. Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde

Unless you follow the ins and outs of celebrity relationships closely, you’re unlikely to place Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde together. After all, they’ve only worked on the same movie twice, and even then they barely shared the screen. But they’ve actually been a couple since 2011, have two children and seem very much in love.

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15. Keira Knightley and James Righton

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In 2019 Keira Knightley admitted to The Irish Times that social media freaks her out. She mused, “I mean, the thing is, I don’t have very much that I want to share in that way.” Her lack of internet presence is likely why some people have no idea she’s married and has two children. Not only that, but she’s wed to James Righton, who was a founding member of the U.K. electro-rock group Klaxons.

14. Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan

Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan are probably two of the most unassuming stars in Hollywood. In a 2018 piece by The Guardian, they were even described as looking “more like hikers about to ask for directions to the nearest youth hostel” than a celebrity couple. And Kazan and Dano are also so tight-lipped about their private lives that they only publicly confirmed their baby girl existed during that very Guardian interview. The article itself was published two months after the birth.

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13. Diane Kruger and Norman Reedus

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National Treasure star Diane Kruger has kept her romance with The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus quiet ever since they got together in 2016. They didn’t walk a red carpet together until late in 2018, in fact, and have yet to reveal the name of their daughter, who was born in December of that year. It’s possible that Kruger is wary about giving away too much personal information after her breakup with Joshua Jackson became a media spectacle in 2016.

12. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk

Gwyneth Paltrow married Brad Falchuk, the co-creator of Glee and American Horror Story, in a small ceremony in 2018. The intensely private couple first ran into each other in 2010 on the set of Glee, but they didn’t begin a relationship until 2014. Not only that, but the actress and her beau didn’t even step out in public together until a year later. It’s all a far cry from Paltrow’s extremely public marriage to – and much-mocked “conscious uncoupling” from – Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

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11. Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden

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Taraji P. Henson and Kelvin Hayden initially dated in secret for two years, so they’ve long attempted to maintain their privacy. Fans of the Empire actress and her ex-NFL beau may have also forgotten that they’re supposedly still a couple, as Henson hasn’t mentioned Hayden on her Instagram account since March 2020. He hasn’t posted about her since Valentine’s Day of that year, either. Have they broken up? Who knows, but the lack of comment’s in keeping with their cloak-and-dagger relationship up to this point.

10. Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky

Thanks to his role as Thor, Chris Hemsworth is undoubtedly one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Surely we know all about his wife, then? Well, MCU fanboys may do, but casual admirers? Not so much. You see, since 2014 Hemsworth and his family have lived in his homeland of Australia – far away from the Hollywood scene. This is likely how he and Elsa Pataky have kept a low profile, despite the fact that she’s a star of the Fast and the Furious franchise.

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9. Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford

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Few couples are as tightly woven into the fabric of Hollywood as Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford. The iconic Mirren is an Oscar winner and a dame in her native England, while her husband is the director of classics such as An Officer and a Gentleman and Ray. But perhaps because Hackford is a behind-the-camera talent, some moviegoers may not even know what he looks like.

8. Elliot Page and Emma Portner

Juno star Elliot Page and his choreographer wife Emma Portner have been together since 2017, but there isn’t a ton known about their day-to-day lives. Even their wedding was conducted in secret and only announced after the fact on Instagram. But the story of how they met should be more widely known, as it’s rather sweet. In 2018 Page revealed to The New York Times that he had DMed Portner after being blown away by one of her Instagram dance videos. And from there, romance blossomed. Cute!

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7. Elle Fanning and Max Minghella

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“I mean, we just really love working together. That was, like, very special, and he’s such a good friend.” This was Elle Fanning’s response to Entertainment Tonight’s suggestion that she was dating The Handmaid’s Tale’s Max Minghella. And the couple still haven’t stated that they’re together, meaning a lot of fans would be none the wiser. But we wonder if the lady doth protest too much.

6. Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts

If you know the Chicago theater scene, you’ll be familiar with actor Carrie Coon and August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts. You may have read that they’ve been together since 2010 and are parents to a son, too. But even as their stars have soared, with Coon starring in The Leftovers, Letts in Ford v Ferrari and the pair appearing together in The Sinner, their public profile as a couple has still been relatively low.

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5. Amber Tamblyn and David Cross

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What do Tobias Funke from Arrested Development and Joan Girardi from Joan of Arcadia have in common? They’re married in real life, of course. Yes, you read that right! Comedian David Cross and actress Amber Tamblyn have a daughter together, too. Perhaps the fact that they don’t work together accounts for the relative lack of knowledge about their relationship, or maybe it’s just because they don’t court the tabloids.

4. Chelsea Peretti and Jordan Peele

Finding out that Get Out’s Jordan Peele is married to Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a bit of a mind-blower. The pair are a bit of a social media success story, as they initially linked up via Twitter before getting married and having a son. And maybe they’ll connect more easily in the eyes of the world if Peretti gets a starring role in Peele’s next horror opus. That is, unless they like flying under the radar.

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3. Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton

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The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan and One Tree Hill’s Hilarie Burton tied the knot in October 2019 after ten years together. Now, they live together with their two children out in New York State, which isn’t exactly paparazzi central. And that may explain how Morgan and Burton aren’t constantly hounded by the media. In fact, some Negan fans may be shocked to know that the actor is married at all.

2. Joshua Jackson and Jodi Turner-Smith

The Affair star Joshua Jackson apparently first encountered Jodie Turner-Smith at Usher’s 40th birthday celebration – as you do. And while they didn’t even appear at a public event as a couple until November 2019, their romance has wound up being a total whirlwind. In April 2020 Jackson and Turner Smith’s baby daughter was born – just a few months after they’d gotten married.

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1. Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

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Hello! once called James Bond star Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz “one of the most private couples in Hollywood.” And there’s definitely some truth to that. Oscar winner Weisz has explained why, though, telling More magazine in 2015 that a wariness of fame was behind their desire for secrecy. She said, “[Daniel’s] just too famous. It would be a betrayal. You have to protect your marriage… One of the great pleasures of not being an adolescent is that you don’t have to share everything.” Hear hear.

But while some stars are more publicity-shy than others, even the ones who are happy to court the media don’t like being asked to take pictures with their fans. Yep, don’t expect to find a selfie of Jim Carrey posing with an admirer. Or, for that matter, selfies-with-fans starring the likes of Chris Pratt, Emily Blunt or Amy Schumer. Why? Well, we’re about to tell you…

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20. Emma Watson

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For Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, selfies became a no-no when they started interfering with her ability to lead a normal life. She explained to Vanity Fair, “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. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.”

Watson doesn’t say no to all fan interactions, though. Instead, she promised her fans she’d chat with them if they met face-to-face. She told the magazine that she says, “I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have, but I just can’t do a picture.”

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19. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus has made a name for herself for her bold personality and performances. But in 2013 she admitted to Barbara Walters on her 10 Most Fascinating People TV special that selfies make her feel awkward. The singer-actress explained, “I get embarrassed to take pictures.”

Cyrus reiterated that selfies make her feel shy. She said, “That’s actually the truth. I’m so embarrassed because people are taking pictures of me, and I just don’t know how to – I don’t know how to smile, and just be awkward, so I stick my tongue out because I don’t know what else to do.”

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18. Maisie Williams

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Maisie Williams subscribes to a similar policy as fellow actress Emma Watson: she prefers to spend time with fans of TV drama epic Game of Thrones rather than take pictures with them. She put it simply to Nylon magazine, saying, “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…”

And for those who might see Williams as unkind for her selfie point-of-view? The actress brushed it off, saying, “I know some people get really weird about that, like, ‘You’re so mean.’ But if I was really in love with someone, I wouldn’t just want a picture. I would want to hang out with them.”

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17. Ed Sheeran

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Ed Sheeran explained his aversion to fan photos in a June 2019 interview. According to The Sun newspaper, the singer said he has social anxiety, which makes him uncomfortable in front of cameras. He said, “I have no problem with talking to people. But it’s when people film me and stare at me. It makes me feel weird.”

So Sheeran said his mindset tends to shift should they ask for a selfie. He explained, “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. It puts you down to earth and you’re just 15 likes on Instagram. That’s all you are.”

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16. Tommy Lee

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As many of us have been known to do, Tommy Lee took to Facebook to air his frustrations with the world. But the Mötley Crüe drummer had a very A-list complaint to share. He wrote, “[Fans will] probably tell ya that [I’m] a down-to-earth, grateful, life-lovin’ dude and a nice guy, too. What I have a problem with is… taking pictures!”

Lee went on to explain his point of view, writing, “You don’t admire something so that it can give back… You just cherish it! I’m not here to take pictures with you, I’m here to entertain you!” To hammer his point home, the drummer signed off on his Facebook post as “The Picture-Taker Hater, Tommy Lee.”

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15. Zoe Saldana

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Avatar actress Zoe Saldana has had her mind changed about fan photos – and that shift came down to her family life. She and her husband, Marco Perego-Saldana, share three boys, and she grew to dislike fans approaching her when she was out with her brood. She explained to People in April 2019, “They’re still at that tender age where they don’t understand why a stranger is coming over and touching their mother.”

Saldana did say that she used to agree to take photos with fans so long as they asked at the appropriate time and place. Even then, though, the actress had her preferences for fan pictures. The Guardians of the Galaxy movie star explained, “What I don’t like is when they do it on Instagram Live or Snapchat. If it’s a picture for yourself, then you decide whatever you want to do, it’s okay.”

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14. Russell Crowe

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Russell Crowe won’t take pictures with fans, but he has a good reason for denying selfie requests. The actor married his long-time girlfriend Danielle Spencer in 2003, and the couple welcomed their first son, Charles, that year. Three years later came a second boy named Tennyson.

Spencer and Crowe’s marriage didn’t last, but the actor continues to put his family first – and that’s precisely why he says no to selfies. He told interviewer Larry King in 2015 that he wouldn’t take pictures when he was with his sons. The Gladiator movie star said, “I don’t want to steal time from my children.”

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13. Shailene Woodley

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Divergent actress Shailene Woodley has no problem hugging her fans, but selfies? Those are out of the question. And it’s the narrative behind the photo that has changed the star’s tune. She told Glamour magazine in 2015, “It’s easy to lie and represent our experiences in a two-dimensional way that says, ‘I met Shailene Woodley,’ when in all reality, you didn’t meet me.”

The Fault in Our Stars actress explained, “You actually didn’t even ask if it was me. I could just be someone who looks like me and took a photo, and now all of the sudden I’m on your Instagram story that you’re telling the world, ‘I met Shailene Woodley.’”

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12. Chris Pratt

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Actor Chris Pratt earned his leading man status in Hollywood in 2014 after starring in a pair of successful flicks: The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. His rise to the A-list came at a minor cost, though, in the form of fans who want selfies. But Pratt refuses these requests.

Pratt explained his stance to Cigar Aficionado magazine, saying, “If I go out and want to do normal things, I have to be comfortable disappointing people. So 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.”

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11. Daisy Ridley

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It’s common knowledge that Daisy Ridley left social media behind years ago in the interests of preserving her mental wellbeing. Soon enough, the Star Wars actress started saying no to selfies with fans, too. She explained to The Times newspaper in 2019, “I usually [tell fans]: ‘I’m really sorry – not today.’”

Ridley explained herself further, saying, “I’m not a big photo taker, and I don’t want everyone to immediately know where I am. I know people share [their selfies] immediately, so I’m very aware of privacy in that way.” However, the Star Wars star did make an exception for younger fans, she admitted. She said, “With kids, they’re not going to put it up somewhere straight away.”

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10. Tobey Maguire

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Aaron Sorkin wrote the 2017 movie Molly’s Game based on a true story about a woman who ran an underground poker ring frequented by a clientele that included celebrities. He claimed that the flick’s antagonist was a blend of several famous people. But viewers theorized that the bad guy was based chiefly on Tobey Maguire.

After all, the real-life Molly reported Maguire’s supposedly horrible antics in her memoir – and many of those lined up with the Molly’s Game antagonist. And all of this has to do with selfies because the actor has let this side of himself show in public. In fact, he once slapped the camera out of a fan’s hand as they went for a photo with him.

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9. Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t say no to all interactions with fans. The Hunger Games actress divulged to Vogue magazine that she’s always “happy to meet people, give autographs, shake hands and say, ‘Thank you.’” And that’s because she knows she “wouldn’t have a job if people weren’t going to see [her] movies.”

But Lawrence admitted she did draw the line at selfies – especially when requested at awkward times. She explained in the 2017 Vogue interview, “It’s just… if I’m on an airplane and I have no makeup on, I don’t want to take a selfie that’s going to end up on E!” So, if you see her on your next flight, don’t bother asking the Oscar-winner for a picture.

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8. Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt and her husband, actor John Krasinski, started their family four years after their 2010 wedding in Como, Italy. They welcomed a daughter named Hazel first, and then came their second baby girl, Violet, in 2016. And with her two babies came a new rule for the actress: no selfies with fans.

Blunt won’t take selfies with fans when her daughters are around. And when she turns people down, she uses a line shared with her by fellow actress Frances McDormand, according to TV show ET Canada’s website. The Mary Poppins Returns star tells selfie hopefuls, “You know what? I’ve actually retired from that. But I would like to shake your hand and meet you.”

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7. Justin Bieber

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Singer Justin Bieber received some flack for not taking selfies with fans, so he took to his Instagram feed to explain himself. He said, “Years ago it was impossible to even take a picture at anytime [sic]; not everyone was accessible to [sic] a camera. Now everyone has a camera phone and now it’s just a different thing.”

In the end, Bieber saw it as “setting boundaries” between himself and his fans and refused to apologize for his self-preservation. He went on, “I think it’s smart and will be the only way I last… I love the fact that I am able to make people happy, but c’mon, if you truly were in my position you would understand how tiring it is.”

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6. Emilia Clarke

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Emilia Clarke’s no-selfie policy stemmed from an unfortunate incident at the airport. In late 2019 she appeared on the podcast Table Manners and told host Jessie Ware what happened. She explained, “I suddenly started having what I can only believe to be a panic attack brought on by complete exhaustion. I was on my own. I was on the phone to my mom saying, ‘I feel like I can’t breathe. I don’t know what’s going on.’”

As Clarke broke down, a fan approached her to ask for a selfie. It was because of that moment and other similar ones that the TV star decided to only give fans autographs. She explained, “Then you have a chat and you’re actually having a truthful human-to-human thing, as opposed to it being this other thing that probably isn’t nice for them and isn’t nice to you.”

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5. Christian Bale

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There have been plenty of anecdotes describing actor Christian Bale’s supposedly bad temper. But his former publicist, Harrison Cheung, made some startling allegations after his one-year tenure working for the actor had ended. Apparently, fans who approached The Dark Knight star didn’t flatter him: they made him very angry.

The Huffington Post website detailed Cheung’s claims in a review of his co-written book, 2012’s Christian Bale. They wrote about how Bale would “lecture little girls about being rude and intrusive until tears streamed down their faces, and their parents tugged them away from our table.” So it’s easy to assume that the actor would not take selfies with his fans, either.

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4. Kit Harington

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In 2017 Kit Harington sat down for an interview with The Guardian newspaper, and he made one thing patently clear: he didn’t love being famous. He rejected anyone describing him as a celebrity, saying, “It makes me snappy and it makes me uncomfortable, and I turn into a grumpy person.”

The Game of Thrones star admitted that he didn’t like taking selfies with fans, either. He refused to pose for them, he said, because “you just have to, otherwise you start feeling like a mannequin.” And, when out with his GoT co-star and wife, Rose Leslie, the pair have the same policy “because then it makes [their] relationship feel like… puppets… like [they’re] a walking show,” he concluded.

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3. Amy Schumer

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Funny lady Amy Schumer had a strange run-in with a fan that made her realize selfies were no longer a laughing matter. The Inside Amy Schumer star asked the person to stop taking photos of her, and he fired back with, “No. It’s America, and we paid for you.”

Afterward, Schumer took to her Instagram to tell her fans that the experience had left a bad taste in her mouth – bad enough to stop her from taking fan selfies for good. She wrote, “Yes, legally you are allowed to take a picture of me. But I was asking you to stop and saying no. I will not take pictures with people anymore and it’s because of this dude in Greenville.”

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2. Jim Carrey

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There are plenty of fan anecdotes describing how kind Jim Carrey is. For example, one person claimed that the actor had once helped them get to a gas station when their vehicle broke down. The Ace Ventura movie star then bought their fuel and drove them back to their car.

But fans shouldn’t expect Carrey to extend that same willingness to fulfill a selfie request. The actor told The Hollywood Reporter newspaper in June 2019 that it wasn’t because he wasn’t kind. He just preferred to have a conversation because “selfies stop life” and end up on Instagram “to give people a false sense of relevance.”

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1. Prince Harry

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Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have made clear their disdain for the tabloid press. The pair have even left their posts within the royal family because of the constant media pressure, among other reasons. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he isn’t a huge fan of selfies, either.

While still a working member of the royal family, Prince Harry made his stance on selfies known during a tour of Australia. Teenagers came to see the English royal, and he shared with them how he felt about the photos. He said, “Seriously, you need to get out of it. I know you’re young, but selfies are bad.”

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