20 of the Nicest Celebrities in Hollywood
by Danielle Samaniego
Some celebrities have managed to make names for themselves rising above the fray of their elite status, making time for everyone- from the loyal fan to the restaurant waiter. We’re shedding light on the nicest celebrities in Hollywood, because being nice never goes out of style, right?
If you couldn’t tell from his soft-hearted song lyrics, Ed Sheeran is definitely one of the nicest celebrities around. He’s been known to surprise fans with everything from hospital visits to wedding day wishes. In fact, Buzzfeed UK put together a list of all the reasons Ed Sheeran is literally the nicest.
NBA star LeBron James is known for his kindness and extensive charity work through the LeBron James Family Foundation. Not only is he known for giving back — in 2018, he opened the I Promise School, a public school that provides free meals, bikes and college tuition to students — but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He famously played, and made fun of, himself in Amy Schumer’s film Trainwreck.
This entertainer blew away his naysayers with his well-lauded Oscar hosting duties, and he did it without ever losing class. He’s rarely found without that charismatic smile, even when stalked by his most rabid admirers. That usually includes the fanboy/fangirl crowd, thanks to his role as X-Men’s Wolverine. If Jackman can please the comic fans with his humbleness, he can please anyone.
Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez plays a sweetheart on TV and is apparently one in real life, too. The proof? When a fan asked to borrow Gina’s 2015 Golden Globes gown for prom, the actress happily obliged. Imagine being on the receiving end of that act of celebrity kindness!
Whether you want to befriend him or bed him (or both), the Money Monster star is said to be the kind of guy that makes you think either is possible. A lot of actors who fall into “cool guy” territory are known to get dangerously close to “jerk guy” territory. Not Clooney though—the star is known for being a class act.
Supermodels may have a reputation for being sort of catty, but Tyra Banks has made a nicer name for herself through her charity work and efforts to widen the modeling world’s definition of beauty. The Perfect Is Boring author’s trailblazing in the modeling industry has definitely made Tyra a Pop Culture Phenom. In addition to being extremely nice, Tyra has been kicking butt as a brand ambassador for Nine West. Nine West makes super-cute handbags and shoes at an affordable price point, meaning fans can channel Tyra energy without breaking the bank.
Say what you will about the man’s comedy and talk show skills, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who says the Jay Leno’s Garage host isn’t a genuinely nice person. Leno consistently makes Autograph Magazine’s Top 10 Signers list and he recently announced that he would be throwing a free comedy night in Detroit for anyone who’s suffered an economic blow as a result of the worsening economy. It’s that kind of selfless attitude that earns Leno a spot on our list.
Not only is David Beckham handsome, talented and stylish (he recently partnered with British clothing brand Kent & Curwen), but he’s also apparently ridiculously nice. Aside from being charitable, and cordial to fans, one ex-neighbor told the Daily Mail that the soccer star was super polite, even after being attacked by the neighbor’s dog. Seriously, even us commoners usually can’t achieve that level of kindness and understanding.
She’s topped the most generous celebrity list for years through her charity contributions, and her generosity toward her audience has set a standard for every other talk show host worth her salt. And just when you thought the self-help and cookbook author couldn’t give any more, she figured out a way to have others do it for her via her ABC show Oprah’s Big Give. Her philanthropy knows no bounds, putting Winfrey head and shoulders above her celebrity brethren and sistren in terms of kindness. If Oprah is your absolute fave, you can shop her favorite things on Amazon, like this viral Amazon coat ($139.99) or this Ecoffee reusable cup ($15.99).
Jennifer Lawrence is definitely owning her status as the Most-Liked Actor in Hollywood. Her red carpet falls have eased the minds of clumsy girls around the world, and the Joy star’s definitely making a name for herself in the entertainment world as being super down-to-earth and easy to work with. Her taste in clothing is also surprisingly low-key, with the sweet celebrity wearing affordable brands like Vince and Adidas on repeat.
Sarah Jessica Parker
She’s essentially Carrie Bradshaw without the bedpost notches. Fun, stylish (have you seen her shoe line and Gap collection?), and incredibly endearing, Parker has long been adored by everyone for simply being herself. She’s the actress on set who takes extra steps to make sure no one is put out, as evidenced by stories from the Sex and the City shoot. She’s seen as affable without being phony, making her accessible to fans and preserving her sweetheart image.
Steve Buscemi may have made a career out of playing unlikable characters, but in real life the actor is super likeable. One of the best stories of Steve Buscemi’s unwavering kindness and dedication after 9/11. Buscemi, who was a firefighter before he started acting, returned to New York City and spent five days digging through the rubble as a volunteer.
One fan shared a story on Reddit of running into Dave Chappelle at a hotel. Not only was the Chappelle Show comedian friendly with his fans, he actually invited them to come hang out with him at a hookah bar, where they chilled, smoked, and swapped stories for four hours. The post even includes photographic proof. Seriously, how does that even happen?
They say he’s eased up on the autograph-signing front these days, but Hanks, who recently added author to his credits, is generally considered among Hollywood’s top good guys. He’s a dedicated husband (to actress Rita Wilson) and he doesn’t have an air about him that many actors possess.
Popstar Taylor Swift’s good girl persona is a theme that carries through her professional and personal life. From conversing with fans on Twitter, to the unbelievable class she demonstrated after her beef with Kanye West, there’s no denying it—the Reputation singer is the kind of girl we all secretly want to be pals with. She’s also the kind of girl we all secretly (or not-so-secretly) want to dress like, wearing adorable Free People items on loop.
She’s the woman you can envision among your group of friends. Down to earth, hilariously self-deprecating, and cool to fans, DeGeneres, who has a Walmart clothing collection celebrating love and inclusivity, has nailed the art of connecting with people on and off camera. Plus, she’s open about who she is and isn’t afraid to put herself out there, making her the real deal.
Lady Gaga, or as her fans affectionately call her, Mother Monster, has a reputation for serious fan love. The singer, who’s making her big-screen debut in A Star Is Born, also gives back through her Born This Way foundation, which encourages youth to be kind to themselves and to one another. You can shop her makeup line, Haus Laboratories, on Amazon for beauty looks approved of by Mother Monster herself.
Sure, he was Leader of the Free World, but he’s also a bonafide superstar who showed he was as comfortable on a basketball court as he was on the national stage. And what other celebrity can claim the covers of Time, Entertainment Weekly, and the Amazing Spider-Man? Obama proved he can hobnob comfortably with his constituents as well as possess the patience to sign autographs for fellow politicians following a congressional speech. No doubt, our former president is indeed celebrity royalty sans the attitude.
Keanu Reeves has a long list of fan encounters that paint him as the nicest guy ever. One Redditor claims Keanu gave a $20,000 bonus to one of the guys working on the set of The Matrix when he heard he was having family problems.
Ryan Gosling has literally made a career out of the being the nice guy, and it seems his on-screen persona matches up pretty closely with his real-life reputation. He even became a real-life hero when he broke up a street fight in 2011. You may already know he’s kind, but can you tell the difference between him and fellow-nice guy Ryan Reynolds?
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