According to statistics compiled by Google, a staggering 93 million selfies are posted online every single day, with one appearing on Instagram every single second. But don’t expect to see a celebrity photobomb from any of these 20 famous faces. They have their reasons, but all of them have made it clear that they’d prefer not to take selfies with their fans.
20. Emma Watson
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 magazine, “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 interaction, 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.”
19. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has made a name for herself for her bold personality and performances. However, in 2013 she admitted to Barbara Walters on her 10 Most Fascinating People TV special that selfies made her feel awkward. The singer-actress explained, “I get embarrassed to take pictures.”
Cyrus reiterated that selfies made 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.”
18. Maisie Williams
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.”
17. Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran explained his aversion to fan photos in a June 2019 interview. According to The Sun newspaper, the singer first explained that he has social anxiety, which makes him uncomfortable in front of the camera. 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 he had no problem talking to fans, but his mindset tended 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.”
16. Tommy Lee
Like many of us have been known to do, Tommy Lee took to Facebook to air his frustrations with the world. However, 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 really hammer his point home, the drummer signed off on his Facebook post as “The Picture-Taker Hater, Tommy Lee.”
15. Zoe Saldana
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 when she was out with her brood. She explained to People magazine 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 taking 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.”
14. Russell Crowe
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 their 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.”
13. Shailene Woodley
Divergent actress Shailene Woodley has no problem giving her fans a hug, 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 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.’”
12. Chris Pratt
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 cost, though – fans who wanted selfies, requests which he has come to refuse.
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.”
11. Daisy Ridley
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: The Rise of Skywalker 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.”
10. Tobey Maguire
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 which included celebrities. He claimed that the flick’s antagonist was just a blend of several famous people, but viewers came up with their own theory that the character was based chiefly on Tobey Maguire.
Indeed, 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. He once slapped the camera out of a fan’s hand as they went for a photo with him; it’s safe to say he doesn’t like selfies.
9. Jennifer Lawrence
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 my 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.
8. Emily Blunt
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. 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.”
7. Justin Bieber
Singer Justin Bieber received some flack for not taking selfies with fans, so he took to his Instagram feed in order 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.
6. Emilia Clarke
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.”
5. Christian Bale
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.” With this in mind, it’s easy to assume that the actor would not take selfies with his fans, either.
4. Kit Harington
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 had the same policy “because then it makes our relationship feel like… puppets… like we’re a walking show,” he concluded.
3. Amy Schumer
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.”
Afterwards, 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 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.”
2. Jim Carrey
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.”
1. Prince Harry
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. As such, 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.”