‘Celebrity’ doesn’t always have positive connotations – indeed, the term is often associated with negative notions like extravagance, immorality and general bad behaviour. This is, of course, down to the shocking comportment of a few high profile celebrities, combined with the media’s fascination with publicising their wrongdoings. Many celebrities, in a whirlwind of fame and money, seem to lose sight of their public image and act out. It’s evident that many celebrities believe they’re above the law, or at least feel entitled to special treatment.
Katherine Heigl is a prime example. After her success on the TV series Grey’s Anatomy, Heigl was pretty much set up for a successful career in showbiz. However, Heigl’s name became notorious amongst directors and producers because of her demanding attitude. Heigl’s behaviour on set is said to be deplorable – there are numerous complaints regarding Heigl’s foul mouthedness, mood swings and spoilt nature. Some reports even claim she would refuse to come out of her trailer due to petty wardrobe issues. Of course, other celebrities are known for their bad behaviour off the set: From sex tape scandals to drunk driving charges, from drug abuse to domestic violence allegations, there are many celebrities whose reputations are far from aspirational.
Don’t let these badly behaved celebrities colour your views of celebrity culture. though. There are, in fact, quite a few extremely well-behaved celebrities who haven’t put a toe out of line for the majority of their careers. Unfortunately, these celebrities often lose out on the limelight due to their badly behaved counterparts stealing the column inches. We’re giving the goodies a chance to shine in this look at the ten best behaved celebs in the world – living proof that being a celebrity doesn’t turn you into a reckless attention seeker.
10. Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman really is Hollywood’s good girl. Born to an Israeli mother and an American father, Portman started acting at a young age. She has starred in several major productions, with arguably her greatest achievement to date being her lead role in Black Swan alongside Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel. Portman is only ever spotted looking prim and proper at red carpet events – never stumbling out of a nightclub.
9. Isabel Lucas
Isabel Lucas made her name on the Australian soap Home & Away. After many years on the show, Lucas moved to America to pursue acting. Lucas has done very well for herself in the US, with roles in major blockbusters such as Transformers and the miniseries The Pacific, directed by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Lucas is known for her straight-edged attitude. Instead of clubbing and partying, Lucas dedicates her time to promoting animal welfare. She famously teamed up with Sea Shepherd to save whales from being slaughtered in Taiji, Japan. Lucas is also known for being extremely private about her love life.
8. Leona Lewis
Leona Lewis found fame in 2008 when she appeared on the UK series of the X Factor. Lewis, who previously worked as a receptionist, proved to have an absolutely incredible voice. Notably, Simon Cowell himself stated during one of her performances that it was the greatest live performance he had ever witnessed. Leona released her debut single, Bleeding Love, which performed well in the charts. Leona’s song was also popular in the United States – a rare feat for a breakthrough British artist. Since her induction into the limelight, there hasn’t been a peep from Leona. She lives a quiet life in a beautiful home that she bought in California.
7. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the most talked-about people in the world of celebrity. Although she has a few famous films under her belt, she has become more well-known for her lifestyle than for her acting skills in recent years. Gwyneth prides herself in living one of the healthiest lifestyles in the world – a ‘clean-eating’, mostly vegan, superfood-rich diet. This means that Gwyneth has to avoid almost all celebrity staples: fancy meals, clubs and pricey alcohol. Gwyneth lives by a strict exercise and diet plan, which she publicises via her website, Goop. Gwyneth is also a dedicated parent who devotes her free time to her children.
6. Elijah Wood
Former child actor Elijah Wood landed one of the most enviable film roles in modern history – the lead role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings franchise. After the massive success of the trilogy, Wood was catapulted towards worldwide fame in his 20s. Despite his high profile and wealth, Wood never put a toe out of line. A perfect example of Wood’s collected behaviour was when he was Punk’d by Ashton Kutcher: Even though a dumpster blew up beside him and “damaged” someone’s car, Wood showed himself to be a truly level-headed guy.
5. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is currently one of the most successful female recording artists on the planet. After initial success on the country music scene, Swift developed a more pop-focused sound. Since then, she’s garnered huge mainstream popularity. Swift is well known for her good-girl attitude. She often talks about her relationship with God and the importance of family life. She has never been spotted drinking, smoking or dabbling in illegal activities, adding to her clean cut image. Despite her penchant for high profile boyfriends, Swift is regarded as one of the best female role models for young girls today. Her songs preach the value of being true to yourself and not conforming to a set ideal of beauty, a rare message in the media nowadays.
4. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is a well-known celebrity for a number of reasons but mainly for his talent as an actor and for his unique personality and style. Depp is also one of the most impressive celebrities out there in terms of his behaviour. He’s well-known for being both modest and private. In interviews, he discloses very little about his private life and family life, preferring to speak about projects and the film industry, as well as singing the praises of those he works with. This level of privacy with regard to his private life is a very rare thing in Hollywood.
3. Jamie-Lynn Spears
Jamie-Lynn Spears is Britney Spears’ younger sister. Jamie-Lynn showed a keen interest in an acting career when she was younger, and starred in her very own Nickelodeon show in her early teens, Zoey 101. When Jamie-Lynn fell pregnant at sixteen, she was attacked by the media for being a bad example for girls her age. However, Jamie-Lynn’s behaviour since her pregnancy often goes unacknowledged:She largely sacrificed her career and dedicated her life to being a mother. She maintained a healthy relationship with the baby’s father for many years before separating amicably a few years ago. Aged twenty, Jamie-Lynn could be spotted playing with her child in a park rather than clubbing with her friends. Jamie-Lynn’s stellar behaviour has proven that being a young mother needn’t be an uncouth disaster like the situations portrayed in MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’.
2. Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff was the star of the hugely successful television show Lizzie McGuire. Duff found fame at a young age, but despite this she has shown nothing but prudence and maturity throughout her years in the limelight. She is often cited as one of the only child stars of late who didn’t act out once they hit their late teens. In contrast to her contemporaries such as Lindsay Lohan, Duff stayed strictly on the straight and narrow. She is now a dedicated mother and enjoys a low-key life in Los Angeles.
1. Blake Lively
Blake Lively found fame playing the formidable Serena Van Der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, which ran for an impressive six seasons. Serena Van Der Woodsen was the party animal of the group, with a wild past that saw her expelled from a fancy boarding school. In real life, Lively couldn’t be any different to her character in the show. Blake swears off alcohol and drugs and has always avoided the celebrity party circuit. In a recent interview with Vogue, Blake stated that the only reason she would be up at 4am would be because she’s baking cookies. She has recently launched a lifestyle blog called Preserve – prompting comparisons with Gwyneth Paltrow’s wholesome, healthy lifestyle.