Just like the tabloids like to remind us, celebrities really are just like us. Strip away the fame, the inflated bank accounts, the giant houses in Beverly Hills, the giant second houses in Malibu, the success, the notoriety and what’s left? Some of them still pump their own gas just like us when their drivers aren’t available. Sometimes they have to stand in line at Starbucks like us when their assistant calls in sick… Okay, whether or not they’re like us really isn’t the point. Because underneath all the glitz and glamour, they’re still just human. They get their feelings hurt when people point out their flaws just like anybody would, and they definitely battle with their fair share of insecurity.
Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr has said that models, despite their freakish beauty, are some of the most insecure people she knows. She said, “There was so much rejection in the beginning. Models are some of the most insecure people I’ve ever met. They’re constantly being told they’re not good enough. You’ve really got to practice loving yourself.”
It just goes to show that no matter how beautiful you are, no matter how much fame a person has reached, that doesn’t mean that they feel secure in their achievements. Some of the most successful actors, actresses, models and singers have all faced the demons of self-doubt and major insecurity. Here are the top 13 that might shock you the most.
13. Daniel Radcliffe
In an attempt to cast himself in a light that isn’t Harry Potter, actor Daniel Radcliffe took on the role as Allen Ginsberg in the movie, To Kill Your Darlings. When he was asked about the role, Radcliffe said that he found himself relating to Ginsberg quite a bit, stating, “I think the most creative people like Allen veer between ambition and anxiety… self-doubt and confidence.” He also said, “I definitely can relate to that, even if I don’t have the extreme confidence he does… We all go through that ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ Is this what I’m meant to be doing?’
12. Karlie Kloss
We can certainly all agree that Victoria’s Secret Angels are arguably some of the most beautiful people on the planet. But just like beautiful model Miranda Kerr reminded us, even models can be insecure. Karlie Kloss, the 2014 face of highly-coveted fashion brands such as, Jean-Paul Gauthier, Donna Karen, Lancaster, the Coco Chanel Noir perfume and Lacoste, has said this about her image, “It was tough being the tall, gangly girl in school. It made me incredibly insecure.” After making her Victoria’s Secret runway debut in 2011, we wonder if she still feels insecure today. We know she certainly shouldn’t.
11. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez became famous by shaking her assets on the variety show In Living Color, in the early 1990s and grew only more famous as the world fell in love with her curves. But it’s not her body that Jennifer Lopez has questioned about herself, it’s her singing. “Even though I had sold 70 million albums, there I was feeling like ‘I’m no good at this.’” The dancer turned actress, turned singer, told Cosmo how she was able to fight those insecurities. “While I was married to Marc [Anthony], he helped me get over it. I was always so insecure and just going along. Then I grew, little by little, and I realized wait a minute, this is not a fluke. This is not a mistake. I work my a** off!”
10. Mike Myers
Although you don’t see him on screen as much these days, funny man Mike Myers was once at the top of the comedian pyramid, both on the New York and Hollywood circuits. He was a huge hit on the iconic weekly show, Saturday Night Live before finding success on the big screen with hits like Wayne’s World and the Austin Powers franchise. But despite his success and ability to make audiences around the globe laugh, Mike Myers admits that he has never really found himself all that funny. “I still believe that at any minute the no talent police are going to come and arrest me,” Myers told Details magazine.
9. Robert Pattinson
The Twilight film series sky-rocketed Robert Pattinson, from actor to flawless heart throb who could do no wrong. Fans even overlooked his decision to take back his Twilight costar/live-in girlfriend, Kristen Stewart, after she was publicly caught cheating on him. But Pattinson admits that he has a difficult time seeing himself in such high regards as his fans do, and not just when it comes to looks. He has said, “[With acting], you have to confront your insecurities quite a lot and I have plenty, plenty of insecurities.” He also added that he grew more insecure with the more famous he became. “Before you could know of b*llsh*t yourself all the time… Now I’m almost sick of the sight of myself,” he said.
8. Michelle Williams
She started off on Dawson’s Creek and made her way to the Oscar stage with Brokeback Mountain. She even landed one of the biggest hunks in Hollywood at the time, the late Heath Ledger, with whom she shares a daughter. She’s gone on to star with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and even recently took on the role as Marilyn Monroe, receiving high acclaim. But actress Michelle Williams admits she still never feels like a legitimate actress. “Every day feels like the first day and every day you think, ‘They’re going to fire me; I don’t know what I’m doing here; I don’t know how to do this; I don’t know why I’m here; Everybody’s going to find out.”
7. Amy Adams
Amy Adams might come across as calm, cool and collected, but she says that she’s anything but. The actress has been upfront about the fact that the level of fame she has reached has made her uncomfortable and even set her back at times. The actress said in an interview, “After Catch Me If You Can, I choked. I felt this pressure to suddenly be this level of actress that I wasn’t confident enough to be… I had an extistential crisis at the Oscars sitting next to Sean Penn and Meryl Streep thinking, ‘What am I doing here? I don’t belong here.’” Luckily, she has learned to ignore those voices and has gone on to star in big hits like American Hustle, with Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale.
6. Oprah Winfrey
Is there anyone more successful than Oprah Winfrey? She is, hands down, the queen of entertainment media, and has more money than most of us could ever even fathom. Oprah admits to being a workaholic and to having a high level of confidence. When big names in the industry told her that she would never amount to anything in journalism, she blew them off and has created an entire media empire most networks would kill for. But, over the years, she has struggled very publicly with weight issues and physical insecurity. And she also admits to at least one professional set back. Oprah told Parade magazine, “I’m really insecure about my acting.”
5. Ryan Reynolds
How could someone as seemingly flawless as Ryan Reynolds possibly struggle with believing in himself? Even marrying one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, Blake Lively, doesn’t seem to shake any sense into him. He has starred in hits like Definitely, Maybe, The Change Up and took on the role of comic book hero, The Green Lantern. Most recently, he took on the role of dad with a newborn baby. But even with everything he has going for him, Reynolds still struggles with confidence issues. He has said about himself, “I feel like an overweight, pimply-faced kid a lot of the time.”
4. Lady Gaga
You can call her weird. You can call her bizarre. You can even call her downright spacey. But one thing no one has ever been able to call Lady Gaga is dishonest. The in-your-face singer has always been extremely open about her abundance of insecurities and personal issues. In fact, she’s built quite a following off it, a bunch of groupies known as her “monsters.” But, with all of her hits and tons of fans, it just goes to show that you can struggle with demons and yet, still be wildly successful. “I felt like a freak for so long in my childhood,” she has said.
3. Meryl Streep
Even one of the biggest females names in the film industry still has moments where she doesn’t think she’s cut out for the job. In a recent interview, Meryl Streep says that she was turned down for movie roles that she went out for and was specifically told that she didn’t get them because she was “too ugly.” She kept a brave face and kept trying, despite the blows, and has gone on to become one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood history. But those insecurities never really go completely away. She told Oprah Magazine, “I say to myself, I don’t know how to act – and why does anyone want to look at me on screen anymore? Lots of actors feel that way.”
2. Justin Timberlake
He’s one of the best-selling artists of the past two decades and years after his boy band days, he still has the ability to make millions of girls weak in the knees. He even seemed to make the transition from musician to movie star, relatively easy. But even Justin Timberlake isn’t sold on himself. “I don’t think I’m the most talented,” Timberlake said. “I’m obviously not the best actor. But I found a way to have a voice. … At the end of the day, when they say ‘Action,’ it’s very similar to when the lights go down in the house. Eyes are directly on you and you’re responsible for making everything happen at that point.”
1. Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler’s career just gets better and better. Her hit show, Parks and Recreation is set to start their highly anticipated final season, the book she released last year hit the best-sellers chart, and she just slayed as Golden Globe host alongside Tina Fey – a job which many comedians have not been able to pull off successfully. Surely she’s riding high on a cloud of confidence, right? Wrong. She admitted to Marc Maron on his WTF podcast that she always feels like a fraud who will be figured out at any moment. She continued the thought in her book Yes, Please, writing, “You will never climb Career Mountain and get to the top and shout, ‘I made it!’ You will rarely feel done or complete or even successful. Most people I know struggle with that complicated soup of feeling slighted on one hand and like a total fraud on the other. Our ego is a monster that loves to sit at the head of the table, and I have learned that my ego is just as rude and loud and hungry as everyone else’s. It doesn’t matter how much you get; you are left wanting more. Success is filled with MSG.”