Hollywood has a knack for destroying its protégés, nurturing them often from a young age, only to rip it away as quickly as it was handed. From career-killing roles, to steamy sex scandals, corruption is waiting around every corner, ready to attack and gobble celebs right up.
But why? Why are so many of our favorite stars so easily influenced by the sparks of misfortune? It’s no secret how perverse Hollywood can be, with outrageous and immoral behavior raising its ugly head from the onset. From Elizabeth Taylor‘s love triangle, to the illicit affairs of Charlie Chaplin, it seems that scandal has never been far away from the murky shadows of the Los Angeles suburb. Ever present, even to this day, we are blessed with the misfortune of witnessing a number of stars falling from grace, no longer the adored and loved role models they once claimed to be.
And that’s not all, even the child stars aren’t safe, with Hollywood offering them the dreams that they thought would never have been possible, but actually are; for a price, of course. The pressures put on child stars in particular are extremely dangerous, with actresses such as Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes each displaying a worrying change of attitude on their way through the glitz and glamour of tinsel town itself.
However, not all are open to corruption, with a number of celebs escaping the dishonest deception and going on to make successful and reputable careers. So, to celebrate those that did survive, the ones that avoided trouble and got themselves to the top, here are 15 celeb hotties that escaped Hollywood’s destructive path of corruption.
15. Rachel McAdams
Famous for roles in classics such as The Notebook and Mean Girls, Rachel McAdams originally hails from Canada (ah maybe that’s why she’s so nice). Once referred to as Hollywood’s ‘next big thing’, McAdams even won a BAFTA nomination for best rising star. Not letting the success go to her head, McAdams doesn’t have a sniff of scandal associated to her.
In fact, McAdams is quite the opposite, becoming something of an activist of late, especially with regards to the environment. That’s right, a dedicated environmentalist, McAdams even ran an eco-friendly website for five years, discussing all things from a greener lifestyle to renewable energy. Now a serious contender for Queen of the chick flicks or even as the Princess of Hollywood herself, McAdams once even dated Ryan Gosling— that’s how great she is! Recently receiving an Oscar nod for her turn in the box office smash Spotlight, McAdams can clearly do no wrong.
14. Emma Roberts
Niece to Hollywood icon Julia Roberts, you would think that being brought up among the notorious Roberts family would attract at least some kind of debauchery, however Emma Roberts is seemingly clean. Born in New York, to actor and noted drug user Eric Roberts, Emma Roberts decided to follow in her famous family’s footsteps. Shooting to fame at only nine years old in the successful Blow, starring none other than Johnny Depp, Roberts went on to appear in a number of profitable movies. However, it is her television work that has garnered the most success, with American Horror Story and Scream Queens propelling her onto a million screens all over the world. Receiving a number of positive reviews, Roberts has become a series regular on both TV shows, with the public warming up to her just as much as the critics have. Distancing herself from the trials and tribulations of her crazy family, Roberts seems only destined for further success.
13. Zoe Saldana
Originally born in New Jersey, Zoe Saldana spent her youth living in the Dominican Republic and New York. After performing with the New York Youth Theater group for a number of years, Saldana was eventually scouted and quickly thrust into the Hollywood spotlight. Now famed for movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Avatar, it was her turn in the newly revamped Star Trek franchise that really got her noticed. Seemingly living a scandal-free lifestyle, Saldana married Italian artist Marco Perego in 2013. With the pair adopting a more modern approach, both Saldana and Perego have each adopted one another’s last names, along with their two children who share the two surnames. Extremely against plastic surgery and a number of other Hollywood-isms, Saldana was recently quoted as saying that she would avoid plastic surgery at all costs, stating that she prefers to work out and live a healthy lifestyle instead.
12. Jennifer Lawrence
Now who doesn’t like Jennifer Lawrence? Loved around the world, the Kentucky girl shot to fame in the critically successful Winter’s Bone, for which she garnered her first Oscar nod for her performance. However, it was her turn as Katniss Everdeen in the commercial hit The Hunger Games trilogy that really highlighted her appeal, resulting in her being one of the most famous actresses in the world today. Refusing to be typecast, Lawrence later starred in the black comedy Silver Linings Playbook, which earned her another Oscar nomination and subsequent win at only 22 years old. With yet another Oscar nod for her portrayal of Joy, a female inventor in the movie of the same name, Lawrence seems destined for continued success.
11. Julia Stiles
During the late ’90s and early ’00s, Julia Stiles was basically everywhere. Starring in a number of teen comedies, Stiles earned the nickname teen queen, appearing in over 20 movies from 1996 to 2006. Famous for film such movies as Ten Things I Hate About You and Save the Last Dance, Stiles was the girl every guy wanted to be with and the girl every girl wanted to be. However, after wanting to change her image as the ultimate teenybopper, Stiles shocked audiences everywhere in a much more mature role opposite Matt Damon in the Bourne franchise. Seemingly avoiding the curse of Hollywood among young people, Stiles has even garnered a successful career on stage, with a number of positive reviews under her belt. In fact, Stiles is so squeaky clean that as well as obtaining a degree in English Literature at the prestigious Columbia College in 2010, she has also worked with Amnesty International to raise awareness for juvenile immigrants.
10. Mandy Moore
Born in New Hampshire, Amanda Leigh Moore, or ‘Mandy’ as she prefers to be called, is a jack of all trades, so it seems. Dipping her toe in a number of artistic environments, Moore has worked as a singer, actress, and writer. First starting out as an all american singer, Moore received commercial success. However, clearly not enough, Moore branched out into the acting biz with the wonderful world of Hollywood drawing her in. With her breakout movie being that of the box office smash The Princess Diaries alongside the super famous Anne Hathaway, Moore went on to even more success starring in classics such as A Walk to Remember and Saved! Also notching up a few scene-stealing performances on popular television dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother, there is seemingly no stopping the show-star. As America’s girl next door, Moore has attracted as little scandal as possible, with even her divorce to fellow musician Ryan Adams not able to smear her wholesome image.
9. Sarah Michelle Gellar
A popular face among teen movies of the late nineties, Sarah Michelle Gellar was at one point one of the most popular actresses in the industry. Starring in classics such as I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scooby Doo, it was her role as Buffy Summers in the extremely adored Buffy the Vampire Slayer that really propelled her to stardom. That’s right, after 7 seasons and 144 episodes, Gellar garnered a cult following, with the show itself going down in history as one of the best ever written. Often topping polls of the sexiest woman alive, Gellar enhanced that image with her role as the temptress in the impressive Cruel Intentions. However, despite her success, Gellar has managed to keep her life rather private, having been married to the King of teen movies Freddie Prinze Jr. for nearly 15 years. Extremely charitable, Gellar is also an advocate for breast cancer awareness, as well as a number of other charities across the globe.
8. Amanda Seyfried
Originally hailing from Pennsylvania, Amanda Seyfried is actually of German descent. Starting her career as a model, Seyfried was actually featured on the front cover of a number of Sweet Valley High novels, along with pal and Gossip Girl legend Leighton Meester. Seemingly fed up with the modeling world, Seyfried tried her hand at acting, with her breakout role being that of Karen Smith in the cult favorite Mean Girls. Having originally auditioned for the role of Queen B. Regina George (which later went to Rachel McAdams), Seyfried was then cast as the ditzy best friend, who in the eyes of many, completely and utterly stole the show. Proving her vocal talent as well in the musical hit Mamma Mia, Seyfried then went on to further success playing the lead in the award-winning magnificent production of Les Misérables. Now a world famous star, Seyfried continues to live a pretty laid back lifestyle, preferring to stay out of the limelight due to anxiety issues.
7. Keira Knightley
Britain’s very own English rose, well, apart from Kate Winslet of course, Keira Knightley is one of the most successful actresses to have ever ventured out of the UK, again excluding the wonderful Kate Winslet. Shooting to fame as footballer Jules Paxton in the commercially successful Bend it Like Beckham, Knightley quickly to rose to the highest ranks of Hollywood. Now, famed for being the ultimate Princess of period dramas, Knightley has starred in Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina to name but a few. Known for her extensive charity work, Knightley was the face of an Amnesty International campaign that marked the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Identifying as a feminist, Knightley has spoken out on behalf of women’s rights a number of times, even raising awareness for domestic abuse and Women’s Aid. Happily married with one child, Knightley shows no sign of slowing down with regards to her career and involvement with charitable organizations.
6. Emily Blunt
Actually hailing from Great Britain, Emily Blunt is now one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses. Born in London, Blunt struggled with a severe stutter from an early age, however she later credited a school teacher who had helped her overcome it. Originally starting her career on stage, gaining rave reviews, Blunt made her first on-screen appearance in the cult favorite My Summer of Love, which was positively received by critics. Going on to star in a number of box office hits, it was her turn in the commercially successful The Devil Wears Prada that really got the attention of movie-goers everywhere. In fact, Blunt was so good that the role itself got her a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination, due to her scene-stealing and overall hilarious performance. Happily married to The American Office star John Krasinki, the couple has two children, giving Blunt American citizenship as well as her British passport.
5. Chloë Grace Moretz
American born, Chloë Moretz first shot to fame at a young age, with her first big screen acting gig at only 7 years old. However, it was her role as the daring and foul-mouthed hit-girl in the action flick Kick Ass that really cemented her as one of the most popular young actresses of recent times. Receiving positive reviews for the role in question, Moretz became instantly in demand, and was later deemed the busiest actress in Hollywood at only 13 years old. Later starring in the Martin Scorsese smash hit Hugo, which went on to receive 11 Oscar nods at the Academy Awards, Moretz has been known to choose characters that are a little on the dark side. As well as being an amazing actress, Moretz has also dipped her toe into modelling, and has starred in a number of famous shoots with a number of high-end fashion magazines. Publicly supporting LGBTQ rights and identifying as a feminist, and most recently speaking at this year’s Democratic Convention, Moretz has seemingly avoided the curse of the Hollywood child star.
4. Anna Kendrick
Extremely popular and well-loved across the globe, Anna Kendrick has firmly cemented herself as one of the best actresses that Hollywood has seen in a long time. Starting her career on stage, Kendrick’s big break came in the musical comedy Camp, in which her performance garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination. Over the next few years Kendrick adopted an ‘always the bridesmaid and never the bride’ type of attitude, often given the role of the best friend or a supporting character, most prominently in teen favorite Twilight. However, all of that changed when Kendrick was offered the lead role in what turned out to be one of her most successful movies to date. Based on the non-fiction book of the same name, Pitch Perfect propelled Kendrick into stardom, receiving positive reviews all over the world. Now extremely famous, Kendrick is extremely cool, with her laid back personality and amusing sense of humor separating her from a number of other leading actresses.
3. Ellen Page
Originally hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada, Ellen Page shot to fame at a young age in the deeply disturbing Hard Candy. Receiving critical acclaim, with Page singled out in particular, she was later described as having given one of the stand-out performances of that year. Going on to star in the commercially successful X-men franchise, it was her performance as the pregnant teenage Juno in the movie of the same name that really got people’s attention, even earning herself an Oscar nod in the process. Again, somewhat avoiding the curse of the Hollywood child star, Page seemed to get better and better, choosing her roles carefully and delivering outstanding performances. Describing herself a pro-choice feminist, Page has often supported a number of feminist organizations and movements. Coming out in 2014 during a speech at a Human Rights conference, Page was applauded around the world for her brave and frank honesty.
2. Emma Stone
Much like Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone seems to radiate the same amount of public admiration across the globe. Born in Arizona, Stone entered the world of showbiz at a young age, starting out on stage like a number of other young actors and actresses before her. With her breakthrough role in the hugely popular comedy Superbad, Stone went on to win a Young Hollywood Award for ‘exciting new face’. Starring in a number of commercial hits including Zombieland and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Stone had proved herself as a comic genius. Branching into a new direction, audiences saw Stone in the period drama The Help and receive a number of positive reviews. Seemingly able to do anything, Stone can now be seen creating an Oscar buzz in the anticipated La La Land set to be released in the very near future. Considered to be one of the most talented and most professional actresses in Hollywood, she has also been labelled as one of the nicest, especially with regards to her private life and the way in which she handles herself.
1. Vanessa Marano
Beginning her acting career at a mere seven years old, Marano’s breakthrough was her portrayal of April Nardini in the highly successful TV drama Gilmore Girls. Going on to star in a number of television shows throughout her teenage years, Marano garnered further success in the extremely popular Switched at Birth, in which she plays a young teenager who finds out she was swapped with another baby when she was born. With the show itself starring a number of hearing-impaired actors and actresses, Marano had to learn American Sign Language, which she is now fluent in. Avoiding the celebrity lifestyle, little is known about the young actress, who prefers to lay low rather than adhere to the wonderful world of Hollywood. However, with rumors that she will be reprising her role as April Nardini in the Gilmore Girls reboot, it is clear that her career is only moving forward.