At the end of the day, celebrities are just regular people. They do all the things we do. They buy groceries. They fight with their spouses. They ride bicycles. They even ride the subway. Just like any other person, they go out in the daylight and walk amongst us. People tend to forget this sometimes. Many of us have this strange notion that celebrities live in a magical dream world that we “mere mortals” will never see, that somehow they exist on a different plane of existence than the common folk. This simply isn’t true. They are just like us.
Some of these celebrities have no problems with interacting with people and making their presence known. Others like to keep it more low key, disguising themselves in plain sight, brushing through crowds of people who are completely unaware. Actors especially have a natural talent for blending in with crowds, somehow making themselves very unnoticeable without even trying.
This is a list of some of these well-known celebrities who are masters at going out in public without causing a scene, who can evade the paparazzi without any noticeable effort. Some use disguises, while others seem to be able to make themselves invisible to the public using their innate acting skills - fading into the background, suddenly becoming average people that you would never think to look twice at.
15 Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf had his start on Disney’s Even Stevens, and since then he has evolved into a huge star. When you reach stardom of these levels, moving around in public can be hard. Everything you do is examined and judged by everyone. It doesn’t help when these activities involve some pretty controversial things, including getting into fights and brandishing knives at neighbours. The fact that he was constantly under the watchful eye of the public led Shia to do some pretty insane things, even crazier than what he was already doing. One example of this was the method which he used to hide from the public.
Nobody knows exactly why Shia LaBeouf decided to wear a paper bag over his head, but initially it was because of a performance art project. He sat silently with the paper bag over his head as part of an art exhibit. At one point, he wrote “I am not famous anymore” on the bag. He claimed to have retired at around the same time. Perhaps it started off as a way to disguise himself, but now everyone knows that whenever you see a guy wearing a paper bag on his head, it’s probably LaBeouf - meaning that his disguise is now worthless.
14 Alec Baldwin
Alec Baldwin is definitely one of the most successful actors of all time. He has worked on some stunning films and projects, making him the centre of attention whenever he leaves his house. Unfortunately, this started to be a bit too stressful for Baldwin, and he has blown his top at the paparazzi numerous times. The most well-known incident occurred when a paparazzi was filming his wife and newly born daughter. He assaulted this nosy photographer, and was shrouded in controversy as a result. He has also been stalked before by numerous people.
As a result of all of these incidents, Alec Baldwin has become a master at blending in with his surroundings. Now, he doesn’t have to worry about the paparazzi, because they simply can’t spot him! He loves to take his bicycle out for a spin, and when he does, it’s a win-win situation. This is because he got diagnosed with diabetes and decided he needed to change his lifestyle, so he became vegan and now he bikes everywhere!
13 Matthew Mcconaughey
Matthew McConaughey is one actor who is instantly recognizable to most people everywhere. He is an actor that has an incredible range - playing many diverse roles throughout his incredible career. Although he is an actor that is constantly watched by the paparazzi, he hasn’t been involved in too many controversies, as he knows how to keep cool in the direst of situations. Because he has played so many different roles, he definitely knows how to disguise himself with many personas in order to fool the paparazzi.
At first glance, if you say Matthew skateboarding down the street, you might just think, “Hey, that’s some Californian skateboarder dude,” and not give it another thought. But the next time you see a skateboarder rolling by, it could be Matthew McConaughey. The star can often be spotted skateboarding down the street while walking his dog, and with sunglasses on he is pretty much unrecognizable as the hollywood star. If you saw his skateboarding by you, you’d probably just think he was some weird guy and keep walking.
12 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is definitely one of the most talked about celebrities today. You can’t go twenty four hours without hearing her name mentioned in the newspaper or on television. She has been involved in a lot of controversy, especially in recent years. Just a few days ago she was involved in yet another conflict with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, a couple who seem intent on making Tay-Tay’s life as miserable as possible. Kanye famously interrupted Taylor Swift’s speech during her acceptance of a music award, and since then the two have been feuding.
With this constant media attention, you might expect Taylor to try her best to stay out the view of the public eye. But that’s just not the case. She has now problem with going out and doing all of the things regular people do. And she does it with style, too! She has no problem with going to grocery stores, mingling with the ‘common folk,’ and going about her business as normal. In fact, she mingles so well that the untrained eye might easily miss her at first. She somehow looks like a normal girl, even though she makes no effort to disguise herself!
11 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba is one of the prettiest stars ever, so it’s no surprise that she’s constantly being watched. She has topped many “World’s Sexiest Women” lists from magazines such as FHM and Maxim. She wasn’t too happy when Playboy Magazine featured a picture of her, however. The picture, which was used without her permission, seemed to imply that there was a nude picture of her inside the magazine. When she threatened to sue, Hugh Hefner personally called the star and apologized, offering to donate large sums of money to Alba’s two charities. She accepted, and she stopped trying to sue the magazine. Jessica is one of those stars that has become famous for not only being a beautiful and talented actress, but also an amazing force for good in the community, and she has created many charities that raise tons of money.
Such a beautiful woman might be reluctant to go outside and be stared at constantly, but not Jessica Alba. She has no problem with going out and doing ‘normal people stuff,’ although she uses a little bit more of a disguise than her other female celebrity counterparts. When she goes grocery shopping, she usually wears a big hat and sunglasses to hide her identity. In most cases, this diverts unwanted attention from onlookers.
10 Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is famous for being a Victoria’s Secret model, but she got her real taste of mega fame when she started hosting America’s Next Top Model, an extremely successful television show. As well as being a model, she appeared on numerous television shows and movies, including Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. She has also done a lot of work for charity. She is immediately recognizable, as she has stunning facial features. She was, after all, a model.
So how is it that she is able to hide in plain sight with such ease? She makes no qualms about going out and about in public, doing what she needs to do and brushing shoulders with the mass unwashed. What’s her secret? Well, she is a master of fashion and makeup, so it seems like she has put these skills to good use and is able to wear clothes and fix herself up so that she looks completely inconspicuous. She even takes the subway! At first glance she looks just like an average, albeit attractive, businesswoman.
9 Seth Rogen
Seth Rogen is one of the most successful comedians of our time. He is also one of the finest actors to emerge out of Canada. He has appeared in numerous films, many of which he has written or co-written himself. One of the most successful films he has ever written was Superbad. This was a film based on his own experiences in Vancouver as a teen. Not too long ago, not many people knew who he was, but nowadays, just about anyone would recognize him on the street if they ever saw him.
Does this stop him from going out in public? Nope. Seth Rogen can be spotted doing all the things we normal folk do, and many people have photographed him when he’s out in public. Although he’s not scared to show his face, he does know that people would recognize him, so he makes a little bit of an effort to hide his identity, especially when he’s in crowded in areas like on a subway train! If you saw him on your train, you’d probably think he was just another bearded hipster. The reality is that this guy is in fact Seth Rogen, and the person who took this photo just managed to spot him in time.
8 Jake Gyllenhaall
Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the most loved and respected men in the acting profession today. He has accomplished much in his career, and he is quite young still, so expect a lot more from this talented actor. He has dated Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst, and Taylor. He is also very involved in politics, and he actively campaigned for Presidential candidate John Kerry. He was quoted as saying “It’s a sad time when actors are politicians and politicians are actors.”
With all this media attention, you might feel that Jake Gyllenhaal would be reluctant to go outside where he would certainly be identified by the public. But that’s not how Jake feels. He has no problem with going out and mingling with the public, although he has become very good at disguising his identity. This might be because he has experienced the awkwardness of someone recognizing him in public, and doesn’t want to experience that again. So now he puts on a ton of clothes when he goes out, and you have to look really close at this man if you see him on the subway to figure out that it’s actually Jake Gyllenhaal.
7 Crispin Glover
Crispin Glover is one of the best actors of all time. Although he is undoubtedly skilled, many people don’t know who he is, and he is extremely underrated. His most recent appearance was on Alice Through The Looking Glass as the queen’s henchman. He is also famous for his performances in the first Back To The Future movie and in Charlie’s Angels. His lack of appearances might be due to the fact that he sued the production of Back To The Future for using his likeness without his permission.
He is famous for playing creepy characters, and his lifestyle is just as interesting as the characters he plays. Not many people know this, but Glover has an obsession with strip clubs. And he doesn’t make any effort to hide it. It’s easy to find Crispin Glover - all you have to do is look in the strip clubs in L.A. You’ll find him there, perfectly blending in with all the other creeps, with a giant grin on his face.
6 Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes is a household name in the world of Hollywood. She has topped many “Sexiest Women Of The Year” lists, as well as “Most Beautiful People” lists. She also is very fashion-savvy, and many magazines have also included her in their “Best-Dressed Celebrities” lists. She has also made headlines for the wrong reasons. When she divorced Tom Cruise, it was all over the news, and she claims she was being intimidated by both Cruise and the Church of Scientology.
Because of this, whenever Katie Holmes steps out of her door, she is surrounded by paparazzi, snapping pictures and shouting questions at her. This has caused her to be very inconspicuous these days when she steps outside. And it actually works! She goes shopping just like any other person, and she wears sunglasses with unassuming clothing like yoga pants to draw attention away from herself. It would take a very skilled paparazzi to spot her when she’s dressed like this...
5 Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling has seen immense success in recent years and is emerging as one of the most beloved actors today, especially among the younger female crowd. He is another Canadian actor came to America and made it big. His first big role was the film The Notebook, and he has seen success in the movie Drive, The Big Short, and many others since his emergence. He now owns his own restaurant in Beverly Hills, which he bought “on an impulse.”
Although he is instantly recognizable by people on the street, Ryan Gosling seems to relish the opportunity to out in public. Why? It’s an excuse for him to show off his impeccable sense of style. Gosling often appears in magazines as an example of a well-dressed celebrity. Even though he too has to wear sunglasses and clothes that hide his identity, Gosling is one of the few people who can do it and still look good in the process. Just like everyone else, Gosling has to walk through the airport, but many people simply don’t notice him, because he looks like a normal, hip dude, although a very well-dressed one at that.
4 Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber is one of the most respected actors in the business today. He has given some amazing performances, both on stage and in films, and he is praised by critics, fellow actors, and the general public. His first big break was in the Scream movies. He later appeared in films like The Manchurian Candidate, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and many more. He is also an accomplished Shakespearean actor of the classical plays.
If you saw Liev Schreiber on the streets, you’d probably recognize him. Although he doesn’t let his fame stop him from going out and enjoying life, he does take some precautions. These include the time-honored technique among celebrities of wearing sunglasses and a big jacket. His mother struggled from strange behavior after a bad trip on LSD, which forced Liev to adapt to her different personalities. This might also help Liev in not just his acting career, but also in hiding from the public and take on unassuming personas. He is definitely not afraid to ride his bike with his two kids, and not many people could see that it’s actually Liev Schreiber riding that bike.
3 Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most well-known actors today, and perhaps one of the most successful actors of all time. Everyone around the globe knows Leo, and as soon as you see his face you know who he is. Even people in 3rd world countries know who he is, and can probably list the movies he has been in. He is truly a superstar. He even has his own Island off the coast of Belize. He has been involved with some of the hottest women alive, including models Bar Rafaeli and Gisele Bundchen.
So how does a guy like him go out in public and not get chased by thousands of screaming girls? Well it seems this star has become an expert at blending in. He is able to emerge out of his many homes with a very inconspicuous outfit, complete with sunglasses and a hat. His beard really helps make him hard to identify as well. In addition, it seems that riding a bike is a favorite among celebrities to divert attention away from themselves, and it makes sense. Why would celebrities ride a bike when they can afford a limousine? It’s reverse psychology at its best.
2 Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro is arguably the most talented actor alive today. He has consistently wowed audiences everywhere, and it seems like every film he touches turns to gold. There was once a time when Robert De Niro was still a young, new talent, and no one really knew who he was. Those days are now gone. Perhaps De Niro sometimes looks back on these days, remembering fondly his youth, when he could walk down the street without people stopping to stare, snap photos, and ask him for an autograph.
Although De Niro might be one of the most famous actors that has ever lived, he is surprisingly good at avoiding the public eye. De Niro got to where he is because of his amazing acting talent, and it seems that this talent also serves its purpose in hiding him from the view of the public. Those who know him can attest to a strange, useful god-given talent that he has. Somehow, he is able to completely lower his “noticeability,” making people sweep their eyes over him without a second thought. He changes his body language and behavior in such a way that he becomes this unassuming, very ordinary man. There are stories of him walking into a restaurant, sitting down and eating a meal, and walking out without anyone knowing. Once, in another restaurant, a successful actor was meeting with someone who knew De Niro was there. This person gestured over to De Niro and said, “That’s Robert De Niro over there.” The other actor couldn’t believe his eyes. Here was a man who had somehow pulled a veil of invisibility over himself, looking down at his plate and not drawing an ounce of attention.
1 Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves is an incredibly successful actor, and a man of mystery. Behind the face that has graced so many successful films, there is an untold story that not many people know. He began his career in Toronto. His first child was stillborn. The mother of that stillborn child died 18 months later. He also lost his best friend, River Phoenix, to a drug overdose. He was also involved in a controversial court case that involved him being accused of crashing his Porsche into a paparazzi.
You might assume that after such a heartbreaking life, this actor would shut himself inside and become depressed. Well, you might be right about the depressed part, but not the shutting himself indoors part. Keanu seems to wander throughout the city, taking the subway, sitting alone on park benches, and generally being where you wouldn’t expect him to be. But he still looks very sad, almost in every picture of him he’s looking off into space with this depressed look on his face. Regardless of his fame, he’s probably one of the best celebrities at blending into his surroundings. If you didn’t look closely at him, you would think it’s just some sad sad, modestly dressed dude on a bench.