You may not be able to see it on the big and small screens or even on a stage, but there are a lot of really short celebrities in Hollywood. While most of these actresses/singers/superwomen keep extra thin to hide their true stature in photos, real-life doesn't lie. Short is short. Take Jada Pinkett Smith, for example. Both of her kids are already taller than her. How sad is that?
Would you believe that some of these celebs are only 5 feet tall? Some of these women on this list really surprised us. After all, they seem so tall on the big screen. However, it is evident that big things do come in small packages, as some of these superwomen are worth upwards of $100 million. Not a bad net if you ask me. Hey, if they stood on their money, they might be 6 feet tall!
Of course, a lot of these lovely ladies wear heels, so people would never know their true height. But we did some digging and found out just how tall 15 of Hollywood's elite really were. Some these we kind of already had an idea were a little on the short side, just from looking at pictures. However, a few of these may shock even the biggest Hollywood experts. Even some of the singers that made the list could make music experts second guess facts about their favorite artists. Yes, some of these are that surprising. Take a look and let us know which one of these shorties shocked you the most.
Here are 15 celebs who are actually super short in real life.
America’s biggest Jersey Shore celebrity is actually really small. That’s right. Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi is a mere 4’ 8”. Now it makes sense why she is always wearing heels, right? Moreover, Snooki isn’t even Italian. Well, at least not by blood. Snooki is actually Chilean. She was just adopted by an American couple of Italian descent. Another interesting fact about this fiery little Chilean/Italian is that she acquired the nickname Snooki in middle school. Why you ask? Well, Snooki was the first girl to make out with a boy in her group of friends. The nickname was named after a character in ‘Save The Last Dance for Me'. So, this little Jersey girl has been Snooki-ing around for a long time. Did you realize she was this tiny?
14 Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon aka Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is no doubt one of the most beautiful and amazing actresses in Hollywood. She has starred in major films, such as Cruel Intentions, Election, and Fear. However, this beauty is only a mere 5’1” tall. Hmm, I guess good things do come in small packages. In fact, Reese was nominated for an Academy Award in 2015 for her role in Wild. Alas, Reese didn’t take home the Oscar in 2015, but she did take home the Oscar in 2006 for her role as June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. Even though 2006 was a long time ago, we expect to see great things from this little actress in the future. How can anyone not love this little gem of an actress? I mean, have you seen Legally Blonde?
13 Amy Poehler
One of America’s most well-known comedians is only 5’ 2”. Poehler is known for her energy and comedic genius. After all, she did study improv in Chicago and New York throughout the 90’s. Not only has this hilarious woman been on SNL’ but she is also the lead on 'Parks and Recreation'. Poehler can often be seen paling around with her BFF, Tina Fey, who is also a known comedian. This short, funny lady took home the Golden Globe in 2014 for best actress in a Television Musical or Comedy Series for her role as Leslie Knope on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. But then again in 2016, she was recognized by the Television Academy when she won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in Comedy Series for her work on SNL.
12 Eva Longoria
This desperate housewife stands only 5’ 2”, too. However, this diva is known for wearing heels that give her a little boost. Eva is Latina and in the late 90’s she was crowned Miss Corpus Christi. She started on the CBS soap opera The Young and The Restless. Longoria portrayed Isabella Brana from the years 2001 to 2003. However, Longoria achieved monumental success when she was cast as Gabrielle Solis on the ABC show Desperate Housewives. Today, Longoria is still a shorty but she is becoming a boss in Hollywood as she is quickly becoming a producer, director, and businesswoman. She was even an executive producer for the television show Devious Maids on Lifetime. We can’t wait to see more of the powerful woman on television.
11 Kim Kardashian
We know, you are sick of hearing about this one. But she is a shorty. In fact, Kim Kardashian stands just barely over 5’ 2” tall. Kim is also known for wearing heels that increase her height and look amazing, as well. Kim is now referred to as Kim Kardashian West since she married rapper Kayne West. Kim has two sisters and one brother. In 2007, the family got together to create Keeping Up with the Kardashians a hit reality TV show that is still on-air. Kim’s dad was of Armenian descent and her mother, Kris Jenner, is English. Before getting famous Kim was known as Paris Hilton’s friend, but then when her 2003 sex tape was released in 2007, that’s when people really started to notice Kim. Say what you will about Kim, but in 2015 she made over $53 million dollars.
10 Jennifer Love Hewitt
America’s favorite I Know What You Did Last Summer actress is another shorty in Hollywood. That’s right. Jennifer Love Hewitt doesn’t even reach 5’ 2”. Hewitt was first noticed by the masses when she played Sarah Reeves Merrin on the Fox show Party of Five, in the late 90’s. However, the world took notice of JLove when she starred in the teen-slasher thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. Then, again in 1998 in the sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. From there, Hewitt went back to television where portrayed Melinda Gordon on CBS’s Ghost Whisperer. In fact, she was nominated and won two Saturn Awards in ’07 and ’08 for her ghost whispering role. Hewitt also tried her hand at music and released four albums. However, most agree that she should stick to acting.
9 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga has one heck of an appearance, but she is a mere 5’ 1”. Actually, her real name isn’t even Lady Gaga, if you can believe it. Gaga’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Whoa, that’s a mouthful. But Gaga isn’t just a singer. She’s a phenomenal actress. In fact, before she dropped out to pursue her music career, Gaga studied at NYU’s Tish School of the Arts. The world took notice of Gaga in 2008 when she released her hit album The Fame. Gaga is only 30 years old, but she sure is talented. So talents that, she won a Golden Globe for her performance on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel. Moreover, this little ball of talent became the first woman to have four number one albums. No wonder she was asked to headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show, which she rocked. She may be little, but she is amazing nonetheless.
8 Hayden Panettiere
This gorgeous Hollywood actress is 5’ tall, which most people can tell when she stands next to her giant hubby in pictures. You have no doubt seen this little beauty in tons of commercials, as she has appeared in over 50 of them. She started out when she was small, though. Yes, smaller than she is now. In fact, Panettiere started acting when she was just 11 months old. Hayden got massive recognition when she played Claire Bennet on the NBC show Heroes from 2006-2010. Currently, she is the star of the hit show Nashville where she plays Juliette Barnes. It was this role that landed Hayden two Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. According to Forbes, Hayden earned around $2 million in 2007. She has also been nominated for a Grammy and appeared in video games. Hayden is married and has one child. She’s not letting her size keep her down.
7 Kristen Bell
The 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ starlet is only 5’ 1”. However, like Lady Gaga, she also attended Tish School of the Art’s at NYU. But she didn’t just start out making films. Before the television and film roles, Bell was on Broadway. That’s right. In 2001, Bell made her stage acting debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. However, Bell didn’t give up the Broadway life there. She also starred in The Crucible in 2002. Bell finally landed a huge TV role when she was cast as Veronica Mars on the show called Veronica Mars. However, when she was cast as Sarah Marshall in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Bell instantly became a household name. And how could we forget her beautiful singing voice in Disney’s Frozen? That’s right, Bell was the voice of Princess Anna. Needless to say, this little actress has a bright career ahead of her.
6 Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick stands at a whopping 5’2”. Yeah, we know, that’s pretty short. Kendrick started out doing plays. In fact, she won a Tony Award nomination in 1998 for the Broadway musical ‘High Society’. The world began to notice Kendrick when was cast in The Twilight Saga. Even though her role was a supporting one, she was the only member of the cast to be nominated for an Oscar. Wow, what does that say about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart? In 2009, Kendrick received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air. Where she played opposite George Clooney. Kendrick may be small but she isn’t shy. In fact, in 2016 she published a memoir titled Scrappy Little Nobody. Kendrick was born in Maine to a history teacher and accountant. Want to see more of Kendrick? Check out her latest film Table 19 currently in theaters everywhere.
5 Nicole Richie
Actually, her real name is Nicole Camille Escovedo, but Richie is easier to pronounce. Even though she looks taller since she so thin, Richie is a mere 5’1”. Her biological parents weren’t able to support her so when she was three she moved in with famous singer Lionel Richie, who were friends with her parents. Then when she was 9, the Lionel and Wife Brenda adopted Nicole. Moreover, Michael Jackson was Nicole’s godfather. Richie achieved massive fame when starred with Paris Hilton on Fox’s The Simple Life. However, around season 5, Richie and Hilton were both facing jail time over DUI’s charges, so the show ended after season 5. However, this little nugget was sentenced to four days in jail. Can you imagine…. Nicole Richie in jail? That could be a show all on its own.
4 Jada Pinkett Smith
While her husband, Will Smith, is a striking 6'2", Jada is just a 5’ tall. She launched her music career back in the early 2000’s, but believe it or not it was a metal band called Wicked Wisdom. Smith also published a book in 2004. Back in 1997, she married actor Will Smith. Jada also attended the Baltimore School of the Arts. Guess who was her classmate? None other than Tupac Shakur. She then relocated down South where she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her first major success was in 1996 when she co-starred with Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor, which earned over $20 million opening weekend. She now has two children with actor Will Smith and they are both taller than Jada. How sad.
3 Paula Abdul
Is there a more well-known 5’ tall pop diva on planet Earth? I don’t think so. She is also known as the shortest American Idol judge in history. But she wasn’t always a diva. Nope, this queen of pop started her career as a cheerleader. Guess who she cheered for… the Los Angeles Lakers. The 1980’s was the birth of MTV and thus music videos. And since Abdul could work those moves on the court she became a very sought after choreographer for many music videos. This 54 –year-old has had six number one singles and she has also won a Grammy. The world’s shortest American Idol judge left the show after season 8. I guess she was just tired of arguing who was shorter, her or Ryan Seacrest. Just kidding. Ryan is a little taller, but not by much.
2 Ariana Grande
From side to side, this singer is small. That's right. There isn’t anything Grande about this pop diva. At a height of 5'1", she is anything but big. However, if you hear her sing, she can leave a big impression. In 2013, her album Yours Truly debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. This is little gem has won, not one, not two, but three American Music Awards, and an MTV Video Music award. She has also had four Grammy nominations. But has yet to win. Grande was born in Florida and her real name is Ariana Grande-Butera. In 2016, she released Dangerous Woman which debuted at No. 10. She has also appeared on Saturday Night Live. Anytime I turn on the FM radio I hear her hit song Side to Side. I don’t think we have seen the last of this not-so Grande singer.
1 Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
The thing about the Olsen twins that most people forget is that they are not identical. They are in fraternal. In fact, Mary-Kate is 5' and Ashley is 5'1". That’s all the proof you need. If you don’t recognize them, that means you have been living under a rock since the early 90’s. These two started acting when they were just babies as Michelle Tanner on the hit television show Full House. That’s right they were just six months old when they started acting. They continued acting into their teenage years, but not so much at the age of 30. At a very young age, they were known as the most powerful twins in Hollywood. Proving that big things do come in small packages, Forbes reports that the Olsen twins have appeared on their “Celebrity 100” list since 2002. Forbes claims they have estimated net worth of $100 million dollars.
Sources: Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDB