20 Celebs Who Would Be Considered Ugly If They Weren’t Famous

Beautiful, gorgeous, handsome and appealing are words used to describe most famous people. From the Beyonces to the Katy Perrys and the Channing Tatums to the Chris Hemsworths, hot celebrities are just… hot. They look good in anything and can pull off even the weirdest of fashion styles. Blessed from birth, you know the types. But then there are the others, cursed since birth. Why, oh why did I inherit my mom’s flat nose and dad’s big ears? The ones that no amount of makeup can help to make them look any better, man or woman. Ugly just isn’t an option for some people and there’s literally nothing they can do about it.

We get it. Everyone isn’t born with a chiseled chin or legs that go on for days. Sometimes, good looks don’t run in the family. Hey, even sometimes we take looks in the mirror and get scared for a second before we realize that the ugly face staring back at us is our own. There’s nothing wrong with being ugly. Some people even embrace it. The lucky thing about being an ugly celebrity though, is that people look past your looks and only see the wads of cash that you’ve made. The weirdly shaped face becomes “unique” and stringy hair becomes a new trend. Must be nice. For them, not us. So for all the ugly folks out there, here’s a list of celebrities that people wouldn’t even think to look twice at if they weren’t famous (in no particular order, of course).

20 Maggie Gyllenhaal

Margalit “Maggie” Gyllenhaal is an actress and older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. We know, we don’t see the resemblance either. She’s been acting for over 20 years, starring mostly in films directed by her famous father. She branched out on her own and has costarred in movies including Crazy Heart and The Dark Knight. She’s also performed on Broadway, and received a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination for her role in the BBC miniseries The Honourable Woman. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her genuinely smile. The half-smile, half-smirk thing she does just doesn’t appeal to the masses and her face kind of looks like it’s beyond its years. She has the face of an old woman and she’s only 39. Her brother, on the other hand, is hot. The good looks gene seems to have skipped over her and went directly to him. Maggie Gyllenhaal is married to actor Peter Sarsgaard and together they have two daughters.

19 Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Kim Coppola, better known by Nicolas Cage is next on our ugly list. He’s been acting for over thirty years and has been the lead role in many of our favorite films including the 1996 award-winning film Leaving Las Vegas and one of his more recent films National Treasure. He received a Golden Globe and Academy Award for his role in the 1996 film. He’s been in numerous television shows and movies, with a lot of them either flopping or just known for being not good. He tried his hand at producing. Again, not good. He plays the role of the “regular guy” because that’s what he is. He’s a regular looking guy that you would just walk by if he asked for your number. There’s nothing special or unique about his features. His smile is borderline creepy and his physique is not appealing. He’s been married three times and has two children.

18 Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger is an actress and producer that has been in show business for over 20 years. She’s received several awards and nominations including an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a BAFTA. You may remember her from the Bridget Jones’ movies or her first role in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, her first major film role. She’s a pretty accomplished actress, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be ugly as well. Her eyes are squinty 99% of the time. I don’t know if that’s her signature look, but it isn’t a good one. Her look is so weird that Family Guy portrayed her as an anteater. After taking a hiatus from acting, she appeared with a “new face.” Tabloids and Twitter users suggested that she underwent major surgery to enhance her appearance but she continues to deny those claims. She has been married once, but annulled shortly after.

17 Jay-Z

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is a rapper and businessman. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time and has racked up a total of 21 Grammy Awards. Outside of music, he owns a sports bar and has been president, founder, and co-founder of three different music and entertainment companies. He founded Roc Nation Sports in 2013 and has signed many talents including basketball stars Kevin Durant and Skylar Diggins. Oh yeah, how could we forget? He’s married to Beyoncé. It must’ve been his charm and winning personality that caught her attention because it definitely wasn’t his face. Jay-Z isn’t a looker. We all know what it is. It’s the lips. His lips are huge and even though he’s a tall guy, they’re just not fitting to his face. His looks have been compared to those of Joe the Camel, the mascot for Camel cigarettes and if you look at the side by side you may seen the similarities. Despite the camel face and massive lips, he and Queen Bey have been together nine years and share three children.

16 Joan Cusack

Joan Cusack is an actress who has been in showbiz for almost 40 years. She is also the older sister of actor John Cusack and daughter of actor and filmmaker Dick Cusack. One of her earlier roles was a geek in the timeless film Sixteen Candles starring Molly Ringwald. She was the voice of Jessie in the Toy Story movies and probably her most famous role was of Sheila Jackson on Showtime’s Shameless. She received five consecutive Emmy nominations for her Sheila role, finally winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015. She may be a great actress, but she is also an ugly one. She has a super awkward smile that looks forced and she’s had the face of an old lady since her early years. Also, her face is really long and she has a lisp that doesn’t help at all. But we still love her!

15 Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin is… you know who Macaulay Culkin is. He’s the kid star that we all wished we were. He took over the box offices at the age of eight with the first two Home Alone films and appeared in a few other films before retiring from acting at the young age of 14. He returned to acting in 2000 with a small part in a play but returned back to the big screen in 2003 in the film Party Monster. How could we forget the lovable Kevin McAllister and his antics? Sadly, little Kevin is long gone and replaced with full-grown Macaulay and the years have not been kind to him. He’s really skinny and his face looks weird. It’s probably the drugs. He’s been busted with drugs before, so you know he’s used (and maybe still using). He looks dirty now. We want to know what happened because this is not pleasing. It hurts to look at him. Where’s Kevin!?

14 Glenn Close

Glenn Close is an actress, singer, and producer that has been in the business for over 40 years. She has a slew of accomplishments under her belt including three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards, two Golden Globes, and a partridge in a pear tree. Her role in the FX show Damages won her three awards, and our younger audience may know her as Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians. She has also played a gender-switching role in Albert Nobbs, where she played the main character with the same name. Unfortunately, she’s made our ugly list despite being so accredited. Granted, she is 70 now, but she’s never been the looker. It’s just something about her face that makes us uneasy, and we can’t quite but our finger on it. Also, when she played the role of Albert Nobbs, who didn’t think, “wow, she could really pull off being a man” even without the tons of makeup.

13 Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody is an actor, and apparently a really good one. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor at age 29, making him the youngest actor to win in this category. What an accomplishment. He won the award for his role in the 2002 film The Pianist. He also played a role in the 2005 remake of King Kong and was nominated for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for the title role in the show Houdini. Brody has been acting since the age of 13. Accomplished? Yes. Attractive? No. His body works for him, but his nose doesn’t work for us. He also has little eyes that don’t seem to open all the way. But really, it’s the nose. It’s birdlike and pointy. He’s broken his nose three times doing his own stunts in his movies. Maybe that’s why it looks that way?

12 Courtney Love

Courtney Michelle Harrison, now known as Courtney Love is a singer, actress, songwriter that has been in and out of showbiz for over forty years. She is the widow of the late Kurt Cobain and former lead singer of the punk group Hole. She is Golden Globe nominated for her acting and Grammy nominated for her music. Unfortunately she’s also known for her drug habits and legal troubles. She’s admitted a few times that she uses heroin quite often and has gotten arrested for her anger issues, like punching people in the face. What’s different about Courtney Love is that she knows she’s ugly. She was quoted saying “I’m good at sex because I’m not pretty.” There’s more, but we’ll spare you. At least she knows. Her drug habits have caught up to her appearance and she just looks trashy, for a lack of better word. The hair, the makeup, it’s just everything about her that makes her not a good-looking person.

11 David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer is an actor, director, and producer who has been active since 1989. He started out in a television movie and a short time late later got the role that he’d be known for for the rest of his life: Ross Geller on Friends. He was nominated for an Emmy for the role, and received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance with the rest of the group. He voiced Melman the Giraffe in the animated films Madagascar and has also performed on Broadway. He received his second Emmy nomination for the role of Robert Kardashian on the O.J. Simpson inspired television show, American Crime Story. Schwimmer is another case of what you call an everyday man. There’s nothing attractive about him, he’s just a regular looking guy. If he weren’t famous, there’s no way he would stand out in a crowd. Schwimmer is married with one child.

10 Rachel Dratch

For those that don’t know her, Rachel Dratch is a comedian, actress, and producer. Her start in showbiz didn’t come until she was 33 and it began on the funny Saturday Night Live stage. She worked with SNL for seven years and did a few television shows and movies outside of it like guest starring on The King of Queens, 30 Rock, and the movie Click. Rumors have circulated that she was fired from 30 Rock as a recurring cast member because she was too ugly. It’s been said that her memoir Girl Walks Into a Bar she talks about how she’s only been offered ugly roles such as a lesbian, or a secretary, or a lesbian secretary. I mean, yeah it’s not fair that she’s passed up on roles for more attractive women, but at the same time if your ugly sells, you should own it. Rachel Dratch is ugly. She knows she’s ugly, we know she’s ugly and if ugly is what’s selling I would make my ugly money and buy an ugly mansion to match. That’s just me though. Dratch has one son with her partner John Wahl.

9 Seth Rogen

Speaking of making your ugly money, Seth Rogen everyone. Seth Rogen is a comedian, actor, and filmmaker. His acting debut came in 1999 when he was cast in the Judd Apatow series Freaks and Geeks at the age of 16. He worked with Apatow for a while, getting his big break in Apatow’s film Knocked Up. Also, did you know that he wrote Superbad with his childhood best friend Evan Goldberg and that it was based on their real life high school experience? Honestly, Seth Rogen seems like one of those guys you want to be friends with because he knows who he is. He’s the ugly, funny guy. He embraces it and it works for him. His awkwardness has helped him land roles over the years and being ugly has made him millions. He recently compared himself to an ugly Justin Timberlake. If you look from afar, squint your eyes, and turn your head you can kind of almost see the relation. He’s been married to his wife for almost six years.

8 Lady Gaga

Let me say this in advance. I am so sorry, but Lady Gaga is not attractive. You may hate me, but it’s the truth. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, or Lady Gaga, is a household name. You might not even like her, but you know who she is. She sings, she dances, she acts, and she’s an activist for LGBT rights. She holds Guinness World Records, Brit Awards, and six Grammy Awards. There’s no doubt she’s talented, even if she is really weird while doing what she does. But sadly, she makes the list because if it weren’t for her fame and notoriety we would probably swipe left on her Tinder page. Behind the makeup and outrageous clothing is a woman with bird-like features and not in a good way. The ugly duckling turns into the swan when the Gaga makeup is applied. Again, sorry but not really. But she also isn’t known for her looks, so that’s a good thing.

7 Mick Jagger

Musical legend and icon Sir Michael Philip Jagger, or as us common people call him, Mick Jagger, is a singer. Not only is he a singer, he is THE singer. He’s one of the founding members of the Rolling Stones and still performs with them to this day. He started out as the lead singer, a title he held for years, but now he’s just a part of the band helping out with vocals every now and then. He also has his own solo career, while doing work with the group. He had been inducted into the Rock and Role Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame, and he was also knighted in 2003. But let’s face it, if Mick Jagger weren’t famous, would he really be Sir Mick Jagger? His looks are far from appealing and he’s had the old man face since his young years. But when it comes to music, looks don’t really matter as long as you sound good. He’s been married twice and linked to several different women.

6 Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker is an actress, producer, and designer who has been acting since 1974. She was just nine years old when she played the title role in the television movie The Little Match Girl. She is known for her leading role on the hit HBO series Sex and the City as Carrie Bradshaw. For this role, and as an executive producer, she has won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She worked as a spokes model for different lines of clothing, as well as having her own line of clothing and perfume. She’s also been on Broadway. This is all impressive and she’s a great actress. Again, it doesn’t take good looks to be a good actress and Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t known for her looks. Maybe it’s her age showing, but there’s something about her face that I can’t quite put my finger on. She is married to actor Matthew Broderick and they have three children together.

5 Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi is an actor and film director that has been in the game for over 30 years. He’s been featured in many films including Reservoir Dogs, Big Fish, and The Sopranos. He’s frequently been seen in a lot of Adam Sandler films as the crazy guy. He starred as main character Nucky Thompson in the series Boardwalk Empire, which got him two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Golden Globe award, and two Emmy nominations. He started out as a firefighter in New York City and even volunteered his time during 9/11 to help dig through debris looking for missing people. His physical appearance has come up in conversation several times, so I’m sure he knows he isn’t the best looking guy. He’s told dentists that he wouldn’t work with them if they fixed his teeth and his buggy, wrinkly eyes have been all over social media Photoshopped onto other celebrities.

4 Rumer Willis

Rumer Willis, actress and singer, is next on our not so hot list. Her mother Demi Moore looks great. Her father Bruce Willis isn’t the worst looking guy in the world. But it looks like their good genes didn’t intertwine well together when it came to making their oldest daughter. She started acting an early age alongside her parents and was credited as Willa Glen in the film Now and Then where she worked with her mom. If you’ve ever seen an episode of the FOX show Empire, you would know that even though she’s not the looker, she can really sing. Like… really sing. Apparently she can also dance because she won season 20 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Oh Rumer, so full of talent and famousness. It is rumored that she had plastic surgery done because if you look at her over the years, she looks noticeably different.

3 Sean Penn

Actor turned activist Sean Penn started acting at the age of 14 when he was cast for a small role in an episode of Little House on the Prairie. Oh, his dad was the director. He also grew up with neighborhood friends Emilio Estévez and brother Charlie Sheen. Together, they started making short films. His first award-nominated performance came in 1993 for his role of David Kleinfeld in Carlito’s Way. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the category for Best Supporting Actor. He won his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2008 for the film Mystic River. His most notoriously nominated and award-winning role was that of Harvey Milk in the biographical film Milk. As star-studded as Sean Penn is, if he were just a man on the street asking to buy you a drink you’d probably feel inclined to decline. Luckily he isn’t a man on the street and he probably doesn’t want you buy you a drink anyway. He has been married twice, once to Madonna and the other time to House of Cards actress Robin Wright. He has two children.

2 Whoopi Goldberg

Caryn Elaine Johnson. Who? Yes, that is Whoopi Goldberg’s real name. Her first name isn’t Whoopi, but Goldberg is a family name. She started out on Broadway but gained her first major role as Celie in The Color Purple. She’s gone on to star in and be featured in more movies and television shows that we can count. She has won countless awards as well including being one of the only people to ever win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards). We could continue to go on and on and rave about how she’s the first African-American woman to hit plenty of milestones, but that’s not what this article is about. She may be one of the most successful women on the planet, but she is not appealing to the eyes. Did you ever notice that she doesn’t have eyebrows? If she does, they’re super thin and they don’t show up in pictures. But, who cares about eyebrows when you’re Whoopi Goldberg?

1 Flavor Flav

We know we said that there was no order that this list was going in, but Flavor Flav either had to be first or last. Flavor Flav is a rapper, actor, television personality, hype man, funny guy that you just can’t look at for too long. Seriously, how did the women on Flavor of Love stand him for so long and HOW did he manage to hookup with Brigitte Nielsen?! Flavor Flav started out as a hype man for rap group Public Enemy. He’s known for wearing big hats and glasses, and clocks around his neck. He started looking for love on his Flavor of Love show that lasted three seasons. He ended up with a woman that wasn’t even on the show. We’ve tried to refrain from directly calling these celebrities ugly, because they’re people just like us and we don’t like to be called ugly even if we are. But if there were one time that the word ugly were used, it would definitely be saved for Flavor Flav. Yeeeeaaah boooooy!

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