Celebrities are usually treated like they’re from another planet. It’s easy to forget that celebs are people too. It’s also easy for celebrities to forget they’re people. They make millions of dollars, appear on late night talk shows, break records, and have thousands of screaming fans. For some, the success can go straight to their heads. Some celebs can be loved and admired while other celebs can be despised and hated. Many famous people are treated like royalty and they act like it too. Wherever they go, they get the red carpet treatment and are always the center of attention. That’s not to say all stars behave like the world owes them more than what they’ve earned. Other celebrities are more humble and seem more relatable to a wide range of social communities.
More often than not, fans dream of the day when they can finally meet their favorite celebrity. It doesn’t matter whether they’re A, B, C, or even D celebrities. They are influential and are sometimes considered as heroes by their fans. Like the old saying goes, or at least the paraphrased version, it’s not smart to meet your heroes because they can disappoint you. So, the next time you’re on the hunt for your friendly neighborhood celebrity, take a look at this list before you go. There are two types of celebrities—jerks and the nice ones. You never really know which one you’re going to get. Here is a look at 8 Celebs Who Are Jerks In Real Life and 8 Who Are Incredibly Nice.
16 Russell Crowe (Jerk)
Russell Crowe is an Academy Award-winning actor who co-owns a rugby team and has his own band. He also has the tendency to be a colossal jerk from time to time. In 2005, he was arrested and charged after throwing a telephone at a concierge. Russell was having difficulty making a phone call and when the concierge wouldn’t make the call, Crowe lost his mind. He’s been very rude to his fellow celebs. He once told actress Rebel Wilson to “F*** ***” after she tried to say hello. He called out Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, and George Clooney for being sellouts because they appeared in commercials. Clooney responded by mocking Crowe’s band. Crowe then ranted at Clooney and called him “a Frank Sinatra wannabe!” Clooney wrote a letter to Crowe saying, “Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What the [expletive] is wrong with you?” Crowe eventually apologized and sent Clooney some of his music.
15 Jack Black (Nice)
Jack Black sometimes plays loud and obnoxious characters in his films. He appears to be loud and obnoxious, but in real life, he’s much nicer. Jack Black is best known for his roles in Shallow Hal, School of Rock, and for providing the voice Po Ping in Kung Fu Panda. Jack is a very humble and down-to-earth guy. A fan on Reddit posted a story about the time Jack was at the movie theater he worked in. At one point, Jack spilled his popcorn all over the front row. The fan said, “I saw this and went over to clean it up, but he told me to have a seat, took my broom, and cleaned it up himself.” This isn’t something new for Jack because he’s been this nice his whole life. When he was in elementary school, he hid candy all over the playground for his fellow classmates to find.
14 Katherine Heigl (Jerk)
From afar, Katherine Heigl seems like the sweetest person alive. However, the closer you get, the meaner she gets; especially if you’re a writer. Katherine Heigl first rose to fame with her breakout role on the Shonda Rhimes series, Grey’s Anatomy. She also starred in the films Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. On a few occasions, she has criticized the films she’s starred in and left her co-stars, writers, and producers feeling slighted. She once turned down an Emmy nomination for her role on Grey’s Anatomy. She felt that the material she was given didn’t deserve to be nominated for an award. This angered the producers and writers who felt insulted. Later, rumors ran rampant that she was unhappy on Grey’s and wanted out. In 2010, she didn’t show up for work and soon got out of her million-dollar contract. Apparently, Shonda’s newer show, Scandal, is an easier task with a “tight cast.” Shonda said about Scandal, “There are no Heigls in this situation.”
13 Zac Efron (Nice)
A Reddit user shared a story about the time he hung out with Zac Efron and didn’t even know it. This guy (Efron) just wondered into the office one day and they chatted for a bit. They ended up hanging out and even watched a movie at the office. The Reddit user said, “It was only after I went home and put two and two together that I realized I just hung out with a former teenage heartthrob of all the girls in my high school.” Efron was shooting a movie in the same building and later thanked the fan for not “freaking out” or “asking for an autograph.” Despite being a world famous celeb with perfect abs, Zac doesn’t appear to have a huge ego and is, in fact, nice to his fans. Most recently, a fan was chasing him down to take a pic but accidentally broke his phone. Zac bought the fan a $949 phone, took two selfies with him, and brought him on the set of Baywatch.
12 Michael Jordan (Jerk)
Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest NBA player of all time. He played 15 seasons for the Chicago Bulls and led them to numerous NBA championships. He is a hero to many fans all over the world. He’s also known for acting like a jerk on a lot of occasions. He often insulted opponents on the court and made his teammates look bad in practice. He once said about his friendship with Charles Barkley, “Charles thinks we’re great friends. I hate that fat f***.” During his hall of fame acceptance speech, he took the opportunity to attack and insult several people from his life, including his high school and college coaches, his high school teammates, his professional general manager, and his college roommate. Not even his kids were spared that night. MJ doesn’t like to lose and even once cheated in a card game with an old lady. Buzz Peterson invited MJ to play cards with his mother, but when she got up to go to the washroom, MJ was caught cheating.
11 Zach Galifianakis (Nice)
According to everyone that has ever met Zach Galifianakis, he is one of the sweetest and nicest human beings. He currently stars in Baskets and is best known for his role in The Hangover trilogy. Zach is very down-to-earth and humble. He still drives the same car from before he was famous. He’s not the type to flaunt his money and wealth. He’s very kind to fans that approach him asking for pictures and autographs. In 1994, Zach had just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. He became friends with Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist who worked at a Laundromat he frequented around the corner from his apartment. A few years ago, he was shocked to find out she was homeless. He got her a sweet apartment and even paid her rent. He also took the 87-year-old Mimi to several movie premieres including The Hangover films and The Campaign.
10 Rihanna (Jerk)
Grammy award-winning singer, Rihanna, has sold out stadiums, broken Billboard records, and is beloved by her fans. However, she can sometimes be rude, blunt, and downright mean to her fans. A former fan of Rihanna’s once won tickets to meet her backstage. When the fan and her children finally met Rihanna, she said, “she (Rihanna) was sitting at her makeup booth and refused to face them, or even look at them. When they asked for her autograph, she told the closest backup dancer to forge it for them and shooed them away.” In 2014, a teenage fan wore a prom dress that was similar to the one Rihanna wore years ago to an awards show. Rihanna essentially ruined that poor girl's prom night, the most important night of a high school kid’s life. Rihanna was accused of cyber-bullying when she tweeted a sad face and link to a picture of the girl’s dress. She also had a few unkind and inappropriate words to say.
9 Taylor Swift (Nice)
Pop sensation Taylor Swift is known for being incredibly caring and nice to her fans. However, she can be vicious and ruthless towards her rivals, such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Katy Perry, and anyone who dares to cross her Swift Squad. Her millions of fans have helped make Taylor one of the best-selling solo artists. She finds different ways to repay them as much as she can. She often takes the time to give advice to her fans. She’s helped several fans get through heartbreak and nasty breakups. She crashed one fan’s bridal show and crashed another fan’s wedding. For Christmas one year, she sent all of her fans personalized presents. In 2014, Taylor visited a 7-year-old kid with a rare genetic disorder. She hung out with the kid and danced with him. She gave $1,989 to a fan to help pay off her student loan. In 2015, Taylor donated $50,000 and sent a personalized note to a young fan battling cancer.
8 Jonah Hill (Jerk)
In person, Jonah Hill is said to be much more serious than silly or goofy. In several interviews, he came across as a bit of a pompous donkey. Reporters have noted that he can be rude, smug, and doesn’t like answering questions. This was best displayed during his infamous Rolling Stone interview. The interview included Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Danny McBride to promote This is the End. It was a silly and fun interview until Jonah showed up late. Before the interview started, Seth warned the reporter that Jonah is “serious.” Jonah was asked what type of farter he is and bluntly responded, “I’m not answering that dumb question! I’m not that kind of person! Being funny in a movie doesn’t make me have to answer dumb questions.” Once during an altercation, he hurled homophobic slurs at the paparazzi, but later apologized. He refuses to give fans autographs and instead hands out business cards that read, “I just me Jonah Hill. It was a total letdown.”
7 Lady Gaga (Nice)
The eccentric and unique Lady Gaga has won 6 Grammy awards and holds 12 Guinness World Records. One might assume that all this fame would go into her head. However, Lady Gaga is one of the nicest celebs to meet in person. A Reddit user and fan posted a story about an encounter with Gaga. The fan worked at the same hotel that she happened to be staying at. The fan said, “She was in casual clothes and was extremely nice and courteous. It seemed like no more than 30 minutes later, she was at the bar talking with some of the regulars.” In 2014, Gaga had a private meeting with a 10-year-old fan battling cancer. The fan is legally blind and can’t see further than 16 inches away. Gaga got right into the girl’s face and rubbed noses with the kid. The fan said, “She’s a really good person. She’s not just about the fame, she cares too, about the fans.”
6 Jennifer Lopez (Jerk)
JLo can do it all. She can sing, dance, and act. Apparently, the only thing she can’t do is be a nice person. Jennifer Lopez is known as one of the most infamous divas in Hollywood. When JLo stays at a hotel, she’ll only talk to servers and hotel staff through her assistant. She has a long list of demands that includes two humidifiers, two oscillating fans, white or red roses, and plain M & M’s. Additionally, JLo once had a maid fired from her job. While staying at the Melia Duesseldorf luxury hotel, a maid asked JLo for an autograph. The maid said, “I cleaned her floor. And I am an incredibly big fan so I took all my courage and rang the bell to get an autograph but I was rejected by two assistants at the door.” Despite not getting the autograph, JLo complained to the hotel and the maid was fired the next day.
5 Nick Offerman (Nice)
Nick Offerman is the ultimate man. He’s a man’s man; but even a man’s man can be a very nice man. Nick Offerman is best known for his show-stealing role as Ron Swanson in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. Once, fans of his sent him a very polite invitation to their wedding. He couldn’t make the event but took the time to fill out the RSVP, which included some funny comments and his signature. On another occasion, a fan in a wheelchair met Offerman after an American Ham Show and Nick was very encouraging. Offerman got down on one knee because the fan was in a wheelchair. The fan said, “I sort of joked that he didn’t have to do that, and, dead serious, he goes, ‘Son, you should make everyone take a knee for you.’ It took me a while to figure out he wasn’t joking; he was saying have enough self-respect to ask people to accommodate you.”
4 Justin Bieber (Jerk)
Jerk might not be a word strong enough to describe Justin Bieber, but any other option isn’t very PG. He has released several chart-topping albums and constantly tours the world. Justin has millions of adoring fans that cherish him and his music. He responds by spitting on them, yelling at them on stage, and walking out during performances. He’s even called his die-hard “Beliebers” obnoxious. Later, he cancelled all meet-and-greets with his fans. Eventually, he wouldn’t even take pictures with any of them. He made an enemy out of UFC fighter Ronda Rousey after he refused to give her sister an autograph. He’s also pretty horrible to his neighbors. In 2014, he was charged after throwing eggs at his neighbors’ home and was caught on video high-fiving after doing so. Also, in 2014, a video appeared online of a 15-year-old Justin using racial slurs, which he later apologized for.
3 Amy Poehler (Nice)
Besides being hilarious and gorgeous, Amy Poehler is also known for being inspirational, positive, and motivating. Amy is best known for her role as Leslie Knope in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. She’s not just nice to her fans but is also a great friend. She has helped out several of her friends with their careers. She often posts encouraging stories and quotes for young girls or anyone that needs some advice. According to a story in the Toronto Sun, she once gave up her first class seat to a mother and her infant that she saw struggling. The Sun reported, “A source tells Star magazine, ‘the woman kept refusing the offer, but Amy wouldn’t budge. She literally had to push the mom into her first-class seat. It was really sweet.’”
2 Kanye West (Jerk)
Kanye West is one of the most notorious d-bag celebrities. West has referred to himself as a “genius” and “biggest rock star on the planet.” He once went on a Twitter rant directed at late night host Jimmy Kimmel for airing a parody sketch about him. However, he’s best known for his several meltdowns and outbursts during award shows. The most infamous incident occurred at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Taylor Swift won Best Female Video. West ran on stage and grabbed the microphone during her acceptance speech to say that Beyoncé should have won. In 2015, at the Grammy Awards, he walked on stage during Beck’s acceptance speech for Album of the Year and later said they should have given the award to Beyoncé. President Barrack Obama once called Kanye West a “jack***” for interrupting Taylor. Also, once during a concert, Kanye was upset with a fan in a wheelchair for not getting up on his feet and dancing until a bodyguard confirmed he was in a wheelchair.
1 Chris Pratt (Nice)
Chris Pratt had his big breakthrough as the lovable goof ball Andy Dwyer in the sitcom Parks and Recreation. Pratt isn’t that different in real life. In fact, he’s one of the nicest and kindest celebs. A Reddit user’s girlfriend met Chris Pratt on a Red Eye flight from L.A. The Reddit user said, “He (Chris Pratt) waited around and took selfies with everyone waiting for their bags while he waited for his. She tried to take the fastest picture ever because she was embarrassed to bother him, and he made sure the picture was good before she left.” He is also well-known for his role as Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. He often visits sick children in the hospital and once brought Baby Groot to meet a sick baby. His co-workers and friends have nothing but positive things to say about him. There isn’t a single person that has ever said a bad word about Chris Pratt.
Sources: yourdailydish, people, smosh