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Famous Actors and Actresses Using Instagram
Occasionally, a technology comes along that transforms the world in a way that was completely unforeseen. Instagram is just such a transformative technology.
For many years, the Paparazzi have made money selling photos to fans that provide a glimpse inside celebrities' lives. However, IG completely turns that relationship on its head because now celebrities can become their own Paparazzi and share photos that they want to share with fans.
Of course, not every celebrity has embraced IG, but many movie and TV stars are using Instagram. As you would expect, the most active celebrity Instagram users are young so the following list is dominated by younger Hollywood stars. Over time, I would expect older stars to accept IG as a valuable tool for connecting with fans.
I have broken down the list into film stars, TV stars, and other media personalities. While Instagram is a mobile app that is only available on your smartphone or tablet, you can view your Instagram account through a couple of web viewers. I have provided links to each celebrity's account on Webstagram.com, Statigram, or Ink361, three of the most popular web viewers. You can log in to your IG account on each site and follow each of these celebs from your computer.
Follow these actors for a glimpse into their lives.
Note: I have only linked the top 5 listed as the site limits the total number of outgoing links I can have.
Chris Pratt has become one of the biggest actors in Hollywood after his comedic start as Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation. Now the lead in the Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, Chris is followed by over 14 million fans. He is often quite funny with his posts. Definitely a must-follow for Hollywood fans.
Chloe Moretz is an American actress best known as 'Hit Girl' in the film Kickass. She also is one of the most active Hollywood stars on Instagram. She often shares artsy photos that she has taken and is definitely worth a follow. Moretz has shared over 2,500 photos and has over 13 million followers.
An American actress who has starred in both comedic films, such as Legally Blond and Sweet Home Alabama, as well as serious dramas like Walk The Line and Water for Elephants. She is active on Instagram and provides followers with a glimpse into backstage life. She has shared over 1,100 photos and has 11 million followers.
Channing Tatum transformed some boyhunk looks and great dancing skills into a major Hollywood acting career. Now one of the most sought-after actors, he has starred in films such as 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike, White House Down, and GI Joe. He is very active on Instagram having shared over 700 photos and has over 15 million followers.
It appears that there is nothing that Jamie Foxx can't do well. He started as a great standup comedian, then shifted to acting and won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray. He was also great in The Soloist, The Kingdom, and Collateral. Then he decided to turn his efforts to music and of course, now he has Grammy Awards from that profession. You can follow Jamie on Instagram and he has shared over 1,200 photos and has 4.2 million followers.
Dakota Fanning, Actress (@officialdakotafanning)
Dakota Fanning started as a child star on television and then gave a brilliant performance as the daughter in I am Sam. She has now developed into a fascinating actress with roles in Twilight Saga, The Runaways, and Night Moves. Fanning has shared over 170 photos and has 1.5 million followers.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Actress/Singer (@gwynethpaltrow)
Gwyneth Paltrow is a Hollywood princess, the daughter of director Bruce Paltrow and the late actress Blythe Danner. She is an award-winning actress best known for her roles in Shakespeare in Love, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Iron Man. She is married, but separated, from Chris Martin of Coldplay. She also is a talented singer in her own right and has displayed her chops in roles on Glee and in the film Country Strong. Paltrow has shared about 350 photos and has 3.7 million followers.
Cameron Diaz, Actress (@camerondiaz)
One of the best comedic actresses of the last 20 years, Cameron Diaz has been in one big comedy hit after another including There's Something About Mary, Shrek, What Happens in Vegas, Bad Teacher, and recently Sex Tape. Cameron is relatively new to Instagram and has only shared 100 photos so far but she already has over 5.0 million followers.
Kevin Hart, Actor/Comedian (@kevinhart4real)
Kevin Hart is a standup comedian who has become a big-time comedic actor. Some of his best-known film efforts include Ride Along, About Last Night, This is the End, and Think Like a Man. Kevin is a huge Instagram user and has shared over 5,000 photos and all that sharing has led to a huge following of over 55.0 million.
Tom Hanks, Actor (@tomhanks)
One of the biggest draws in theaters, the Oscar-winning actor joined Instagram late but is quickly picking up steam. He now has over 3.5 million followers and has posted over 100 photos.
Emma Roberts, Actress (@emmaroberts)
Emma Roberts is the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts. She is also an actress who has been in several well-known films including Nancy Drew, Valentine's Day and We are the Millers. She is also one of the most active IG film actresses having shared over 1,100 photos and has 11.0 million followers.
Drew Barrymore, Actress (@drewbarrymore)
Drew Barrymore has grown up on the silver screen from very early child roles in E.T. and Altered States. Barrymore has starred in over 60 films during her career. Barrymore has shared over 100 photos on IG and has over 1.4 million followers.
Alec Baldwin, Actor (@iamabfalecbaldwin)
Alec Baldwin has had a long successful career in both movies and TV but he will likely forever be remembered for his uncanny impersonation of President Donald Trump on SNL. He is a latecomer to Instagram but is gaining speed with over 800 posts and 360,000 followers.
Rebel Wilson, Actress/Comedian (@rebelwilson)
Rebel Wilson burst on the scene in an 18 month period with her brilliant comedic performances in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect. Since that time, she has had a TV series, Super Fun Night, and will be starring in several big films in 2015 including Pitch Perfect 2. Wilson has shared over 500 photos on Instagram and has over 4.7 million followers.
Follow these TV stars to get on the set of some of the biggest TV shows.
Note: Only the first 5 stars have been linked to their Instagram profile as the site limits the number of outgoing links I can include.
Mindy Kaling played the hilariously simple-minded "Kelly" on the Office. She was also one of the show's head writers and a very talented comedian. She is now the star of her own show, The Mindy Project, which has become a big comedy for NBC. Mindy is a prolific Twitter and Instagram user and she has shared over 4,000 photos and has nearly 2.8 million followers.
Zooey Deschanel is a comedic actress who has starred in a number of films but is best known for her role in the hit TV series, New Girl. Some of her film credits include Elf, 500 Days of Summer, and Yes Man. She is an active Instagram user having shared over 270 photos and has 4.7 million followers.
Jim Parsons is the 4-time Emmy-winning actor who plays the "bat crap crazy", Sheldon, on the Big Bang Theory. Parsons has created such a unique and funny character on BBT that is he may be forever typecast as Sheldon, but he has brought us so many laughs over the years it is hard to imagine him as anyone else. Parsons is an active IG user sharing over 680 photos and has 5.4 million followers.
You know Sofia Vergara as the lovable, Columbian bombshell on Modern Family, but she is also a major player in social media. She has a huge following on Instagram, over 13 million followers, and has shared over 3,000 photos from behind the scenes of one of the most popular shows on Television.
If you have not heard of the critically acclaimed HBO series, Girls, you must be living under a rock. Lena Dunham is the Creator, Head Writer, and star of the HBO series. She is also a huge Instagrammer having shared over 3.000 photos and a following of 3.2 million fans.
George Lopez, Actor/Comedian, George Lopez (@georgelopez)
George Lopez started out as a stand-up comedian, but then like Seinfeld and others before him, he put a semi-autobiographical version of his life into a sitcom called George Lopez. The show was a huge hit from 2002 to 2007. George has also starred in a few comedy specials and several comedy films including Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Rio, and The Smurfs. Lopez is quite active on IG sharing over 4,000 photos and has about 900,000 followers.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Actor, Modern Family (@jessetyler)
Jesse Tyler Ferguson plays Mitchell Pritchett on ABC's Modern Family. With his partner, Cam (Eric Stonestreet), Jesse has advanced acceptance of gay marriage more than any other TV show in history. In July 2013, Jesse married his long-time boyfriend, Justin Mikita. Jesse is not afraid to share providing over 2,200 photos on Instagram and he has over 2.0 million followers.
Aziz Ansari, Actor/Comedian, Parks & Recreation (@azizansari)
Aziz Ansari is a very funny standup comedian who has also become a great comedic actor in both Television and movies. He stars in the sitcom, Parks and Recreation, bringing his sharp, biting wit to each episode. Aziz has shared over 560 photos on IG and has 2.5 million followers.
Chelsea Handler, Actress/Comedian, Chelsea Lately (@chelseahandler)
Another stand-up comic that has become a popular TV actress. She is best known for her show, Chelsea Lately, that is part talk show and entertainment news commentary show. Her quick wit keeps the show moving quickly and she has built a strong TV following. That following has followed her onto Instagram where she has nearly 3.0 million followers and has shared over 1,700 photos.
Aaron Paul, Actor, Breaking Bad (@glassofwhiskey)
One of the best shows of the past decade, Breaking Bad, was groundbreaking, edgy and gripping. Aaron Paul portrayed one of the two stars, Jesse, the young sidekick drug dealer to Bryan Cranston's Walter White. Jesse is also the heartthrob for the show's many female viewers. Aaron has a large following on IG, over 3.2 million, and has shared over 340 photos with fans.
Laura Prepon, Actress, Orange is the New Black (@lauraprepon)
Most actors dream of starring in one groundbreaking TV series, Laura Prepon has been fortunate enough to star in two such series; That 70s Show and Orange is the New Black. The former was one of the best sitcoms at the turn of the century while the latter is a groundbreaking drama on Netflix that brings us real life from inside a women's prison. Prepon has shared over 870 photos and has 4.0 million followers on IG.
Finn Wolfhard, Actor, Stranger Things (@finnwolfhardofficial)
One of the hottest shows on Netflix, Stranger Things has a cast of young stars that grew up with Instagram. Despite only being in their second season, Finn already has over 5.7 million followers and over 500 posts.
Caleb McLaughlin, Actor, Stranger Things (@therealcalebmclaughlin)
Another of the young Stranger Things stars that has quickly built a massive following on Instagram. He has over 700 posts and over 3.6 million followers.
Noah Schnapp, Actor, Stranger Things (@noahschnapp)
Another of the young Stranger Things stars that has quickly built a massive following on Instagram. He has over 390 posts and over 4.8 million followers.
Lena Headey, Actress, Game of Thrones (@iamlenaheadey)
If you don't know what Game of Thrones is, you have been living under a rock. While it is one of the biggest shows on TV, only a few of the top stars have official accounts on Instagram. Lena plays the infamous Cersei Lannister and has posted over 270 photos and has over 1.0 million followers.
Maisie Williams, Actress, Game of Thrones (@maisie_williams)
Maisie plays the heroine, Arya Stark, on Game of Thrones. Her unique character is one of the most loved on the show. She is quite active on IG with over 600 posts and a huge 7.0 million followers.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Actor, Game of Thrones (@nikolajwilliamcw)
Nikolaj plays the conflicted Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones. His interesting character is both a villain and a hero at times. He has over 1.3 million followers and posted over 70 photos and videos.
© 2012 Tonto Murray
Your turn to sound off about IG celebrities—Do you follow any Hollywood stars on Instagram?
dushyanth on November 09, 2018:
where's dwayne johnson on the list?
adekamimotemitope on March 13, 2018:
Niktravelfit on June 21, 2014:
williamslaw on May 27, 2014:
No. I don't follow any Hollywood stars but nice lens. I love Ellen though.
anonymous on April 07, 2014:
Joebeducci on November 01, 2013:
Cool, I didn't know they all had instagram, thanks for the info! Greets, Joebeducci
GameHelp on June 16, 2013:
Awesome, thanks for sharing this list! Great lens.
surfingtheweb on May 30, 2013:
Tonto Murray (author) on May 18, 2013:
@MaxMunch06: Thanks Munch
Tonto Murray (author) on May 18, 2013:
@happy-birthday: Thank you for visiting!
Birthday Wishes from Here on May 18, 2013:
Yes, I already follow a few. Thanks a lot for sharing another wonderful lens about Instagram!!!
MaxMunch06 on April 15, 2013:
wave2codon on April 01, 2013:
cool lens, thanks
anonymous on March 31, 2013:
thanks for sharing
anonymous on March 14, 2013:
anonymous on March 14, 2013:
anonymous on February 22, 2013:
very interesting and more readable...:=)
anonymous on February 20, 2013:
I will need to get an Android to follow
JackThompson21 on February 12, 2013:
JethroThunderfoot on February 07, 2013:
I follow some well known people but not many Hollywood stars!
georgedemich on February 05, 2013:
Not even on Instagram anymore... their TOS changes were wack!
ErikAlexander LM on January 28, 2013:
I didn't know so many celebs were on Instagram. #HashtagsForLikes #HashtagsForDays #Hahaha
montanatravel52 on November 14, 2012:
Very interestin info that I did not know about, thanks for an interesting and fun read, gonna check out some instagrams now:)!
loveamandastarr on November 13, 2012:
@CoffeeWriter LM: Good idea!! I am obsessed with IG. I should start writing about IG too! Follow me on IG at loveamandastarr. Thanks!
loveamandastarr on November 13, 2012:
I love stalking- errrrr I mean following celebs on Instagram. Love!!
CoffeeWriter LM on September 24, 2012:
Keep putting out these Instagram lenses and you'll be an Instagram star yourself!
Ahdilarum on September 22, 2012:
Instagram? No.. But I liked the presentation of the lens..