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Tabloids make a lot of money proving the humanness of celebrities.  Our culture loves to find evidence that even the rich and famous are a little bit like us (celebrities take out their own garbage? Me too!).  We are delighted by the revelation that even famous people can be shy, awkward, and flawed.  They can also be introverted.  Some people may be surprised to learn that there are a helluva a lot of introverts in Hollywood.

Read on to find a round-up of the world’s most famous introverts and their quiet quotes.

Emma Watson

“It’s interesting, because people say things to me like, “It’s really cool that you don’t go out and get drunk all the time and go to clubs,” and I’m just like, I mean, I appreciate that, but I’m kind of an introverted kind of person just by nature, it’s not like a conscious choice that I’m making necessarily. It’s genuinely who I am … Coming to realize that about myself was very empowering, because I had felt like Oh my god, there must be something wrong with me, because I don’t want to go out and do what all my friends want to do.”

Julia Roberts

“I think enough cannot be said for what you can discover through literature. So I think that was probably my most valued characteristic as a teenager.”

Steve Martin

“I loved to make people laugh in high school, and then I found I loved being on stage in front of people. I’m sure that’s some kind of ego trip or a way to overcome shyness. I was very kind of shy and reserved, so there’s a way to be on stage and be performing and balance your life out.”

Helen Hunt

“I think I’m a weird combination of deeply introverted and very daring. I can feel both those things working.”

Stephen Spielberg

“I never felt comfortable with myself, because I was never part of the majority. I always felt awkward and shy and on the outside of the momentum of my friends’ lives.”

 Tom Hanks

“E-mail is far more convenient than the telephone. As far as I’m concerned, I would throw my phone away if I could get away with it.”

Keanu Reeves

I was kinda shy in school, but I also had the class-clown element about me.  I was removed, but I was involved.

Other Celebrity Introverts

  • Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Meryl Streep
  • Diane Keaton
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Kristen Stewart
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Barbara Walters
  • David Letterman
  • Johnny Depp
  • Michael Jordan
  • Al Gore
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Harrison Ford