Height can be quite deceiving on the big screen. We all know that camera trickery can be used to make actors and actresses appear taller than in real life. But sometimes, no trickery is needed. These 40 leading ladies are all much taller than you realized, and their height has undoubtedly helped them establish a commanding presence on-screen.
40. Queen Latifah: 5 foot 10 inches
Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah has been a part of the pop culture landscape since the 1990s. She has always been known for her fuller figure and championing of body positivity. But you might be surprised to learn that Latifah is also much taller than the average American. Standing at 5 foot 10 inches, she will likely be putting some of that frame to good use in her upcoming TV reboot of The Equalizer on CBS.
39. Karlie Kloss: 6 foot 1 inch
As Elle magazine put it, with supermodel and actress Karlie Kloss “there’s tall, and then there’s Karlie Kloss tall.” She herself told People magazine in 2016, “I think I would look like a crazy woman walking around [New York City] in heels since I’m 6 foot 1 inch and 6’4” in heels. Plus, I take the subway, so I’d stand out even more!”
38. Liv Tyler: 5 foot 10 inches
Liv Tyler – famous for her performances in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and 9-1-1: Lone Star – is 5’10” tall. Over the years, Tyler’s height has meant that she has towered over some of her male counterparts. For example, if you were a fan of Gunpowder, could you tell that she’s 2 inches taller than co-star Kit Harington?
37. Elizabeth Debicki: 6 foot 2 inches
Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki told the Daily Mail in 2016, “Granted, it’s not easy to be a super tall woman in Hollywood. But there are times when it works in my favor. In The Night Manager, for example, both of my co-stars – Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston – are also well over 6 feet and it was lovely to look a co-star in the eye and not have them standing on an apple box.”
36. Blake Lively: 5 foot 10 inches
When Blake Lively was pictured standing beside co-star Anna Kendrick at the red carpet premiere for the 2018 flick A Simple Favor, her stature took some people by surprise. PopSugar even published an article about how unexpectedly tall she is. You see, Lively has a whopping 8 inches on Kendrick, and it made for an interesting visual.
35. Gwendoline Christie: 6 foot 3 inches
Okay, so this one probably isn’t that surprising. But did you know that the Star Wars and Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie often emphasizes her statuesque height even more by wearing skyscraper heels? She told Vogue, “At 12, I was 5 foot 7 inches. At 14, I was 6’1” [tall]. Then I grew another couple of inches after that when I was around 18. I’m now 6 foot 3 inches and a quarter.” She’d tower over almost every leading man in Hollywood.
34. Sydney Tamiia Poitier: 5 foot 11 inches
Sydney Tamiia Poitier is actually one of the tallest ladies in Hollywood. She has enjoyed recent roles in projects like Amazon’s Homecoming and Canadian crime comedy Carter. Height is clearly in her genes, though, as her father was the legendary Sidney Poitier, who stood at 6 foot 2 inches.
33. Laura Prepon: 5 foot 10 inches
Laura Prepon is known for her starring roles in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black and That ’70s Show. And it’s hard not to notice how tall Prepon is in both of these programs. At 5’10” tall, she’s significantly bigger than most of her female scene partners. But the actress is also 2 inches taller than her real-life husband Ben Foster – star of Hell or High Water and Leave No Trace.
32. Elle Macpherson: 6 foot
In the 1990s Australian model Elle Macpherson transitioned to acting with some success – starring in Sirens, Batman & Robin and Friends. Her tall frame and athletic body also set her apart from everyone else. She told the Daily Mail in 2019, “I was 6 feet tall, 36 hips, 36 bust and broad shoulders from swimming all my life. I just needed to embrace my uniqueness.”
31. Geena Davis: 6 foot
Geena Davis’ resume includes lead roles in a host of classic films – including The Fly, Beetlejuice and Thelma & Louise. Although her height was once a subject of angst for the teen Davis, she eventually embraced it. The actress told Ladies Home Journal, “I’ll admit I’m 6 feet tall. Now I’ve noticed the press saying I’m 6 feet 2 inches. I’m growing. In a few years I’ll be [6’4”]!”
30. Sigourney Weaver: 5 foot 11 inches
The iconic Sigourney Weaver told The Dallas Morning News in 1989, “I am 5 foot 11 inches tall.” So we’re going to go with her, despite the actress’ height on some websites being listed as six feet. Who are we to argue, right? Either way, the Alien and Ghostbusters star is an extremely tall woman, and it’s always helped give her a certain regal presence on-screen.
29. Gwyneth Paltrow: 5 foot 9 inches
Gwyneth Paltrow clocks in at 5 foot 9 inches, which makes her a few inches taller than her Iron Man co-star Robert Downey Jr. In fact, whenever the duo appeared on red carpets together and Paltrow sported heels, eagle-eyed fans were convinced Downey Jr. was also wearing elevator-style boots to appear closer to her height. We’re sure there was Hollywood magic at play in the films as well, to make sure Pepper Potts didn’t tower above Tony Stark.
28. Maggie Gyllenhaal: 5 foot 9 inches
Maggie Gyllenhaal is best known for her performances in The Dark Knight, Crazy Heart and HBO drama The Deuce. She is a good height match for most of her male co-stars and is taller than a lot of female actresses. She is also only slightly shorter than her husband, Peter Sarsgaard.
27. Cameron Diaz: 5 foot 9 inches
At a leggy 5 foot 9 inches and with gorgeous good looks, it’s no wonder that Cameron Diaz began her career as a model. And she was significantly taller than Lucy Liu and Drew Barrymore when they starred together in the Charlie’s Angels movies. With Barrymore standing at 5 foot 4 inches and Liu an inch shorter than that, it did a lot to highlight Diaz’s tall frame.
26. Julia Roberts: 5 foot 9 inches
Julia Roberts is another of Hollywood’s taller leading ladies. In fact, she once said that when Mystic Pizza was released in 1988, members of the public would tell her that she looked 6” tall. Nevertheless, her height, curly hair and long legs helped to establish her as a unique presence on cinema screens.
25. Charlize Theron: 5 foot 10 inches
Charlize Theron has had to get more in touch with her height than most. In a 2004 interview with The Advocate to promote her Academy Award-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the actress spoke about playing a woman much shorter than her. Theron said, “This is a woman who was 5’3” – which I couldn’t believe – who looks like she’s 6 foot 4 [inches].”
24. Mandy Moore: 5 foot 10 inches
In 2004 Mandy Moore told The Times in Indiana, “I’m 5’10” now, and I love being a tall woman. I was pretty average until I was 14, and then I went through a spurt where I grew 4 inches in one summer. At first, I felt a little gangly, but now I’m proud.” Moore is actually slightly taller than Milo Ventimigila, who portrays her husband in This Is Us.
23. Rebecca Romijn: 5 foot 11 inches
Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in the original X-Men trilogy and joined the cast of Star Trek: Discovery in season two. She once revealed on The Ellen Degeneres Show that she suffered from painful scoliosis when she was a teen experiencing a growth spurt. Her 5’11” frame eventually became her calling card as an actress and model, though.
22. Nicole Kidman: 5 foot 11 inches
“I was a teenager who wouldn’t conform, but I had a lot of fears and insecurities because I was very tall,” actress Nicole Kidman told Glamour UK magazine in 2020. “I was 5 foot 10 inches by the time I was 13 years old.” And she is taller than her husband Keith Urban, who was spotted wearing platform shoes when they appeared at the Golden Globes together.
21. Uma Thurman: 6 foot
Kill Bill star Uma Thurman initially had a tough time with her height when she was growing up. From an early age she was much taller than everyone in her class at school and her feet were also unusually big. Though as a teen her lanky frame leant itself perfectly to modeling, and she would eventually become a Hollywood sex symbol with the movie Dangerous Liaisons.
20. Katie Holmes: 5 foot 9 inches
Let’s face it, next to Tom Cruise, most women are going to look tall. But Katie Holmes would actually tower over a lot of leading men. In a 2005 interview with Florida Today to promote Batman Begins, she spoke about filming scenes with Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader. The British actor is less than an inch taller than Holmes, who said, “I’m not a petite little actress – I’m 5’9” – so I made him sweat a little. I was like, ‘I love this!’”
19. Tyra Banks: 5 foot 10 inches
America’s Next Top Model creator and presenter Tyra Banks’ height and enviable figure have certainly benefitted her over the years in her modeling career. In 2014 she told Life & Style magazine about how she went through a transformation at the age of 11 – losing 30 pounds and experiencing a growth spurt.
18. Adrianne Palicki: 5 foot 11 inches
Cosmopolitan write Leanne Bayley couldn’t help but marvel at Adrianne Palicki’s stature when the two met in 2013. The former wrote, “At 5 foot 11 inches, with honey blonde hair, Adrianne Palicki is gorgeous, there’s no doubt about that. But we didn’t realize she’d be quite so, well, amazonian.” And this was an apt description, as Palicki played the Amazon superhero Wonder Woman in a 2011 NBC pilot that failed to go to series.
17. Jane Lynch: 6 foot
Glee star Jane Lynch has been flying the flag for both tall women and the LGBTQ community in Hollywood for several decades. She unfortunately had a somewhat angst-ridden childhood because of her differences, though. In 2011 she told Vogue, “When I grew up – just like in Glee – you had to be what they considered ‘normal’ or you got a Slushee in your face. I didn’t want to be too tall. I didn’t want to be too loud. I didn’t want to be gay.”
16. Tilda Swinton: 5 foot 11 inches
“Clichés used to describe Tilda Swinton: impossibly tall, goddess-like, ethereal, androgynous, lit from within,” Esquire wrote in 2014. All of these descriptors are accurate, as Swinton has made a career out of looking different from most other women in Hollywood. She was the perfect choice to portray Jadis the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Why? Well, it didn’t take a whole lot of camera trickery to make her appear more than a foot taller than her co-stars.
15. Jennifer Garner: 5 foot 8 inches
When Jennifer Garner was asked by NW magazine about the minimum height she would look for in a man, she replied, “I’m 5’8” [tall], so [that height] is a good start.” Her ex-husband Ben Affleck certainly fit the bill in terms of height, as he is one of the tallest leading men in Hollywood at 6 foot 3 inches.
14. Gal Gadot: 5 foot 10 inches
Despite a recurring role in the Fast & Furious franchise, when Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman she was still a virtual unknown to most movie audiences. Unsurprisingly, given her physical attributes, the Israeli beauty was originally a model. In 2004 at the age of only 18, she won the Miss Israel pageant and also took part in Miss Universe that same year.
13. Kristen Johnston: 6 foot
These days, 3rd Rock From The Sun star Kristen Johnston is comfortable in her own skin, but as a teenager she struggled with her stature. In 1996 she told Entertainment Weekly, “I was 5 foot 11.5 inches at age 13. I was enormous, a monstrosity, a freak. I’ve always been an outsider.”
12. Brigitte Nielsen: 6 foot
Brigitte Nielsen is so tall that, while filming a small role in Creed II, she was able to hide her pregnancy from the cast and crew. Then aged 54, she told Fox News, “But you also have to remember, I’m 6 feet. Almost 6 foot 1 inch. So, a bump on me looks much less on me than a lady who’s 5’2”, for example. So even when we were shooting, and I was wearing my first outfit, which was an ivory suit, no one could tell.”
11. Allison Janney: 6 foot
In 2015 The West Wing and Mom star Allison Janney told Stuff about how she didn’t know if she would make it in Hollywood due to her tall stature. She said, “When I first started out in this business, with my size and whatever, I couldn’t even get arrested in this business. I was ecstatically surprised when it turned out there was a place for me in this industry.”
10. Leslie Jones: 6 foot
In 2014 Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones confirmed on Saturday Night Live that she was 6 feet tall and weighed 233 pounds. While it certainly has led to Jones having a unique look among Hollywood women, she did tweet that it has made dating difficult for her. In fact, she once claimed that her height and stature are why she is still single.
9. Brooke Shields: 6 foot
Brooke Shields is easily in the upper echelons of Hollywood’s list of tall ladies. But, interestingly, her youngest daughter Grier may exceed her mom’s height. When the family are pictured together, it’s easy to see that the 14-year-old looks to be taller than her mother. Perhaps she’ll follow her mom into the modeling business!
8. Famke Janssen: 5 foot 11 inches
When Famke Janssen was starring in the X-Men franchise as Jean Grey, her height caused a few issues with her co-stars. Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman is 6’2” – making him a foot taller than the character in the comics. And James Marsden – who played Grey’s lover Scott Summers, aka Cyclops – is only 5 foot 9 inches tall. As a result, he had to wear lifts in his shoes to appear as tall as her.
7. Missi Pyle: 5 foot 11 inches
You may know Missi Pyle from her hilarious roles in movies like Dodgeball and Galaxy Quest, or her amusing guest spots in sitcoms like Friends and Two and a Half Men. In 2016 Pyle told The A.V. Club that she started booking those comedy guest spots out of necessity. She said, “I was so tall. I was just too tall to play the romantics, so I kind of went into comedy because of that.”
6. Lucy Lawless: 5 foot 9 inches
Lucy Lawless is a sci-fi icon to a whole generation of fans thanks to Xena: Warrior Princess – the cult action fantasy show from the 1990s. Yet the role led to a bit of typecasting for Lawless. She told Zap2it in 2005, “I’m sure there are people who wouldn’t want to see me because they are convinced I am 7 feet tall. I’m only 5 foot 9 inches…” She added, “But then, I think the average man is, what, 5’8”, so I guess I am still a little taller.”
5. Karen Gillan: 5 foot 11 inches
In 2019 Jumanji and Guardians Of The Galaxy star Karen Gillan claimed that male co-stars have had to stand on boxes in scenes with her. She told the Beauty Fashion Friends podcast, “It’s happened usually during kissing scenes because it doesn’t look good when the guy is looking up to kiss.” She added, “But I’m a giant. I’m 5 foot 11 inches.” Sadly, she didn’t specify the names of her short co-stars.
4. Laura Dern: 5 foot 10 inches
Marriage Story star Laura Dern is super tall, but she’s never let it hold her back in life. In fact, in 2020 she revealed to Style magazine that she and Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman sent the daughter of a mutual friend an empowering video. The girl was struggling with being an unusually tall 13-year-old, but Dern and Kidman explained that she should be proud of her height.
3. Lena Olin: 5 foot 11 inches
Lena Olin has been working in movies for over four decades – forging a path with memorable roles in films such as Chocolat, The Reader and Queen of the Damned. With piercing cheekbones and exotic features, it’s no surprise that the beautiful Olin was a model before turning to acting. In fact, she won Miss Scandinavia in 1974 at the age of 19.
2. Tricia Helfer: 5 foot 11 inches
Former supermodel Tricia Helfer is best known for playing Number Six in Battlestar Galactica. Over the course of her career, the star has also appeared as take-no-prisoners women in shows like Lucifer, Killer Women and Van Helsing. In 2014 she told HuffPost, “Part of the reason I find myself doing strong roles is because it’s what people hire me for. You know, I’m tall, I have a stronger, deeper voice than a girly one.”
1. Anjelica Huston: 5 foot 10 inches
In 2019 The Los Angeles Times conducted an interview with Anjelica Huston – the legendary star of The Addams Family and The Witches. The newspaper wrote, “Huston is a tall woman, striding confidently to the rose garden on her sprawling, wildish ranch…” But how tall is she? Well, the actress is 5 foot 10 inches, to be exact.
Of course, it’s not a requirement that every Hollywood star has a tall, gazelle-like stature. In fact, many of the world’s most famous female celebrities are actually much shorter than you might expect. Some of the biggest names of stage, song and screen are also the littlest leading ladies…
40. Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara is known for films like The Social Network, Carol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But while she may be a big star, she’s petite in stature, at just 5’ 3” tall. Interestingly, shortness must run in the family, as Mara’s older sister Kate happens to be exactly the same height.
39. Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek is considered one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women, but she had to learn to love her small frame. In an interview quoted by The Creative Mind website, she explained, “I am 5’2”, and in Mexico it was very important to be tall. People used to say that the short thing was a deformity.” But she added, “One day, I said, ‘Who decided that it’s better to be tall? Why is it better? Am I less healthy? Am I less capable?’”
38. Reese Witherspoon
Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon often boosts her height with five-inch heels, but when she takes them off, the actress is only 5’1½” tall. In fact, the Legally Blonde star is so petite that her daughter Ava outgrew her, and now measures a full half-inch taller than her famous mom.
37. Eva Longoria
Back in her Desperate Housewives days Eva Longoria was by far the shortest of her castmates on the set of the comedy-drama. That’s hardly surprising, given that she stands at just 5’2” tall. In 2017 Longoria joked about her small stature when posing with her fellow L’Oréal ambassadors at Cannes Film Festival. Writing on Instagram, she wrote, “Just us models. #Wore5InchHeelsAndStillCouldntKeepUp #SeriouslyShort.”
36. Natalie Portman
According to Natalie Portman, her 5’3” frame is what helped her bag her role in Marvel movie smash Thor. In a 2013 appearance on British TV chat show The Graham Norton Show the actress explained, “I was mainly cast in the role because I can make anyone look huge when they stand next to me. I’m extraordinarily short.”
35. Scarlett Johansson
For a while, Scarlett Johansson put her height at 5’4”, but more recently she has admitted that she’s just 5’3”. Whatever the exact measurement may be, the film star has expressed her desire to be slightly taller. She once told InStyle magazine, “a couple of extra inches would be nice.”
34. Sarah Jessica Parker
In TV series Sex and the City, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Carrie Bradshaw is known for her love of designer footwear. A passion for shoes is something the actress and her fictional counterpart apparently share. The actress reportedly preferred heels to boost her 5’4”, but her years in stilettoes have taken their toll on her feet, meaning she might have to give them up soon.
33. Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke made her name as the formidable Mother of Dragons in TV epic Game of Thrones. But what makes her performance all the more impressive is that she commanded the screen standing at just 5’2”. Her co-star Jason Momoa, on the other hand, is an impressive 6’ 4”, though the height difference didn’t seem to affect their chemistry.
32. Lena Dunham
Girls star Lena Dunham is only 5’3” tall. The writer and actress is known for being an advocate of body positivity, even though she has struggled to accept her own appearance at times. That being said, she appeared to embrace her figure in 2017 when she posted a nude selfie on Instagram. In the accompanying caption, she wrote, “I feel deeply comfortable with the idea that this pear-shaped pot of honey is equally good for making people laugh and laying out like a Suicide Girl circa 2004.”
31. Lily-Rose Depp
As a rule, most models are Amazonian in stature, towering over most of us as they sashay down the runway. By contrast, the face of Chanel Lily-Rose Depp is positively dinky, measuring in at 5’3”. In that respect, it seems that the actress takes after her famous mom, Vanessa Paradis, who is exactly the same height.
30. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Dinky star Jennifer Love Hewitt hasn’t let her limited stature keep her down. The tiny Texan has made a big name for herself in TV and film with hit roles in The Ghost Whisperer and I Know What You Did Last Summer.
29. Rooney Mara
Rooney Mara is known for films like The Social Network, Carol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But while she may be a big star, she’s petite in stature, at just 5’ 3” tall. Interestingly, shortness must run in the family, as Mara’s older sister Kate happens to be exactly the same height.
28. Isla Fisher
Conflicting reports put Isla Fisher’s height at 5’2” or 5’3”. In a 2005 interview with the British newspaper the Sunday Mirror, the Confessions of a Shopaholic actress joked, “I’m only 5’ 2”. I’m circus-freak short.” By contrast, her husband Sacha Baron Cohen towers over her at more than 6 feet tall.
27. Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu has had some pretty rough-and-tumble roles over her years as an actress, including in films such as Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill. But don’t let her tough on-screen personas fool you into thinking she’s a physically imposing presence. That’s because she’s pretty tiny, standing at a height of only 5’3”.
26. Melissa Joan Hart
Starting out as a child star at the tender age of four, we have seen Melissa Joan Hart grow up before our eyes – though not very tall. The Sabrina the Teenage Witch TV star once told Ellen, “People that meet me for the first time always say I thought you were taller… I’m only 5’2”! I’m 5’2” if on a good day.”
25. Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland rose to fame playing teenager Haley Dunphy on Modern Family. And even though she’s now a fully grown adult, at 5’2” she could probably still get away with playing characters younger than herself. She is engaged to Bachelor in Paradise star Wells Adams, who is 6’0”.
24. Mary-Kate Olsen
Child star turned fashion icon Mary-Kate Olsen definitely knows how to dress for her tiny build. The actress and businesswoman is one half of the most famous twin-sets in Hollywood, although at 5’2” she’s reported to be just ever so slightly shorter than her sister Ashley.
23. Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is one of the biggest music stars on the planet, but not in height. While her personality is larger than life, she measures in at 5’0” exactly. When she first started out, Parton’s petite stature was part of the reason people didn’t take her seriously as an artist. But after more than 50 years in showbusiness, it seems the pint-sized powerhouse has had the last laugh.
22. Mila Kunis
At 5’4” Mila Kunis is pretty averagely sized among American women. Still, in 2010 the actress told Esquire magazine, “My friends call me a hobbit. I come across shorter than I am.” Perhaps the confusion stems from the height difference between Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher, who is a full 10 inches taller than her at 6’2”.
21. Amanda Seyfried
Mean Girls and Mama Mia leading lady Amanda Seyfried is just 5’3” in height. But while she may be small, she’s one tough cookie as a practice of the Soteria Method of self-defense. Showcasing her skills in a video posted to Twitter in 2014, Seyfried said of the discipline, “It doesn’t matter how big you are, how strong you are, what your fitness level is. You just need to outsmart the attacker.”
20. Jada Pinkett-Smith
Given that she’s known for her fiery roles in films such as Set It Off and The Matrix Reloaded, it may surprise you to learn that Jada Pinkett-Smith is only 5’0”. She is by far the smallest member of her famous family. Her husband Will is 6’2”, while their son Jaden is 5’7” and their daughter Willow is 5’5”.
19. Jodie Foster
With an acting career spanning six decades, Jodie Foster is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but stands at just 5’3”. While petite, Foster played the heroine of the movie Silence of the Lambs. In a 1991 interview with The New York Times newspaper, she said of that defining role, “It’s not about steroids and brawn, it’s about using your mind and using your insufficiencies to combat the villain.”
18. Lucy Hale
While some shorter celebrities like to boost their height with a high heel, Lucy Hale apparently isn’t one of them. Even though she’s only 5’2”, the star of TV drama series Pretty Little Liars reportedly prefers to keep things comfortable in flats, most of the time. That being said, she has been known to don stilettoes on weekends and evenings.
17. America Ferrera
Ugly Betty star America Ferrera is only 5’1” and it seems she wasn’t always confident in her looks. In 2017 the actress told Redbook magazine, “I grew up believing a lot of things about myself that I had to unlearn – things that pertain to being a good woman, things about my weight or height.”
16. Chandra Wilson
Actress Chandra Wilson is positively dinky, standing at 5’0”. She is perhaps best known for her role as Miranda Bailey in TV drama Grey’s Anatomy, in which most of her co-stars were taller than her. That being said, her character certainly held her own in the action, as did Wilson on-screen.
15. Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams’ character Arya Stark was a force to be reckoned with in Game of Thrones, despite the fact the actress is only 5’1”. In one memorable scene, Stark went head-to-head with Brienne of Tarth – played by Gwendoline Christie, who is 6’3”. In a video for behind-the-scenes TV show The Game Revealed, Williams said, “To be fighting Gwen, who is far over a foot taller than me, and for her to be fighting someone who is far, far shorter than her – it’s been a massive challenge.”
14. Ashley Olsen
Ashley Olsen may be slightly taller than Mary-Kate, but she’s still only 5’1” herself. It may surprise you to learn that the two sisters are not, in fact, identical twins, which might explain the disparity in their heights. And apparently, that’s not the only difference between them, as Ashley is reportedly right-handed, while Mary-Kate is left-handed.
13. Zoe Kravitz
Zoe Kravitz is just 5’1” tall, but she’s packed some big punches on screen. The singer and actress, who is the daughter of rocker Lenny Kravitz, has kicked ass in a string of sci-fi action movies such as X-Men: First Class, Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent, After Earth and Insurgent.
12. Rachel Bilson
Rachel Bilson stands at 5’2” and wouldn’t have it any other way. Indeed, the perfectly petite star of TV show The O.C. told Women’s Health magazine in 2013 that she loves her body. She does, however, wear nude shoes to add a little height, explaining, “They elongate your legs, so you don’t look tiny even if you are.”
11. Hilary Duff
At just 5’2”, Hilary Duff can’t have grown much since her teenage days on the hugely popular Lizzie McGuire, but the actress and singer doesn’t concern herself with her size in any respect. She revealed to Elle in 2015, in fact, “I just tell myself, ‘I’m 5’2”, I’m really fit, killing it in the gym, and doing crazy things.’ I love to work out, but I’m just not that concerned with being the skinniest person.”
10. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is such a larger-than-life character that it’s hard to believe she’s only 5’1”. The pop star is known to wear some super-high heels from time to time, though, making it even harder to tell that Gaga is in fact a tiny Lady indeed.
9. Kristin Chenoweth
She might be just 4’11”, but Kristin Chenoweth’s big voice makes up for it, with the teeny-tiny star giving several award-winning performances on Broadway. And the talented actress and singer revealed that being small definitely has its perks. She confessed to People magazine in 2011, “I shop at GapKids… It’s kind of fun. Being petite is part of who I am.”
8. Adrienne Bailon
Adrienne Bailon doesn’t even stretch to five feet, coming in at an itty bitty 4’11”. The American singer-songwriter and actress began her career in girl group 3LW, before becoming the star of Disney franchise The Cheetah Girls.
7. AnnaSophia Robb
When AnnaSophia Robb was cast as a younger version of Sex and the City icon Carrie Bradshaw in 2014, the diminutive starlet had some pretty big shoes to fill. And given that Robb measures only 5’ tall, the stylists of The Carrie Diaries made the wise decision to give those shoes some pretty huge heels.
6. Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens is positively pint-sized, measuring just 5’1” tall. The tiny actress first came to our attention as the star of High School Musical, and although she might not have grown much since, her career has definitely reached new heights. Despite her diminutive stature, Hudgens reportedly prefers a taller man, and her ex-boyfriend Austin Butler is reported 6’0” tall.
5. Lea Michele
New York-born actress Lea Michele is known for her big-hearted performances in Glee. But despite her powerful voice, Michele stands at only 5’2” – and so she often wears towering platforms on stage to give her a little extra oomph.
4. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell, star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, is just 5’1” – not that her diminutive stature has held her back in Hollywood, of course. And would Veronica Mars have been quite the same if its lead actress had towered above everyone else? Probably not.
3. Christina Aguilera
At just 5’2”, Christina Aguilera is another petite songstress with a huge, belting voice. And the singer who brought us “Genie in a Bottle” certainly didn’t let her tiny physique stop her from rising to the top of the pop world.
2. Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick, best known for her performance in Pitch Perfect, has aimed high despite her little 5’2” frame. And Kendrick’s career has subsequently reached very, well, lofty heights: in 2009 and 2010, for example, the actress received Golden Globe, Academy Award and BAFTA nominations for her role in Up in the Air.
1. Amy Poehler
Little Amy Poehler stands at just 5’2”, but she can definitely raise a big laugh. The comic genius is arguably the funniest woman on our screens right now, not to mention the brains behind the ever-popular and much-missed sitcom Parks and Recreation.