Today we take a look at 33 famous introverted celebrities. Introversion is often misunderstood. Just because someone is quiet, doesn’t mean they’re shy or antisocial. Being an introvert is also associated with a lack of confidence, but that could not be further from the truth. In fact, many of the world’s most successful people are introverts.
There are many introverts who have changed the course of history. Some of them are well-known, while others are not as well-known. And a number of people on this list may surprise you.
Introversion is about where you get your energy from. If you’re an introvert, you’re likely to feel more energetic when you’re alone or in small groups, as opposed to being in large groups or around a lot of people. This doesn’t mean that introverts don’t like people, it just means that they need their alone time to recharge.
Understanding your own personality type can help you make career choices, choose friends, and even find a romantic partner. If you’re an introvert, don’t let anyone tell you that you need to change. In fact, it’s something to celebrate. Embrace your introverted side and use it to your advantage like these famous introverts have done.
Introverts are also well represented in fiction, so check out 33 introverted fictional characters to see who you relate to most.
33 famous introverts
Queen Elizabeth II (Former Queen of the Commonwealth for 70 years)
Queen Elizabeth II was an introvert. The longest-serving British monarch undertook her duty with care and thought, but she didn’t ever push the boundaries. As an introvert, she didn’t need the constant attention that some people do. But being an introvert doesn’t mean she was shy. In fact, she could be quite charming when she wanted to be. Her sense of humor was legendary, and she was known for her quick wit. She was also fiercely intelligent, loyal, and hardworking. These are just some of the qualities that made her one of the most respected monarchs in history.
Michael Jordan (Athlete & Entrepreneur)
Michael Jordan is an introvert. The basketballer turned entrepreneur is one of the most successful athletes ever, but he’s also one of the most private. He rarely gives interviews and is known for being notoriously shy off the court. Michael Jordan’s introversion never stopped him from being a great team player.
Emma Watson (Actor & Activist)
Emma Watson is most definitely an introvert, just like her character Hermione Granger. She previously spoke of this “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.” This hasn’t stopped her from advocating wholeheartedly for gender equality and Emma is a natural at giving speeches.
Elon Musk (Entrepreneur)
Elon Musk is a self-proclaimed introvert. This is probably news to a lot of people who see this keyboard warrior as this extroverted, larger-than-life figure. But the truth is, he actually prefers to keep to himself. His father, Errol Musk spoke of Elon Musk’s introverted nature saying, “Elon has always been an introvert thinker….So where a lot of people would go to a great party & talk about all sorts of things like rugby or sport, you’d find Elon had found the person’s library & was going through their books.”
Princess Diana (Former Princess of Wales)
Princess Diana was an introvert. She was shy and reserved in public, but she had a warm and loving personality. As she began to get more used to the press and the spotlight, this personality really began to shine through. When she was with her family or close friends, she was quite different than when she was in the public eye. Introverts are often misunderstood. People see them as being aloof or even unfriendly. But that’s not always the case and Princess Diana proved people wrong.
Louis Theroux (Documentary Filmmaker)
Louis Theroux is an introvert. Growing up, he spent a lot of time reading and observing people. His observational skills have served him well in his career as a documentarian, where he is known for his ability to gain the trust of his subjects and get them to open up to him.
Johnny Depp (Actor)
This may come as a surprise to some, but Johnny Depp is actually an introvert. He’s not the outgoing, life-of-the-party type that you might expect him to be. In fact, he prefers to stay out of the spotlight and keep to himself. Although the spotlight seems to seek him out… Johnny Depp once said, “I’m f*ckin’ shy, man. I’m living, in a sense, like a fugitive. I don’t like to be in social situations – it’s fine for me in a weird way, having to run and hide. Less and less, I have the opportunity to observe, because I’m the one being observed.”
Kim Kardashian (Reality TV Star & Entrepreneur)
This could be one of the most surprising celebrities on the list. Kim Kardashian is a self-confessed introvert. The reality TV star has said that she’s an introvert and prefers to stay at home than go out. She’s also said that she doesn’t like clubbing or drinking, which are typically more extroverted activities.
Mark Zuckerberg (Entrepreneur)
Mark Zuckerberg is most definitely an introvert, and he’s not ashamed of it. In fact, being an introvert has likely helped him succeed as the CEO of Meta. Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg once described Mark Zuckerberg as “shy and introverted, and he often does not seem very warm to people who don’t know him, but he is warm.” We’re yet to see the warm side, but the introverted part we agree with!
Scarlett Johansson (Actor)
Scarlett Johansson is an introverted celebrity. This could be why the actress avoids social media, rarely gives interviews and prefers to keep out of the public eye. In 2011, she said in Interview magazine “My favorite actors are actors who are enigmatic and mysterious and never make the obvious choice in terms of the projects they do or who they work with or their craft.” ScarJo definitely succeeds at this.
Keanu Reeves (Actor)
It’s not surprising that Keanu Reeves is an introvert. He’s a private person who doesn’t share much about his personal life with the public. Not only is Keanu Reeves one of the most successful actors in Hollywood, but he is also one of the most loved. He is generous and giving, especially when it comes to his fans.
Lady Gaga (Singer & Actor)
Lady Gaga is an introvert. She has admitted she is shy and she often feels like she doesn’t fit in. Lady Gaga uses fashion to enhance her performance persona and she is unapologetic about it. She once said, “I always like when I have a hat big enough to keep people away at pretentious parties. It’s protection.” Shall we all just agree to wear big hats from now on?
David Bowie (Musician)
David Bowie was also an introvert. He was a shy person who didn’t like being in the spotlight. Bowie was a successful musician and actor, but he was also very private. He is said to have been an introspective person who liked to spend time alone. Bowie wanted to connect people like himself with his music. David Bowie’s introversion is also a reason for his alter ego persona, Ziggy Stardust.
Jeff Bezos (Entrepreneur)
Jeff Bezos is an introvert. Hard work and determination from Bezos are qualities that have made Amazon.com one of the most successful companies in the world. He has always been focused on his work, and he’s known for being very thoughtful about his decisions. Jeff Bezos is one of the most powerful and influential business leaders alive today.
Kourtney Kardashian (Reality TV Star & Entrepreneur)
Kourtney Kardashian is an introvert and it seems even more true now she’s married to Travis Barker and they are living in their own world together. Introversion doesn’t mean you can’t be social, it just means you need your alone time to recharge. Kourtney is an introvert who loves spending time with her family and friends, but she also needs her alone time. Of all the Kardashian sisters, Kourtney enjoys filming for the show the least.
Audrey Hepburn (Actor)
Audrey Hepburn was a self-proclaimed introvert. She once said, “I am an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, and the sky.” We can relate to that. Audrey Hepburn was modest, beautiful on the insides and out, and always seemed so put together. She was an inspiration and an icon of her era.
Tom Hardy (Actor)
Tom Hardy is the ultimate famous introvert. He’s a private person who doesn’t like to give interviews or talk about his personal life. He’s also an incredibly talented actor who is able to transform into any character he plays. He told Sharp Magazine, “I keep a small social circle. A very small social circle. I know how to have small talk at parties when I need to, but I’m much happier by myself.”
Selena Gomez (Singer & Actor)
Selena Gomez is an introvert who likes to keep to herself. She’s not the type to party hard or be the center of attention, but she’s still one of the most successful young stars in Hollywood. Though she may be shy, Selena Gomez is a force to be reckoned with. In spite of her fame and fortune, Selena Gomez has remained relatively down to earth. She’s close with her family and friends, and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. Selena is the type of person who is always learning and growing, and she isn’t afraid to make mistakes.
The Weeknd (Singer)
The Weeknd is definitely an introvert. The Canadian singer has said that he’s shy and doesn’t like to be in the spotlight. That doesn’t mean he isn’t confident, though. The Weeknd is one of the most successful R&B artists. He just prefers not to do many (if any) interviews and he focuses on his unique, creative style of music.
David Attenborough (Documentary Filmmaker)
David Attenborough is a British broadcasting legend and also he’s an introvert. He’s a huge advocate for climate change and he uses his platform to spread awareness about the environment. Attenborough has defied introvert stereotypes and has used his introverted tendencies to his advantage. He is a master of his craft and he’s made a huge impact on the world.
Megan Fox (Actor)
Megan Fox is a self-confessed introvert. She’s famously quoted saying, “I’m self-loathing, introverted, and neurotic.” She doesn’t like being the center of attention and has even said that she could go “days, weeks, without talking to another human being.” We can relate to that!
Timothée Chalamet (Actor)
Timothée Chalamet is an introverted celebrity. Chalamet is an enigma; a shy guy who is also a Hollywood heartthrob. He is humble, down to earth, and doesn’t take himself too seriously. This is evident in the way he interacts with fans and the media. Chalamet is always quick to crack a joke, whether it’s at his own expense or not. Introversion does not mean you lack self-confidence, and Timothée Chalamet is the perfect example of this. He is confident in his own skin and doesn’t shy away from the limelight. He always stays true to himself.
Halsey is an introvert. She tweeted in 2020 that she is a “big-time” introvert, adding, “I love my job and I love intimate connection but I feel safe when I’m alone. I used to score as an extrovert but I think years of forced exposure took its toll on me lol.” Halsey even took this one step further and went on to confirm she is an INFJ, one of the rarest personality types.
Nelson Mandela (Former President of South Africa & Activist)
Nelson Mandela was an introvert, but this didn’t stop him from fighting against the injustice of apartheid. He was a man who believed in the power of words and used his voice to speak out against the discrimination and violence that were occurring in his country. In his autobiography, Mandela referred to himself as an introvert and he thought of himself as naturally quiet and an observer. Introverts have made huge differences in the world and continue to do so every day.
Britney Spears (Singer)
Britney Spears is a famous introvert. In the early days of her conservatorship, Britney said she wasn’t made for the music industry and that she’s been shy since she was a little girl. Britney still avoids high-profile events and interviews, and she only speaks out on things when she feels people are spreading lies and false narratives. With Britney’s newfound freedom she is able to express herself and her individuality on social media more.
Eminem is an introverted rapper. Eminem prefers to avoid the spotlight and instead focuses more on the music. Introversion is often misunderstood as reclusiveness or shyness, but for Eminem, it’s just about being focused and keeping away from the paparazzi. He still travels, but he does it in his own way.
Matt Damon (Actor)
Matt Damon is an introvert. Despite his worldwide success from a young age, Matt has kept himself and his personal life out of the spotlight. He is a family man and he values his privacy. He’s found a perfect balance between his public and private life, and he is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood.
Kurt Cobain (Musician)
Kurt Cobain was an introvert. He spent a lot of his time focusing on his music and creative projects, and he didn’t like being in the spotlight. Cobain is one of the most famous musicians of all time, but he was also a very shy person. He is said to have been quite self-conscious. However, when it came to his music, he was confident in his talent and creativity.
Carl Jung (Psychiatrist & Psychoanalyst)
Introverts are often seen as shy, aloof, and even antisocial. Carl Jung, one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, was an introvert. He preferred to spend his time alone, thinking deeply about psychological concepts. Jung’s ideas about the human psyche were groundbreaking. His ideas about introversion and extroversion are still relevant today. Many people use the terms to describe their own personality preferences.
Bill Gates (Entrepreneur)
Bill Gates is an introvert. He’s one of the most successful businessmen in history, and he’s also one of the most well-known introverts. Gates is known for being extremely hardworking and intelligent. He’s also very focused, and he doesn’t shy away from difficult problems. These qualities have helped him become one of the richest men in the world.
Jay-Z (Rapper & Entrepreneur)
Hip-hop’s first billionaire, Jay-Z, is an introvert. Jay-Z is the kind of person who doesn’t open up to many people outside of his inner circle. As one of the most successful rappers and businessmen to date, Jay-Z’s introversion hasn’t held him back at all. He has built an empire that includes businesses in music, fashion, and sports.
Rihanna (Singer & Entrepreneur)
Rihanna is an introvert. The singer has said that even to this day she is shy and the different colors of her personality come out when she’s comfortable. Being an introvert doesn’t stop you from being successful or confident and Rihanna is one of the most successful female musicians in the world.
The R&B superstar is one of the most successful and famous singers in the world, but she’s also an introvert. She told Harpers Bazaar in 2021, “The first decade of my life was dedicated to dreaming. Because I was an introvert, I didn’t speak very much as a child. I spent a lot of time in my head building my imagination. I am now grateful for those shy years of silence. Being shy taught me empathy and gave me the ability to connect and relate to people. I’m no longer shy, but I’m not sure I would dream as big as I dream today if it were not for those awkward years in my head.”
So there you have it, some of the most famous celebrities are introverts. Just because they’re introverts, doesn’t mean they’re shy or unconfident. They’ve used their introverted qualities to their advantage and have become some of the most successful people in the world.
If you’re an introvert, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t be successful. Use your introverted qualities to your advantage and who knows, maybe one day you’ll be on this list too. Check out our 100 best quotes about introversion to feel inspired by other introverts like you.
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