Celebrities always seem larger than life and this gives us a false perception of how they might look in real life. Trying to judge the heights of these megastars from your TV screen can be pretty difficult and misleading because camera angles can be switched up to make them seem taller than they really are. Other times, they’re standing on high platforms or heels to give them an added advantage in the height department.
While it’s obvious to see that some famous people like Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage are short, other celebrities you think are quite tall, are surprisingly on the short side too. Here’s a list of 10 short celebrities whose heights you probably wouldn’t have guessed.
Short Celebrities You Wouldn’t Have Guessed Their Height
1. Lady Gaga
No one else is famous for being famous like Lady Gaga. She is so famous that you can study her as a full-time course at the South Caroline University. This eccentric singer and A Star is Born star is always reinventing herself. The pop legend fondly known as Mother Monster taught herself to play the keyboard when she was only four years old and began writing her own songs at 13.
Even though she dropped out of college at 19, sang in several bands across New York, and wrote songs for other artists, Gaga didn’t come into the spotlight until the release of her singles, Just Dance and Poker Face. She has worn the most outrageous things including the legendary dress made from meat. In fact, the costumes she wore on one of her tours were so grandiose and spectacular that she was left with a three million dollar debt.
Her stage presence is that of a giant so we hardly notice her physical height is only 5’1”, very much on the short side. Her fabulous shoe collection, one of the best in Hollywood, is filled to the brim with heels, and no doubt helps us to see her as freakishly tall despite her small stature.
2. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is one of the funniest comedians of our time. His comedy films have shot up box-office charts, and his shows are always sold out. Let’s give you some credits here – you already know that the comedian isn’t tall, but are you aware he’s only 4 inches taller than 5 feet? Anyway, the funnyman doesn’t let this stop him from making people laugh until they’re gasping for breath. In fact, he is fond of making jokes about his diminutive height and the fact that his wife is much taller than he is. When he first began doing stand up, he used the stage name “Lil Kevin”.
Using humor as a coping mechanism saved this bloke from crashing under the weight of his difficult childhood, and helped him craft the trademark wit that has brought him fame and fortune. Despite being one of the short celebrities, Hart has refused to let his height stop him from being sexy in his own right. He works out relentlessly, waking up before dawn to run a few miles and hit the gym. Regardless of his stature, this comedian is guaranteed to fill any room he enters.
3. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada has played several iconic roles in movies including Set It Off and The Matrix Reloaded, so it can be hard to visualize her as being only 5 feet tall. She is towered over by her husband, Will Smith who stands at 6’2”, this is particularly interesting because she once refused to play Will’s girlfriend on the hit show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air because he was too tall for her.
Jada won a beauty pageant for Miss Maryland when she was just 17. The petite actress really cares a lot about religion; she has been linked to the church of Scientology, and might even consider going back to school to study religion. Despite her little height, Jada is one of Hollywood’s powerhouse loved by many, fans and colleagues alike.
4. Aziz Ansari
It’s highly probable this comedian wouldn’t cross your mind when people are conversing about short celebrities. Who can forget Aziz Ansari’s suave and goofy character in Parks and Recreation? He contributed to the show’s genius in ways we will forever appreciate and fuss over. Aziz is only 5’6” in height and, his shortness was more glaring whenever he stood next to co-star Chris Pratt, who is easily a hunk with his 6’2” physique.
The creator of the Emmy winning show, Master of None does not let his short height stop him from pursuing his dreams and rising to the top of his chosen career. Aziz has dated women who are taller than him, he loves watching sports and has a very strong relationship with food.
5. Scarlett Johansson
The Black Widow actress is one of the most talked about women in Hollywood, one of the highest-paid actresses in the world. She has won several awards for her role in several movies. Lady Johansson began her career decades ago as a child actress and has managed to score four Golden Globe nominations within that time frame.
She has been named Sexiest Woman Alive more than a few times and is globally recognized as a sex symbol. Interestingly, she does drool over herself as much as we do. Once upon a time, the actress got so distracted looking at her cleavage on the billboard poster for the movie, The Island that she narrowly escaped a car accident.
The famous actress, for some undisclosed reason, prefers dating much older men. All that fame makes it hard to notice that this badass Marvel superhero is on the short side, standing at 5’3”. She’s definitely one of the most famous short celebrities but despite her little figure, ScarJo attracts attention like a magnet.
6. Bruno Mars
The Grammy-winning singer who told us we were amazing just the way we are has always regaled us with his charm and fun guy-next-door appeal. This is probably why it’s hard to notice that’s he’s only 5’5” tall. Who cares if he’s short as long as he’s funking us up, right? The singer with the voice of a bird went from being unknown to a Grammy-winning superstar. He has been performing since he was four years old, singing in his family’s band.
Regardless of how short he is, Bruno does not have a hard time with the ladies and can make anyone swoon just by looking at him or hearing his voice. Call him short or whatever, he remains one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has reached heights that have only previously been attained by legends like Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
7. Kourtney Kardashian
Although she’s the oldest, Kourtney is the shortest of the Kardashian/Jenner sisters, but you wouldn’t guess this because they’re all so fond of wearing heels. Kourtney is only 5 feet tall, 2 inches shorter than Kim, and a whopping 10 inches shorter than Khloe.
Nonetheless, this Kardashian is extremely confident and brave for a woman of her stature. She once killed, skinned, and ate a snake on a reality show called Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. Most of us don’t mind she’s among the guys grouped as short celebrities; we love this petite woman and her remarkable personal style, even though she claims that she usually adjust her clothes so they fit her small frame. Great things sometimes do come in small packages.
8. Daniel Radcliffe
We watched the Harry Potter star grow from the cute little boy into the man he is today. But in reality, he didn’t add much to his height. He currently stands at 5 feet 5 inches and is one of the shortest members of the Harry Potter cast.
The famous actor does not believe that his short height affects his career negatively, he believes he can play any kind of role even for a lead in an action movie. Being short certainly does not affect his luck with the ladies, he has a lot more other things going for him, including a fat bank account and lots of fame. Who needs to be tall when you are the chosen one?
The Colombian singer who warned us that “Hips Don’t Lie” is one of the biggest sensations the music industry has seen, even though she’s only 4’11”. The Grammy award-winning singer wrote her first song at 8, and scored a record deal at 13 – a feat most people can only dream of.
Despite being very short, Shakira would rather ditch the heels and perform barefoot. She admits that her classmates used to call her a dwarf because she was always the tiniest in her class. Surely, you can’t make a headcount of short celebrities and leave Shakira out, but that won’t stop us from cherishing her almost always.
10. Tom Cruise
The Mission Impossible star is one of Hollywood’s biggest actors. He has starred in several blockbuster movies despite being only 5’7” tall. Tom Cruise’s small stature made him an easy target for bullies while growing up. He changed schools regularly, attending 15 schools in less than 10 years to escaped being pushed around and beaten up by other kids. The actor wears his height proudly and doesn’t shy away from dating women who are much taller than him.