When it comes to actresses and female celebrities, it’s easy to assume their height… especially just based on what shows and films you’ve seen them in. When watching our favorite stars perform in televisions series and movies, it’s hard to tell exactly how tall they are, since there’s something about being on screen that really makes them seem smaller. But if you ever met these ladies in person, you’d probably be totally shocked to find out their real height. Check out this list of female celebrities you might not have known are actually really tall.
Jane Lynch Stands At 6’0″ Tall
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No, Jane Lynch’s height as Coach Sue Sylvester in Glee wasn’t just because she was powerful and even a little scary at McKinley High; she’s actually very tall in real life. And according to the actress herself, it’s something most people don’t realize about her until they’ve had the chance to meet her in person. “I don’t have real long arms or legs. It’s not until I stand up that people go, ‘Oh, my God. You’re tall!’” Jane told More in an interview. “I guess I wasn’t creepy tall. A lot of it had to do with the way I presented myself.” Um, nothing about Jane is creepy at all, so that makes total sense.
Charlize Theron Has A Lot Of Feelings About Being 5’10”
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At 5’10”, Charlize Theron has definitely towered over her male costars more than once. She’s been open about the fact that being tall hasn’t always helped her get the roles she’s most interested in taking on in her career. “Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,” she said in a controversial interview with GQ in 2016. “How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, [expletive], gown-wearing, eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”
Mandy Moore Is Way Taller Than She Looks
When you watch Mandy Moore on This Is Us, you’re probably way too busy sobbing to realize how tall she is… but in reality, at 5’10”, she’s actually an inch taller than her late onscreen husband, played by Milo Ventimiglia. Even though she wasn’t always crazy about how tall she is, she’s said that her mom is the one who helped her realize that being tall was a good thing. “She reminded me to embrace what I was given and stand tall with my shoulders back,” Mandy said her mom would tell her when she wished she was shorter. “I guess the grass is always greener.”
Legendary Laura Dern Is 5’10”
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You probably last saw her in the most recent Star Wars installment as Holdo, and maybe you even noticed that there, she stood tall, but Laura Dern is actually very tall in real life. At 5’10”, she tends to command the attention of any room she walks into, but let’s be real: she’s Laura Dern. She’s a legend. Even if she was short, that would happen! She hasn’t addressed her height very much publicly, but it should definitely be something she’s proud of. After all, who doesn’t want to grow up to be Laura? We need her to star in, like, every movie from now until the end of time.
Sigourney Weaver Is Also In The Six Foot Club
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Just like Jane Lynch (and many other women on this list), Sigourney Weaver is six feet tall, and she’s admitted that being tall can take a lot of courage… and a lot of reminding yourself not to compare yourself to those who are smaller. “Being tall has a major impact in general,” Sigourney has said in the past. “It takes some courage to be as big as you are – to live up to it and not be intimidated by the graceful tiny people.” We’d say that Sigourney has definitely found a way to live up to being six feet tall, even if many people don’t notice her height right away when they watch her in her movies.
Nicole Kidman Was Bullied For Her Height
Standing at 5’11”, Nicole comes in one inch taller than her country singing husband, Keith Urban, but that doesn’t seem to bother her… even though it might have when she was younger. When talking to The Sun in 2011, Nicole revealed that in school, the other kids called her Storky because of her height and since the boys were so much shorter than she was, they were among the cruelest. “I wish I had known I would become more confident about my looks,” Nicole said, adding that she was already 5’10’ at 13 years old. “It made me very self-conscious. I had no regular boyfriend and no serious relationship until much later.”
6’3″ Gwendolyn Christie Is Made For Her Powerful Roles
At 6’3″, Gwendolyn Christie is made for the roles that made her famous in Game of Thrones and Star Wars. And aside from the roles she’s gotten because of her height, Gwendolyn has also found a few different benefits that come with being tall. “You can get to the bar easier,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “You can catch the bar person’s eye, and mouth what you want, and by the time you’re there, you’ve got it. I’m like a human plow. I also have a selfie-stick arm. To get the same angle as I get with my selfie arm, you’d need a crane.”
At 5’9″ Julia Roberts Says She’s Too Tall To Be A Girl
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Julia Roberts is 5’9, and you’ll notice that there isn’t much of a height difference between her and the majority of her male costars. In the past, she’s said that she’s “too tall to be a girl,” stating that instead, she’s somewhere “between a chick and a broad.” She also said in an interview that people first noticed her height after Mystic Pizza, when they couldn’t help but make comments about it. “Every day for a week after Mystic Pizza came out, people came up to me and said, ‘I thought you were six feet tall,'” Julia said. “To me, I’m average height. I’m five-foot-nine.”
Taylor Swift’s Ex Didn’t Like When She Wore Heels
You may not have guessed that this Grammy-winning singer has towered over most of her boyfriend, but it’s true — Taylor is a solid 5’10”, which is why she wore cowboy boots so often in the beginning of her career. When she was younger, Taylor was pretty self-conscious about her height, and in her song, “Begin Again,” she even sang about an ex-boyfriend who didn’t like when she wore high heels because it made her taller than him. These days, though? It seems like she’s really embraced what makes her different, and you can catch that girl in heels anytime.
Khloe Kardashian Is Much Taller Than Her Sisters
Because the entire Kardashian family is so small, you might assume that Khloe doesn’t have much height to her, either — but that’s definitely not the truth. Although Kim and Kourtney are on the low end of five feet tall, Khloe is actually 5’10”, and being different from the rest of her family is something it seems she’s come to love. “I don’t like when I can’t wear high heels in shoots because my sisters are short,” she’s admitted in the past. “I’m tall, I love high heels and I embrace it!” She should embrace it, because with legs like hers, it’d be a shame if she missed out on heels!
Tilda Swinton Gets Mistaken For A Man
Six-foot-tall Tilda Swinton is known for her androgynous look — something her height helps her accomplish. She even told a story during an interview with The New York Times about how her height often causes her to be mistaken for a man. “The other day, I was going through the airport security and I was searched by a male security guard.” she said. “I’m very often referred to as ‘Sir’ in elevators and such. I think it has to do with being this tall and not wearing much lipstick. I think people just can’t imagine I’d be a woman if I look like this.”
Blake Lively Feels Huge Sometimes
Being that her husband, Ryan Reynolds, is 6’2″, it’s hard to believe that Blake Lively is actually incredibly tall… but in reality, she’s 5’11”. Unfortunately, though, it doesn’t sound like it’s one of her favorite qualities about herself. “I love really high heels, so it becomes a problem sometimes,” Blake admitted while talking to Access Hollywood in 2012. “I just feel like huge … you don’t want to feel like the man.” It’s hard to imagine someone who looks like Blake feeling anything less than gorgeous, so we hope her height is something she’s found a way to embrace by now!
Allison Janney Towers Over The Competition
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In case you hadn’t already guessed, Allison Janney is one tall woman. She’s six feet tall, and she’s even said that she loves the advantage her height sometimes gives her in her career… even though it wasn’t always that way. “I felt like my career started late and I think it was because of my height — and maybe some of my confidence issues,” she told NPR in 2014. “I was playing 40-year-old women when I was 20. I didn’t get considered for ingenue roles. Maybe I just wasn’t ready, but things started happening when I turned 38… I think my height probably did have something to do with it — but [my height] also helped me in certain parts. It’s made me definitely more of a character actress in terms of my love of doing comedy.”
Michelle Obama Is Still Shorter Than Barack
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Even though the former first lady stands tall at 5’10”, you might not have realized it because her husband, Barack, is actually 6’2″… so that helps. What her height doesn’t help, though, is avoiding getting recognized in public. “There are times when I do disguise it up,” she said during an appearance on Live! With Jimmy Kimmel in 2012. It’s a little hard because I’m so tall, so you see people just kind of looking at me just because I’m so tall. And then it’s like you, ‘Oh, it’s you!’ But every now and then I try to sneak out… but I don’t get to do it that much.”
Kate Middleton Was Bullied For Her Height, Too
Even though she’s a member of the royal family these days, Kate Middleton — who proudly stands at 5’11 — used to get made fun of when she was younger because she was so tall. In fact, according to what a former classmate has said about the Duchess of Cambridge, it sounds like she had a pretty rough go of it. “She had run into a pack of bullies who reduced her to an emotional wreck,” the classmate said. “She was the outsider who was probably too nice for her own good. It didn’t help that she was so tall and self-conscious about her eczema.” Wonder how those bullies feel today?
Uma Thurman Had To Find Her Confidence
It seems fitting that Uma Thurman is 6’0″, considering how strong she’s been over the course of her career (and especially recently) — but it wasn’t always something that she was very proud of. In fact, as she told The Sun in 2012, as a teenager, she really struggled with her height, and only recently has she been able to embrace it. “Was my height an issue? At nearly 6 feet tall, with large feet, of course it was!” she said. “Once you get a job, you will feel different about yourself and establish your own identity. It took me until about 35 to walk without being self-conscious.”
Gwyneth Paltrow Is A Little Bit “Gangly”
You may not have realized it, but Gwyneth Paltrow is actually very tall. She stands at 5’9″, but it’s something she’s easily been able to disguise since her new fiancé, Brad Falchuk, is actually taller than she is. But even though Gwyneth is all about loving herself these days, unfortunately, she struggled a lot with her height when she was in high school. “I am kind of a gangly girl, but it was a lot worse when I was a teenager,” she’s said. If only that self-conscious teenager had realized who she was destined to become when she grew up — maybe then she would have been a little easier on herself!
Jordin Sparks Is 6’0″
Despite the fact that she’s a card-carrying member of the six-foot club, American Idol star Jordin Sparks isn’t about to let anyone get in the way of her embracing her true height — as she made very clear in a Twitter rant a few years ago. “Yes, I’m really tall,” she wrote in 2014. “Yes, I still get nervous before I perform. Yes, I’m mad as hell about the BRICK WALLS I have to keep breaking 4 music.” Fortunately, since she shared those words, her career has only grown. And now that she’s expecting her first baby, we can’t wait to find out if her height is something she’ll pass on to her children.
Aisha Tyler Is 6’0″
You may not have noticed, but comedian Aisha Tyler is actually six feet tall. And for her, that height didn’t come in an unexpected growth spurt — she’s been tall for her entire life, even as a child. In her book, Self Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation, she wrote, “For one thing, I was extraordinarily tall. In third grade, I was almost twice as tall as some of the other kids.” That had to be really hard, but if anyone made fun of her, we have a feeling they’re regretting it after seeing where her life has taken her as an adult.
Geena Davis Can Boast 6 Feet, Too
Although being six feet tall is something that Geena Davis has finally managed to come to accept about herself, it wasn’t always that way. While talking to ESPN in 2015, she admitted that she was “tall from minute one,” a thought that consumed her thinking in her childhood. “My fantasy was to take up less space in the world,” Geena said. “I found this fairy tale about a princess that was 1-foot tall, and I wore that book out. That’s all I wanted, to be petite and attractive. I was afraid I’d never stop growing.” Fortunately, she did, and when she went to Sweden to study at 18, she finally realized that there are people who found her height attractive.