Awkwardly Memorable Red Carpet Moments That Prove Celebrities Are Just Normal People

It’s amazing to see celebrities in awkward moments since they usually seem so glamorous. But there are times when they prove to the world they’re just regular people, tripping over their shoes, giving awkward handshakes, and goofing around with their friends.

While us normal folk don’t have to worry about a picture being taken each time we do something questionable, stars don’t have that luxury. Coming to you from various red carpet events, here are some of the more memorable awkward celebrity moments.

Jason Segal’s Strut Being Interrupted By A Vacuum

When it comes to red carpet events, especially the Oscars, some things are certain to happen. One, actors are going to dazzle in gorgeous formal wear. Two, there will be more than one awkward interview. And three, more designer names will be uttered during that one event than the entire year.

Jason Segal's Strut Being Interrupted By A Vacuum
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But actor Jason Segel wasn’t anticipating a fourth occurrence: a worker taking the time to vacuum the red carpet while the event was taking place!

Reese Witherspoon Giving Nicole Kidman A Gladiator Handshake

Reese Witherspoon is one of those celebrities that looks cute no matter what they do, including awkward situations on the red carpet. Here, the Academy Award-winning actress is seen with her Big Little Lies costar Nicole Kidman, who is laughing for a specific reason.

Reese Witherspoon Giving Nicole Kidman A Gladiator Handshake
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Liz O. Baylen/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The reason being Witherspoon’s awkward gladiator-esque handshake! Ms. Witherspoon, we promise your peer doesn’t have a weapon tucked under her dress. And we know this because she’s not wearing any sleeves.

David Oyelowo Not Trusting Michael Keaton’s Hug

One of the more memorable red carpet moments at the 87th Annual Academy Awards was between actor David Oyelowo and Michael Keaton. Now, these two were competitors for a lot of the 2015 award season, with Oyelowo being nominated for his role in Selma and Keaton for Birdman.

David Oyelowo Not Trusting Michael Keaton's Hug
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But Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, leading to the Batman actor going in for a “no hard feelings” hug and leaving photographers with this marvelously awkward picture.

Scarlett Johansson Wanted Nothing To Do With John Travolta

Actors John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson are no strangers to one another, having worked on the film A Love Song for Bobby Long back in 2004. But, by the looks at this awkward red carpet moment at the 2015 Oscars, you’d think the two had never met!

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Kevin Mazur/WireImage

With Travolta going in for the awkward cheek kiss and Johansson looking like she’d rather be anywhere else, this is definitely one of those moments people won’t soon forget.

Claudio Miranda’s Daughter Making Tiger Faces

Nothing says “number one fan” quite like Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda’s daughter, Sophia. This little girl stole the show on the 85th Annual Academy Awards red carpet. Not because she looked adorable in her pink ballerina dress, but because she proved that she was 100 percent there for her dad’s Oscar nomination for best cinematography.

Claudio Miranda's Daughter Making Tiger Faces
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This little girl went all out, bringing a stuffed tiger to the ceremony while baring her teeth and “claws” for the camera. “Pi” Patel and his Bengal tiger boatmate would’ve been proud.

Jessie Graff Proves You Can Karate Kick In A Gown

Usually sporting workout attire, stuntwoman Jessie Graff shows that no matter what she’s wearing, she’s still able to take on anyone. Honestly, who else is able to make a karate kick look flawless while wearing a ball gown and high heels?

Jessie Graff Proves You Can Karate Kick In A Gown
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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Answer: only Jessie Graff and the 2017 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. Photographers see a lot of things on the red carpet, but this kick was probably a memorable first for them.

Helen Mirren Tripping At The Berlinale International Film Festival

Helen Mirren is known for a lot of things, namely the critically acclaimed films she’s starred in throughout her career. But at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival, she became known for two more things.

Helen Mirren Tripping At The 65th Berlinale International Film Festival
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Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images

One being her gorgeous floor-length emerald green gown, and the second being nearly face-planting on the red carpet because of the first thing! But, as Dame Helen Mirren does, she fell with grace and poise and didn’t say one bad word at the people who snapped this picture.

Alysia Reiner Having Her Train Fixed

In 2015, Orange is the New Black actress Alysia Reiner arrived on the Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet looking stunning in a floor-length off-the-shoulder scarlet ballgown. Her hair makeup was done to perfection, and not one hair was out of place.

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FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

What was out of place, though, was the train of her mermaid-style dress! Who could forget the moment she began getting twisted up in her gown, only to have one of the ceremony workers come to her rescue. Priceless.

The South Park Creators Brought The ’90s To The 2000 Oscars

It was the turn of the century, so something was going to happen during the 2000 Academy Award Ceremony. But we’ll bet money no one thought that “something” was going to be Marc Shaiman and the creators of South Park dressing in some of the most memorable outfits from the ’90s.

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Shaiman opted for a very Justin Timberlake-esque fuzzy blue coat and hat while Matt Stone is wearing a pink dress very similar to Gwyneth Paltrow’s dress from the previous year. Then, there’s Trey Park, who decided JLo’s iconic green Versace dress was the way to go.

Jessica Alba Taking A Tumble At The Teen Choice Awards

Actress Jessica Alba was all over the place in the early 2000s, with her roles in Entourage, Fantastic Four, and Into the Blue. So, it was only right for her to be invited to the Teen Choice Awards in 2006, receiving a nomination for “Choice Female Hottie.”

Jessica Alba Taking A Tumble At The Teen Choice Awards
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Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage

It’s too bad that she’s not really remembered for winning the award, and more so for falling on the award carpet before even making it inside the venue. Whoops.

Ralph Fiennes Striking A Very Un-Ralph-Fiennes-Like Pose

Ralph Fiennes is known for his incredible stage acting and serious roles in critically acclaimed films such as Schindler’s List. So, when he stepped out on the EE British Academy Film Awards red carpet in 2015, his pose was pretty, shall we say, out of character!

Ralph Fiennes Striking A Very Un-like Ralph Fiennes Pose
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Danny Martindale/FilmMagic

Who would have thought the actor who plays He Who Must Not Be Named could look so posh posing in a bow tie and three-piece suit? The actor’s sassy appearance is definitely one of the more memorable red carpet moments.

Jennifer Garner Catching Herself Before A Major Fall

Beautiful, classy, and always dressed to impress on the red carpet, Jennifer Garner pulled out all the stops during the 2013 Oscars. The actress looked stunning during the awards ceremony wearing a strapless merlot-colored dress with ruffle accents going down her back.

Jennifer Catching Herself Before A Major Fall
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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

And while her entrance into the venue went off without a hitch, the same can’t be said for the after-party Vanity Fair carpet. There, Garner had to catch herself before taking a tumble. Ball gowns and stilettoes aren’t the best match, as it turns out.

Angelina Jolie’s Infamous Hip Pop And Leg

Up next: Angelina Jolie and the famous dress slit that became a fan favorite all over the internet. While the actress looks absolutely stunning in her strapless black gown at the 84th Annual Academy Awards, it’s doubtful she thought it would be one of the most memorable looks ever to grace the red carpet.

Angelina Jolie's Infamous Hip Pop And Leg
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Well, more so, her hip pop and leg became memorable than the actual garment, but that’s beside the point!

Sandra Bullock Bowing To Greatness

There is a lot of hustle and bustle on the red carpet during events, especially the Oscars. So, it’s amazing this little snippet of perfection was captured and frozen in time! Here, we see Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock interrupting her interview to bow to greatness.

Sandra Bullock Taking Time To Bow Among Greatness
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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

That greatness being none other than Dame Helen Mirren, a fellow Best Actress nominee. As it turned out, Bullock walked away with the award, winning for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

Bret McKenzie Arriving To The 2012 Oscars In Style

Honestly, only someone who can compose a song titled “Man or Muppet” would be able to pull off this epic leap on the Academy Award ceremony red carpet. And here we have Bret McKenzie at the ceremonies 84th event, acting as though he’s on stage with The Who.

Bret McKenzie Arriving To The 2012 Oscars In Style
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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

He has reason to celebrate, though, since his song from The Muppets was nominated for Best Song. McKenzie wound up walking away with the win that year.

Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2

While most people are formal and professional during red carpet events, Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t most people. At the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in 2014, The Imitation Game actor decided he wanted to put acting on the back burner and become part of a band.

Benedict Cumberbatch Photobombing U2
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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The band in question was none other than the popular Irish rock band U2. And what better way to join a band than photobombing their very nice group photo on the red carpet?

Meryl Streep’s Face When She’s A Best Actress Nominee

Although the wonderful talents of Meryl Streep have been recognized numerous times, starting in 1978 with her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, it doesn’t mean she can’t celebrate her success on the red carpet!

Meryl Streep's Face When She's A Best Actress Nominee
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Jeff Vespa/WireImage

Looking like a classic beauty in her blouse and long skirt combination, Streep went into the 86th Academy Award ceremony with yet another nomination under her belt. And, looking at this picture, it’s clear she was very excited about the honor.

The Ladies Of Little Women Excited To See Their On-Screen Mom

After working on a film for months on end, it must be strange not seeing castmates every day. So, it was precious watching this red carpet moment between the cast of Little Women. The four “little women” were posing for the cameras when their on-screen mom walked onto the red carpet.

Ladies Of Little Women Excited To See Their On-Screen Mom
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Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

As you can probably tell from their facial expressions, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, and Saoirse Ronan are beyond excited to see Laura Dern.

The Hunger Games Cast Figuring Out How To Take A Picture

An actress with more than one memorable moment on the red carpet is Jennifer Lawrence, especially when her friends are involved. And when those friends just so happen to be Hunger Games costars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, all bets are off.

The Hunger Games Cast Figuring Out How To Take A Picture
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Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

At this red carpet event, Hutcherson and Lawrence turn into feuding siblings, trying to figure out how to either take a picture or hug while Hemsworth does nothing more than laugh. This, folks, is friendship at its finest.

Bella Hadid Had A Close Call With A High Slit

Although we can’t speak from personal experience, there’s a lot going on once you start walking the red carpet! Photographers snap photos, using their flash from every angle while ladies need to be mindful of their steps with their formal stiletto’s, long gowns, and trains.

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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images/Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Model Bella Hadid wore a daring red dress with a high slit to Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and almost had a slip-up. A regular on the runway, Hadid recovered and carried on with her night!

Janelle Monáe Not-So-Subtly Showing Off Her Rings

A lot of people watch the red carpet arrivals to see the stunning outfits the celebrities wear. And while interviews are usually centered around designers and “what the actors are wearing,” none typically show off their jewelry in such a not-so-subtle manner.

Janelle Monae Not So Subtly Showing Off Her Rings
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Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Then, there’s musician/actress Janelle Monáe and her numerous rings that she just had to show off to the cameras! The staged startled look is just pretentious enough that it became something to remember.

Angelina Jolie’s Horrible Hair Extensions

Everyone has a bad hair day every so once in a while. But when it came to Angelina Jolie’s hair extensions at the premiere of Eternals, the internet could not look away.

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The very blatant extension was hard to look away from and screamed, “someone is so getting fired after she gets home.”

Björk Casually Dressing Like A Swan At The Oscars

Yes, bad fashion days happen but that doesn’t mean people walk around dressed in a literal swan gown. The Icelandic Björk had a different idea, though, dressing like a swan at the Oscars (of all events!).

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Steve Granitz/WireImage

She looks like she dressed herself for the occasion, jumping into her Halloween stash. Since the red carpet appearance, it has become an iconic look.

Annalynne Mccord Checking Her Phone

Nowadays, a lot of people can’t go one second without checking their cellphone. As it so happens, neither can celebrities! Or, at least this is the case with Beverly Hills 90210 star Annalynne Mccord.

Hayden Panettiere Hosts LG Xenon Splash Pool Party
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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

She made a silly face at the photographer on the red carpet while checking her phone!

Model Elsa Hosk Dropping An Earring

Model Elsa Hosk proved she’s human when she dropped an earring on the red carpet during the 2019 Venice Film Festival. She was an absolute star during the situation, though.

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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Hosk didn’t ask for help. Instead, she bent down in her large heels and picked the earring up herself, all while smiling through the situation!

Jennifer Lawrence Hugging Her Co-Stars On The Carpet

Honestly, sometimes it is hard to remember celebrities are people too, with friends.

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Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images

Here, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth show their friendship on the red carpet, smiling while giving each other a huge hug on the red carpet during the International Rome Film Festival premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Emma Thompson Taking A Tumble

Hey, kneeling for an extended period of time is no easy task. Add in the difficultly of putting two hands in a block of wet cement, and it becomes even more difficult!

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Barry King/FilmMagic

Here, Emma Thompson proves she is just a normal human, taking a bit of a tumble after taking her hands out of her hand and footprint ceremony at the Chinese Theater.

Liang Jingke Falling During The Venice Film Festival

A long, tight dress is no joke. They are very difficult to walk in and even more challenging to make look graceful while doing so. Here, actress Liang Jingke walked on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival in a gorgeous green gown.

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However, the sheer tightness of the dress had Jingke going down!

Kristen Stewart Getting Fed Up With Her Heels

The Cannes Film Festival has a dress code, with one rule being women need to wear proper footwear. Well, the people who made those rules should try walking in heels for hours and then up a staircase!

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Actress Kristen Stewart said enough is enough and took her shoes off in the middle of the red carpet! She then proceeded to carry them!

Helen Mirren Tripping On The Carpet Stairs

Seriously, walking in a long gown is not easy, and celebrities wear them quite often. So often, in fact, that it is only reasonable that they take a tumble at some point in time.

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Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images

The only thing is, it tends to be the younger crowd that takes a tumble and not legends like actress Helen Mirren!

Hayden Panettiere Knowing She’s About To Go Down

During the 2014 Met Gala, actress Hayden Panettiere wore a stunning gown for the theme “Charles James: Beyond Fashion.” sadly, the dress did her no favors when it came to the iconic Met Gala staircase.

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Ray Tamarra/GC Images

The large skirt was clearly difficult to walk in if this picture of Panettiere’s face says anything! It was the moment she knew she was going down!

Michael Cera Doing Michael Cera Things

Michael Cera is known for his quirky characters. And, if this picture says anything, it is that he is more alike to his characters than people probably thought! Actress Catalina Sandino hugs Cera while trying to give him a kiss.

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C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Being the awkward guy that he is, Cera weirdly pulls away, allowing the photographer to get this oh-so-human shot of the two actors.

Adam Levine Shielding His Wife’s Wardrobe Malfunction

Wardrobe malfunctions are bound to happen, especially when the dress in question is very tiny on top. Well, this is exactly what happened to Adam Levine’s wife, model Behati Prinsloo during the red carpet event prior to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.

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Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagi

Levine did his husbandly duty and shielded his lady from cameras!

Amy Schumer Getting Close And Personal With The Red Carpet

Comedian Amy Schumer is not known for being discreet. So, who knows if this photo was meant to be funny, or she actually tripped, fell, and got close and personal with the red carpet during the 2015 Time 100 Gala.

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Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Either way, it makes for a funny and memorable picture!

Marion Cotillard Picking Up Her Earring

Sadly, photographers weren’t able to snap a forward-facing picture of actress Marion Cotillard picking her earring up off the 2018 Cannes Film Festival red carpet, but that doesn’t make it any less awkwardly hilarious!

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Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

With the help of a co-star, Cotillard tries her best to make bending over look graceful. She gets a solid “A” for effort.

Vitalii Sediuk Getting Pulled Away By Security

Nothing really says “awkward red carpet moment that is very memorable,” quite like comedian Vitalii Sediuk getting pulled away by event security. During the premiere of How To Train Your Dragon at the Cannes Film Festival, he opted to grab onto actress America Ferrera’s dress.

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As it turns out, that is a big no-no and gets you pulled away by security!

Rihanna’s Dress Getting Ripped By Stella McCartney

Celebrities are known to dress to impress during the Met Gala, and the 2014 event was no different. Sadly, Rihanna had no idea her dress was going to be getting up close and personal with Stella McCartney’s black pumps.

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Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Here, a photographer captured the hilarious moment where the two stars realize they’re in a bit of a pickle.

Emma Stone Knocking Out Her La La Land Director

During the 73rd Venice Film Festival, Emma Stone showed just how funny, relatable, and quirky she truly is. On the red carpet, she went in to hug La La Land director Damien Chazelle.

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Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage

By the looks of this photograph, it looks like Stone knocked him right on the side of the head!

Virginie Efira Getting Her Show Fixed

Actress Virginie Efira proved she is just a normal person during the screening of Sibyl at the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival in 2019. There, she had a bit of an issue with her footwear.

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Foc Kan/FilmMagic

Efria literally sat down on the red carpet stairs at the event and had someone come and fix her shoe!

Adele Exarchopoulos Having A Shoe Issue

During the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, French actress Adele Exarchopoulos showed that high heels are no laughing matter. Wearing a gorgeous gown, Exarchopoulos bends over and takes off her shoe for all to see.

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Samir Hussein/WireImage

Hey, after walking around wearing those all night, who can blame the actress for wanting a little reprieve!