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This list of famous introverted movie stars and celebrities has a few names that will surprise you! Included is a test for introversion to help you figure out your own personality traits.

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Introvert Advantage

Here’s a quick way to tell if you’re an introvert or an extrovert: “If there is an emergency do you tend to stand still and feel somewhat shut down or in slow motion? If you have a standstill reaction to stress more often, then you are probably an introvert,” says psychotherapist and author Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. “In a crisis do you tend to move your body immediately and feel like taking action, maybe without pausing to think? Then you are probably an extrovert if you react with movement.”

Below is a list of famous introverts, plus information about introverted personality types and traits. Introverts, famous or not, do not have personality disorders. A reader recently asked me about introverted personality types and traits, and I was shocked at the misperceptions people have about introverts.

Common Questions About Introverted Personality Types and Traits

Is introversion a personality disorder? No! Introverts are normal. Extroverts are normal. Neither type of personality is a personality disorder. However, I did write an article called When Your Personality Causes Problems – Unhappy Introverts, because some personality types can veer off in unhealthy directions. Of course, this can happen to extroverts, too.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with introverted personality traits, though introverts are commonly seen as abnormal, nerds, loners, withdrawn, shy, and unfriendly. Introverts can also be seen as lacking social skills.


  • Enjoy time alone
  • Consider only deep relationships as friends
  • Feel drained after outside activities, even if they were fun
  • Are often good listeners
  • Appear calm and self-contained
  • Think then speak or act
julia roberts famous introvert

Julia Roberts is an introvert, who is also a famous actress. (image by jason-sh, via flickr)

People with introverted personalities have an inward focus and aren’t usually the “life of the party.” Introverts have a strong sense of self that can make them feel highly self-conscious around other people – making walking into a crowded room a little nerve-wracking. Introverts have a hard time being goofy in front of the camera and telling jokes to more than a couple of people at a time, but they can be extremely witty. They’re less “Larry, Curly, and Moe” and more Woody Allen – but that doesn’t mean introverts’ personality traits are neurotic!

Introverts process their emotions, thoughts, and observations internally. They can be social people, but reveal less about themselves than extroverts do. Introverts are more private, and less public. Introverts need time to think before responding to a situation, and develop their ideas by reflecting privately. Introverts’ personality traits can be passionate, and sometimes aggressive.

Many introverts prefer working at home – though there are some jobs for people who like working alone in my list of high paying jobs for college students.

Though different, introverts and extroverts can fall in love and have happy relationship. Read Extroverts and Introverts in Love if you’re an extrovert in love with an introvert, or vice versa!

Is it possible for an introvert to become an extrovert? I suppose introverts can force themselves to be more extroverted, but why? Not for career success, because introverted people can be just as successful professionally as extroverts – especially if they’re armed with Tips for Networking Successfully for Introverts. Introverts don’t need to become extroverts for relationship success, even if they’re with extroverts. There’s no reason for introverts to become extroverts – especially if they are able to work with their strengths.

What advantages does an introvert have? 

According to Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage, there are several advantages to being an introvert:

  • work well with others, especially in one-to-one relationships
  • maintain long-term friendships
  • flexible
  • independent
  • strong ability to concentrate
  • self-reflective
  • responsible
  • creative, out-of-the-box thinking
  • analytical skills that integrate complexity
  • studious and smart
Book about introverted personality traits


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is an excellent book that highlights the strengths of people with introverted personality traits.

I’m an introvert, and it’s normal to me. Introverts aren’t as common as extroverts (there are more extroverts in the world than introverts), but that doesn’t mean they’re abnormal or have a personality disorder.

Famous Introverted Actresses

  • Candice Bergen, actress, writer, photographer
  • Ingrid Bergman, actress
  • Ellen Burstyn, actress
  • Glenn Close, actress
  • Audrey Hepburn, actress
  • Helen Hunt, actress
  • Diane Keaton, actress
  • Grace Kelly, actress
  • Jessica Lange, actress
  • Laura Linney, actress
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, actress
  • Julia Roberts, actress
  • Meg Ryan, actress
  • Meryl Streep, actress

Famous Introverts – Actors

  • Clint Eastwood, actor/director
  • Harrison Ford, actor
  • Tom Hanks, actor
  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock, film director
  • Jack Lemmon, late actor
  • Bill Macy, actor
  • Steve Martin, all around talented guy
  • Noah Wiley, actor

Other Famous Introverts

  • Johnny Carson, former Tonight Show host
  • Jane Clayson, host of CBS Morning Show
  • Matt Lauer, co-host on the Today Show
  • David Letterman, host of the David Letterman Show
  • Diane Sawyer, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America
  • Barbara Walters, host of 20/20

If you’re wondering if you’re an introvert, take this Test for Introverted Personality Traits.

Source of the “famous introverts” information: The Introvert Advantage.

  55 Responses to “30 Famous Introverts – Actors, Actresses, Talk Show Hosts”

  1. Thanks for your comments! I’m glad I’m an introvert, because it makes it easy for me to spend hours and hours happily blogging, without the need to be with people. I love being alone – I’m definitely more comfortable alone than with others.

  2. thanks for the post! Your article helps me so much, especially improving my inner strength. Now I feel nothing is better than being an introvert ;-)

  3. Thanks, JBM! I guess the thing to remember is that everyone is different – so even a psychologist or author says “most” introverts have a particular trait, it doesn’t mean everyone has it!

    You caught a good example of something that is different for everyone, regardless of whether they’re an introvert or extrovert. My sister is an extrovert, and she freezes in a crisis situation. I’m an introvert, and I tend to think and move fairly quickly in crisis.

  4. I think this article is helpful, but I take issue with the first quote: “If there is an emergency do you tend to stand still and feel somewhat shut down or in slow motion? If you have a standstill reaction to stress more often, then you are probably an introvert.”
    On that I disagree. I definitely am an introvert, and there are certainly different varieties. My MBTI score shows me as a INPT (borderline on the T-F dimension). But even though I am socially “shy” I am always the FIRST person in a group to respond in an emergency situation. While everyone else stands around freaked out, I don’t even think – just jump in. It happens so quickly everyone (usually me too) wonders what just happened, and I start telling other people what actions to take (i.e. call 911, stop the bleeding, etc. – or do it myself). Maybe it’s because I lived on a farm quite a while. Just my personal observation.

  5. Tesa,

    It is great to hear an introvert who is in love with an extrovert, and who says it is a great balance! I get a lot of comments from people who are in love with people of different personality traits, and it is not always easy.

    It sounds like you know and are comfortable with who you are – and who your boyfriend is – which is fantastic.

    Thanks for commenting,

  6. I love this forum. I am 25 and didn’t realize I was an introvert until recently. I am a hostess and promotional model, but I knew I was different when I found myself making excuses to my friends about going out and partying. I would rather stay home, which is rare especially since i live in New York City. However, I like who I am! My boyfriend is very extroverted and we balance each other out. I also have a great sense of self-awareness, very driven and focused! Some of my greatest ideas come from being in solitude and reflection. Embrace it!!

  7. Alexis Bledel is aldo an introvert.

  8. Thank you for your comments!

    Introverted personality traits aren’t the norm in our extroverted world, and it’s especially difficult to be introverted when you’re an entrepreneur. Famous people are entrepreneurs, especially when they’re first starting out. The whole self-promotion and marketing thing is really hard for all introverts, I think. Social media and online marketing tools make it easier, but it’s still a drain.

  9. I am introverted and I just found out about it!
    I have amazing social skills but I prefer spending time by myself to reflect and grow. I think introversion makes it easier to know yourself. Its a beautiful journey of looking at the world from inside out. I think introverts should watch out for selfish traits because its also an essential part of human life to let yourself known and know other people as well. When I was younger I used to live in my own world. I would only open up to other people that I considered to be like myself and that would understand me.. I’m an artist and I love music so I would only talk to those type of people all the time about my thoughts but my family and friends from school had no idea about who I really was. This world is too big to let people walk on it alone. You need to give people real company by making yourself known. Of course just giving the right amount because if you cross the line you will feel uncomfortable and feel as if you’re disrespecting yourself. I think introverts thoughts have a lot of depth and sometimes we would feel as if we didn’t express the totality of our ideas even if people thought we were very clear and clever with what we said.
    I see it like this, if you’re an introvert and you learn to express yourself you have the world in your hands. You will share your uniqueness and you will find out about the powerful social skills you have because we do have them. We understand how we think so we understand how others think too. I’m still growing and understanding myself but I think we should always have in mind this two things: respect for ourselves and respect for others. I love my personality and I hope you do to! I’ve read some people think introversion is insecurity or shyness and not at all. I hope you understand you were created to look inside yourself. Real wisdom says if you learn to love yourself you will truly be able to love others. Real love. Not unreal draining love. Balanced and natural love.
    So we have an advantage because we first have our focus on ourselves.
    I think like this because I had to lose myself to understand what I have. I thought I needed to be an extrovert if I wanted to get anywhere and no. I’m grateful for being the way I am. I love spending time by myself reading, sleeping, listening to music and sometimes just thinking about anything..
    Next time you think you’re a weirdo for staying indoors at times or going for a walk alone remember you are unique and that you have this beautiful personality because you were built wisely.
    Much love to everyone.
    English is not my first language but hopefully I made my point.
    Much love to everyone.

  10. I work as a teacher in an elementary school where extroversion among the staff is the rule, and kids are encouraged to do “group” projects as often as possible. I come home drained and feel little desire to socialize on week-ends. I’m happy the with the occasional night out with close friends. I’m currently reading Quiet by Susan Cain, a best-seller that celebrates introversion and introverts. This book is a must-read for the introverts who have spent a life being misunderstood, even by themselves. Introverts are the thinkers; they’re responsible, circumspect, reflective. Let’s appreciate the benefits of our nature and accept ourselves fully.

  11. I recently took a personally test for introversion and answered every question as a yes. So basically it revealed that I’m a total 100% introvert. After all these years feeling Luke I’m an outsider can now be explained in a rationale sense, as aside from my lover, I know no other introverted people. It’s sad in a way that society places so much emphasis on extroversion.

  12. I’m going back to school in the fall, after 6 years of working at home as a writer and blogger. I’m definitely an introvert (though not a famous one), and am a little worried at what it’ll be like to be in school and doing my practicum full-time.

    Maybe I need to research and write an article on how introverts stay sane when they’re in school and counseling people for a living…

  13. I sometimes like to refer to myself as an introverted-extrovert, or vice-versa..if you get my drift. Put me in the right mood, the right company..preferably no more than two others, add booze..And I can be quite lively, passionate, witty and all-round-company.Or at least I hope that’s the way I’m coming across. However I also have a natural tendency to withdraw from group social situations and hate to be forced into activities reflective of this..office Team-Building Days being at the top of this list. I also can’t stand group dynamics and the politics of the extroverts. I prefer to just get on with my job and don’t need to do all that collaborative girly office team-work crap(even while they’re stabbing each in the back to the be the next Queen Bee!)..But that’s just one example of it and not meant to sound like some sexist rant..I feel a disabling psycho/emotional kind of noise all around when I’m forced into these situations; it’s just not where I excel….I’m probably in a good job for it then because I spend a large part of my day in a nice darkly lit broadcasting booth talking into a stick.

  14. @Mike

    I think your life demonstrates precisely the fundamental nature of introversion. Many people as you know confuse it with shyness and social awkwardness and it’s not that at all. We recently did Myers-Briggs assessments at my job and many of us were surprised at those who tested introvert vs. extroverts. I was no surprise – the way I am matches the conventional ideas about what an introvert is. I am shy as well as introverted. But many of the guys in our IT department are extroverts and nearly half of my small department is introverted. They were a surprise, because they are not shy or soft spoken like me. On the outside they may resemble extroverts, but they prefer solitary pursuits as well like reading, web surfing, and don’t like being the center of attention. But we’re all different. Even shy me, loves to dance my butt off at parties. In fact, I enjoy parties that are centered around shared activities as opposed to small talk.

  15. I have a lifetime of professional experience in emergency services. I’ve been a cop, firefighter, EMT, search and rescue diver, among others, I have also been in the military and then as a civilian, volunteered to go to Afghanistan to help train during this war, for 4 years. I could be described as an extrovert by some descriptions. I get off work and I absolutely prefer the singular pursuits. I love solo activities, prefer the company of my dog to friends, built a house that was in the country where my closest neighbor was a quarter mile away on a desolate road and 500 feet off the road behind the woods. People could drive right by my house and never know I was there and I loved it that way.

    How can I explain this; this extreme difference in profession vs recreation in my socialization skills?

    My response to this is that, “I am an introvert that plays an extrovert in TV.” No, I am not an actor at all. I am, however, a creative. Drawing and painting as a child and now a professional photographer, journalist and one preferring to remain on the sidelines of history, all the while absolutely ready to step up to the plate when an emergency occurs or to get right in the middle of the action, wherever it takes me.
    Just thought I’d give another perspective…

  16. This is so good. Thank you so much. I’m a total introvet and I find it really hard. It is really hard to go to school and watch everyone else socializing where as I would rather watch. I have been critized and misjudged because of it and I wish others would try and see how I see the world. I think it is important for introverts to not lose sight of who they are. I have tried to be more extroverted and I saw people like that but I was mad at myself for not being true to myself. I am unique. I am an introvert.

  17. I’m very introverted but I have a lot of friends who say that’s a crazy statement because I can be the life of the party, and I’m great at networking. I’m a dj and performer and I love attention, as long as it’s within my control. What they don’t get is that it drains me to no end to be social & to network, and after I perform I go a week before I talk to ANYONE. And when I’m not performing, I dress down and look mousy because I mostly prefer to be left alone when not on stage.

    I think introverts can come off as extroverted when it’s necessary, but they cannot actually force themselves to become a true extrovert. An extrovert can appear introverted on a bad day, so it goes both ways. I guess what I’m saying is we slide up and down the scale, there are many shades of grey on the scale between both poles.

  18. Interesting article, I am an introvert, have two children that are introverts, have a father that was an introvert but belong to a very large family of extroverts. BTW, the kids Dad, an extrovert, I guess they got lucky. I have been very successful in life and business because I can sit back and watch and not jump at everything like an extrovert.I hire people that think before they answer and examine before they react. Being an introvert means being able to play the scenario through your head and making it work before presenting the idea. I usually work in an environment of extroverts but my new company is made of a management team of introverts that are strong, focus, and respective of those in the environment.

  19. Hi, its a very useful article. would like to put forth a theory though, i wonder how many would agree with it, do you think a person can start of as an extrovert at the younger stages of life and move onto introversion?
    What about people who show both the reactions to stress as mentioned in the 2nd paragraph of the article? My MBTI result shows that I am an introvert, but I have always had lots of friends, been the soul of a parties mostly, been very talkative and funny in a big group of people, have organized and been emcee to many events as well. now the paradox is that a lot of things mentioned in your post also hold true for me, like not having very close friends, and being introspective, not being able to show reactions to stress etc. Request you to please elaborate on the differences more for confused souls like me. thanks :)

  20. Nice post. It’s all very accurate too. It took me awhile to figure out what I was. After taking quiz after quiz after quiz,and educating myself on introversion, I finally came to conclusion that I really am an introvert! It was very comforting to know. :)
    I used to be a lonely extrovert, but now I’m just a loner,and I’m finally starting to accept it and move on after….5 years of pure loneliness. Progress! <3

  21. Here’s another famous introvert, and we all know her as the actress in “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, Rooney Mara.


    “Mara describes herself as a natural born loner, who loves nothing more than sitting alone in her bedroom and Googling stuff. “Yeah, I’m weird. But, like, everyone’s weird though, right? And yeah, a lot of things about my life are going to change, but I’m not at all worried… because I’m still going to be up alone in my room Googling stuff, whatever happens.””

    I can relate to her, that’s why I like her a lot. Only lately did I came to accept my introvert personality, something I got from my mom. People would try to encourage me to be “more friendly” and “go out more often” but I realized it’s not really my thing. Not that I’m shy, but not just my type of activity. Lately, I’ve learned to go out from time to time, but I still want some alone time.

  22. It was a great article!. But I wish it could be published on a site for extroverts, so that they can understand us better and don’t treat us the way they do. They all think that they are the superior ones!!

  23. I’m a writer. Perhaps the most solitary occupation known to man. But when I have to do speaking engagements, book signings or whatever, it’s like death to me. I enjoy them. I actually get a charge out of them…. but, as this article says, when they’re over, I AM SPENT! I’d much prefer just sitting in my room typing away and let someone else do the book signings! LOL! But oh well.

  24. I’m an introverts from a family of introverts. I am often misunderstood as being anti-social or unfriendly. I enjoy human interaction, however; for me to speak with someone you must stimulate my mind. Introversion is so often misunderstood by extroverts and I have found that extroverts do not seek the knowledge to understand introverts. Which is a big loss for extroverts, because introverts loyal friends and dedicated in relationships.

  25. Good to see other Introverts recently found out of my different ”thinking” not sure how creditable this fact is but supposedly only 25% of the population have this way of ”thinking”

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