Famous Celebrities Who Live Like Regular People
Life is not all luxury for these stars.
We usually associate celebrities with glamorous lifestyles. However, some A-listers lead surprisingly simple lives. Some choose to live outside of Hollywood, and others are happy to do their own grocery shopping. Some famous faces have even opted to marry regular Joes.
Check out these celebs that are shockingly just like the rest of us.
Although he’s known for his huge car collection, legendary comedian Jay Leno lives pretty frugally otherwise. Despite an estimated net worth of $350 million, the longtime “The Tonight Show” host chooses to sock away most of his cash. For years, he worked multiple jobs and only lived off the income from one.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar has been working as a Hollywood actor since childhood, but that doesn’t mean she lives the lifestyle of an A-lister. In fact, the mom of two shops for sale items and isn’t above clipping coupons.
“We shop at Whole Foods, but we ask which fish on sale,” the “Buffy” star told Self in 2011. “On sale doesn’t mean it’s bad! It probably just means it’s overcaught. And I clip coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”
Actor Kristen Bell is refreshingly honest about her relationship with fellow entertainer Dax Shepard, admitting that their marriage takes “a lot of work.” When it comes to her shopping habits, Bell is also just like the rest of us — she even uses coupons! During a 2012 appearance on “Conan,” the “Veronica Mars” star admitted to sometimes swiping her neighbor’s Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons.
Despite his leading-man status, Matt Damon didn’t marry a fellow actor or a supermodel. When he met his wife, Luciana Barroso, she was working as a bartender. She was a single mom of one daughter, and they’ve since added three more girls to their brood.
After gaining fortune and fame through his hit Comedy Central series “Chappelle’s Show,” comedian Dave Chappelle walked away from the limelight. He lived in South Africa for a time, and he now lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a small community outside Dayton where he spent time with family as a kid. In 2017, he participated in a village council meeting in his town to advocate for police reform.
She may be one of the most respected actors of her generation, but screen star Meryl Streep doesn’t call Hollywood home. The Oscar winner has lived in Salisbury, Connecticut, for years. The sleepy town has a population of less than 4,000.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Although she definitely has the means to pull it off, Sarah Jessica Parker isn’t living the “Sex and the City” lifestyle. The actor says her kids wear her hand-me-downs, and she created a new collection for kids at Gap inspired by reused clothing.
“My mother saved everything I wore as a child, so my daughters wear my hand-me-downs,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
Even though they could afford to give her children anything their little hearts desired, Mila Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, have opted not to give their kids any Christmas presents at all. It’s all part of their strategy to keep their kids humble and grounded.
“We have a public library card everywhere we go,” the actor told Entertainment Tonight in 2017. “When it is really hot outside, we go to the library and read books.”
Jennifer Lawrence always keeps it real, whether she’s tripping at an awards show or chowing down on pizza. Although she counts fellow celebrities such as Amy Schumer among her friends, she’s also still BFFs with Laura Simpson, a non-celebrity she brought as her date to the Oscars in 2014. In 2016, Lawrence attended her bestie’s wedding in Tuscany, Italy.
Tom Hanks has been dominating Hollywood for decades, but that doesn’t mean he spends all his time yachting and eating caviar. In fact, the actor likes to spend time scrolling Reddit. Unlike a lot of celebrities, he doesn’t jump from relationship to relationship. He’s been married to fellow actor Rita Wilson for 31 years.
The wildly successful author of the “Harry Potter” books keeps the magic and fantastical elements relegated to what happens in her novels. When it comes to her day-to-day life, J.K. Rowling says she’s pretty normal.
“Many parts of my life are perfectly ordinary, if that’s what you mean,” she told Spiegel Online in 2012. “One could even call it boring, but that’s what I like about it. I love cooking, and I like being at home with my two younger children.”
Keanu Reeves has had an amazing career, but his success hasn’t gone to his head. He’s known for interacting with fans whenever he has the chance. He even rides the subway in New York City, and fans love that he gave his seat up for a fellow passenger who was carrying a heavy bag.
While many celebrity moms are quick to flaunt post-baby bodies that seem completely unattainable, model Chrissy Teigen opted to keep it real by posting a shot of herself rocking her postpartum underwear on Instagram. She frequently shares her super-relatable problems, like when husband John Legend kept stealing her phone charger. When it comes to being a mom of two, the star admits that it’s often totally chaotic.
Many stars wouldn’t be caught dead re-wearing the same outfit twice, but comedian Tiffany Haddish has rocked the same white Alexander McQueen frock on several occasions.
“It’s a $4,000 dress,” she said while hosting “Saturday Night Live” and wearing the dress she first wore to the Oscars. “I’m going to wear this dress multiple times.”
Actor Matthew McConaughey often portrays goofy and lovable characters in his movies, and in real life, the actor is just as sweet. When he went through the drive-thru at Whataburger in San Angelo, Texas, he made the employees’ day by uttering his famous catchphrase, “Alright, alright, alright.” In 2017, he gave away 4,500 frozen turkeys to families in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.
Katie Couric is one of the highest-earning television anchors of all-time, but she doesn’t blow her cash on lavish possessions. In a 2013 essay for Woman’s Day, she revealed that she often brings leftovers for lunch, and that the designer clothes she sports on-air are borrowed.
“I’m generous with friends and family, and I regularly give to charity,” Couric wrote. “But I can hit a clearance sale like A-Rod hits a baseball.”
Although many celebrities are obsessed with cultivating the perfect image, funny man Seth Rogen is happy to be transparent with his fans. He says that letting people see the real him is gratifying.
“When it comes to me being a person out there in the world, I don’t care if people think I’m f—ing smart or some genius or how hardworking they think I am — the fact that they don’t think I’m lying to them to get them to go see my movies is something I appreciate,” he told GQ.
Many celebrities take a glam squad with them wherever they go. However, country star Carrie Underwood opts to do her own hair and makeup.
“Yes, that’s still true,” she told NBC’s “Today.” “I really love to do my own hair and makeup and I keep it fairly simple when I’m on the road. I think there is a lot of trial and error when it comes to makeup and it takes a good amount of practice.”
Her public persona is larger than life, but when it comes to her day-to-day, Lady Gaga says she’s just as normal as the rest of us. In 2012, she took to Twitter to express frustration that people seem surprised that she’s a bargain hunter: “Why do people look at me like I’m crazy when I use coupons at grocery or try bargaining at retail, I’M FROM NEW YORK WHERE IS THE SALE RACK,” she wrote.
You won’t catch musician Dave Grohl destroying any hotel suites or driving a luxury vehicle. Instead, the Foo Fighters frontman likes to pinch his pennies.
“I drive a family car — not a monster SUV but a family car that fits five people,” he said in 2018. “I’ve got a house that is just big enough, too.”
“Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood could certainly afford the Hollywood mansion of his dreams, but in 2013, the actor bought a somewhat modest (at least for celebrities) home in Austin, Texas. And just like a lot of locals, he rides a scooter around town in lieu of a gas-guzzling vehicle. He has also been spotted around town at Whole Foods and popular hangout Easy Tiger bakery and beer garden.
Actor Ryan Reynolds and his wife, Blake Lively, are totally hands-on parents. When it comes to caring for their little ones, Reynolds is not afraid to do the dirty work.
“I have no problem waking up five times in the middle of the night and changing diapers, and exhausted as you get, I have this stupid grin on my face all the time,” he told GQ in 2015. “And that’s not because I have a nanny or something like that. It’s just us right now, and I love it.”
Multi-talented Donald Glover acts and makes music, but one thing he doesn’t do is share a lot of his private life with the public. Unlike a lot of celebrities, he doesn’t post family photos on Instagram, instead choosing to keep details about his partner, Michelle, and their children private. He didn’t even tell his son that he was the voice of Simba in the live-action remake of “The Lion King.”
Britney Spears may be one of the most successful pop stars of all time, but that doesn’t stop her from shopping at big box stores like Target and Home Depot. Although she’s known for her incredible stamina on stage and intense workouts, she also likes to indulge in fast food, including Happy Meals from McDonald’s. And her grocery list is filled with everyday staples, like milk, eggs and even Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Leading man Leonard DiCaprio doesn’t mind getting around on two wheels. In fact, the environmentalist often hops on Citi Bikes when in New York City. When he does drive a car, he opts for electric or hybrid models like the Toyota Prius.