Leading Ladies: 40 More Remarkable Facts About Hollywood Actresses – Part 4

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1Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

As part of the research for her role as an obese woman in Shallow Hal (2001), Gwyneth Paltrow wore the 200-pound latex “fat” suit she used for the film to a bar where people refused to make eye contact with her and treated her rudely. She said that this experience made her saddened by the injustice faced by overweight people in society.

2. Actress Olivia Jane Cockburn, better known as Olivia Wilde actually has won a few eating contests in her day. Once during an eating competition in Australia, she ate 33 pancakes with butter syrup in 20 minutes.

3. Actress Michelle Rodriguez who plays Letty in the Fast and Furious movie franchise didn’t have a driver’s license before she began filming for the first movie of the series.

4. Mila Kunis’ eyes are naturally different colored. The left is brown and the right is green. This condition is known as heterochromia iridum.

5. Before she found fame, Megan Fox worked at a smoothie shop and she dressed up as a banana to attract customers.

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6Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Katy Perry was bullied and was called by names such as ‘over the shoulder boulder holder’ in middle school because she had big breasts from a young age.

7. Shakira was rejected from her school’s choir in the second grade because her music teacher thought she sounded like a goat.

8. Rihanna was an army cadet that trained with the Barbadian military and her fellow singer Shontelle was her drill sergeant.

9. Actress Gemma Arterton was born with 6 fingers on each hand. The doctor who delivered her tied off the extra fingers with sutures. They fell off, leaving just scars.

10. Nicole Kidman once saved Hugh Jackman’s life from a poisonous scorpion on the set of Australia (2008). When she saw the poisonous scorpion crawling up his leg, she calmly told him not to move, squatted down and scooped the arachnid into her hat. Instead of stomping it, she walked over to the woods and released it.

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11Bryce Dallas Howard

Bryce Dallas Howard

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard performed her own stunt of hanging off a five-story building during the crane accident scene in Spider-Man 3, unaware that she was pregnant at the time of filming. She also really did get injured by a desk crashing into her during that scene.

12. When asked if playing a transsexual in the movie Grilled was a challenge, Sofia Vergara said: “No, because I look like a transsexual anyway.”

13. Marilyn Monroe rarely bathed, slept in the nude and ate a lot in bed, shoving what was left on her plate under the sheets before going to sleep.

14. Britney Spears is under a conservatorship which is reserved usually for people who are mentally ill or in a vegetative state. Britney has reportedly stated that she wants to quit showbiz but she can't make any personal or financial decisions of her life and is forced to continue.

15. Alison Brie once had sex with a gay friend in college just so he could confirm that he was actually gay.

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16Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter accidentally ruptured the eardrum of Matthew Lewis (playing Neville Longbottom) when she stuck her wand in his ear while filming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

17. In 1995, during her marriage ceremony with Jenny Lee Miller, Angelina Jolie wore black leather pants and a white top with Jonny's name scribbled in her own blood. The couple divorced in 1999. During her second marriage with actor Billy Bob Thornton, they both signed their wills in blood in 2001. They both also used to carry around one another’s blood in vials around their necks. That union lasted until 2003. Although Brad Pitt and Jolie frequently said that they would not get married until gay marriage was legalized all over the United States, they got engaged in 2012 and married in the summer of 2014. After two years of marriage, the couple separated in September 2016.

18. After she posed nude in Playboy at age 19, Drew Barrymore received a quilt from her godfather Steven Spielberg for her 20th Birthday with a note that read, ‘Cover Yourself Up.’

19. Actress Katherine Heigl has made the lowest-grossing movie of all time called Zyzzyx Road in 2006, which grossed $30 in its opening weekend and $10 of that was refunded, so the final domestic box-office gross was just $20.

20. Katy Perry’s dad used to manufacture and sell acid with Timothy Leary, and her mom once dated Jimi Hendrix. Both of them are now Pentecostal pastors.

21Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Princess Leia's iconic metal bikini was inspired by Carrie Fisher’s complaints that the loose-fitting outfits she wore in the Star Wars concealed her feminine physique.

22. On the sets of Titanic, after finding out that she had to be naked in front of Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet decided to break the ice, and when they first met, she flashed him.

23. Emma Stone convinced her parents to let her drop out of school and move to LA to pursue her acting career by presenting her business savvy father with a full PowerPoint presentation set to Madonna’s “Hollywood.”

24. Rose Leslie who played Ygritte in Game of Thrones, grew up in Lickleyhead Castle, her family’s 15th-century ancestral seat in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is a descendant of Charles II.

25. Actress Winona Ryder was bullied in high school for her 'tomboy' appearance. Years later, one of her bullies asked her for an autograph. “I asked her if she remembered me and she said that she sort of remembered beating a kid up. I said to her, ‘Yeah, well that was me so go fuck yourself.’”

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