We all know that Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, and Blake Lively are remarkably tall. But there are so many above-average famous actors and actresses who are exceptionally tall that we are beginning to believe that Hollywood has a different set of standards when it comes to height requirements.
From Disney stars to Hollywood’s good girl sweethearts to Academy award winners, it’s rare to see a short actress walking up the red carpet— and if they are short, they are most certainly making up for it with six inch heels! But, when all the tall people in America gather together in one area, it’s hard to know just how these actresses measure up to us common folk.
Not to mention that in film and television, we really don’t get a good grasp of just how tall an actress is, when scaled next to equally-tall extras and often even taller male protagonists.
In truth, there are a ton of actresses out there that are insanely tall. Read on for the 15 Actresses Who Are Secretly Tall.
15 Julia Roberts - 5'10"
When you think of Julia Roberts, you probably think of her as the charming and pithy Hollywood hooker Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman. On the front cover of the DVD, the film boasts Roberts decked out in giant chunky black boots with large heels.
And so begins our understanding of Julia Roberts being tall. But did you have any idea just how tall she really is, or did you just assume she was as tall as any other person you might know.
Indeed, in other films starring the stunning Roberts, her height is never as highlighted as it is in Pretty Woman, despite her measuring an astounding 5 foot 10 inches.
Sure, Julia Roberts has long been considered one of the most beautiful women of Hollywood— but who knew she was one of the tallest women, too?!
14 Laura Prepon - 5'10"
Is it just us, or did you always just assume that Laura Prepon’s co-stars were below average in height? This was most definitely the case in That ‘70s Show, when Prepon looked quite tall as Donna Pinciotti next to her primary co-star Eric Forman (Topher Grace), who was always portrayed as a rather petite sort of guy.
Maybe it’s for this reason that we didn’t realize just how tall the actress really is, measuring up to a whopping 5 foot 10 inches.
And, this fact continues to be swept under the rug because of how tall Prepon’s new co-stars are in Orange is the New Black. Once again, the Hollywood standard of height blinds us to just how tall some of our favorite actresses are.
13 Zendaya - 5'10"
Isn’t it a surprise when we find out that some of the best known child stars are in fact way taller than us?! This is certainly the case when we learn that the Disney star and now very successful singer Zendaya stands at a surprising 5 foot 10 inches.
Zendaya is just 21, and we remember her from 4 to 7 years back when she was just a teenager, making it all the more surprising that she is as tall as she is! On top of that, her slim figure totally misleads us into thinking she is way smaller!
But there she is, at 5'10", making her not only one of the most gorgeous up-and-coming Hollywood celebrities, but also one of the leggiest!
12 Lucy Lawless - 5'10"
Of course, we all know the stunning Lucy Lawless for her incredible portrayal of the protagonist in the television show Xena: Warrior Princess, for playing Number Three in the Battlestar Galactica franchise, and for playing Lucretia in the three Spartacus television series.
Because of the types of films that Lawless has traditionally starred in— action, science fiction, and fantasy— she often stands as a sort of mystical and overpowering figure.
But did you know just how overpowering she really is?! Standing at an astounding 5'10" inches, Lawless has the perfect form for portraying an untouchable female hero in some of Hollywood’s best film and television fantasy interpretations. Clearly, Lawless’s New Zealand roots show quite clearly with her distinct accent, striking features, and impressive height!
11 Mandy Moore
Charming us all way back in 2002 for her heartbreakingly beautiful role as the dying Jamie Sullivan in A Walk to Remember, Mandy Moore has since stayed in the heads of fans as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful stars— and sporting an incredible voice, too!
If that’s not enough, Moore was also blessed with height, standing at a great 5'10". Remembering Moore forever as the sweet and seemingly small Jamie Sullivan, it’s hard to grasp just how tall she really is!
Now, since starring in This Is Us, Mandy Moore portrays the complex character Rebecca Pearson, and we are far too distracted by the quality and depth of the show to even think about the actress’s height. And, whatever her height, we’re just glad that Moore is back on screen, charming us with her talent as always.
10 Laura Dern - 5'10"
The talented Laura Dern has starred in some of the industry’s biggest and best box office hits, including Rambling Rose, Wild, Mask, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
At 50, Dern remains absolutely stunning and ageless, too. And here’s where it gets surprising: on top of being an Academy award-winner, Dern has also been blessed with the gift of height, standing tall at 5 foot 10 inches.
We are beginning to sense a pattern, here: not only are these incredibly beautiful actresses just that— beautiful— as well as successful and talented, they are also all extremely tall and leggy!
At any rate, this theory that the world of Hollywood has a different standard for height than the rest of us in the boring old regular world continues to ring true.
9 Karen Gillan - 5'11"
Given that the Scottish actress, screenwriter, and director Karen Gillan first rose to prominence as a model in New York when she was attending acting school at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, her height seems an obvious requirement to pursue such a career, even though her true dream from the beginning was to be an actress.
Gillan stands at 5 feet and 11 inches, a fact which, despite where she began as a model, is surprising, given just how tall that really is. This is because when you just look at her upper torso and head, she actually has quite a petite frame! Did you know that this Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star was so tall?
8 Famke Janssen - 5'11"
We’re sure you knew that Famke Janssen starred in the X-Men film franchise and the Taken franchise, as well as ABC’s hit series How To Get Away With Murder and the Netflix original Hemlock Grove. But did you know that she was of Dutch descent? That’s right, in 1964, Janssen was born in the Amstelveen in the Netherlands— which explains her impressive height, standing at a whopping 5 foot 11 inches.
Indeed, her height brought her overwhelming success when she moved to the United States, becoming a professional model and working for the likes of Armani, Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, and Yves Saint Laurent.
It was only after her stint as a model in the 1980s that she moved on to acting, making her big acting debut as one of the Bond Girls, Xenia Onatopp, in GoldenEye.
7 Aisha Tyler - 5'11"
The beautiful Aisha Tyler won the hearts of fans as Andrea Marino in Ghost Whisperer, as well as for playing the voice of Lana Kane in Archer. This talented actress also measures up at 5 foot 11 inches— as always, a fact we wouldn’t necessarily know given Hollywood standards, as well as that one of the shows she is most famous for, Archer, only highlights her voice.
For Tyler, being tall was not always a gift as we understand it. In fact, Tyler admitted in an interview with the New York Daily News back in 2013 that not only did she feel set apart because she was one of the only black students at the private school she attended, but also because she “was almost twice as tall some of the other kids,” as early as the third grade.
6 Nicole Steinwedell - 5'11"
You would probably recognize the stunning Nicole Steinwedell from the CBS hit series The Unit, for playing the rebellious, powerful Bridget “Red Cap” Sullivan, or maybe from A&E’s Breakout Kings, for playing bad girl prisoner Philophena “Philly” Rotchliffer.
In both of these successful television shows, Steinwedell plays somewhat rebellious, and very much strong characters, so it should come as no surprise that the actress herself is a strong, powerful, and tall kind of person. In fact, Steinwedell is very tall, measuring up at a total of 5 feet and 11 inches.
In real life, Steinwedell’s parents are both Marines for the United States, and her grandfather was a colonel in the United States army, which is probably where she gets her impressive height and strength from!
5 Sigourney Weaver - 6"
Sigourney Weaver is arguably one of Hollywood’s best actresses, and you surely know her for starring in classics like Annie Hall, the Alien franchise, the Ghostbuster franchise, Working Girl, and Avatar. But did you know that something else that sets her apart from others is her height? Standing at an impressive 6 feet tall, Weaver is one of Hollywood’s tallest actresses!
Similar to Aisha Tyler, however, Weaver has voiced her frustration at times with her height, claiming that it has hindered her getting roles in the past. Especially when she first started her career, Weaver struggled to get roles because of how tall she was.
In an interview with HELLO! back in 2014, Weaver said “What man wants to spend their days on set standing on an apple box just to be able to look into my eyes?” We’re beginning to realize that maybe being so tall isn’t all that it’s cut out to be, especially for a woman.
4 Jane Lynch - 6"
Of course, we all know that Jane Lynch is tall. But as Sue Sylvester in the Fox network’s Glee, we always just assumed she was tall because she was either co-starring next to teenagers, or because she was co-starring next to Matthew Morrison, who played the petite Will Schuester.
In real life though, Lynch is just as tall as she seems in the television show, standing at a whopping 6 feet tall. For Lynch, though, her height has never held her back, and she has managed to build a reputation for her height, gaining her authoritative roles.
Indeed, in an interview with The Oregonian, Lynch attributes her above-average height with the reason for landing so many roles. Instead of letting her height set her back, Lynch embraces it!
3 3. Geena Davis - 6"
The striking Geena Davis has starred in the cult classic Beetlejuice and the Academy award winning hit Thelma & Louise, and has herself won several awards including an Academy award and a Golden Globe. On top of acting, Davis is a talented writer and producer, and prior to her career in acting, she was a successful model, too!
The fact that she started off her career as a model should be unsurprising, though, when we learn that the actress is an impressive 6 feet tall. In fact, her athletic build not only opened up the door for her modelling career, but it likely also played a part in introducing her to competitive sports: at 41, Davis picked up archery, and reached Olympian level very early on!
2 Allison Janney - 6"
Allison Janney has starred in an impressive number of successful films, ranging from Academy award-winning classics to animated films to cult favorite romantic comedies.
Because of her slender build, it’s hard to tell until she measures up next to a shorter actor or actress just how tall she really is: 6 feet! Indeed, the only time you can really grasp her impressive height is when she poses next to co-stars like the 5 foot 1 inch Ellen Page for their 2016 film Tallulah, or the 5 foot 4 inches Anna Faris for their CBS sitcom Mom.
For Janney, the actress recognizes both the advantages and disadvantages of being so tall, admitting that it has stopped her from getting some roles, but has helped her land older, usually more authoritative roles— which she loves!
1 Elizabeth Debicki - 6'2"
The stunning Australian-Polish Elizabeth Debicki is a recent addition to Hollywood’s A-list since just 2011, and currently stands as the tallest actress here, measuring up to a remarkable 6 feet and 2 inches. In heels, that could make her as tall as 6 foot 5 inches!
For Debicki, her height hasn’t entirely restricted her yet, as she’s portrayed characters that have not been necessarily required to be tall, such as Jordan Baker in the 2013 interpretation of The Great Gatsby.
Even so, Debicki admitted in an interview in 2016 with The Independent that her height used to bother her, especially as a teenager when all she wanted was to fit in. Now, it seems as though she has embraced her striking height, and it certainly hasn’t seemed to prevent her from getting roles!
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