Many Hollywood actresses have shown us that height is nothing more than a number. It turns out that it is not that big of a requirement if you want to break into the entertainment industry! The cameras tend to pull off illusions with the help of lighting, editing, and angles. Even though a couple of this will not come as a surprise, you probably did not exact some of the women to be that short. At any rate, we are glad that talent and height do not go hand in hand. Let us take a look at women with strong personalities and mind-blowing talents despite their petite stature.
Nicole Richie – 5’1”
There was a time when Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton were best friends. They partied, enjoyed good times, and even hosted a TV show together. Even though they have a lot of similarities, there is a glaring physical difference between them. For one thing, Paris is 5’8” while Nicole is 5’1.” It is a good thing that Nicole has found a partner in life who is not that much taller than her. Joel Madden is only 5’7” himself. Over the years, the reality TV star has worked on book deals, a fashion line, and an acting career. When it comes to the last one, she is probably best known for her time in Great News.
Snooki – 4’8”
Born Nicole Polizzi, this pint-sized princess is better known by the nickname “Snooki.” She is one of the most iconic people to have graced the world of reality TV. Most people remember her for her days in Jersey Shore. She never failed to make us laugh with all the antics that she got up to. At the height of 4’8,” she is one of the smallest women in the industry. She currently hosts an MTV show and still appears in various TV series, web programs, and web shows.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – 5’2”
In the ‘90s, very few stars were bigger than Jennifer Love Hewitt. We have always thought that she was on the taller side, but she is really just 5’2”. In 1989, she first made it big when she joined the cast of a Disney Channel show called Kids Incorporated. After that, she continued to act and appeared in Party of Five and then I Know What You Did Last Summer. Her talents are not limited to acting because she has also been praised for her work as a singer!
Lea Michele – 5’3”
Are you surprised to find someone with such a powerful voice on the list? Lea Michelle is not very tall at a height of 5’3.” She launched her career by working on the Broadway stage as a child actress. However, she achieved household name status by playing Rachel Berry on Glee. She would not have been this big of a star had it not been for this role! In fact, she even brought home awards for this part. She recently worked on The Mayor and Dimension 404. Aside from that, she wrote a studio album and performed it with other musical artists.
Reese Witherspoon – 5’1”
In 2019, Reese Witherspoon was one of the top-paid actresses in the industry. It is hard to believe that she is just 5’1” since she is bigger than life. The roles that she takes on hardly acknowledge her small size. She is best known for playing Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Thanks to her amazing acting chops, she has starred in many hit films aside from that. Apart from acting, she also started a media company of her own by the name Hello Sunshine, which was behind Wild and Gone Girl. She is married to Jim Toth, who stands an entire foot taller than her.
Salma Hayek – 5’2”
Even though she is only 5’2”, Salma Hayek has never failed to bring a lot of energy to her projects. She got her big break when she brought Frida Kahlo to life in 2001. The role earned her a BAFTA Award, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has shown us that a small stature does not get in the way of success. Over the years, she has been in 30 Rock and The Hummingbird. Aside from acting, she has also worked with charities that address the very serious problem of violence against women. She has previously worked with V-Day and the Violence Against Women act.
Sharon Osbourne – 5’2”
TV personality Sharon Osbourne is best known for her time in The Osbournes. She is the wife of Ozzy Osbourne, the famous heavy metal musician. She stands at a height of 5’2”, while Ozzy is eight inches taller than her. If this had not been obvious to you, it might have something to do with the high heels that she wears. Their relationship has always piqued the interest of the fans. She first met him when Don Arden, her dad, worked as the manager of Black Sabbath. After some time, she took over the role. She also made a name for herself by hosting various reality TV shows.
Jada Pinkett Smith – 5 feet
Did you know that Jada Pinkett Smith is the shortest person in the Pinkett Smith family? Her kids Willow and Jaden stand at 5’7”, but her husband stands at 6 ‘2.” This means that there are fourteen inches between the man and wife. It is a good thing that this does not seem to be a problem between the two of them. The kids must have gotten their heights from their dad! While they are all doing well for themselves in the world of show business, Jada is even more impressive since she has raised great children and fostered a warm family environment as well. She is best known for playing Niobe in The Matrix. She was also in Red Table Talk, Gotham, and Hawthorne.
Ariana Grande – 5’3”
There are a lot of iconic female musicians on our list. Ariana Grande has joined the ranks of Sia, Dolly Parton, Adele, and Whitney Houston as a small woman with a big voice. Even though she started out as an actress, she decided to focus on her music career instead. Even though she is just 5’3”, she has become one of the largest people in the industry right now. There is nothing unusual about seeing her hits top the charts. It is not uncommon for her to win various things during awards season.
Lucy Liu – 5’3”
Who would have thought that Lucy Liu is only 5’3”? The Taiwanese-American has made a name for herself through her work as a TV and film star. Some of her notable projects were Kill Bill, Ally McBeal and Elementary. In the past, she has played some of the coolest villain characters to have graced the silver screen. She has enjoyed a great career and has brought home a lot of prestigious awards over the years. Did you know that she is also a mixed media artist? In 2019, her work was put on display at the National Museum.
Kristin Chenoweth – 4’11”
The actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth is an inch less than 5 feet tall. She boasts a very powerful voice nonetheless. This Tony awardee has dipped her toes into movies, TV shows, and theatre. In the past, she has appeared on the big screen in Wicked, Charlie Brown, You’re a Good Man, and Phantom. When it comes to her TV projects, she was in The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and GCB. She has received nominations and awards for various performances over the years. It is no secret that she has a lot of talent despite her elfin physique.
Lil’ Kim – 4’11”
This only goes to show us that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Lil’ Kim is an American rapper who stands at no more than 4 feet, 11 inches. She has stage presence like no other and has achieved a lot of success in the entertainment industry in the past. She used to go up against the likes of Notorious B.I.G. Without a doubt, she has a huge influence on the rap genre. Fairly recently, she has been the topic of scandal that has something to do with her alleged cosmetic surgery. The rapper has not acknowledged them in public.
Lena Dunham – 5’3”
Hollywood star Lena Dunham is most famous for creating and starring in Girls. She did a great job at bringing Hannah Horvath to life in the show. She also served as the producer of the show during its run of six seasons. According to her, she created the character of Hannah based on her personal experiences. She worked on the show in the hopes of depicting women as they tried to navigate the modern world. Even though you might think that she is the shortest person on the cast at a height of 5’3”, the honor actually goes to Jemima Kirke. The other star is actually an inch shorter than she is.
Vanessa Hudgens – 5’1”
Did you have any idea just how tiny Vanessa Hudgens is? The High School Musical star is very short at a height of 5’1”. When the movie first came out, she and her costar Zac Efron were able to launch their careers to great success. While she is a talented actor and singer, she decided to focus just on acting instead. She is a truly charming person who has always been able to stand out from the crowd.
Christina Aguilera – 5’2”
With a voice like that, you would never have thought that Christina Aguilera is just 5’2”. Even so, we are telling you the truth! She got her start during the ‘90s pop explosion. She was a huge figure in the teen pop scene of the time. With her powerhouse voice, Christina adds elements of different musical genres and styles. There is nothing surprising about the fact that she has a big fan following! Over the years, she has worked on a number of studio albums and collaborated with other amazing musicians. Like her fellow musical artists on the list, she has gotten a lot of awards and attention for her work.
Chandra Wilson – 5 feet
Among the roles that she has taken on, Chandra Wilson is probably best known for playing Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey’s Anatomy. At 5 feet flat, she must be one of the shortest people on the set. While she is small, she has impressed us with her acting skills and even earned four Best Support Actress nominations at the Emmys. Outside of the medical drama, she is also an active philanthropist who works with a number of charities. Her daughter has a rare CVS disorder, which is the reason she started to work with CVS associations. She also directed an episode of Grey’s Anatomy based on it!
Paula Abdul – 5 feet
There was a time when Paula Abdul was nothing more than a girl with a dream. With her skills as a singer and dancer, she made a name for herself. The reality star-singer is only 5 feet flat! She was on the original panel of judges of American Idol. However, the truth is that her true passion is dance. She is an exceptionally talented choreographer and even started her career as an LA Lakers cheerleader. In the past, she has worked with other big names in the industry such as Janet Jackson.
Emma Roberts – 5’2”
There is no doubt that talent runs in the Roberts family. Emma Roberts is the niece of Julia Roberts, who was a big star in Hollywood herself. At a height of 5’2”, she is seven inches shorter than her aunt. Despite this, she has shown us that she is talented in her own right. Emma is great at commanding the attention of the camera. In the past, she has appeared in American Horror Story, Wild Child, We’re the Millers, and Scream Queens. The photo shows her with her ex, Evan Peters. He is much taller than her at a height of 5’11”.
Kourtney Kardashian – 5 feet
She might be the eldest sister, but Kourtney Kardashian also happens to be the shortest among the siblings. The reality TV personality is only 5 feet tall. She is one of the key figures in a famous program called Keeping Up with the Kardashians. When she stands beside her sisters Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian, she looks short and petite. It makes sense once you learn that those two are 5’10”. It would seem that the eldest sister takes after their mother when it comes to her height.
Kim Kardashian – 5’2”
When it comes to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Kim might just be the most famous of them all. Like the rest of the family, you can watch more of her in Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She has earned a huge following on social media as well. Before the reality TV show started, people knew her as a pal of Paris Hilton. She has since come a long way! Kim has turned out to be a successful businesswoman in her own right. In 2014, she tied the knot with rapper Kanye West.
Eva Longoria – 5’2”
How lovely is Eva Longoria? In the past, she has worked as an actress, director, and producer. She got her start when she landed the part of Isabella in The Young and the Restless. After that, she bagged a role in a hit TV show called Desperate Housewives. Aside from these shows, she has also worked on Dog Days and Dora and the Lost City of Gold. There is a reason she is always in high heels. After all, she is only 5’2”! In 2018, she gave birth to a baby boy.
Ellen Page – 5’1”
Ever since Ellen Page entered the world of show business, it seems like she had seen nothing but success. At 5’1”, she has shown us that you do not to be tall to have a big presence in such a tough field. She got her start by appearing in Trailer Park Boys, ReGenesis, and Pit Pony. Her career reached new heights when she was cast to appear in X-Men and Juno. If you are a fan of the series, we bet that you remember her in the role of Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadowcat. She has also been recognized for her charity work and vegetarian advocacy.
Nicki Minaj – 5’2”
She might be small, but she is definitely fierce. Nicki Minaj is a hip-hop artist who stands at a height of 5’2”. This is the last thing that defines her, however, as she has continuously broken a lot of barriers for female rap artists. With her distinct sound and unique lyrics, she was made to be a star. Her albums and songs are all instant bangers and earned her a lot of awards over the years. Did you know that she has dipped her toes into acting as well? Right now, she has decided to focus on her baby and personal life.
Amy Poehler – 5’2”
In the world of comedy, Amy Poehler must be one of the shortest funny women at 5’2”. She got her big break when she joined the Saturday Night Live team. This experience helped her gain a foothold in the industry and eventually starred in Parks and Recreation, Horton Hears a Who!, and Inside Out. Even though she is not quite as tall as her peers, this has never been a problem. For reference, her friend Tina Fey is 5’5”. With a pair of heels, she should be fine.
Hayden Panettiere – 5 feet
Many people are shocked to hear that the gorgeous Hayden Panettiere is just five feet tall. Can you believe that she once went out with Wladimir Klitschko, who is 6’6”? This is a bigger height difference than most people will ever see. Perhaps the extreme difference between their sizes made their bond that much stronger. Over the years, the actress has appeared in projects like Heroes, Custody, and Nashville. Aside from those projects, she has also lent her voice to video games such as Until Dawn and Kingdom Hearts.
Shakira – 5’2”
We are sure that you are familiar with those belly dance moves of Shakira! The talented pop icon is full of personality, so it is hard to believe that she is only 5’2”. She might be on the shorter side, but her successful career more than makes up for it. The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer has released a lot of albums. She is currently married to Gerard Pique, a Spanish footballer with a height of 6’4”. This only goes to show that you do not need to be vertically compatible for your relationship to work!
Isla Fisher – 5’3”
Over the years, we have seen Isla Fisher pay many iconic roles. She launched her career by starring in soap operas. Later on, she got to play Shannon Reed in Home and Away for three years. At the age of six, she moved to Australia and has since earned a lot of nominations and awards. You might recall her from The Great Gatsby, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Scooby-Doo, and Wedding Crashers. Aside from her career as an actress, she has written two young adult novels too. In 2010, she got hitched to Sacha Baron Cohen.
Kylie Minogue – 5 feet
We have another Australian celebrity on the list in the form of Kylie Minogue. With her amazing voice, she dominated global pop charts. While she is considered short at 5’3”, this has not gotten in the way of her success. Some of her iconic hits are “Especially for You” and “The Loco-Motion.” Let us not forget about “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Spinning Around” as well. In 2005, she learned that she had breast cancer. It was a relief to hear that she was able to beat the condition and go back to her career.
Mary-Kate Olsen – 5’2”
There is no way that you do not know Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen! It is hard to tell them apart, but there is a slight difference when it comes to their heights. Mary-Kate is an inch taller than her sister since she is 5’2”, while Ashley is 5’1”. They got their start as child stars, but they are no longer acting in front of the cameras. Instead, they decided to take the fashion world by storm! The twins now run a fashion line of their own and are considered big names in the industry.
Kristen Bell – 5’1”
This Hollywood actress has made a name for herself thanks to her work in TV shows and films. Aside from that, she was the person whose voice we always heard in Gossip Girl. She was also a voice actress in Frozen and Ralph Breaks the Internet. Another famous project that she worked on was Forgetting Sarah Marshall! These days, she must be better known as the star of The Good Place. Standing at 5’1”, no one would ever describe her as tall.
Hilary Duff – 5’2”
If you watched Disney during the 2000s, you probably know who Hilary Duff is! Can you believe that the actress-musician is only 5’2”? Neither could we. She kicked off her career by starring in Lizzie McGuire and becoming a teen idol. After that, she went on to star in indie films. Among others, she worked on According to Greta, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, and War, Inc. Aside from films, she also released a couple of studio albums. She now has two children.
Scarlett Johansson – 5’3”
The talented Scarlett Johansson is one of the top-paid actresses in the industry. This stunning woman has earned a lot of praise and awards over the years. She managed to do all of that at only 5’3” Most people know her as the actress who played Black Widow in the Marvel cinematic universe, but this is barely the tip of the iceberg that is her career. The actress tries to avoid media attention as much as possible since she prefers to focus on other things. She is a huge philanthropist and activist.
America Ferrera – 5’1”
For a long time now, America Ferrera has been impressing us with her acting skills. She got her start on the stage as a child actress. She has appeared in projects such as Gotta Kick It Up! and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but she only earned household name status when she played Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty. She played this role for four years. Over the course of her career, she has starred in many projects and worked as a voice actress, director, and producer as well.
Zoë Kravitz – 5’2”
It makes sense that Zoe Kravitz is that gorgeous. After all, she is the daughter of Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz! Both of them are average in height, but she is only 5’2”. This has not stopped her from acting. Recently, she was in a TV show called Big Little Lies. Acting aside, she has also done a great job as a model. In the past, she has worked with Venus Zine, Vera Wang, and Elle. Music is yet another huge part of her life. Just so you know, she is actually the frontwoman of a band called Lolawolf.
Rachel Bilson – 5’2”
Even though she is only 5’2”, Rachel Bilson has shown us that she deserves to be famous. The gorgeous woman has always been familiar with the entertainment business since her grandfather worked as a producer and director. Her father Danny, on the other hand, is a director, producer, and writer. She is all the proof you need to figure out that you can be short and still enjoy a great Hollywood career. In the past, she played Dr. Zoe Hart in Hart of Dixie and Summer Roberts in The O.C.
Lucy Hale – 5’2”
There is something mesmerizing about Lucy Hale. This beauty stands at a height of 5’2”. She is probably best known for playing Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars, a role that she held for seven years. Aside from that, she has also taken on a lot of iconic roles over the course of her career. It is possible that you saw her in Truth or Dare, Dude, Katy Keene, and more.
Maisie Williams – 5’1”
Do you need proof that you can be awesome even though you are lacking in height? Just take a look at Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark in Game of Thrones. Even though she is small at 5’1”, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. She started working on this epic fantasy show when she was still a child. She has not stopped there either. The actress has launched a company of her own called Daisie. It aims to help budding artists by displaying their works, connecting them with mentors, providing them aid, and giving them the exposure that they need.
Emilia Clarke – 5’2”
We have another Game of Thrones alum on our list! Emilia Clarke stunned all of us when she played Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons on the show. It turns out that you can also be queen even if you are only 5’2”. The actress has received many nominations and awards for her breakout role. Aside from the HBO show, she has also appeared in Terminator Genisys, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Me Before You. She has worked in theater as well.
Lady Gaga – 5’2”
It is hard to think of a pop star who has reached the same heights that Lady Gaga has. She might like to put on tall heels, but she is actually a petite pop princess. You can figure out her height based on the title of her Netflix documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two. She started performing when she was in her teens but wanted to do something unique and different from what everyone else had been doing. Aside from singing, she has also tried her hand at acting. If you want to see her acting chops, you should check out A Star Is Born and American Horror Story!
Anna Kendrick – 5’2”
Did you know that Anna Kendrick got her start as a child actress? She made it big in Hollywood thanks to her comedic timing, lovely voice, and great acting skills. Most people know her as the lead actress in Pitch Perfect, but she was also in Twilight, Into the Woods, Mr. Right, and A Simple Favor as well. She is an all-around performer. There is no doubt that we have not seen the last of her just yet! We are excited to see what she does next.
Ashley Olsen – 5’1”
We have already talked about the Olsen twins earlier, but we dare say that they can always use more spotlight. Ashley is the fraternal twin of Mary-Kate. At 5’1”, she is an inch shorter than her twin. They made it big before they were even a year old. Aside from their time on Full House, they also got to star in other projects together. They have since left acting behind to focus on their highly successful fashion line. Was there really any doubt that they could do anything they put their minds on?
AnnaSophia Robb – 5 feet
This actress has starred in a lot of iconic movies in the past. Before AnnaSophia Robb made a name for herself on the big screen, she launched her career as a child actress. You have probably seen her in Bridge to Terabithia, Because of Winn-Dixie, Samantha: An American Girl, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. She has also worked as a model and singer in the past. She stands at five feet flat. Her petite frame has not gotten in the way of her success. With her acting chops and elfin beauty, it was clear that she was going to make it big.
Rooney Mara – 5’3”
Up next, we have yet another gorgeous star who totally steals the show when she appears on the screen. Can you believe that someone so captivating is only 5’3”? Talent runs in their family. She has a sister called Kate who is also a Hollywood star. Rooney has delivered a lot of great performances over the years. Her breakthrough role is The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The actress continues to impress us in her projects. She is currently in a relationship with actor Joaquin Phoenix.
Natalie Portman – 5’3”
For over two decades now, Natalie Portman has enjoyed a highly successful career. The talented woman has shown us how versatile she is as an actress. It might come as a surprise to find out that someone so enigmatic stands at 5’3”. The actress has a lot of iconic film roles to her name. We can’t possibly cover her whole filmography, so let us stick to the bigger projects. You must already know that she was in Thor, Star Wars, Annihilation, and Black Swan.
Mila Kunis – 5’2”
It comes as a shock that this powerhouse of an actress has a height of 5’2”. Her screen presence and acting skills make up for her short stature, however. Mila Kunis first made waves in the industry when she played Jackie in That ‘70s Show. The actress has come a long way since then. It is also awesome that she ended up with Ashton Kutcher, who she met at the set of the TV show that gave them their breakout roles. Not only are they together, but they have also started a family of their own.
Jessica Simpson – 5’2”
She might only be 5’2” tall, but Jessica Simpson has shown us that an elfin stature is no hindrance to a great career. This hardworking performer has gone through some ups and downs, but people still remember her name. When it comes to her acting career, she is best known for starring in The Dukes of Hazzard and Employee of the Month. She launched a musical career and entered the fashion industry with her own line as well. Let us not forget that she has worked as a writer too. Fun fact: Eric Johnson, her husband, is nearly an entire foot taller than her!
Alyssa Milano – 5’2”
Did you know that Alyssa Milano is 5’2”? Like some of the other people on the list, she also launched her career when she was little. She became famous when she starred in TV shows such as My Name Is Earl, Melrose Place, Who’s the Boss?, and Charmed. More than anything else, her acting career has been steady. The talented actress has also tried her hand at production and politics. Her fans adore her for her acting skills and noteworthy beauty.
Megan Fox – 5’4”
There was a time when FHM hailed Megan Fox as the sexiest woman in the world. After taking on minor roles in film and TV, she made it big by playing Mikaela Banes in Transformers. Aside from that, she was also in Jennifer’s Body and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. At a height of 5’4”, she is far from being one of the tallest women in Hollywood. It was a good thing that she did not let this stop her from achieving success. As a complete surprise to no one, she is also a model.
Dakota Fanning – 5’4”
Another child star, Dakota Fanning launched her acting career when she was no more than five years old. She is considerably shorter than Elle Fanning since she is only 5’4”. Over the years, the actress has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies. At the age of 7, she delivered a splendid performance in the role of Lucy Dawson in I Am Sam. She was also in Ocean’s 8, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Charlotte’s Web, and the Twilight saga.
Lily-Rose Depp – 5’3”
This lovely young woman is the child of two lovely people. Lily-Rose Depp gets to call Vanessa Paradis her mother and Johnny Depp her father. She is a promising star in her own right! We are sure that she will dominate Hollywood in no time at all. At 5’3”, she has appeared in movies such as My Last Lullaby, The Dancer, Tusk, and Planetarium. Even though she is not particularly tall, she has still managed to kick off a successful modeling career! Good for her.