I’ll Follow You Until You Love Me: How Celebs Deal With the Paparazzi

A-list Hollywooders seem to have it easy. They say some lines on camera, pose for a fancy brand, or sing some lines into a microphone, and get paid the kind of money most of us only make in our dreams.
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Honestly, it’s hard to feel sorry for them when their lives don’t seem to have a downside. Well, there may be one flaw to living the glamorous life – and it’s called paparazzi. Here are some of your favorite celebrities who found the most creative ways to handle those camera-holding stalkers.

Benedict Cumberbatch

You might not know it looking at this picture, but the man under that hoodie is British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. The same guy from the TV series “Sherlock”, the 2014 film “The Imitation Game”, and many more.

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When Cumberbatch felt like he’s had enough of that ever-clicking paparazzo (single form of paparazzi, in case you were wondering), he decided to put up a sign to support a more important cause.

Dustin Hoffman

Now you see him, now you don’t. Though Dustin Hoffman has put on many characters throughout his long acting career, not one of these characters was invisible.


Perhaps Hoffman was fed up with the camera following him around, perhaps he was playing his own version of hide-and-seek, who knows? We’re just happy there was some humor in it!

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch was obviously deeply affected by Jude Law in the film, “The Holiday”.


In the film, Law’s character is the father of two young girls. One of his ways of making them laugh is putting a napkin on his face, wearing glasses, and assuming the identity of the so-called “Mr. Napkin Head.” And yes, it’s just as adorable as it sounds.

Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield

This picture was taken a few years ago and it really reminds us of simpler times — times when Emma and Andrew were still together, times when we didn’t know about the movie “Suicide Squad”, times when the world wasn’t ending. *sigh*

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When Emma and Andrew were minding their own business, eating at a restaurant, they were surprised by a paparazzo who wouldn’t let them finish. Instead of shooing that relentless dude away, they drew attention to an NGO in need. Lovely.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio owes a lot of his incredible acting career to his angelic babyface. That being said, walking around with a face everybody knows can be a bit tiresome.


That’s why, apparently, dear Leo decided to go undercover — literally go under the cover of his baseball cap and an enormous wind blocker.

Grant Gustin

Fans of TV shows like “Glee” or “The Flash” will recognize Grant Gustin right away. Those who don’t know him will take a look at these funny pictures and make a note for themselves to start watching those shows ASAP.


Unlike other celebrities on this list, Gustin decided the best strategy to handle the paparazzi is to give them what they want so they could just quickly snap a pic and leave him alone. He played along, which resulted in these gems.

Gerard Butler

And how would YOU feel getting an unsolicited camera shoved in your face wherever you go Mr. Cameraman? Gerard Butler decided to give the paparazzo outside his restaurant a taste of their own medicine.

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True, the paparazzi-filled camera roll on Butler’s phone may not be worth a lot of money, but then again, the actor is probably not too worried about money anyway.

Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz

Once upon a time, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz were a couple and brought pop and rock fans together for a blessed musical union.


Always a prankster, Wentz thought he might as well capitalize on the constant cameras around him. He opted for a makeshift paper plate mask offering ad space where his face should be.

Jennifer Lawrence

“I am the egg man, I am the egg man, I am the walrus…” Can anyone else hear the Beatles song playing in the background? Just us? Oh well…

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This song must have been what inspired actress Jennifer Lawrence to repurpose her chopsticks when meeting a paparazzo after finishing dinner.

David Beckham

Soccer legend David Beckham is always picture perfect. He’s always dressed like he’s on his way to a “Vogue” photoshoot and has his hair perfectly coiffed. Even when he gets mad he’s photogenic.

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Take this picture for example — knowing her father is about to take his elegant business elsewhere, his daughter thought she would give the paparazzo a piece of her mind while she still can.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone was just trying to enjoy a nice picnic in the park with her friend when she heard a camera clicking around.


Instead of relocating her picnic to a place where there are fewer chances of her being bothered, she turned to the camera and showed off the worst possible faces she could come up with. Fabulous!

Jessie Wallace

Known to many as Kat Slater from the British soap opera “EastEnders”, Jessie Wallace has quite a sense of humor.


You know how people keep certain essentials in their bag, like a wallet or a few sticks of chewing gum? Apparently she keeps this Rowan Atkinson mask to ward off unwanted attention.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling seems like a more interesting person than most. He has a glamorous Hollywood career, he’s married to Eva Mendes, and he’s so handsome it makes you want to cry.


But honestly, when he eats his lunch he’s nothing more than a regular guy trying to enjoy his food in peace. When he’s making faces at the camera, however, his lunch gets a comedic twist and we swoon all over again.

Grant Gustin

While most celebrities try to ignore the paparazzi or simply roll their eyes at them (at best), Grant Gustin is more into playful shenanigans.


This time, upon seeing the paparazzo creeping up on him, Gustin channeled his inner Pinocchio and showed off his best moves to prove he’s a real boy.

Cara Delevingne

Supermodel Cara Delevingne is one of the few people who can actually call their faces their moneymaker.

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Apparently, she is not the only one making money off her face, and the paparazzi are getting paid handsomely for a picture of her. Even if the picture has a… sub-optimal version of her face.

Heath Ledger & Michelle Williams

Ahh, there is nothing like spending a day at the pool. Putting on your favorite swimsuit, hop in the water, and let the sun slowly turn you into human fried chicken.


What could possibly mess this up? Paparazzi apparently. When one of them interfered with the plans Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams had, they made sure he got a piece of their mind.

Amanda Seyfried

Mama mia! Here she goes again! Actress Amanda Seyfried is used to having flashbulbs in her line of vision, but this time she decided to turn some things around.

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This looks more like an industry event rather than a random candid pic, but the humor is still there, with Seyfried giving the photographers a taste of the spotlight.

Leonardo DiCaprio

When it comes to finding creative ways to hide from the Paparazzi, Leo doesn’t hold back and uses anything at his disposal to cover up his face.

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He could be using his hat, his coat, a fellow pedestrian, or a straight-up umbrella in the middle of summer. He could probably teach a course in hide-and-seek.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Actor Joseph Gordon Levitt was probably thinking he would go out, enjoy a nice lunch, and maybe save the world later if he feels like it.


Then the paparazzo came out of hiding, to which Joe responded: “Why man? I’m just trying to eat…” and then he felt a little less inclined to do any world-saving. Oh shucks.

Leonardo DiCaprio

They say we first eat with our eyes. Apparently, that doesn’t apply to Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s pictured here enjoying a slice of pizza under a full face mask.


The paparazzo chasing him down the street must have X-ray vision if he was able to spot Leo under that thing.

Simon Cowell & Sinitta

When judging singers or other performance artists, Simon Cowell tends to be on the heavy, more serious side of things. When he’s faced with paparazzi, he seems like a totally different person.


At the poolside with his friend, singer Sinitta, he showed he has a silly side too, pretending to be taking an important call on his banana phone.

Adam Levine

This picture of Adam Levine, lead singer of pop band Maroon 5, was taken in 2012, shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck.


When he and his now-wife, Behati Prinsloo, were found by a paparazzo, Levine used the stage to draw attention to the Red Cross blood drive meant to help those affected by the natural disaster.

Cara Delevingne

People will fight over anything and everything — politics, sports, Ross, and Rachel’s relationship — but they will always agree on one thing — pizza.


Seeing as she is not looking for a fight, just trying to get home, Cara Delevingne sends a peaceful message with her pizza onesie. Let’s hope the paparazzo got the hint!

Daniel Radcliffe

When Daniel Radcliff was casted as Harry Potter and turned into a celebrity, he was just 11 years old. You would think he’d get used to cameras clicking around him by adulthood, right?


Apparently, you never get used to a person with a camera following you around. Not even if you’re the Boy Who Lived.

Ryan Gosling

Oh Ryan Gosling, will the world ever have enough of you? Probably not! And as long as the world hasn’t had enough, the paps are going to keep circling him like hyenas.


Good thing that he’s being a good sport about it and making fun poses at the camera. He knows what the people want and he’s willing to give it to them.

Misha Collins

“Supernatural” star Misha Collins is used to engaging with his incredibly active fans. They make sure to attend every convention or meet and greet, so it’s hard to think of anything the paparazzi have to offer them.


But then you look at this picture and you understand that while most things are better said in person, some things are best done in front of a camera.

Jack Black

Okay, we know this article is about celebrities reacting to paparazzi, but this picture is pretty self-explanatory and there’s a much more important issue we’d like to talk about.


Jack Black’s shirt. This fabulous t-shirt, this masterpiece of textiles and graphics is just too good to ignore. A kitty Godzilla with circling airplanes? Purrfect!

Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman

Anne Hathaway knows to give credit where it’s due. Here she and her husband, Adam Shulman, are crediting Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield for the little signs they are holding up.


Instead of looking at useless pictures of them walking their dogs, they decided the press would do better focusing on nonprofits with an important cause. How precious!

Ed Sheeran

There is a lot Ed Sheeran can do. He can rap, he can sing, he can write hits that instantly reach millions. But can he do the Gangnam Style?


We’re guessing he can’t. But he wasn’t going to let that stop him from wearing a Psy mask when he felt like the paparazzi were getting too close.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Laurence has made her mark in films such as “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Hunger Games” franchise. There are very few people in Hollywood who are more lovable than she is and this picture perfectly explains that.

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When signing her name at the 2014 SAG Awards, she threw her Hollywood image out the window and opted for a more…down to earth approach.

Uma Thurman

After starring in numerous blockbusters and becoming one of the most familiar faces in the industry, Uma Thurman is obviously never surprised to find a random paparazzo in a nearby bush.

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But since she’s an actor, she at least has to *act* surprised. Here she even went the extra mile and did a double-take. What a pro!

Miley Cyrus

Seeing as she’s this surrounded by security and bodyguards, it’s hard to believe anyone with a camera was able to even take a picture of Miley Cyrus. But the paps are persistent, and so is she.


Knowing that some lense is bound to filter in through her layers of protection, Cyrus had the last laugh holding up a sign of little Honey Boo Boo to block her face.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling may or may not be a member of the Men in Black. Until we get any detailed reports stating otherwise, we’re going to hold on to this picture as evidence that he does, in fact, fight aliens.


In what seems like an effort to protect his cover story as a regular guy, Gosling sticks his tongue out to the pap trying to reveal his true self. Good job Ryan. We promise we won’t tell anyone!

Bruce Willis

Look at the lighting, the shadows, the indoor setting with an outdoor outfit — this picture is pure artistry and should be displayed in museums.


Art critics will surely say that the splash of water represents the fragility and vulnerability of the fleeting human life. We would just say that it’s Bruce Willis ruining what must be a very expensive camera.

Jon Voight

The paparazzi sometimes seem to have no boundaries or respect for personal space. They wouldn’t hesitate to chase a man way past his 70s down a long street for a single picture.


We’re sure he tried his best, but Jon couldn’t a-Voight the paparazzi anymore.

St. Vincent & Cara Delevingne

It looks like a paparazzo starter pack would include a camera, a long-distance lense, spare batteries, and maybe a snack for an extra-long stakeout.


After meeting Cara Delevingne and her then-partner, musician St. Vincent, the pack should also include a change of clothes.

Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn

Goldie and Kurt make one of the steadiest, most adorable couples in Hollywood. Take a quick glance at Goldie’s Instagram and you’ll see what we’re talking about.


Even the way they deal with the paparazzi is adorable — simply smiling and rolling with it.

Ashley Tisdale

A dog is a man’s best friend – that much is for sure. But in Ashley Tisdale’s case, the dog is that and more.


Her pooch is also an accessory, and apparently a great face mask, and an excellent paparazzi blocker.

Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz

Looking at the image you’d have no idea who’s hiding behind those masks. You’ll have to take our word for it when we say it’s Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson.

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Are they hiding from the paparazzi? Are they about to rob a bank? Are they going home after a facial that went south? Maybe all of the above.

Jaden Smith

You know how children go through that phase of wanting to wear their favorite clothes and nothing but them? It doesn’t matter if it involves fairy wings and a firefighter’s helmet — they MUST wear it to their visit at grandma’s.


It looks like Jaden Smith was no different. Only his phase included a full-on Iron Man costume. As long as his dad didn’t mind, why should we?

Jack Black

One of the greatest things about Jack Black is his ability to turn the most mundane situations into comically dramatic.


Just like in here — he must be used to having cameras shoved in his face all the time but he opted for the most over the top reaction, which included eyebrows raised to the sky and a doggy-bag block on his face.

Tobey Maguire

Before people knew who Tom Holland even was, Tobey Maguire was known to most people as Spide-Man. But Peter Parker was actually a newspaper photographer — precisely like the one he’s looking at in this picture.


There’s no friendly neighborhood Spider-Man here. Tobey is unhappy with the paparazzo and wants him to know that.

Mike Myers

Though to some people Myers will forever be Austin Powers, others will always remember him as the voice of Shrek, the lovable green ogre from the successful film franchise.


And this picture is a lot more on the Shrek side than it is on the Powers side. We can almost hear him saying the famous line from the movie — “I AM an ogre!”

Jon Voight

We weren’t there when Jon Voight was in kindergarten, but judging by this picture, we’re going to bet he wasn’t too god at hide-and-Seek.


Although avoiding the paps might be a little harder than playground games, Voight is going to need a little more practice to do better next time.

Jemima Kirke

Jemima Kirke is known for portraying Jessa Johanssen in the HBO series, “Girls”. While her main job is acting, it looks like she would make a great model too.


When spotting a paparazzo, Kirke quickly pulled a Madonna and struck a pose.

Sarah Hyland and Dominic Sherwood

It doesn’t matter how old we get, every once in a while we all feel the need to act like little children.


In Sarah Highland and Dominic Sherwood’s case, the need popped up when a nearby paparazzo was getting a little too close.

Shia LaBeouf

Who could forget the 2014 case in which Shia LaBeouf showed up to the Berlin Film Festival wearing a paper bag on his face with the words “I’m not famous anymore”?

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Apparently, that wasn’t the only time in which LaBeouf donned a paper bag as a part of his outfit — it also works (to a certain degree) with nosey photographers outside his home.


Founding member of the hip hop group Black Eyed Peas, Will.i.am doesn’t appreciate blinding flashbulbs.


It appears that the camera that took this picture was standing a little too close to the musician, which made him feel less inclined to play along.

Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson

This may seem like a regular candid shot of regular famous people, but there are a few things you can easily miss if you don’t look closely.


First, there is Kate Hudson hiding behind her then-partner. Then there is Matt’s flipped bird, and finally, there is the little leaf he’s holding over his private parts like a biblical Adam. So much in just one image!

Matt Bellamy and Kate Hudson

Let us play Sherlock for a second and tell you what we can deduce about Matt and Kate from this picture:

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First, they went to Tesco — that explains the plastic bag over Matt’s head. Then we have the sensible shoes that teach us that Tesco was a little far, but not far enough to require a car ride. And finally, we learn that they got the unwanted attention of a nearby paparazzo.

Bella Thorne

Known for her acting and dancing abilities, you’d think Bella Thorne doesn’t know how to be anything than perfectly elegant. Well, think again.


Even Hollywood stars get caught being human. And what is the essence of being human if not looking confused while holding a cup of coffee?

Isla Fisher

There are many advantages to walking around with a stroller, and Isla Fisher knows them all.


You don’t have to physically carry the baby, you don’t have to carry a bag around because you can put whatever you need in the stroller bag, and you can use it as a paparazzi shield! We would advise other celebs to get one even if they don’t have kids.

Katy Perry

One thing we see a lot on this list is celebrities covering their faces with random objects — bags, iPads, and even puppies! But Katy perry takes the cake with the most bizarre item of all — a huge plush donut.

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It’s not only weird because it’s a huge plush donut, but also because the hole doesn’t even cover her face! Think better next time, Katy.


There is something rather teasing about wearing eyeballs from head to toe while not allowing people to even see your face.

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For all we know, the person under that hoodie signing autographs could be Queen Elizabeth II or Michael Jordan.

Andy Dick

Would you look at that — it seems that contrary to common belief, some men *are* capable of doing more than one thing at a time. Take Andy Dick for example.


In this picture, for example, Dick shows us that he can carry groceries, talk on the phone, stick out his tongue, and engage with the paparazzo on his way to his car. Inspiring!

Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo

Amy Adams and her husband Darren Le Gallo playing peekaboo with a paparazzo is probably the cutest thing you’ve seen all day.


The two were running errands around the city when the paps spotted them. Apparently they thought they might as well go for a behind-the-pole, Bollywood style smile at the camera.

Katy Perry

Pop star Katy Perry is mostly known for her musical talent (and for dating Orlando Bloom) but if these pictures have taught us anything, it’s that she can act as well.


Here you can see her portraying the photographer’s elderly mother trying to educate him about taking people’s pictures without their permission.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo is not a photographer, but that doesn’t mean he can’t pretend to be one when a paparazzo is spying on him chilling by the pool.


What we love most about this picture is how Ronaldo’s fingers don’t only serve as a symbolic camera, but also frame his beautiful face.


If music producers had their own action figures, this is what Timbaland’s would look like, down to the Mickey Mouse kicks.


How does he stay so cool with all those cameras in his face? Well, after working with people like Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, you have the luxury of being unphased by pretty much anything else.

Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole

Simon Cowell can wear all the tightest, most low-cut shirts in the world, but he’s not a model and he knows it.

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This is probably why he opted for the goofier option when meeting the statuesque Cheryl Cole on the red carpet.

Courtney Love

Nothing smells like teen spirit more than Courtney Love smoking a cigarette, wearing one shoe, being rolled around the streets in a shopping cart, flipping off a paparazzo in broad daylight.


So many bizarre elements come together in this picture it’s good there is photographic evidence it actually happened.

Britney Spears

For most of us, pool day means swimsuits, sunscreen, and maybe a popsicle or two. Not for Britney, though.

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Sure, there are swimsuits involved, and possibly the other things we mentioned, but she also needs to remember to look out for the paparazzo peeking over the fence.

Kate Moss

Kate Moss has always had a young-looking face, but sticking out her tongue in this picture really makes her look ten years old.

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Add that to her plain t-shirt and how small she looks sitting in that car alone, and you might mistake this as her first day going to preschool.

Tobey Maguire

Babies often think that if they cover their eyes they turn invisible. When they grow older, they understand that physics doesn’t work that way.


Apparently, Tobey Maguire has never gone through that stage of his childhood development. How else would you explain him hiding behind this bag?

Joe Jonas

Ah, Hollywood’s new contact sport —kung fu with a Starbucks cup in your hand. Joe Jonas must be one of the best fighters in the dojo.

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The paparazzo who took this picture must have been a little startled by Joe’s impressive combat moves, but we believe he’s since recovered.

Amanda Bynes

Hollywood gentry seems to always come up with the most inexplicable beauty trends to follow.

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Hair extensions? We get it. But when your hair extends into a full-on puppy in your face you should probably talk to someone about it.

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough

Actress Marilu Henner was lucky enough to partner with Derek Hough on “Dancing with the Stars”. During the show, we got to mostly see them being elegant and covered in glitter.


After rehearsal, however, they were caught looking a little more human. Well, Marilu does. Derek can make all the faces he wants and still look like a custom-made Greek god.

Alex Rodriguez

At 6′ 3″ tall, Alex Rodriguez (AKA A-rod) has to work a lot harder than his fiancee, Jennifer Lopez (5′ 5″) to hide from the paps.


Here is a little tip from us for next time — the Starbucks cup is a dead giveaway. You might as well be holding up a sign that says you’re behind the parking meter.

Frankie Grande

Frankie Grande is a hard man to miss, but that’s only because he makes himself hard to miss.


With those shorts, reverse hat, and a pair of shoes brighter than your future, it’s no surprise he welcomes the paparazzi with open arms and his best toy-gangsta pose.

Tallulah Willis

when you are the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, you’re probably so used to having cameras around you that you start forgetting they’re even there.

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This picture seems to have been taken at Tallulah’s ah-ha moment when she realized not everyone has paparazzi blocking their view 24/7.