Hollywood's 12 Most Interesting Off-Screen Personalities

It's no secret that we have the Jennifer Lawrence bug, big time (currently seeking treatment, but no doctors have been able to find a successful cure...yet). Approachable, relatable, and funny, her sharp wit and goofy, self-deprecating antics never fail to impress. America's fascination with her is, we'd argue, a sign that these days, we require so much more than just a pretty face to consider a star truly worth obsessing.
You've got to have brains — and a vibrant personality to match. And, because good things come in dozens (that's a saying, right?), we've rounded up 12 more of our favorite Hollywood personalities. Trust us, these characters have a lot to offer beyond the roles you've seen them play on the big screen.
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Olivia Wilde
Quotable Moment: "In the next election, can we vote to ban those ribbon things that kind of keep clothing on hangers but really just hang out of your armpits?"

Considering how annoying those stupid strings are, that quote (or rather, Tweet) alone is enough to qualify for genius status, in our book. But, Ms. Wilde has a long history of intelligent, hilarious commentary, including, most recently, this article she penned for Glamour. She comes from a family of journalists, and we have to admit, we've always kind of had our fingers crossed that she'll apply for an R29 gig some day...
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Rashida Jones
Quotable Moment: "Sometimes — and this is not a collective indictment — I look at where we’ve come to, and how much technology and advancement there is, and I can’t believe that we’re not this perfectly balanced, beautiful, peaceful society, where everybody is wearing white and the machines all run very quietly and everything is done really intelligently and sensitively."

Hey girl, we feel you — and that's why we appreciate your activism and strong statements about women's rights. There's no doubt that Rashida Jones was born into success (her parents are Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton). But, she definitely earned her place in Hollywood (after putting in time to get a degree at Harvard and — surprise! — working her way through a fashion PR internship at Barney's). She also penned the script for and starred in the surprisingly moving, nuanced Celeste and Jesse Forever. Definitely worth seeing, if you haven't yet.
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Rosario Dawson
Quotable Moment: "I'm not into jellyfish or centipedes — things with like multiple, tentacle-ly legs and suction cups and things just don't seem necessary, especially when they're electrified."

Okay, so that quote is hilarious and weird. But, even apart from her thoughts on many-legged creatures and her wondrous acting ability, we have immense respect for Rosario Dawson because of her political and social activism. She's long been a very vocal champion of women's rights, LGBTQ rights, protection against domestic violence, and a variety of environmental causes. Perhaps our favorite factoid about her is that, tired of being seen as a sexual object, she often went to auditions in baggy sweatshirts in her youth — and scoffed when producers and casting directors told her she was "perfect" for the role but, please, couldn't she wear something a little less shapeless? For our part, we're glad she stuck to her guns.
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Vin Diesel
Quotable Moment: “Dungeons & Dragons, for me, was a training ground for imagination in so many ways. It didn't take more than a couple of hours of playing before you really believed that you were this witch hunter, and the dice you were rolling were really your weapon.”

We have a major soft spot for nerds, and though he might not look the part, Vin Diesel is definitely one of them. The dude literally has a Dungeons and Dragons tattoo. The fact that he has somehow made the world believe he's a protein-swilling, body-building gym rat on the level of The Rock (whom we also love, just for the record) is a testament to some amazing powers of persuasion.
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Ke$ha
Quotable Moment:"Am I a party girl? ...If you mean 'party girl' like, at a club with a short skirt on with no underwear, then no. I've gotten drunk before but never gotten a DUI. I don't go to clubs. I try not to let my vagina hang out. I don't do drugs, but I think I'm a walking good time and I talk kind of funny, so people think I'm messed up all the time. I'm not."

Ke$ha hopped on the scene (or at least found fame, post some backup vocals, songwriting, and The Simple Life appearing) proudly declaring that she brushes her teeth with Jack Daniels. Immediately, she became the party-girl foil to the bubblegum Katy Perrys and elusive, confusing Lady Gagas of the pop scene. What with the glitter fetish, messy lion's mane, matte-blue lipstick, and songs that don't shy away from obvious innuendo ("Grow A Pear"? "C U next tuesday"?), she knew what she had to do to market herself, and make a name. What many people don't know is that Ke$ha has an almost genius IQ, writes and produces her own music, and can actually sing (listen to her live acoustic sets and believe). Ke$ha has knowingly manipulated the world because her antics sell records, but it's a show. It's always a show.
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Idris Elba
Quotable Moment: "I’ve got the philosophy that I want to do everything at least once. I haven’t had the opportunity to do a kung fu film yet, but trust me, I will get one at some point. What’s the point in being an actor if you play the same role over and over again? I’m not a clown who puts on a face and does the same routine every night."

Aside from being one of the most handsome people on Earth, Elba can always be relied upon for an interesting and outspoken interview. And he has played a wide variety of roles, from Stringer Bell on The Wire to Stacker Pentecost in Pacific Rim and even Nelson Mandela in Long Walk To Freedom. A lot of people are saying he could be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig, and to that point, he's firmly and aptly stated that he won't just be some token "Black James Bond." He will be a Bond, in his own right, and frankly, we would pay big money to see that.
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Mila Kunis
Quotable Moment: "People have interpretations of what you're supposed to be like. If you're unattractive and overweight, you must have a great personality. If you're attractive, then you must not be the nicest person. People are always taken aback that I'm easygoing but not necessarily stupid."

We've repeatedly gushed about Mila both for her fashion sense and her bold, hilarious personality. She has a famous no-bullshit attitude, which she put on full display when she called out critics of Justin Timberlake at a press conference in Moscow. Standing up for a friend is always something we can get behind, and it's even better when you're doing it in fluent Russian.
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J.Woww
Quotable Moment: "I left the club early because I didn't want to cheat on my boyfriend, and I felt like eating ham and drinking water. Ham."

Well, JWoww, we've all been there. Known by her family as Jennifer Farley, Snooki's partner in tan might seem like an odd choice for this list. But, even watching the show, we always had a feeling that there was more to her than she may have let on. While she did once design an unfortunately named clothing line called Filthy Couture, she also has a bachelor's degree in computer programming and another in graphic design from the New York Institute of Technology. In fact, Gawker even uncovered a portfolio of some of her work back in 2011.
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Megan Fox
Quotable Moment: "I'm not pretentious enough to just sit around and think about how I'm a tool for the whole Hollywood machine. But it has crossed my mind."

The interesting thing about Megan Fox is that while yes, she doesn't always play the role of the intellectual giant, she isn't overly concerned about it. She thoughtfully acknowledges the choices she has made in her career, and knows that she has a private life that doesn't necessarily need to infringe upon or even match her public persona. She's repeatedly said that she refuses to prove to people that she's smart — and that's her prerogative, to keep that part of her life private, even if it might seem like a counterintuitive choice (though she has professed her love of comic books on several occasions, and who doesn't dig that?).
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Zach Galifianakis
Quotable Moment: "I think for a comic to get accolades goes against what brought them there in the first place. I get mad at the audience: 'How dare you like me?' I want them to be judgmental. But, when you're making movies and stuff, that kind of goes away."

It's that kind of stubborn, self-deprecating modesty that makes Galifianakis a rare bird. He also once said he turned down a major sponsorship from Nike after he asked some uncomfortable questions about the brand's labor practices. Point is, the guy is not afraid to go there, and he doesn't care what people say. And yet, people still love him because, by all accounts, he is an incredibly kind, genuine person (this story is proof). Also, he's been known to call jokes "goof-abouts," which is just adorable.
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Kate Beckinsale
Quotable Moment: On the subject of Underworld, "I have to say that it does feel like a real privilege to be one of the very few women who’s got a franchise, in this way, with a very strong, tough, interesting female character. I really am proud of that."

With a background in French and Russian literature at Oxford, Beckinsale has been described by almost everyone as a total delight. Smart, quirky, and, according to Chelsea Handler, wickedly funny, she clearly has a lot going on behind the mask of her action flicks and lovable rom-coms. And, yeah, her character in Underworld is certifiably badass, not to mention the fact that she completely shattered casting directors' reservations around the idea that she was too "delicate" for the part.
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David Duchovny
Quotable Moment: "You have a fantasy when you're young, that you're going to be Nietzsche, that you have access to the profoundest truths...I don't really have anything profound to say. If I had, I imagine I would have been a philosopher. But I don't, really."

Our beloved Mulder has definitely been through some hard times in real life, and done some not-so-great things — resulting in multiple separations from his wife, Téa Léoni and treatment for sex addiction. But, whatever he might think about profound truths, he has a surprising intellectual background and frequently references literature with ease in interviews. He has a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton, a Master of Arts from Yale, and an unfinished doctoral thesis entitled Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose. If that's not highbrow enough for you, his senior thesis, in undergrad, was entitled The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett's Early Novels.
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