These Celebrities Are Way Taller Than We Ever Realized

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Celebrities often appear larger than life on the big and small screens—and on red carpets, for that matter—regardless of their actual height. After all, in Hollywood, not everything is what it seems. Angles and camera tricks abound, creating whatever illusion or image the creative team behind that project wants to convey. But there are a few stars who are actually tall—and you might not even realize it. (Keep in mind that the average height for men and women in the United States is 5' 9" and 5'4", respectively.)

With that, here are 40 celebrities that are way taller in real life than we ever realized.

Taylor Swift (5'11")

This singer-songwriter isn't short in height or on Grammys (she boasts an impressive dozen!).

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Mandy Moore (5'10")

"I've come to love my height," Mandy told Shape in 2017. "[My husband] Taylor is a bit shorter than I am, but I'll put on those four-inch heels and be 6'2"!" You go, girl!

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Tyler Perry (6'5")

Tyler's height might be just as striking as his amazing ability to transform into his beloved Madea character.

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Jennifer Coolidge (5'10")

This iconic White Lotus star stands tall, that's for sure. 🔥

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Ireland Baldwin (6'1")

The model and actress is taller than both of her parents, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, who stand at 5'7" and 6'0", respectively.

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Shawn Mendes (6'2")

Shawn was athletic in high school—but instead of using his height to play basketball, he opted for soccer and hockey.

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Adele (5'9")

With several Guinness World Records, including the most streamed track on Spotify in 24 hours ever with "Easy on Me," the British singer-songwriter stands tall.

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Conan O'Brien (6'4")

This one really surprised us—anyone else?

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Famke Janssen (5'11")

It may surprise Marvel fans to learn that Famke is five inches taller than the comic book character on which her X-Men role was based.

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Ben Affleck (6'4")

The actor and filmmaker towers over his wife, Jennifer Lopez, who stands at 5'5". (Maybe he's born with it, maybe it's all that Dunkin'!)

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Lizzo (5'10")

The four-time Grammy winner always looks and sounds "good as hell," are we right?

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Nicholas Braun (6'7")

"Six-seven is the real number," Braun told Insider about his speculated height. "I used to make it shorter because most people hear 6'7" or even 6'6" and I think are a little spooked by it, like I'm going to be too tall."

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Katie Holmes (5'9")

The Dawson's Creek star doesn't let height get in the way of love. She was once married to Tom Cruise, who stands two inches shorter at 5'7".

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Ross Butler (6'3")

The statuesque star got his start on Disney Channel's K.C. Undercover, but he has since starred in several hit series and movies, including Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and the superhero film Shazam!

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JoJo Siwa (5'9")

Perhaps we were all too busy admiring JoJo's perfectly styled ponytail and pretty hair bows to realize how tall she is.

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Brian Tyree Henry (6'2")

The Emmy and Academy Award nominee might be known for his rapping skills as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles on the hit FX comedy-drama series Atlanta, but the North Carolina-born actor is a true thespian at heart.

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Brooke Shields (6'0")

The model and actress' two teen daughters, Rowan Francis Henchy, 19, and Grier Hammond Henchy, 17, seem to have taken after her in the height department—standing at 5'11" and 5'9", respectively.

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Leslie Jones (6'0")

The Saturday Night Live alum was on a basketball scholarship at Colorado State University when a friend entered her in the "Funniest Person on Campus" contest at 19 years old—and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (6'5")

Okay, we knew The Rock was tall—but are we the only ones who didn't realize he was this tall?

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Maggie Gyllenhaal (5'9")

The Deuce actress' famous younger brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, is only three inches taller than she is—and neither star is short on landing standout roles.

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Megan Thee Stallion (5'10")

Regarding her name, Megan told Houstonia, "Since I was younger, probably about 15 or 16, I've always had the same body. Older guys would always be like, 'Oh, you a stallion.' So I finally had to ask like, is that a good thing? Everybody pretty much took it and ran with it, and then I put it as my main name on Twitter, and ever since then, everybody's just been calling me Stallion."

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Aisha Tyler (6'0")

Fun fact: The Ghost Whisperer star is only one inch shorter than Friends co-star (and fellow onscreen paleontologist) David Schwimmer.

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Blake Lively (5'10")

The actress and mom of four met her match when she married fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, who is 6'2".

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Jay-Z (6'2")

The Brooklyn-born music mogul might have "99 Problems," but his height's not one!

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Geena Davis (6'0")

The actress and activist might stand tall, but she doesn't stand for injustices against women in the media. In fact, she created the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, which aims to create gender balance, foster inclusion, and reduce negative stereotyping in family entertainment media.

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Venus Williams (6'1")

Fun fact: The tennis star and Olympic gold medalist is four inches taller than her sister, Serena Williams, who is 5'9".

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Zendaya (5'10")

"This is normal," Zendaya told People of her height difference with boyfriend Tom Holland. "My mom is taller than my dad." You tell 'em, Z!

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Sacha Baron Cohen (6'3")

Did you know the British actor and comedian stands a whole foot above his wife, Isla Fisher?

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Monica (5'8")

After being in the music business since she was a teenager, the Atlanta native is "Still Standing" tall. (IYKYK.)

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Chevy Chase (6'4")

The funnyman known for delivering decades of comic relief is well above average in the height department.

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Uma Thurman (5'11")

Nope, her height is not (Pulp) Fiction. (Had to.)

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Idris Elba (6'2")

The British actor has said that he has hopes of playing Michael Jordan (who is 6'6") in a movie one day.

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Jennifer Hudson (5'9")

This former American Idol contestant is a Dreamgirl, indeed!

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Elizabeth Debicki (6'3")

File this beauty under: We knew she was tall, but not over six feet. 🔥

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Drew Scott (6'3") and Jonathan Scott (6'5")

The Property Brothers have a lot in common, and height is no exception—but one of them stands just a bit taller than the other.

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Jordin Sparks (5'10")

The American Idol winner is only one inch shorter than her father, former professional football player Phillippi Dwain Sparks.

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Hannah Waddingham (5'11")

The Ted Lasso star never shies away from heels, and we love that journey for her.

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Josh Duhamel (6'4")

Yep, the Transformers actor is in the over-six-feet club.

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John Krasinski (6'3")

You may not have noticed when he was sitting at his desk on The Office, but the lovable Jim Halpert is quite tall.

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Naomi Osaka (5'11")

The Japanese tennis star's striking stance certainly commands attention on the court.

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