In a world where controversies seem to be a dime a dozen, finding unproblematic figures in the entertainment industry might feel like searching for a needle in a haystack.
However, contrary to popular belief, there are indeed men in the limelight who manage to navigate fame with grace and dignity. These are the unproblematic men of the entertainment industry, people who remind us that not everyone in Hollywood is involved in scandalous tales.
One Redditor asked, “I’m sick of lusting after pricks and cheaters, so let’s DO THIS: who’s your favorite *non-problematic* man in entertainment?” Thousands of users commented on this thread, and we have picked the top 20 celebrities for you!
1. Cillian Murphy
You might know him as the enigmatic Tommy Shelby from “Peaky Blinders.” This Irish lad is as cool as a cucumber. He’s got talent oozing out of his pores, but you won’t catch him causing a ruckus in the tabloids.
Someone said, “Cillian Murphy. Keeps off social media, concentrates on his work, and mows his own lawn. Top man.”
Another responded, “I second-lined a parade with him in my city in Ireland, man is chill as can be. He was walking behind the floats with the rest of us. I didn’t ask for a photo, though! Haha! We chatted for a few minutes, I complimented his work, and we talked about the parade and the arts festival it was at. We mostly let him talk, and he did, to a few of us.”
2. Keanu Reeves
He’s an actor known for his humility and generosity. Despite his immense success in films like “The Matrix” and “John Wick,” Reeves remains down-to-earth, often opting for public transport over luxury cars and donating substantial portions of his earnings to charity.
One Redditor wrote, “Keanu. I’ve only heard nice things about him.”
Another added, “He was my sister’s teenage crush from the Speed days and now she is so smug that she chose a good one.”
3. Jeff Bridges
One person commented, “Everything about Jeff is fantastic. Am awesome person, and his voice for me is so alluring.. like a moth to a flame, lol.”
Someone else replied, “He is so good-looking and like a wonderful family man. With the best hair in Hollywood.”
You’d think after playing The Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” he might have gone all diva on us, but nope, he’s as chill as ever.
4. Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser is another gem. Remember him from “The Mummy”? Yeah, that guy. Despite battling some personal stuff, he’s made an epic comeback, and everyone’s rooting for him. He’s genuinely down-to-earth and doesn’t let fame get to his head. Plus, he’s got that infectious smile that can brighten up even the gloomiest day.
One wrote, “Brendan Fraser is an absolutely precious ray of gummy bear gifting sunshine and I am so glad he’s having a renaissance. I would also go to war at the drop of a hat for Rick Moranis.”
Another responded, “Brendan Fraser went to my high school for 3 years – can confirm he’s been an angel since high school. He transferred before senior year so we can’t call him an alum.”
5. Jack Black
Jack Black- the rock ‘n’ roll funnyman. His humor is always on point, and he doesn’t need to stir up drama to get laughs.
Someone said, “I’m so scared that Jack Black will have some sort of scandal and destroy my wholesome feelings for him.”
Another added, “Kyle Glass wouldn’t hang out with Jack if he wasn’t a good dude. Kyle is an excellent judge of character. Fear not, Jack Black is solid gold.”
6. Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe, the OG boy wizard himself. You’d think someone who grew up under the Hogwarts spotlight might’ve gone all “spell-casting diva” on us, but not Dan. He’s basically just a regular guy who happens to have a lightning bolt scar on his forehead. He’s humble, funny, and not afraid to embrace his quirky side.
One Redditor wrote, “I hear nothing but wonderful things about him, and I love how he’s evolved sooooo far beyond just being Harry Potter, though he still embraces that he was/is Harry Potter. But wait, there’s more! He sings! He dances!
He acts in all kinds of roles! I recently learned that it was really him voice acting himself on Bojack Horseman. I’ve also heard he’s very smart with all his money and is fairly humble about it. Amazing career for a man so young and still seems like a stand-up guy.”
Someone else replied, “Someone posted an amazing story of Daniel Radcliffe randomly appearing to them at a pub and having a smoke with them and a heart to heart during a time of crisis.”
7. Oscar Isaac
Oscar Isaac, aka Poe Dameron from “Star Wars.” The dude’s got some serious acting chops, but he’s about as down-to-earth as they come. No crazy scandals or paparazzi showdowns here.
One person commented, “Came here to post him! This daddy has never done anything wrong ever. All he does is stay off social media and have a dump truck; god bless him.”
Another responded, “Omg?? I’ve heard the hype for Oscar Isaac for years and started watching Scenes from a Marriage a few days ago, and it’s super, he’s handsome too.”
8. Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson, the Irish gem. This guy’s been in everything from “Harry Potter” to “Star Wars” to “Ex Machina.” But you know what he’s not in? The tabloids for some juicy controversy.
Someone said, “Oh, I love Domhnall Gleeson so much. General Hux is my favorite Star Wars character because of him.”
Another added, “I love Domhnall, both of my children went through EXTENSIVE Peter rabbit phases and as a result, I think I ended up semi-besotted with the guy.”
9. Kieran Culkin
Kieran Culkin, aka Roman Roy from “Succession.” Now, you’d expect someone from that cutthroat show to be a real piece of work, but Kieran is anything but that.
One Redditor wrote, “Kieran Culkin. I’ve told this story before: there was a weird stretch where I would run into him like once a week in NYC. Eventually, he started to recognize me and we would just wave and say hi and keep walking. Idk, to me, that shows basic kindness and an awareness of other human beings.
I’ve had other interactions with celebrities who didn’t have that same interest in making others feel seen. (Tldr Kieran put a little bit of effort into being kind to a nobody, in situations where it wasn’t expected and where other celebs of his level wouldn’t bother.)”
Someone else replied, “Kieran came across well on the succession podcast, aside from talking about his role he mainly talked about how hard it was being away from his family during filming in Norway. You could tell that they are a super close family and that’s his priority.
He’s also said some really kind things about his brother saying how he felt sorry for him because of the fame. To be a wee little boy and have empathy for your big famous bro suggests you’re a good egg.”
10. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, our boy from “500 Days of Summer” and “Inception.” He’s basically the guy next door of Hollywood. You won’t find him making headlines for crazy parties or feuds with other celebs. He’s all about making great movies and doing it with class.
One person commented, “A friend dated him in high school, and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Everything you think about him is true. Nice guy without being… the nice guy.”
Another added, “JGL has been my #1 for a looong time, and I’m so happy he gets the recognition he deserves for being talented and a good human.”
11. Bill Hader
You know him from “Barry” and all his hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketches. This guy’s got mad talent, but he’s also got mad humility.
This user said, “Even though he’s a horrible person as Barry, I still loved him the most simply because he’s Bill Hader.”
Another added, “Back in like, 2011-2012, they were filming “Lincoln” in the city where I live, and I know a ton of people who were extras and/or served him at local restaurants. It sounds like he was super nice to everyone who encountered him. Apparently, he was the chillest dude and would frequently get stoned with members of the crew after they finished filming for the day.”
12. Andy Samberg
Andy Samberg, the king of comedy. He’s been making us laugh since his “SNL” days and now kills it on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
One wrote, “ANDY SAMBERG. Hands down, my Dream Guy right now. He’s so freakin HOT and funny!”
Another responded, “My favorite interview with him is where a movie reviewer is interviewing them about Popstar, and all the questions are about Judd Apatows. I love him and The Lonely Island, and he seems like a good dude.”
13. Daveed Diggs
Daveed Diggs is another story. You might remember him as Thomas Jefferson in “Hamilton.” He’s got serious flow and acting chops, but he’s not out there causing Twitter storms or stirring up controversy.
One Redditor wrote, “Very cool, approachable and easy-going, presumably if you are. Just seemed like you’d imagine Daveed Diggs playing a normal, easy-going, confident guy on holiday. If you can imagine that, you have him.”
Another shared, “I actually met him once briefly! He was working on a movie (High Water), and the house I lived in at the time got scouted for a location for the scene involving his ex-wife, I believe, in the film. It was a one-day shoot kind of thing, and he was super nice!”
14. Jesse Plemons
Jesse Plemons, the chameleon of Hollywood. This guy can play anything from a creepy cult leader to a lovable neighbor. But you won’t catch him making headlines for wild antics. He’s just doing his thing, staying out of trouble, and nailing every role.
Someone said, “Jesse Plemons. A majority of the characters he plays are problematic, but the actor himself is such a gem.”
Another added, “The dude is an exceptional actor. He’s played a ton of character roles, but I’d love to see him in a primary role. He has so much range; there has to be a screenplay out there that’s made for him to star in. Windfall and Antlers were pretty close, but I’d love to see him as the major focus in a film or series.”
15. Zac Efron
Zac Efron- the guy who made us all sing along to “High School Musical.” Even with his heartthrob status, Zac’s managed to keep it classy.
One person commented, “Genuinely never heard a bad word about him; he seems like he was raised right. I’ve never even seen an HSM movie; I was a bit too old when they were released. But I will forever love him for 17 Again.”
Someone else replied, “I had to scroll too far down to see my handsome man. Seriously been my celebrity crush since forever.”
16. Pedro Pascal
One wrote, “For me, I love his voice. I’m embarrassed to say that I would have an existential crisis if anything bad came out about him. It would be my fault for loving and trusting a complete stranger but I just have strong convictions about him.”
Another added, “this is so wild bc he’s my dream cast for the husband in Gone Girl… something about the stare has a could-be killer in it; nice to know he’s a man of quality who would never do such a thing irl”
Despite being the galaxy’s coolest bounty hunter, he’s just a down-to-earth dude. No drama, no diva moments, just stellar acting and a charming smile.
17. Adam Scott
One Redditor wrote, “I was going through this whole list outraged that there was no Adam Scott. Absolute babe and hilarious.”
Another added, “I saw him on Broadway in Oklahoma, and I don’t understand why he doesn’t seem to get any more singing roles.”
Whether he’s playing the awkward Ben Wyatt in “Parks and Rec” or the dad with a dark side in “Big Little Lies,” he’s always on point.
18. Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson, the dude from “The Conjuring” and “Aquaman.” He’s been in some intense movies, but he’s anything but intense in real life.
Someone said, “My love for Patrick Wilson only gets stronger every year. He’s been married to his wife for 18 years (Dagmara Dominczyk aka Karolina from Succession) He does his movies and press and then just lives his life lowkey with his family; I’ve read fans saying he’s incredibly nice as well. Also, he’s a very talented singer.”
Another responded, “My first introduction to Patrick Wilson was through Hard Candy, so it’s taken me a looong time to properly appreciate him because his character left such a lasting impression.”
19. Chris Pine
Chris Pine- Captain Kirk himself. This guy has journeyed through space and time on the big screen, but in real life, he’s just a regular Joe (well, a really good-looking Joe).
One person commented, “When he started singing in that DND movie, I got an Apple Watch alert because my heart rate spiked.”
Someone else replied, “I’m an old Trekkie and paid no mind to this Chris until his turn as James T Kirk. He played it so perfectly that I could absolutely see this guy turning into TOS Kirk (Shatner), whom I loved as a kid (and hoo boy, is Chris smoking hot too)”
20. Dave Grohl
Look at Dave Grohl, the frontman of Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana. Grohl is not only an incredibly talented musician but also a beacon of positivity and resilience. His friendly and approachable demeanor has earned him the love and respect of fans and colleagues alike.
One Redditor wrote, “Omg, I love Dave. Drives a minivan. Lovely family. Looks like he’s a good hugger.”
Another added, “He and Jack Black are buddies too. Tenacious D was in a Foo Fighters video. Dave Grohl played the devil in Pick of Destiny. Can you imagine the positive vibes around them on a movie set?”
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