The top 10 actresses who irrationally annoy the shit out of me

There are some actors and actresses that really make you want to see a film  to the point where you will literally see anything they’re in #salmonfishinginthesoddingyemen. But then there are other actors and actresses that make actively avoid their films even when they actually look like they might be good. Sometimes this hatred has a logical, solid basis – like they have zero talent or keep picking absolute stinkers… and then other times you can’t completely explain why you want to stab them in the eye with a sharpened spoon… now if only I had a spoon for these bitches…

anne-hathaways-im-with-stupid-faceAnne Hathaway
Irrational irritation: her mouth is too big for her head
Most annoying role: Fantine in Les Miserables (2012) – how long did this bitch take to die?
Irritation exception: Andrea Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Irritation factor: 6/10
“I cry terribly easily. Just a minute ago, I was reading an article about Kate Winslet in Vogue, and I love her so much I started crying”

rachel-mcadams-resizedRachel McAdams
Irrational irritation: She picks the most incredibly lame romantic comedies where she plays endlessly irritating characters
Most annoying role: Allie in The Notebook (2004)
Irritation exception: Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Irritation factor: 4/10
“A friend of mine had this great theory about the Teletubbies, that it’s preparing us for being mindless. And getting us ready for living in an underground world. When they build the underground world because we can no longer breathe the air that it will look like Teletubbie land.”

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
Irrational irritation: She’s so self-righteous and up her own arse.
Most annoying role: Jane Foster in Thor (2011)
Irritation exception: Alice in Closer (2004)
Irritation factor: 8/10
“I don’t mean to criticize anyone in any way that I wouldn’t criticize myself. I think people should have fun, and have a good time, and enjoy the luck that we have to be lazy and dwell in consumerism. But I think that it’s a balance. And our job as actors is empathy.

keiraKeira Knightley
Irrational irritation: Her inability to manage more than one facial expression and her weird planklike body
Most annoying role: Elizabeth Swan in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Irritation exception: Georgiana in The Duchess (2008)
Irritation factor: 10/10
“I like my stomach, but it’s really annoying because apparently, now, you’re not allowed to show your stomach, because it’s considered vulgar and fashion magazines say you can’t anymore.”

Jessica BielJessica Biel
Irrational irritation: There’s something about her voice that really grates me.
Most annoying role: Melina in Total Recall (2012)
Irritation exception: I’ve yet to find one.
Irritation factor: 7/10
“Being Sexiest Woman Alive definitely didn’t just open all the doors for me, which I thought it would. I thought, ‘This is going to be huge for me!’ And it really wasn’t at all.

Stars On The Set Of 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'Jennifer Garner
Irrational irritation: She almost almost looks confused or in pain
Most annoying role: Elektra Natchios in Daredevil (2003)
Irritation exception: Vanessa Loring in Juno (2007)
Irritation factor: 3/10
“I want to be funny. I want to be like a huge fat old man and stuff like that, … Now is the time to do stuff that’s fun.”

1600x1200 Gwyneth Paltrow look up Gwyneth,Paltrow,lookGwyneth Paltrow
Irrational irritation: Between the macrobiotic diet and the weird kids’ names and the conscious uncoupling it’s hard not to stab her
Most annoying role: Pepper Potts in Iron Man (2008)
Irritation exception: Helen in Sliding Doors (1998)
Irritation factor: 9/10
“We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art and literature—all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, ‘Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you’re wearing?’ and I thought, I can’t stay here. I have to get back to Europe.”

CharlizeCharlize Theron
Irrational irritation: Comes from South Africa… doesn’t have a South African accent
Most annoying role: Aeon Flux in Aeon Flux (2005)
Irritation exception: Aileen Wournos in Monster (2003)
Irritation factor: 5/10
“I guess because I pay so much attention to the physical part of the character, I don’t look upon it as like Charlize Theron up there. I don’t think of them as like Charlize Theron films.

cefd4b613f394d179ffdd3d7c4d4a004.1600x1200Hilary Swank
Irrational irritation: She is so completely overrated
Most annoying role: Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Irritation exception: Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry (1994)
Irritation factor: 2/10
“To me, working out is literally like eating a meal or drinking water or breathing.

cameron diazCameron Diaz
Irrational irritation: The whole look how goofy I am, I’m one of the boys, I don’t wear deodorant schtick is tired
Most annoying role: Kimberley Wallace in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Irritation exception: Celine Navile in A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Irritation factor: 8/10
“Pubic hair serves as a pretty draping that makes it a little mysterious to the one who might be courting your sexiness. Pubes keep the goods private, which can entice a lover to come and take a closer look at what you have to offer.

So tell me… do you agree with me? Have I picked any of your favourites? Who irrationally annoys you?


  1. MIB

    Apart from Natalie Portman – who is borderline for me – that is a great list. I’m glad its not just me who finds this lot irritating too. And at the risk of being shallow, I don’t find any of them (again Portman aside) physically attractive either which adds to the irritation as they are regularly being pushed in the media as the epitome of the Beautiful People.

    To be honest I find most American actresses annoying anyway, but I would add Lindsay Lohan, everyone involved in Bridesmaids, Jennifer Anniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Megan Fox, Amanda Seigfried and countless more! 😛

    1. Abbi

      I don’t see why anyone finds them attractive either but if you say that as a woman it always sounds like sour grapes!

      I agree with your other picks but I have to guilty admit that I kind of loved Bridesmaids and I’d consider changing allegiances for J-Law if you know what I mean.

      1. MIB

        I forgot to add Kate Winslet but I guess that would be treason, right? :-\ 😛

        If you do a list on annoying pop stars or “celebs” let us know cos I’ve got a million of them I hate too! 😉

        1. Abbi

          It would be a simple list. “All of them”.

  2. Haha. I don’t agree with Charlize Theron, but I love your reasoning for that entry.

    1. Abbi

      As a South African it bugs me that she’s abandoned her roots.

      1. It’s how us Brits feel about Anthony Hopkins lol.

  3. Jen

    “Comes from South Africa…doesn’t have a South African accent” That is an irrational irritation, that’s like being annoyed that I don’t have an accent! I kinda like all of these actresses. Especially Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway 😛

    1. Abbi

      You do have an accent. You have 7 – 12 accents simultaneously. Lol! I know it’s irrational though. Anne Hathaway is so random. You should read her quotes about her husband. 😵

      1. MIB

        Actually I hate Brits who go to the US and come back talking with an American accent! Sell outs! 😛

  4. My god man! You must be reading my mind! Hathaway, Paltrow, Biel, Swank and Knightley all in the same list? I couldn’t agree more. I do, however, quite like Theron.

    1. Abbi

      It sounds like a dodgy law firm!

  5. I don’t think Anne H is an irrational choice. A friend of mine knows an actor in LA who is just getting started. Her day job includes shuttling actors around. She’s driven Anne H and said she was so rude to her and treated her as though she was beneath her. However she said Tom Cruise is a peach. Super sweet and friendly. I wouldn’t have guessed that of either.

    1. Abbi

      That’s really interesting. She has always seemed like someone who would believe their own hype. Lol!

  6. a great list. and people think the blogosphere is all about self-absorbed snarking; in fact it’s about important stuff like this. Your assessment of Cameron Diaz is spot-on: I would add Jennifer Lawrence for similar reasons. I’m sick of “J-Law” and her ‘look at me I’m an adorable goofball’ antics

    1. Abbi

      Hahahahha! Glad you had fun with it. I love J-Law though!

  7. You forgot Scarlett Johansson’s voice. While I think she’s breathtaking, I find her voice annoying as hell. I also find the world’s current obsession with Jennifer Lawrence annoying. I think she’s overrated and wish she’d stop shouting and whining at me and shut up.

    1. Abbi

      Funnily enough neither of them bug me. Irritation is such a weird personal thing.

    2. Not to single you out or anything but I’m the complete opposite. I’d go as far as saying she has the sexiest voice in Hollywood! Love Lawrence too!

      As for this list….I agree with most haha! Except Theron, Paltrow and McAdamns!

      1. Abbi

        I love how much everyone’s taste differs!

        1. I’m a huge Scarlett fan so I am glad she did not make this list haha!

      2. LOL. No worries, it’s a subjective list. I loved Her and everyone went ga-ga over her voice. I think it is grating when she raises it in anger or anxiety, it wobbles. Anyway, Lawrence–I find her annoying in many ways. As if it matters, really, right? 😉

        1. Haha not at all! Just interesting how we all have such different perspectives:)

    3. Re Scarlett Johansson…Oh my God, yes, exactly!

      1. Abbi

        So much hate for poor Scarlet. Lol!

        1. Ha! She’s beautiful, but when she speaks I just cringe.

  8. Fun list! The big one which I have to disagree with is Portman!

    1. Abbi

      She seems to be very popular. I’m not sure why she bugs me so much. I guess I find her quite self-righteous.

      1. I think I can understand where you re coming from even though it doesn’t affect me!

  9. This is a fantastic list! Totally genius idea, even if most of these actresses don’t annoy me. I can totally get the hate for some of these women, though, but I love most of them, especially Theron. Loved your reason to be irritated by Theron.

    Actresses who annoy me: Maria Bello (I don’t know why) comes to mind. Jennifer Lawrence is getting there.

    1. Abbi

      I think the fun part is the irrationality of it. I shouldn’t really have a problem with any of these women but they just bug me for very little reason. I think I’m going to do an actor one next.

      1. Great idea. Keep ’em coming!

  10. Reblogged this on If There’s Only Ten People in the Theater, Don’t Sit Near Me, Asshole and commented:
    I loved this so much that I had to share it here! We all have actors and actresses that are completely aggravating for some vague reason – here are some absolute gems from Abbi.

  11. You chose such great pics for all of these, but the Keira Knightley one is the best. Her face really just says, “Look how annoying I am!” You should do another list and make it annoying TV stars.

    1. Abbi

      I will admit that my Google image search was ” looking stupid”. I don’t actually watch as many TV shows but I will look into it.

  12. I freaking love this list. Knightley really works on my last nerve… Theron and Diaz are also bloody good additions to this!

    1. Abbi

      I’m glad someone agrees on Charlize. I feel like I should champion her because she’s South African but she just winds me up.

  13. FANTASTIC list! Especially Cameron Diaz. BUT, there’s a glaring omission of Julia Roberts.

    1. Abbi

      Now oddly she doesn’t really bug me… except in Eat Pray Love, which definitely made me want to reach for the spoon.

      1. Her constant braying laugh annoys me to no end. It’s in literally every trailer of every movie she’s been in.

        1. You know, for someone who looks eerily like her brother, you’d think Julia Roberts would at least be quirkily pretty, but no, she’s got the negative Shemp-face thing going…in Shemp’s case, it was exaggerated, and he was actually quite handsome in younger years.
          Shemp-face: [noun] When one sibling looks very similar to the others, but has something “off” about their face. In photos/film, the resemblance to handsomer/prettier siblings is noticed. but as mentioned, something’s off–their nose, looking like a caricature, etc.)
          See: Marlon and Kim Wayans, Patrick and Don Swayze, etc.

          1. Whoops! Meant to say that Marlon and Kim Wayans look “off” compared to their OTHER siblings!

          2. Jemma

            Wow! The first people I thought of were the Swayzes.

            1. Abbi

              Good shout!

      2. Rose

        Your exception for Jessica Biel must be Easy Virtue. Loved her in that character, loved the film, went under the radar. Great comic timing

  14. Agreed! These are all good contenders. The only one I have to say I really like is Rachel McAdams. I find Amanda Peet the most annoying, Lake Bell because she looks like her to me and Cristin Milioti the girl who was the mom on How I met your Mother. Those are the ones I could think of at the moment. I am sure there are more. But seriously that Gwyneth comment, she’s so dumb! Bitch you are an American dumb ass.

    1. Abbi

      Gwyneth makes herself look like more of a dick every time she opens her mouth. Amanda Peet has never bothered me but then I haven’t seen her in much.

      1. Yes she is pompous and arrogant and feels entitled to think she is European because she married Chris Martin.

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  16. Jennfier anniston…. She totally needs to be on this list!!! Otherwise, it’s perfect lol

    1. Abbi

      I don’t love her but she doesn’t really bother me. She’s a bit of a nonentity.

  17. defgerv

    And what about Sandra Bullock?

    1. Abbi

      I actually LOVE Sandy B. I don’t care what anyone says.

  18. Another great list! I’m gettin all wound up just looking at their annoying faces. Keira Knightley is possibly the most irritating actress in history, I absoloutely cannot stand her. She almost ruined Atonement for me. And she looks like a boy – eat a burger, ffs!
    As for Paltrow, McAdams and Garner – urgh! Terrible, terrible, terrible. Why do they keep getting cast? I cannot stand them. Paltrow’s constant yapping about her macrobiotic lifestyle gets right on my wick, and McAdams and Garner both have extremely irritating mannerisms and facial expressions.
    I’d have to add Famke Janssen, Halle Berry and Anna Paquin. How the hell I still manage to enjoy the X-men films is anyone’s guess. (OK, Hugh Jackman, that’s how).

    1. Abbi

      I’m 100% with you on Knightley. It’s almost an achievement to be that painfully annoying.

    2. Oh my god, I can’t believe I forgot Kristen Stewart. She’s the WORST.

  19. I wholeheartedly agree with your Gwyneth Paltrow comments! It is near impossible not to shoot her! So annoying. Fantastic post! You have a great and unique voice. Love the movie reviews!

    1. Abbi

      What lovely compliments! 😋 Really glad you enjoyed the list!

  20. I’m with you on all of these as well, except Charlize Theron. I feel neutral.

    1. Abbi

      I’m not sure why she irks me so much. It’s truly irrational.

  21. I think most people dislike those actors, or feel annoyed by them. I know that I do. I like Christina Hendricks, she looks like she can hustle and it literally looks like her body is following her tits around.

    1. Abbi

      I agree she is awesome!

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  24. Very interesting list and agree with some, but the one that was missing for me was Meryl Streep, something about her unsettles me every time.

    1. Abbi

      I love Meryl! She was in my favourites list. Haha!

  25. Damn! No Megan Fox?? ; ) Well, we agree on a lot once again! There are a few here I don’t totally hate (Rachel McAdams, Jennifer Garner, Natalie Portman although she’s gotten more annoying in recent years) but they’re certainly not favorites of mine. I like Charlize Theron okay, though! But thank you so much for including Knightley and freaking GWYNETH! Ugh. : )

    1. Abbi

      Megan Fox is such a non-entity. I have only seen about three films with her in. She is totally annoying though. I don’t know a single person who likes Knightley or Gwyneth.

      1. Sorry to butt in, but I like them both. It’s a lonely place to be 😦

        1. Abbi

          I thought I knew you!

      2. Please tell me that Jennifer’s Body wasn’t one of the Fox films you saw. Worst movie I’ve seen in YEARS.

        1. Abbi

          I did see it. It was dreadful but I thought Amanda Seyfried was even more annoying than Fox.

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  27. Keira Knightly, absolutely 100% irritating. Don’t mind the rest too much. I don’t really read or pay much attention to what they say in interviews or in the media so that could possibly up the irritation factor on more of them. The one that always used to irritate me was Winona Ryder, and I feel Keira Knightly is the new Winona for me since you don’t see Winona as much anymore. Kristin Stewart as mentioned above is awful. Not always keen on Cameron Diaz but have liked some of her movies.

    1. Abbi

      It’s all so personal when it comes to irritation. I so get the Winona thing though!

  28. Ahah, I’d agree w/ most of these, esp Paltrow and Diaz! I don’t mind Garner and McAdams tho, but they’re not exactly my faves either. I actually like Charlize, but now she’s dating Sean Penn, ugh!! I’m so sick of seeing Keira in EVERYTHING! There are soooo many more talented British actresses who are so under-appreciated & under-utilized, i.e. Romola Garai, Sophia Myles, etc.

    1. Abbi

      Sean Penn is a serial abuser. I can’t see how any woman would find that attractive. The irritation thing is so personal though. It’s different for everyone.

      1. Yep, plus he’s just fugly inside and out. Ha..ha.. yeah, it’s really subjective but I see ppl like Gwyneth, Keira, Kristen Stewart get on people’s nerves.

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  33. Tom

    Nice list Abbi, about to finally get my own version of this up and running as well. Meant to have it up on the first of the month but I totally forgot. This was a great, and very cathartic read. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the 10 I nominate here in a bit as well.

    1. Abbi

      I can’t wait to read yours!

  34. […] are just as annoyed with the current crop of popular actresses as it turned out we all were when I accidentally started that blogathon. (See terms underlined in blue). Go on Keira Knightley with your ridiculous facial […]

  35. I struggle to watch any Keira Knightley film without shouting “HAVE ANOTHER FACIAL EXPRESSION!” There is the pout, the talking through your teeth and the weird skeletal smile. I wonder if she ate some pies if she’d have some more energy to do something more?

    1. Abbi

      Hahahahaha… who knows? Maybe we should send her some.

  36. Glad to see Knightley in there, and I am with you 100% on the rest. I can think of a few others to add, but lists have to end somewhere!
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks! I had way too much fun making this list.

  37. Shelly

    Keira Knightly’ s mouth completley annoys the crap out of me,I don’t know why but I can’t stand her expressions, and Natalie Dormer smirk in the Tudors made me look forward to the scene when they cut off her head! Though I did like her in the Hunger Games.

    1. Hahaha! That’s hilarious! I love it!

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  39. Typical Man

    Anne Hathaway is the the most annoying. However, Jennifer garner brought me here. Great list. Great. List. Thank You. I don’t feel alone anymore.

    1. Always great to find people who hate the same people you do. Thanks for stopping by!

  40. OMG I agree with all of them.

  41. Paul Carpenter

    I was trying to figure out how 2 people could look so much alike but yet one irritates the living fuck out of me and the other warms my heart. I think it’s the way Keira Knightley holds her jaw so tight and puts on an air of nobility that doesn’t seem to fit, as if it was arrogance from being born into Royalty (I mean, I know that is the role she is playing, but it doesn’t translate well ) As for Natalie Portman, I think her jaw line is slightly softer. Which to me seems welcoming, warm, soft, glowing, beautiful. I don’t know her or Keira well enough ( or at all ) to speak about them personally, I am ONLY speaking on how I feel when I watch them on screen.

  42. TheFirefly71

    Christina Hendricks
    Can’t stand her.. Her big boobs are always in your face horrendous ugly big things, just can’t avoid them in your face. they don’t suit her they’re just too big and trashy for her physique. The way she talks damn annoying southern like accent and she’s so pale – pink almost. I find everything about her just so damn annoying.

    1. That’s hilarious because I regularly get told I remind people of her. Nice body shaming too.

  43. Daniela Dynamite

    Why isn’t Drew Barrymore in here. Ultimately annoying lispy voice, piggy hands and face. Terrible over acting. She is my tops. As annoying as those on your list are in real life, in films, they don’t really bug me that much. If Hathaway is a condescending person, she can f off. But she actually could sing in that ULTRA annoying LES MIS.
    Please do the men. First Russel Crowe can’t sing. and Hugh Jackman sounded awful like a cat in a alley, in Les Mis too

  44. Thembi

    I am a black South African. I despise Charlize Theron. Why? Because she claims to be a “barefoot African farm girl” when she’s really from Benoni. Benoni is the local version of a hick town. She needs to let go of that narrative just like she let her natural accent go. You don’t see British or Australian actors change their natural accents, so what does that tell you about her? She’s ashamed of who she is and where she is from. A Caucasian can never truly be African. And then she had to prove as a white saviour and adopt a black kid. Jeez. She tries way too damn hard.

    1. I’m South African too… albeit white and I completely agree with you.

  45. Kristie

    I love this list, I would add Jennifer Aniston. My grandma would so agree with this list and my mom says my grandma just hates beautiful women in general. I do love Charlize Theron though, but then again, I’ve never really seen her in interviews or just talking, only movies, so she hasn’t be “ruined” for me, lol. I named my daughter Charlize, not after her specifically, I was hoping for a boy and had picked out Charlie early on (like before I ever had kids) and I thought her name was a nice was to feminize it a little more. My daughter loves her name.

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