The Definitive Guide to Every A-List Celeb Who’s Not on Instagram, and Why

When it comes to the social media usage of very high profile people (and the people who wrangle them), there tends to be two schools of thought: One: The Busy Phillipps Method: Give ‘em the old razzle dazzle. Exist online as a a separate, complementary entity to your IRL persona. Extra credit if you can get a book deal and a syndicated talk show out of it. On the opposite spectrum, there’s who eschew public social media profiles entirely. In an age of tabloid journalism and reality television, where a famous person’s overexposure is almost inevitable, there is next to nothing quite as intriguing as a celebrity of stature who staunchly refuses to participate in social media all together. There are some, particularly musicians, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Kanye West among them, who waiver between connectivity and not, but for a very select crowd of (mostly) actors, not having a public profile is a way of life.

1. Tina Fey

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “There’s just not enough hours in the day for it really. And if we have time that we’re not working, we want to be with our kids. I’m not going to be curating what my meal looked like for Instagram or something. […]I’m just waiting to be able to show my nipples. If I can’t show my nipples, I don’t want any part of it.” (Additionally, when asked straight-up by Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt collaborator Tituss Burgess, she responded, “Why would I give my jokes away for free?”) [via Entertainment Tonight)

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Tituss Burgess (@titusssawthis), who curated one of the greatest moments on Instagram (maybe the world) with his video of the two of them and Jane Krakowski lip syncing to Beyonce’s “***Flawless” on a private jet.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 137,000


2. Jennifer Aniston

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “For me, it’s self-preservation. There’s enough written about me out there and enough that’s not true. There’s one school of thought, which is, ‘Why don’t you be on social media and really show who you really are?’ And I don’t need to… This is the one place I have that’s really protected and is mine and is what my life is without a camera rolling or paparazzi or media exposure.” [via Thrive Global]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Aleen Keshishian (@aleenkeshishian), Aniston’s longtime friend and manager

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 553,000


3. Sandra Bullock

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📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “Oh god, I would have one glass of rosé and be spouting off like [slurs voice], “This is not the truth!” I would have the “nuh-uh” column. I’m not ignorant of what’s happening out there. I look over people’s shoulders, going, “What is that little vignette of a cat on a fan?” I’m just lazy. But I’m going to get on it and troll my friends. Once my kids are using it, I’ll know how to navigate it. I don’t want to be naïve.” [via InStyle]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Sarah Paulson (@mssarahcatharinepaulson), her Ocean’s 8 co-star.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 191,000


4. Scarlett Johansson 

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “All of it drives me crazy. I don’t understand this need to ‘share.’ We almost exploit ourselves in order to feel seen.” [via Marie Claire]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Pete Yorn (@peteyorn), with whom she’s collaborated on music since 2009.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 960,000


5. Emily Blunt

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📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “I’m like a dinosaur with that stuff, No. 1. But it’s also not really an organic sort of fit for me. I can barely remember to text people back! I also feel that my job is to persuade people that I’m somebody else, so if I reveal too much, then I’m doing my job a disservice, in a way.” [via Vulture]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Duh, John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski), aka her husband of eight years, aka Jim from The Office Jack Ryan of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 108,000


6. Jake Gyllenhaal 

📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “To me, this is a product of us all having smartphones and being consumed by that. We’re looking down. No one is looking up. I take that seriously, even in the midst of being funny. I think it’s saying something really important and a little scary.” [via USA TODAY]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: His sister, Maggie (@mgyllenhaal), who’s a reluctant Instagram participant herself.

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 243,000


7. Emma Stone

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “It makes me so crazy to look at social media. When you see people like, ‘This is the best life ever! I couldn’t be happier,’ you’re like, ‘Shut up, that is not true.’ Not everything comes together in the best way ever, every day. It just doesn’t. Even when your dream you set out for comes true, it’s not always perfect… That’s not the reality of life.” [via Elle]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Celeb makeup artist Rachel Goodwin (@rachelgoodwinmakeup), who’s been a friend since Emma was a teenage actress.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 627,000


8. Michelle Williams

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: The actress allegedly “swore off the idea of engaging with the internet after she found an ‘I Hate Jen Lindley’ website during her Dawson’s Creek days.” [via The Cut]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Busy Philipps (@busyphillipps), Williams’ best friend since being castmates on Dawson’s Creek.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 153,000 (although a not insignificant portion comes from shoutouts to the Destiny’s Child bandmate of the same name)


9. Amy Poehler

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “I’m not a real social-media person. […] I try not to read too much online because I always get my feelings hurt, even if someone’s flattering you. Like somebody tweeting, ‘Call me crazy, but I think Amy Poehler’s attractive.’ And you’re like, ‘OK? Thank you?’ Or like someone writing, ‘I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I’d have sex with Amy Poehler.’ […] The amount of Instagram selfies seems crazy out-of-control. The idea of, ‘This is my face and everyone needs to see it all the time,’ is so far from the privacy that people used to seek. Now everyone acts the way ’80s performance artists used to act. Everybody’s Karen Finley. Everybody’s like, ‘This is my vagina! I’m gonna put shit all over me and take pictures!’ When I was a kid, you’d go to a party or a punk rock show and you’d have fun, and you’d bring a camera, and you’d take pictures, and those pictures would stay inside the camera. Pictures were an addition to the experience. Now the picture is the experience. If I’m hanging out with a friend, and they take a picture of me, it’s like ‘Ugh.’ I mean, I hate looking at pictures of myself. It immediately takes me out of the experience.” [via PAPER]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Take your pick of Parks and Rec and Broad City collaborators, from Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza to Ilana Glazer.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 150,000


10. Bradley Cooper

📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “It’s a taste thing, I see the benefit of it [social networking] for sure… For me, maybe I’m old fashioned, if I know so much about you and you’re playing a character in a movie then that’s a lot of work I’m gonna have to do to forget who you are so that I can believe the character and therefore enjoy the movie.” [via OK!]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: His partner, Irina (@irinashayk).

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 326,000


11. Mila Kunis

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📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “I just don’t think people need to know when I’m going to the restroom.” [via The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Hubby Ashton

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 229,000


12. & 13. Brangelina (R.I.P)

📵 Why they’re not on Instagram: The concept of social media is “so beyond what we understand,” Jolie once said of her and her then-partner, “we wouldn’t even know what to look for.” [via PEOPLE]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with them: Not the most, but arguably the most iconic: Leo DiCaprio for “get out the vote” campaign video (for him) and Elle Fanning from the set of Maleficent 2 (for her).

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 1,708,000 combined


14. Kristen Stewart

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📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “It’s like you’re trampling on someone’s life without any regard. Everyone can do it now. Buy a camera and you’re paparazzi; get a Twitter account and you’re an informant. It’s so annoying.” [via Flaunt]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Should be girlfriend Stella Maxwell; isn’t exactly. (They’re still very hush-hush.) Friend Lily Aldridge, however, is unconcerned with such delicacies (the couple’s first IGO picture was via Lily’s account.)

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 1.1 million


15. Jennifer Lawrence

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “It’s because the internet has scorned me so much that I feel like it’s that girl in high school that I’m like, ‘Oh, you want to talk about her? Yeah I’ll do that!’ Take my hoops off, I’m ready to go.” [via BBC1 Radio]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Sometime collaborator and fellow funny gal, Amy Schumer (@amyschumer).

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 1.9 million

16. Kate Winslet

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📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “It has a huge impact on young women’s self-esteem, because all they ever do is design themselves for people to like them. And what comes along with that? Eating disorders. And that makes my blood boil. And is the reason we don’t have any social media in our house.” [via The Sunday Times]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Ummm… Do her bajillion super active fan accounts count?

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 355,000

17. George Clooney

📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “I could easily say something stupid, and I also don’t think you need to be that available.” [via Variety]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: Business partner and celebrity husband/dad, Randy Gerber (@randygerber).

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 232,000

18. Chris Pine

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📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “There are wonderful things to do with that medium, I just don’t have any interest in it. And people look at these visions of ‘reality’ that other people are putting out there and comparing themselves to that and trying to beat it. The authentic experience, where is that? Living the moment. That is something that we’re losing.” [via USA TODAY]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: Why, his BFF Zachary Quinto, of course.

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 208,000

19. Meghan Markle

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: Once she became engaged to Prince Harry, Markle deactivated all of her public accounts as per royal protocol.

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal), naturally.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 611,000

20. Armie Hammer

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📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “I just have no impulse control… So if somebody says something stupid, I couldn’t help but say something back, and then it just exploded. This is a toxic environment, and my life is way better off. It’s so funny — people are so addicted and into Twitter, it seems crazy that someone could walk away from it! They’re like, wait, he deleted it? It was actually really easy.” [via The Wrap]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: His wife, Elizabeth Chambers (@elizabethchambers).

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 181,000

26. Chris Evans

📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: 

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: Well… It’s not his best friend Scarlett Johansson (who’s #4 on this list). Chris Helmsworth (@chrishemsworth), anyone?

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 1,600,000

27. & 28. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

📵 Why they’re not on Instagram: “We don’t dive into that whole world [of social media] and we don’t have Facebook, we’ve never been connected to our fans in that way… We’ve stayed quite sheltered in that sense.” [via Net-a-Porter]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with them: They dodge the spotlight in general but, one of their many obsessive fan accounts, perhaps?

#️⃣ Times their name’s been hashtagged: #marykateolsen, 78,000; #ashleyolsen, 78,300; #olsentwins, 115,000


29. Daniel Craig 

📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “‘Woke up this morning, had an egg?’ What relevance is that to anyone? Social networking? Just call each other up and go to the pub and have a drink.” [via BBC America]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: James Bond, ever heard of it? The franchise’s official account (@007) is a one-stop shop for Daniel Craig-related visuals.

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 180,000

30. Keira Knightley

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, ‘Argh.’” [via Harper’s Bazaar UK]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Scarlett Curtis (@scarcurtis), whose father directed Keira in Love, Actually.

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 165,000


31. Rachel McAdams

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “I listen to the news on the radio. I don’t have a television and I am really bad at e-mail. [It was] only [recently] that I heard about Twitter for the first time, and it’s all I’ve heard about since. I’m really ignorant” [via People]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Her stylist, Rob Zangardi (@robzangardi).

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 145,000


32. Cate Blanchett

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “We are inventing ourselves, putting images of ourselves forward rather than examining who we are.” She added: “For me, it takes up way too much time so I don’t engage.” [via The Telegraph]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Her Ocean’s 8 co-star, Awkwafina (@awkwafina).

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 278,000

33. Benedict Cumberbatch

📵 Why he’s not on Instagram: “If I did you’d very soon be disappointed because it really is a skill — it’s a skill I genuinely don’t have… Just listen to how much I talk. I’ve already talked over our time and tweeting is about being pithy.” [via Radio Times]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with him: His friend and collaborator, Robert Downey, Jr (@robertdowneyjr).

#️⃣ Times his name’s been hashtagged: 2,000,000


34. Carey Mulligan

📵 Why she’s not on Instagram: “I was on Instagram, but I got rid of it, because I found myself just looking at other people’s babies.” [via Vogue Australia]

🤩 Celeb friend who posts the most pictures with her: Her makeup artist, Georgie Eisdell (@georgieeisdell).

#️⃣ Times her name’s been hashtagged: 45,700