You’ll be surprised by some of the famous loners and introverts on this list! Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Harrison Ford – not to mention Steve Martin and Meryl Streep. I also included a test for introverted personality traits, in case you want to see where on the introversion spectrum you stand.
Here’s a quick way to tell if you’re an introvert or an extrovert: “If there is an emergency, do you tend to stand still and feel somewhat shut down or in slow motion? If you have a standstill reaction to stress more often, then you are probably an introvert,” says psychotherapist and author Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. “In a crisis do you tend to move your body immediately and feel like taking action, maybe without pausing to think? Then you are probably an extrovert if you react with movement.”
This quick “introvert assessment” surprised me. I’m almost 100% introverted (but I’m not a famous introvert or celebrity loner 🙂 ), but I move fast and think quickly during emergencies. So perhaps this isn’t the most accurate way for everyone to determine introverted personality traits – especially if they’ve never encountered an emergency. But, it is interesting to think about. So is this list of introverts who are world-famous and celebrities who are loners. I also included tips and insights about introverted personality types and traits.
Introverts, famous or not, do not have personality disorders. A reader recently asked me if introverted people are emotionally and psychologically unstable. The answer is no! Introverts are just as healthy emotionally as people with extroverted personalities and traits. I’m often surprised at the misperceptions people have about introverts. You’ll see what I mean when you read the comments section of this article.
Here are some of the most common questions I get about introverted personality traits. Towards the end of the article is the list of famous introverts and celebrity loners.
Is introversion a personality disorder?
No! Introverts are normal. Extroverts are normal, too. Neither type is classified as a personality disorder. However, some activities and lifestyles can be more difficult for people with introverted personality traits. I’m an introvert; I taught Grade 8 and high school for three years, and it was the hardest season of my life. Teachers need to be more extroverted than introverted because of the demands of the job. Now that I’ve been blogging and freelance writing full-time for over 10 years I know that being introverted is one of the personality traits of successful writers.
There is nothing “wrong” with introverted personality traits, though introverts are commonly seen as nerds, loners, withdrawn, shy, and unfriendly. Introverts can also be seen as lacking social skills and even abnormal. The problem is that the majority of people are extroverted, so extroverted personality traits seem more normal and socially acceptable than people who are introverted.
- Crave time alone
- Get their energy from being alone
- Consider deep, close relationships as true friendships
- Feel drained after participating in activities, even if they were fun
- Are often good listeners
- Appear calm and self-contained
- Think before speaking or acting
- Don’t enjoy talking on the phone
People with introverted personalities have an inward focus and aren’t usually the “life of the party.” Even the most famous introverts and celebrity loners feel self-conscious around other people. This makes walking into a crowded room a little nerve-wracking and anxiety-provoking.
Also, introverted people often have a hard time being goofy in front of the camera and telling jokes to more than a couple of people at a time. Even famous introverts aren’t naturally comfortable in front of the camera. But they can be extremely witty! Introverts are less likely to perform acts of slapstick comedy like “Larry, Curly, and Moe.” Introverted celebrities are often witty and understated, like Woody Allen – who also happens to be neurotic, weird, and eccentric. Woody Allen is one of those famous introverts who also happens to be eccentric.
Are you an introvert? Take this quick little Test for Introverted Personality Traits.
Introverts process their emotions, thoughts, and observations internally
Introverts can be social people, but they reveal less about themselves than extroverts do. Introverts are more private, less public. They need time to think before responding to a situation, and develop their ideas by reflecting privately. Introverts’ personality traits can be passionate, and sometimes aggressive.
Many introverts prefer working at home alone – writing, painting, computer programming, even doing carpentry and studying music. One of the reasons some famous introverts are so successful is because they enjoy introspection, self-reflection, and even long hours of learning lines and studying the characters they’re playing.
Is it possible for an introvert to become an extrovert?
Yes, someone with introverted personality traits can learn how to be more extroverted. Famous introverts and celebrity loners have to become more outgoing and comfortable in group situations because of their work. I wrote Tips for Networking Successfully for Introverts to help writers and other people overcome the shadow side of their personality traits so they succeed at work. Introverts don’t need to become extroverts to succeed at work, but all careers are improved with good relationships with colleagues.
What advantages does an introvert have?
According to Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage, there are several advantages to being an introvert. Introverts:
- Work well with others, especially in one-to-one relationships
- Enjoy maintaining long-term friendships
- Are flexible and independent
- Have a strong ability to concentrate
- Are self-reflective and responsible
- Are often creative types who think out-of-the-box (which is why famous introverts and celebrity loners are successful – they know how to get into their characters’ heads in ways an extrovert can’t)
- Are more likely to exhibit analytical skills that integrate complexity
- Are typically studious and smart
I’m an introvert, and can see these personality traits in my relationships, job, and future plans. I also find that the more I learn about introverted traits and types, the more comfortable I am in my own skin.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is a bestselling book that highlights the strengths of people with introverted personality traits. If you’re an introvert – and you feel weird about your personality – you’ll love this book!
If you know you’re an introvert and you aren’t aiming to be a famous introvert or celebrity loner, read Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone. It’s really important for introverted people to find a career that suits their personality.
Famous Introverts – Actresses
- Candice Bergen, actress, writer, photographer
- Ingrid Bergman, actress
- Ellen Burstyn, actress
- Glenn Close, actress
- Audrey Hepburn, actress
- Helen Hunt, actress
- Diane Keaton, actress
- Grace Kelly, actress
- Jessica Lange, actress
- Laura Linney, actress
- Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
- Michelle Pfeiffer, actress
- Julia Roberts, actress
- Meg Ryan, actress
- Meryl Streep, actress
Famous Introverts – Actors
- Clint Eastwood, actor/director
- Harrison Ford, actor
- Tom Hanks, actor
- Sir Alfred Hitchcock, film director
- Jack Lemmon, late actor
- Bill Macy, actor
- Steve Martin, all around talented guy
- Noah Wiley, actor
Other Famous Celebrity Loners
- Johnny Carson, Tonight Show host
- Jane Clayson, host of CBS Morning Show
- Matt Lauer, co-host on the Today Show
- David Letterman, host of the David Letterman Show
- Diane Sawyer, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America
- Barbara Walters, host of 20/20
What about you – are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you aren’t sure, read How to Know If You’re an Introvert or an Extrovert. If you’re a famous introvert or celebrity loner, comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
Source of the “famous introverts” information: The Introvert Advantage.