Despite having international fame and eight-digit numbers on their bank accounts, there are celebrities who actually lead surprisingly modest lifestyles. They don’t spend millions of dollars on luxurious mansions, fancy cars, glamorous parties, and lavish vacations. They don’t go shopping with coupons every time, but they definitely don’t live as lusciously as they could. They prove that fame and modesty can go shoulder-to-shoulder and celebrities’ over-the-top lifestyles are just clichés to avoid. Are they exceptions that prove the rule or examples for other A-listers to follow? Check out the facts about their frugal lifestyles and judge for yourself.
The Hunger Games star is definitely the most unlikely, therefore, the most likable young celebrity in Hollywood. Having an estimated $60 million net worth, the 25-year-old heartthrob rides her Chevy Volt, avoids luxurious stores, and lives in the same apartment she moved to before she became an Academy-winning star. She is worthy of respect because being ranked as the highest-paid actress in 2015 she didn’t turn her head. No wonder that her genuine girl-next-door lifestyle appeals to the army of her fans.
Sarah Jessica Parker
The ‘Sex and the City’ star is Carrie Bradshaw’s polar opposite in real life. Instead of spending the $100 million she made during her acting career on designer shoes, the HBO star lives a frugal life in Greenwich Village, New York City with her husband Matthew Broderick and three lovely children. Sarah has confessed that she isn’t a big fan of fancy restaurants and posh boutiques because she will never forget her childhood years when her family was forced to live on a shoestring. This is why she makes grounded financial choices in order to protect her own family from going broke.
As well as Carrie Bradshaw, Gabrielle Solis, the character Eva Longoria portrayed in ‘Desperate Housewives’, was anything but a frugal person. However, her $35-million fortune didn’t turn Eva into a financial fool. Just like Sarah Jessica Parker, the Texas-born TV star had an unglamorous childhood. Nevertheless, the Hollywood beauty has no regrets about it. She is proud to be a daughter of her father who used to take Eva and her siblings into the wilderness. Snake-fighting, deer-skinning, and other survival tips were those valuable lessons that shaped her thrifty mindset.
The ‘New Girl’ star hates it when Hollywood divas and fashionistas try to persuade people to buy overpriced designer clothes. Her mindful spending habits are worthy of admiration as she manages to keep her life simple without losing elegance and style. The Golden Globe and Grammy Awards nominee has a net worth of $18 million. It is not a pile of gold by Hollywood standards, but the big-eyed beauty values every penny she earns and prefers to make reasonable investments instead of squandering her profits on parties and limos.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Well-known for her roles in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Cruel Intentions’, the star acquired her thrifty celebrity status after she confessed she had always been clipping coupons and monitoring shopping sales and discounts. As well as her husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., she prefers privacy over the limelight of the red carpet life. The couple has been married for more than a decade, and they appear in tabloids only when having a walk together with their two charming kids. Sarah and Freddie haven’t always been an emblem of humble lifestyle. The two used to be the hottest Hollywood heartthrobs of the 1990s. However, they are living examples that a happy marriage can dramatically change even Hollywood sex idols.
The ‘Divergent’ leading lady needs only the absolute minimum considering Hollywood celebrity standards. Moreover, she makes her own natural soaps and other beauty products instead of buying super expensive creams and lotions. With her net worth equaling $9 million, the 24-year-old star doesn’t own any property and continues living with her family. The teenage idol’s love for casual clothing, streetwear, and, of course, thrift shops also contributes to her modest-girl fame.
It’s not only Hollywood ladies that are famous for being humble. Keanu Reeves’ modesty and generosity has become a legend in its own right. The iconic actor has developed his reputation of a celebrity philanthropist when filming ‘The Devil’s Advocate.’ Keanu agreed to take a huge pay cut so that the movie’s producers could get Al Pacino on board to the project. He repeated the trick when making ‘The Replacements.’ This time, Keanu didn’t mind giving away 90% of earning to have Gene Hackman in the movie. But real generosity came out when the actor donated $75 million he was paid for starring in ‘The Matrix’ sequels to the special effects and costume design team. He decided that they deserved more than they got paid by the producers!