The most modest stars in Hollywood

They do make a lot more money than we probably can imagine, but not all celebrities like over-the-top homes, diamond shoes and insanely expensive cars. Despite what one may think, extravagant lifestyle doesn’t necessarily go with fame and these down-to-earth stars show that. Check out the celebs who don’t live as lavishly as they could.

Hilary Swank







For the Million Dollar Baby star, having an extravagant home isn’t the most important thing in life. She values comfort above anything. Hilary Swank’s apartment, located in the heart of New York, is a very practical space with an area of merely 1,400 square feet, which she furnishes with chic and modernly classic furniture.

Christina Ricci







With a reported net worth of $18 million, Ricci could be living pretty large. Instead, she bought a single story 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom bungalow in Los Feliz for approximately $1.5 million. However, Ricci put the 1,891 square foot bungalow on the market recently, so time will tell if she upgrades.

Zooey Deschanel







During her 2012 divorce, Zooey’s finances were revealed in a court document that was obtained by tabloids. The detailed financial report showed that the actress brought in approximately $95,000 a month but only had an expense sheet that totaled $22,500 – including $800 in utility bills and $1,500 in charity donations. It also highlighted that Deschanel had zero balances on all three of her credit cards.

Sarah Jessica Parker







Unlike Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker is much more modest in her spending. She and her husband Matthew Broderick strive to bring their children up without spoiling them. “My son only wears hand-me-downs because I’ve got all these older nephews,” she told People Magazine. “I think it’s incumbent on my husband and me to really stress and to show James Wilkie by example what it means to owe your community something and that he is not entitled to the benefits of our hard work.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio, USA Today, December 19, 2013






Although he’s one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Leonardo Dicaprio keeps his spending pretty low-key. He chooses to fly on commercial flights rather than hiring a private jet, and he only owns one car – a Toyota Prius. “I don’t spend money on a lot. Money is very important to me because it allows me the freedom to choose what I want to do as an actor and, more importantly, because I want to accumulate enough so that one day I can do something really great and beneficial for other people, for the environment, and for children,” DiCaprio said.

Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell

2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party






Kristen and Dax like to joke about having the “worst wedding ever!”  Dax said in a recent interview that the ceremony cost the couple a grand total of $142, including gas, at the local courthouse. Appearing on Conan O’Brien’s talk show, Kristen admitted she uses coupons. “I’m very frugal,” she told O’Brien. “I use a lot of coupons. The best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.”

Sarah Michelle Gellar







Sarah says her family struggled financially when she was growing up after her father left them which taught her how to live frugally, a habit that has carried over into adulthood. Even though the actress is worth an estimated $15 million, Gellar isn’t shy about using coupons and pinching pennies whenever she can. She told Self magazine that she goes to Bloomingdales on double reward days, prints out her dry cleaning coupons, brings her own bags to Whole Foods to get a discount, and always gets fish that is on sale when she’s there. “I use coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?”

Emma Watson







She might be one of the richest young stars, but Emma Watson doesn’t understand why some women like spending big money on shoes. Speaking about her movie The Bling Ring – in which she plays a teenager who steals from Hollywood celebs – Emma reveals how some scenes were shot in Paris Hilton’s actual walk-in closet. “She could never wear all of those clothes and half of them were brand new and still had the price tag on,” she told the Radio Times, before confessing, “I’ve got about eight pairs of shoes and that’s it.”

Jennifer Lawrence







Jennifer Lawrence is a model of frugal living even though she is one of the most popular and highest earning actresses. The Hunger Games star does her own shopping and clips her own coupons and she prefers to live in the same apartment she had when she moved to LA before getting big. Speaking to Fabulous Magazine, Lawrence said: “I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it.”

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay






Mariska Hargitay, who has played detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since the show’s debut in 1999, is one of the most highly paid women on network television, raking in about $500,000 per episode. Even with that hefty paycheck 20-plus weeks out of the year, Hargitay says she still minds her budget so she can live comfortably for the rest of her life. “I constantly worry about money,” the star told More magazine . “I make a lot now but I don’t feel that way because I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than I’ve had… I’m saving money to live on, for the future.”


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3 responses to “The most modest stars in Hollywood”

  1. Rosie says:

    I think it is all bul***t, of course they spend a lot of money, on houses, apartments and vacations, but they will not list it here, as it is a tradition in Hollywood, the more “different” you are from the other actors or actresses, the more popular you feel, which is not quite truth. But the thing that outraged me most of all, was the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio has a modest lifestyle, are you kidding me? The actor who is dating only the world’s greatest top models will live in modest conditions? No way. He lives in a Penthouse, and besides owning a few houses, he also owns an island of his own, there in the future he plans to build a hotel, for people who would come there in order to take care of their health, and this is the information that he says quite a lot in the interviews.

  2. Kelly says:

    Well what can I say about Hillary Swank, due to the fact that she is not the most simpatico girl in the world, I am sure that she doesn’t have a lot of admirers or a man in her life. I guess this is exactly the classic situation where the money is not being very helpful, so of course she doesn’t even need some huge apartment. I mean what for? Whom she will impress while living in it? Of course no one, as there isn’t anyone by her side. So in her situation the best thing is to dedicate herself to the work stuff and charity events, this way maybe one day she will meet a man who would be into it as well, and this way he will be able to see her inner beauty instead of the physical one.

  3. Sia says:

    Well, Emma Watson, I think it is time for you to get out of your Hermione Granger image and start living with the life a teenager girl deserves to have. I mean it is not enough being smart, it is also very important to take proper care of yourself, and by saying that I mean that a girl being twenty with something years old is supposed to have fun, and to take all the things life can possibly give, as later it will be too late already, there will be a husband, family, children who will constantly need her attention, love and support, and in that moment she will realize that she never lived even a tiny little bit for herself.