Sometimes, you don’t have to be tall to be larger than life. Just look at comedian Rhea Perlman, who clocks in at 5 feet even but has one of Hollywood’s biggest personalities.
But some of Hollywood’s leading women do have heights that match their towering personas. From basketball pro-turned-performer Lisa Leslie to everyone’s favorite Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, these talented actors have no problem stretching their limbs and reaching for the stars.
Brooke Shields—Height: 6 feet
Brooke Shields is another Hollywood starlet who’s a member of the 6-foot club. Her height helped propel her modeling career, but it’s her talent that shot her to stardom. Her leading role in the NBC hit series “Suddenly Susan” cemented her status as a comedy queen. But she’s more than an actor and model: She’s also a fashion designer with a new line for QVC.
Gwendoline Christie—Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Gwendoline Christie is best known for her role as warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s wildly popular series “Game of Thrones.” But the 6-foot-3-inch actor has been on the scene long before she picked up that sword.
Christie was an accomplished stage actor in England before she made her feature film debut in 2009. Still, “Game of Thrones” undoubtedly launched Christie into the spotlight, leading to parts in both “The Hunger Games” and the “Star Wars” franchises, among other roles.
Cameron Diaz—Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Cameron Diaz has taken a step back from acting in recent years after spending decades in front of the spotlight. But the 5-foot-9-inch Golden Globe-nominated actor captured the hearts of millions of fans with her roles in “The Sweetest Thing” and “There’s Something About Mary.” Let’s hope she’s not retired from acting for good!
Julia Roberts—Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Julia Roberts is beyond talented and her entire film career is proof of that. And while “Pretty Woman” may have launched her career, the 2000 biopic “Erin Brockovich” defined it. The veteran actor, who stands at 5 feet 9 inches, won an Academy Award for her turn as the legal clerk and environmental activist who fought to hold fuel companies accountable for contaminating drinking water.
Blake Lively—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Blake Lively may not be as tall as her prank-loving husband, Ryan Reynolds. Still, she has no problem grabbing things off the top shelf. The “A Simple Favor” star clocks in at 5 feet 10 inches — just a few inches shy of Reynolds.
Mandy Moore—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Move over, Reese Witherspoon: Mandy Moore is America’s sweetheart now. The performer has had a renaissance over the last few years, thanks to her role on the hit NBC series, “This Is Us.” She stands at 5 feet 10 inches, just a tad taller than actor Milo Ventimiglia, who plays her husband on the show.
Jennifer Garner—Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Jennifer Garner is a Girl Scout cookie slinger, a pet chicken owner, an Instagram slayer and a recent Hollywood Walk of Fame inductee. She’s also among the tallest women in Hollywood, standing in at 5 feet 9 inches. Garner uses her height to her advantage in her new action-thriller, “Peppermint,” in which she plays a grieving mother hell-bent on revenge.
Gal Gadot—Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Standing in at 5 feet 9 inches, Gal Gadot is the latest person in a long line of leading ladies who’ve taken on the role of “Wonder Woman.” And like her predecessors, the Israeli actor’s turn as Diana, Princess of the Amazons in 2017’s “Wonder Woman” has inspired children everywhere. “Wonder Woman: 1984,” the highly anticipated sequel to the highest-grossing superhero origin movie, is expected to hit theaters in November 2019.
Kristen Johnston—Height: 6 feet
Kristen Johnston is currently starring alongside Janney on the sitcom “Mom.” But before the veteran actor joined the CBS comedy, she played everyone’s favorite alien lieutenant Sally Solomon on NBC’s smash-hit series, “3rd Rock from the Sun.” Although now proud to be a member of the 6-foot club, Johnston didn’t always have confidence in her height.
“When you’re, that, at that vulnerable age of, you know, 10, 9, 8, 11, in that age range and I was already six feet tall and a loser too, and I was loud,” she told The Advocate in 2012. “I think I’ve always been a freak.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal—Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Maggie Gyllenhaal is another member of the 5-foot-9 club. The actor and producer is known for her work in “Secretary,” “The Dark Knight” and “Crazy Heart,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. She currently stars in the HBO drama series, “The Deuce.”
Judy Gold—Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Judy Gold is an award-winning veteran comic with more than 20 years in the industry. Her work writing and producing for “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” landed her two Emmys, and her 2011 one-woman show, “The Judy Gold Show: My Life as a Sitcom,” earned her rave reviews. At 6 feet 2 inches, Gold also towers over the rest of her fellow stand-ups.
Elizabeth Debicki—Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Elizabeth Debicki is a statuesque Australian actor who’s brought vintage glamour back to Hollywood. This is partially thanks to her role in the 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, “The Great Gatsby.” But she’s not the only tall member of the Gatsby cast: Her co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, clocks in at 6 feet.
Caitlyn Jenner—Height: 6 feet 2 inches
Caitlyn Jenner is one of the tallest members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. The reality TV star and retired Olympian stands in at 6 feet 2 inches, only a few inches taller than her step-daughter Khloe Kardashian. And height runs in the family: Her daughter, model Kendall Jenner, is 5 feet 10 inches.
Brigitte Nielsen—Height: 6 feet 1 inch
Brigitte Nielsen is one of Hollywood’s iconic action stars. Recently, the 6-foot-1-inch Danish actor had a starring role in the 2014 action flick, “Mercenaries.” She also welcomed her fifth child, daughter Frida Dessi, in June.
Aisha Tyler—Height: 6 feet
If you’re looking for a good joke, look no further than Aisha Tyler. The 6-foot-tall comic knows how to keep the laughter going, whether it’s playing Lana Kane on “Archer” or co-hosting “The Talk” alongside Sara Gilbert. She’s also a laugh riot as the host of the newest iteration of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Jane Lynch—Height: 6 feet
Most people remember Jane Lynch from her role as Coach Sue Sylvester on the hit FOX musical-comedy series “Glee,” alongside actors Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff. But the 6-foot Lynch has also made appearances on other popular TV shows, including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Married… with Children,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Party Down.” She also starred in 2008’s “Role Models” and 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Allison Janney—Height: 6 feet
Allison Janney is an accomplished actor with a diverse background in stage, film and television. She’s known for her roles in the films “American Beauty,” “10 Things I Hate About You” and “The Girl on the Train,” as well as the television series “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” But Janney, who stands tall at 6 feet, will always be known for her role as C.J. Cregg on NBC’s popular political drama “The West Wing.”
Uma Thurman—Height: 6 feet
Uma Thurman has made quite the name for herself in Hollywood over the last three decades. Her roles in 1988’s “Dangerous Liaisons,” 1990’s “Henry & June” and 2005’s “The Producers,” for example, established the 6-foot actor’s status as a leading lady. But it’s her work in “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” that are the most notable points of Thurman’s career.
Geena Davis—Height: 6 feet
Back in 2005, Geena Davis showed the country what it would be like to have its first female president. Unfortunately, her ABC series, “Commander in Chief,” was short-lived, but Davis is still going strong in her career. The award-winning actor, who reaches high at 6 feet, most recently starred as Dr. Nicole Herman on “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Leslie Jones—Height: 6 feet
Leslie Jones is killing it on “Saturday Night Live.” The comic not only knows how to land a joke but also takes it to the next level of humor. And that’s not surprising considering her commanding personality — one that outsizes her 6-foot frame.
Saffron Burrows—Height: 6 feet
Saffron Burrows has had a long career over the last two decades, having starred in a number of popular works on the small and big screens. Burrows, who looms large at 6 feet, has appeared in the movies “Troy” and “Reign Over Me,” as well as on the shows “Boston Legal,” “My Own Worst Enemy” and “Law & Order Criminal Intent.” Most recently, she played Cynthia Taylor on Amazon’s original series “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Sigourney Weaver—Height: 6 feet
Sigourney Weaver is the original extraterrestrial hunter. Best known for her role as Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” franchise, Weaver knows has to kick butt as a performer. But that’s not all: The 6-foot award winner is also an excellent villain, having played Alexandra Reid in Netflix’s Marvel series, “The Defenders.”
Famke Janssen—Height: 6 feet
Famke Janssen has had an illustrious career. The Dutch actor has starred in a number of hit television shows and movie blockbusters, including “Nip/Tuck,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” the “X-Men” film series and the “Taken” trilogy.
Fun fact: Janssen, who stands at 6 feet, is just four inches shorter than her “Taken” co-star Liam Neeson.
Tilda Swinton—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Tilda Swinton is an Academy Award-winner who is as iconic as she is talented. Most recently, Swinton starred as the creepy ballet teacher in the remake of the 1977 horror flick, “Suspiria.” The 5-foot-11-inch English actor has also made a splash in the films “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin” and “War Machine.”
Nicole Kidman—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Nicole Kidman’s recent role as Celeste Wright on HBO’s hit series adaptation, “Big Little Lies,” earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award. But Kidman, who stands tall at 5 feet 11 inches, has thrilled audiences with her superb performances for decades. While 1992’s “Far and Away” put Kidman on the map as a leading lady, films like “Moulin Rouge!” “The Hours” and “Cold Mountain” solidified that status.
Rebecca Romijn—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Rebecca Romijn may be best known for her roles as Mystique in the first “X-Men” movie and Joan in 2004’s “The Punisher.” But the 5-foot-11 model-turned-actor also made a name for herself as Alexis Meade in the hit ABC comedy “Ugly Betty,” as well as on TNT’s now-canceled fantasy series “The Librarians.” She’s only a few inches shorter than her husband, Jerry O’Connell, who’s 6 feet 2 inches.
Missi Pyle—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Missi Pyle has starred in more popular box-office hits than you can think of. The 5-foot-11-inch actor has had roles in the films “The Artist,” “Galaxy Quest,” “DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story,” “Big Fish,” “50 First Dates,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Gone Girl” and, most recently, “Traffik.” But acting isn’t her only love: Pyle is also one-half of the desert country-rock band, Smith & Pyle.
Kristanna Loken—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Kristanna Loken is an emerging action hero known for her roles in the films “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” “BloodRayne” and “Bounty Killer.” But the 5-foot-11 New York native is not just an actor of the silver screen. Loken has also had roles on the television series “Painkiller Jane,” “The L Word” and “Burn Notice.”
Gisele Bündchen—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Gisele Bündchen is one of the most recognizable and sought-after models in the world. Her radiant beauty and towering height — 5 feet 11 inches — have helped propel her to success. She’s less than half a foot shorter than her husband, football player Tom Brady, who clocks in at 6 feet 4 inches.
Adrianne Palicki—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Adrianne Palicki made herself a household name as Tyra Collette on NBC’s popular drama “Friday Night Lights.” Since then, the 5-foot-11-inch performer went on to land supporting roles in the movies “Legion,” “Red Dawn” and “John Wick.” But Palicki is more than an actor: She also co-wrote the comic, “No Angel,” with her brother Eric Palicki.
Kathryn Bigelow—Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Kathryn Bigelow has had a long, distinguished history behind the scenes in Hollywood. The 5-foot-11-inch director and producer is the genius behind cult classics like “Point Break” and “Near Dark.” But Bigelow made history back in 2010 when she became the first woman to win an Oscar for best director for her Iraq war film, “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Taylor Swift—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Taylor Swift has a big personality — and the height to match. The award-winning country-pop singer stands at 5 feet 10 inches, without heels. Throw on a pair of Manolo Blahniks and Swift reaches well over 6 feet.
Jordin Sparks—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Jordin Sparks has had one busy year. The one-time “American Idol” winner welcomed her first child, son Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., in May with husband Dana Isaiah, whom she married the November before. And earlier last month, Sparks opened her home and life to her fans in the one-hour Lifetime special, “Jordin Sparks: A Baby Story.”
Phoebe Tonkin—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Phoebe Tonkin is an Australian actor and dancer known for her work in the 2010 action-drama, “Tomorrow, When the War Began.” The award-winning flick is based on the young adult invasion series by author John Marsden. Tonkin was among the tallest members of the cast, coming in at 5 feet 10 inches.
Lucy Lawless—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Before Gwendoline Christie and Gal Gadot, there was Lucy Lawless. The beloved actor from New Zealand holds a special place in television history for her role as the iconic protagonist in “Xena: Warrior Princess.” And her height — 5 feet 10 inches — matches her warrior spirit.
Adriana Lima—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Adriana Lima is best known for her status as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. But the Brazilian supermodel is no stranger to acting, either. Lima and her 5-foot, 10-inch frame have appeared on two CBS sitcoms, “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Crazy Ones.”
Khloe Kardashian—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Like half-sister Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian stands tall at 5 feet 10 inches. The reality TV star and new mom towers over her older sisters, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West, who are 5 feet and 5 foot 3 inches, respectively. Khloe may be the youngest Kardashian, but she definitely comes out on top when it comes to height.
Charlize Theron—Height: 5 feet 10 inches
Charlize Theron was first discovered in the mid-’90s when she was pleading with a bank clerk while trying to cash a check. Since then, Theron, who reaches 5 feet 10 inches, went on to star in a slew of successful films, including “Monster,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Atomic Blonde” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Most recently, the South African actor played Marlo, a new mother living with postpartum depression, in the film “Tully.”
Gwyneth Paltrow—Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Before reinventing herself as a lifestyle guru, Gwyneth Paltrow was one of Hollywood’s popular leading ladies. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love” and received award nominations for her role in the “Iron Man” movies. Now, when she’s not acting, the 5-foot-9 Paltrow slings advice as founder and CEO of lifestyle brand GOOP.
Lisa Leslie—Height: 6 feet 5 inches
Most people know Lisa Leslie as the all-star basketball player who helped define the WNBA. But did you know she’s also an Olympic gold medalist and a talented actor? Leslie, who reached 6 feet 5 inches, starred in 2012’s “Think Like a Man” and 2005’s “Inconceivable.”