It’s the Hollywood head-scratcher: Why do you almost never see these celebrities’ smiles, even though they’re gorgeous people with sparkling personalities? After all, all of these stars have successful careers and plenty of reasons to wear happy grins, yet every time we see certain A-listers–be it on the red carpet or in candid paparazzi snaps–they look oh-so-serious.
Think of actresses like Uma Thurman, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Diane Kruger. These lovely ladies are best known for their more somber expressions, despite having heart-stopping smiles and all-around stunning features. However, their pouts aren’t permanent–and we found the pictures to prove it. See how different they look in side-by-side pictures of their more serious faces next to the smiling ones–what a difference!
So why is it so rare to see these celebrities’ smiles? Although many of them have yet to comment on the matter, those who have been asked seen to have wildly differing reasons. Kanye is on record as having drawn inspiration from old paintings in which the subjects were rarely drawn smiling, while Rooney Mara has said she won’t flash a smile unless something sparks enough happiness in her to cause a genuine grin (which sounds like a logical reason to us!).
Watch the short video below to see some of your favorite serious celebrities finally showcase a smile–and notice how in some cases their entire face changes with the rare expression!