For some reason, we always assume people are taller than they really are. Maybe it's because of camera angles and tricks, but it's hard not to be surprised when you find out your favorite leading man is 5'3". However, it can go the opposite way, too. Sometimes we learn how tall someone is and we're blown away because they are super lanky. Not just average person tall — legitimately giant. That's our whole mood after researching the tallest female stars in Hollywood. These leading ladies are towering beauties!
Some of the women on this list we weren't really surprised by. After all, when you start your career as a WNBA star, your height is sort of a given. But some of the other women on this list shocked us! There's nothing we love more than than a strong woman standing tall over everyone else in the room. Bonus: these ladies don't have to suffer in uncomfortable heels for a leg up on their competition!
At 6'5", Lisa Leslie is going to tower (heh) over the competition here. After all, Leslie started her career in the WNBA, where she played for 11 seasons. After retiring from professional basketball as a player, Leslie stayed active in the sport as an investor and coach. She also took her skills (and height) to Hollywood, with roles in Arli$$, Inconceivable, and Think Like A Man. She also works as a sports commentator and analyst for ABC, NBC, and Fox Sports Net.
Game of Thrones fans will recognize Gwedoline Christie as our beloved Brienne of Tarth. She fully embodied the role, which wasn't hard considered she's six feet and three inches of total badass. But Christie is more than just a warrior on GOT. She's been working in the industry for quite some time! She was an accomplished stage actor in England before making her way across the pond with her first feature film role in 2009. Still, GOT definitely made her star and led to her roles in The Hunger Games and Star Wars franchises.
Clocking in at 6'2", Judy Gold makes a big impression when she's telling jokes on stage. Gold has been a comic for over 20 years and she's won awards and accolades for her sharp wit and dry delivery. She won two Emmys for her work as a writer and producer on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and her one-woman show, The Judy Gold Show: My Life as a Sitcom, cemented her place as one of the smartest and funniest women in Hollywood.
Elizabeth Debicki might not be a household name in the US ... yet, but at 6'2", she definitely takes command of any room she enters! Debicki started out as a classically-trained ballerina before making the switch to stage and film. She's probably most well-known for her portrayal of Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, but you may also recognize her as Ayesha in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie. She reprises that role in the third installment of the franchise, due out in 2021.
It doesn't get much bigger than Brigitte's career during the '80s and early '90s. The statuesque Danish blonde was one of the biggest action stars back in the day — and one of the tallest! At 6'1", she often stood head and shoulders over her male costars. From her debut in Red Sonja to her turn as evil Ludmilla in Rocky IV, Nielson made quite the name for herself. Nowadays, she still works as an actress (she recently reprised her role as Ludmilla in Creed II).
If you haven't seen Uma Thurman kick some serious ass in Kill Bill, or danced along with her in Pulp Fiction, you are most certainly in the minority. Thurman has been one of Hollywood's leading stars for decades and she's also one of the tallest! She tops out at six foot and she looks every inch of her height and power when she's onscreen. Honestly, we would watch Uma Thurman in anything, but we particularly love the movies where she overpowers everyone.
Brooke Shields took the modeling world by storm when the six-foot-tall beauty first hit the runway back in the early '80s. Shields was actually a child model, however, it was her controversial role in 1978's Pretty Baby that made her a bonafide movie star. Her career has been on the up ever since. Her popular NBC sitcom, Suddenly Susan, made her one of the best leading ladies in comedy and now she's branching out into fashion with a clothing line through QVC.
Do you guys remember that awesome show 3rd Rock from the Sun? It was about a family of aliens who came to Earth to try and fit into the culture and way of life. That show was HILARIOUS, in large part because of Kristen Johnston, who played lieutenant Sally Solomon. She stole every single scene, and not just because she's otherworldly funny — she's also six feet tall! Even though she's embraced her height now, it wasn't so easy. She once said in an interview: "I was already six feet tall and a loser too, and I was loud. I think I’ve always been a freak."
Actress and comedian Aisha Tyler has a resume that would make pretty much any actor green with envy. She's been working steadily in Hollywood for over 20 years, and you'll likely recognize her for her roles in Friends, 24, CSI, The Santa Clause 3, or Criminal Minds, among others. Alternatively, you might recognize her voice from BoJack Horseman or Archer. She also hosted Whose Line Is It Anyway? and co-hosted The Talk. So yeah, she's been in everything, and at six feet tall, she's hard to miss!
Turns out, six-foot is a very popular height for hilarious actresses! We will forever love Jane Lynch for her portrayal of insane cheer coach Sue Sylvester on Fox's hit show Glee, but that's just the tip of Lynch's iceberg when it comes to her body of work. She's appeared in shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Married... With Children, Two and a Half Men, and Party Down. Of course, who could forget Lynch as the voice of Calhoun in Disney's Wreck It Ralph?!
Listen, we KNOW Allison Janney has been in a ton of movies and TV shows. We know she's an incredibly talented actress. We even knew she was tall (six feet!). We're going to be honest — Janney could star in a new show or movie every month until the end of the time, but she will always be C.J. Cregg from The West Wing to us. We certainly hope she enjoyed playing C.J., since we're pretty sure 98% of people who watched the show feel the same way we do.
It's impossible for us to pick which Geena Davis role we love the most. Barbara in Beetlejuice? Dottie in A League of Their Own? Thelma in Thelma and Louise? It's like trying to pick a favorite child — we just can't do it. Not only is Davis tall (six feet), and a fantastic actress, but she's also an accomplished athlete! Davis took up archery at the age of 41 and actually ended up qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials for the summer games in Sydney in 2000. She didn't make it past the semi-finals of the qualifiers, BUT STILL. She came close to adding Olympic Medalist to her already impressive resume.
We're going to venture a guess that the name Saffron Burrows might not ring any bells for you, but you'll most likely recognize her face! Burrows has been acting in movies and on hit TV shows for the last 20 years. She has appeared on Boston Legal and My Own Worst Enemy, and also in the movies Troy and Reign Over Me, among many others. The actress joins the tall stars club with her height coming in at six feet.
Honestly, can someone do a study on the possible link between being funny and being tall? Because our list of the tallest female stars in Hollywood is FULL of comedic geniuses. Leslie Jones is, of course, one of the stars of the long-running variety show Saturday Night Live. The six-foot actress also starred in 2016's Ghostbusters and has appeared on tons of TV shows. If you're not following Jones on Twitter or Instagram, where she live-tweets during shows like Game of Thrones and RuPaul's Drag Race, then you aren't living.
Six foot tall Sigourney Weaver is an incredibly accomplished actress on stage and screen. Still, she will always, ALWAYS be Ripley to us. Watching her take on that badass alien and come out on top was very much a part of our formative years and she's been a role model ever since. Weaver doesn't always play the hero though; she starred as a conniving gold-digger in Heartbreakers and played the villainous Alexandra Reid in Netflix's The Defenders. But seriously though — Ripley forever.
Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress, director, and screenwriter. She started out as a fashion model, so it should be no surprise that she's six-foot-tall. However, these days, when you hear about Famke Janssen, you probably immediately think of a superhero. That's because she's played the role of Jean Grey in the X-Men films since 2000. That's not the only badass woman she's played, though. Janssen got her big break as James Bonds's foe Xenia Onatopp in 1995's GoldenEye and she also starred opposite Liam Neeson in the Taken trilogy.
We can't get enough of Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright on the HBO series Big Little Lies. Kidman is arguably one of the most talented actors in Hollywood, and as it turns out, she's also one of the tallest female stars, standing at 5'11". Of course, if you've seen the pictures of her standing next to her ex-husband Tom Cruise, this shouldn't be a surprise to you. There's no denying that Kidman is insanely good at what she does, and she has the trophy case to prove it. She's been nominated an astonishing 198 times for various awards, and has won 97 of them!
We love Tilda Swinton and are endlessly fascinated by her whole entire persona. She just seems SO COOL. She's immensely talented and brings her quirky weirdness to the big screen in nearly every role she plays. Most recently, she terrified audiences as the creepy ballet teacher in the remake of 1977's Suspiria, and her portrayal of a conflicted mom in We Need to Talk About Kevin was mindblowing. Like Kidman, Swinton is an honorable member of the tall girl's club with her height measuring in at 5'11".
Julia Roberts is one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood, but she's also up there with the tallest. You might not have noticed when she wore those fishnet tights in Pretty Woman, but Roberts actually stands 5'10" tall. None of her blockbuster movies including Notting Hill, Stepmom, or My Best Friend's Wedding draw attention to the fact that Julia is one tall lady, but we bet that next time you watch one of her movies, you'll notice that she stands just as tall as her male co-stars.
You might not have noticed Laura Prepon towering over Taylor Schilling in Orange Is The New Black, but if you've been a fan since she starred in That '70s Show back in the '90s, you'll know that she was a tall girl. On the show, Donna's friends used to make fun of her for having "huge feet" and being ten times taller than her boyfriend, Eric. Well, her friends weren't exactly wrong, because Prepon measures in at 5'11", which is a pretty significant height. Now that we think about it, it definitely makes sense.
The youngest Hollywood star on this list, Zendaya is just 23 years old and she's 5'10". Hardcore Zendaya stans will remember her when she was just a Disney kid on Shake It Up. Even then, the child star was significantly taller than her co-star, Bella Thorne. For most, it probably isn't too surprising that Zendaya made this list, as she's known for her modelesque and seriously leggy figure. This is probably one of the reasons that people mistake her to be older than she really is.
Another Big Little Lies star who makes the tall list is Laura Dern — we bet Reese Witherspoon feels teeny around her and Nicole Kidman. If you don't watch the HBO show, you should still know who Dern is. One of the biggest blockbusters under the actor's belt is Jurassic Park. Sound familiar? It makes more sense that Dern could run from all those dinosaurs in the movie when you learn that she's 5'10". We bet that next time you see the star on a red carpet you won't be able to unsee her leggy look.
Blake Lively is one of the most stunning women in Hollywood, so we're not surprised that she's a towering goddess. You mightn't have noticed that the actress is tall because she's still shorter than her husband, Ryan Reynolds, but believe it or not, Lively falls into the tall gal category, measuring in at a nice 5'10". She's just a few inches shy of her super tall husband, who is 6'2". To be quite honest, we always got tall girl vibes off Serena van der Woodsen.
We really don't know what it is about Mandy Moore, but she just looks so small and cute to us. So, we were kind of shocked to find out that she's not so little, and is actually 5'10". Moore has a lot of amazing titles on her IMDB, but the most notable is her role as Rebecca Pearson in This Is Us. It kind of makes sense that we never noticed the actress's height before, when you think about the fact that there's so much emotional trauma going on in This Is Us that we don't have time to really notice anything else.
Missi Pyle is one of those actresses that you don't remember until someone puts a face to her name. In saying this, she has an extremely impressive IMDB listing and has been in literally every movie ever (an exaggeration, but sort of true). The actress has held roles in Big Fish, 50 First Dates, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Gone Girl, and The Artist, to name just a few. If you didn't recognize her name, then you most likely have never noticed her height either. At 5'11", Missi is one of the tallest gals in Hollywood.
Rebecca Romijn has some pretty badass roles under her belt. She's best known for playing Mystique in the first X-Men movie and Joan in the 2004 film The Punisher — which are both action-packed flicks. If you're not into action movies, then you might recognize Romijn from her role as Alexis Meade in the hit ABC comedy Ugly Betty. Not only does the actress have some cool productions on her IMDB, despite not being a super A-list celeb star, but she's also crazy tall, measuring in at 5'11".
Kristanna Loken is one of the lesser-known celebrities on this list, but she's still one of the tallest. The actress has had roles in the films Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, BloodRayne, and Bounty Killer, but she's also been in a few television shows, like Painkiller Jane, The L Word, and Burn Notice. Like Romijn, Loken falls into the extra tall gals group on this list, because she measures 5'11" in height. Us short gals can't relate. Even though she's an actress, we think Loken could definitely make a career for herself in modeling. It'd be silly to let her height go to waste!
Adrianne Palicki hasn't been seen hanging around Hollywood for a while now, but when we tell you where you know her from, it'll all come flooding back. The 36-year-old is best known for her roles as Tyra Collette on the NBC series Friday Night Lights, and she also played Barbara "Bobbi" Morse on the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In terms of her movie career, Paliki has had roles in Legion, Red Dawn, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and John Wick. Still, you wan't to know about her height — the actress is 5'11".
Scottish actress Karen Gillan was a model way before she ever pursued acting, so it makes sense that she's on this list as a tall lady in Hollywood, what with the outrageous height requirements in the modeling industry. The 5'11" actress is known for her role as Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies and she was also Amy Pond, a companion to the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who series. Gillan seems to be petite in size when you see her in Guardians, but that's probably because you're used to seeing her next to the 6'2" Chris Pratt.
Lucy Lawless is another lanky actress who has dominated screens in the action genre. She was the star of the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess, she played Number Three in the Battlestar Galactica franchise, and she's also known for playing Lucretia in the Spartacus television series. Lawless sure has the physique for playing brave female warriors in a ton of productions, because she's 5'10". Along with her New Zealand accent, gorgeous looks and impressive height, we can see why she was an icon in the '90s.