Instagram continues to surge as today’s premiere social media network, having surpassed 700 million users as of April of this year. Of course, your feed is only as good as who you follow, so a strong set of accounts is paramount in getting the most out of the platform.
While we’ve already delved into hilarious fashion accounts to follow and key portrait photographers to know, our latest sift through the best of Instagram focuses on the actors, actresses, directors and cinematographers that you need to add to your feed.
Actors & Actresses
It’s often hard to separate Lena Headey from the terrifying and ruthless character she plays on Game of Thrones, Cersei Lannister. But her Instagram reveals someone with a tremendous sense of humor and tons of warmth.
The Rock gives you the perfect dose of humor, behind-the-scenes of his films, and of course, workout routines that seem like medieval torture methods.
From candids with famous friends like Big Sean, to portraits for GQ, Oscar Winner, Mahershala Ali shows us the perks of owning the most coveted piece of hardware in Hollywood.
Amy Poehler’s account is an extension of her work on her personal project, Smart Girls, an organization that is dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. Showcasing a variety of empowering images, it feels like a mood board for when you’re trying to get motivated.
With an easy-going demeanor both on and off camera, Chris Pratt doesn’t take his Instagram account too seriously — giving his millions of followers the impression that he’s sharing something goofy like they’re all old friends.
Veteran character actor, Bobby Cannavale shows just how different each day can be for an actor of his stature. Whether it’s playing dad with his son, Rocco or receiving direction from Martin Scoresese, he certainly seems to have it all.
Academy Award winner, Viola Davis blends social activism, red carpet glamor shots and inspirational quotes into a tidy package.
While we might normally give someone a hard time for following nobody on a social media account, Hugh Jackman makes up for it by being one of the more prolific A-listers using the platform. Equal parts debonair in tuxedos as he is goofy posting vacation selfies like the rest of us, Jackman also blessed us with behind-the-scenes footage of Logan that turned into a viral phenomenon.
From candids with her Game of Thrones castmates to puppy kisses with her dog, Emilia Clarke showcases her strong sense of humor.
While Kirsten Dunst doesn’t post frequently, when she does, it almost certainly is something that will catch your eye. Whether it’s throwing it back to her work on Interviews with a Vampire alongside Brad Pitt or praising films that she enjoyed, it’s a solid mixture of information and humor.
If Jaden Smith is a fan of ours at Highsnobiety, consider the feelings mutual. For those that haven’t been following the young creative, it’s a curated and stylish look at how he not only views himself, but also those around him as well.
Mindy Kaling feels like a friend who is happier reveling in the successes of her peers than her own work. Thus, her account reflects that selflessness and appreciation for those she calls friends and collaborators.
When you can pull Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Aziz Ansari in for a group huddle inside a comedy club, Amy Schemer proves that her life is anything but mundane.
While there are plenty of photos of typical Hollywood fare on Aziz Ansari’s profile, he also has one of the best celebrity food accounts around.
Much in the same way Amy Poehler’s account is a call to action for those politically inclined, Rashida Jones has utilized her platform to speak on important issues relating to Standing Rock, the Presidential election and immigration reform.
Even though Instagram is a highly-curated selection of photographs, a perusal of Zendaya’s account gives you the impression that she is physically incapable of taking a bad snapshot.
Chloë Sevigny is another account that highlights bad ass women like Rei Kawakubo, Tina Turner, Michelle Obama and Joan Jett.
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jordan’s love of sports shines through on his account. Whether it’s the famous people he interacts with at games, or posing for pictures with the likes of Carmelo Anthony, it gives you an insight as to what it’s like to be young, rich, famous and into athletics.
Although at first glance it may seem like they’re an unlikely couple, Rosario Dawson and comedian, Eric Andre, prove they are just like us on Valentine’s Day.
We’ve all heard about the pitfalls of being a child actor in Hollywood. Game of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, disproves a lot of the old tropes.
Racecars? Check. Debonair magazine photos? Check. Up-and-coming musical talent? Check. It’s no wonder that people have been pining for Idris Elba to take on the iconic role of James Bond.
Although the above photo would suggest Judd Apatow focus primarily on his own exploits, his Instagram is almost 90 percent devoted to other people around him; whether that be the cast of Girls, Love, or other influential people to his own career like Garry Shandling.
Kurt Sutter is heading back to the world that made him one of the most daring television creators around; outlaw motorcycle clubs. Swapping the Sons of Anarchy for the Mayans, his account will surely be fertile grounds for all the work that goes into making a show where riding on two wheels is a prerequisite.
Having wowed us with her last two films, Selma and 13th, Ava DuVernay is poised for huge things as she tackles her most high-profile film to date — an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time — which she chronicled in various facets.
Seemingly always clad in a signature hockey jersey, Kevin Smith’s days never seem dull.
Thanks to his involvement on Atlanta, Hiro Murai stands to be the next great TV director who inevitably makes the jump to feature films.
As a documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock has a keen eye and a sharp perspective on the current events happening in the world.
Having earned the distinction of earning the biggest opening weekend for a female director thanks to Twilight, Catherine Hardwick reveals that Hollywood is a continued grind even for those that have enjoyed success.
With an established filmmaking pedigree, Jon Favreau’s next project involves a remake of The Lion King starring Donald Glover. Consider our interest in his account officially piqued.
With Oscar wins for The Revenant, Birdman and Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki’s eye for visuals is certainly second to none.
With films like Fruitvale Station, Dope and the upcoming Black Panther all projects where she oversaw the cinematography, Rachel Morrison has a way of making every photograph have that “it” factor.
Having worked with everyone from Darren Aronofsky on Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan to F. Gary Gray on Straight Outta Compton, Matthew Libatique has nearly 20 years of experience constructing powerful images.
Although it would seem like a logical transition — from cinematography to directing — not many have done it so seamlessly as Reed Morano who bounced from the former technical trade to directing the first three episodes of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed new drama, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Even though pictures of other people’s loved ones can be the bane of certain people’s social media existence, Phedon Papamichael does it so beautifully that it’s impossible to be cynical.
Here’s a rule we like to live by; if Martin Scorsese likes you, we like you. As Rodrigo Prieto’s filmography illustrates, he was the man tasked with Scorsese’s latest films, The Wolf of Wall Street, Silence, and the upcoming, The Irishman (which we think could earn Netflix their first Oscar nomination).
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