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

Lena Headey

Name: @amlenaheadey
Posts: 262
Followers: 946k
Following: 152

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

Name: @therock
Posts: 2,812
Followers: 85.8m
Following: 178

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.

Mahershala Ali

@gqstyle ?? @erikmadiganheck] #thespringissue

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Name: @mahershalaali
Posts: 274
Followers: 278k
Following: 107

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

Name: @amypoehlersmartgirls
Posts: 1,327
Followers: 572k
Following: 1,113

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.

Chris Pratt

My favorite outfit so far. #gotgvol2 #tokyo

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Name: @prattprattpratt
Posts: 277
Followers: 11.5m
Following: 119

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.

Bobby Cannavale

Another tb shot from the #vinyl pilot with the master #scorsese shot by @nikotavernise

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Name: @bobby_cannavale
Posts: 953
Followers: 77.3k
Following: 335

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.

Viola Davis

Name: @violadavis
Posts: 766
Followers: 1.5m
Following: 108

Academy Award winner, Viola Davis blends social activism, red carpet glamor shots and inspirational quotes into a tidy package.

Hugh Jackman

Hi. @wponx @20thcenturyfox

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Name: @thehughjackman
Posts: 1,507
Followers: 12.4m
Following: 0

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.

Emilia Clarke

Name: @emilia_clarke
Posts: 208
Followers: 9.3m
Following: 228

From candids with her Game of Thrones castmates to puppy kisses with her dog, Emilia Clarke showcases her strong sense of humor.

Kirsten Dunst

#fbf #bradpitt #interviewwiththevampire

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Name: @kirstendunst
Posts: 59
Followers: 991k

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.

Jaden Smith

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Name: @c.syresmith
Posts: 1,579
Followers: 6.2m
Following: 0

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

Name: @mindykaling
Posts: 3,854
Followers: 2.6m
Following: 451

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.

Amy Schumer

Happy national siblings day

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Name: @amyschumer
Posts: 2,720
Followers: 6.2m
Following: 536

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.

Aziz Ansari

Paella time. #BigBudLilBud #BudsinEspana

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Name: @azizansari
Posts: 558
Followers: 2.3m
Following: 0

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.

Rashida Jones

Name: @rashidajones
Posts: 300
Followers: 742k
Following: 205

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.



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Name: @zendaya
Posts: 3,162
Followers: 41.4m
Following: 929

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

#tbt #1994 #nyc

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Name: @chloessevigny
Posts: 542
Followers: 579k
Following: 507

Chloë Sevigny is another account that highlights bad ass women like Rei Kawakubo, Tina Turner, Michelle Obama and Joan Jett.

Michael B. Jordan

Name: @michaelbjordan
Posts: 270
Followers: 2.5m
Following: 757

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.

Rosario Dawson

Happy Valentines Day my love! #MyCuddlyValentine #Valentines

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Name: @rosariodawson
Posts: 755
Followers: 640k
Following: 950

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.

Maisie Williams

Name: @maisie_williams
Posts: 571
Followers: 5m
Following: 469

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.

Idris Elba

Name: @idriselba
Posts: 54
Followers: 949k
Following: 0

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.


Judd Apatow

Overdressed for our benefit for the @aclu_nationwide at the Comedy Cellar. Photo by Lloyd Bishop.

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Name: @juddapatow
Posts: 644
Followers: 441k
Following: 49

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

Name: @sutterink
Posts: 1,059
Followers: 422k
Following: 72

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.

Ava DuVernay

But not the last. ✊?

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Name: @directher
Posts: 729
Followers: 626k
Following: 1,110

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.

Kevin Smith

Name: @thatkevinsmith
Posts: 1,316
Followers: 1m
Following: 88

Seemingly always clad in a signature hockey jersey, Kevin Smith’s days never seem dull.

Hiro Murai


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Name: @muraihiro
Posts: 1,233
Followers: 14.6k
Following: 563

Thanks to his involvement on Atlanta, Hiro Murai stands to be the next great TV director who inevitably makes the jump to feature films.

Morgan Spurlock

Name: @morganspurlocknyc
Posts: 352
Followers: 17.2k
Following: 892

As a documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock has a keen eye and a sharp perspective on the current events happening in the world.

Catherine Hardwicke

Motorcycles! Snow! Drones! Oh my… #onSet with #Eyewitness #directing #filmlife #eyewitnesspilot #canada

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Name: @catherinehardwicke
Posts: 242
Followers: 10.1k
Following: 191

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.

Jon Favreau

It was 20 years ago today…

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Name: @jonfavreau
Posts: 217
Followers: 247k
Following: 62

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.


Emmanuel Lubezki

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Posts: 689
Followers: 386k
Following: 330

With Oscar wins for The Revenant, Birdman and Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki’s eye for visuals is certainly second to none.

Rachel Morrison

I can't tell you how happy/nostalgic I am to see a valley of sodium vapor lights.

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Name: @rmorrison
Posts: 580
Followers: 17.4k
Following: 749

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.

Matthew Libatique

Some time travel today

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Name: @libatique
Posts: 557
Followers: 42.6k
Following: 83

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.

Reed Morano

Name: @reedmorano
Posts: 2,262
Followers: 90.5k
Following: 993

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.

Phedon Papamichael

Name: @papa2
Posts: 162
Followers: 43.6k
Following: 197

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.

Rodrigo Prieto

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Name: @rpstam
Posts: 738
Followers: 57.1k
Following: 374

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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Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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