Being an actor is not easy, because actors and actresses play multiple roles and nail at least one character in their acting career. Whether landing on antagonists or good characters, it’s easy for them to rise or fall on unexpected waves of public opinion.
While most of us love actors who take on the role of sweet characters, some with their villains leave a great impression. They are seemingly born to play the worst possible specimens of humankind. Some performances linger in viewers’ minds to the point where the actors and their villainous role becomes synonymous. However, in real life, they are so lovely and funny and we can’t find similarities between these fantastic villains and the sweet actors who play them.
Here are movie stars who play villains but are total sweethearts in real life.
#1 Cate Blanchett as Hela
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Many viewers were impressed with Cate Blanchett’s role, the evil sister, Hela, in “Thor: Ragnarok”. In real life, she is an ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
#2 Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton as Lucius and Draco Malfoy
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Lucius and Draco Malfoy are an evil father-son duo in the “Harry Potter” film series. Tom Felton said, “He’d be this evil father, and when we’d say cut, he’d come and give you a cuddle and say, "Oh, did I hit you too hard? Real Jekyll and Hyde, that one.”
#3 Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen
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“The Gray Man” starred Chris Evans as Lloyd Hansen, whose characters had brutal fights. However, when the director called out, Evan laughed immediately with his co-star, Billy Bob Thornton.
#4 Tom Hiddleston as Loki
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Hiddleston has been a UNICEF UK Ambassador since 2015. He is a funny and kind person in real life, but in “The Avengers”, the actor portrayed the villain Loki, the God of Mischief.
#5 Tom Hardy as Bane
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Tom Hardy has labeled his character Bane in The Dark Knight Rises as “brutal” and “a terrorist”. When stepping out of the movie, he returns to being a witty and optimistic person.
#6 Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
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Dolores Umbridge is seen as a bloody monster in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. After filming the detention scene, she felt bad for a couple of days.
#7 Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
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For his perfect performance as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs”, Anthony Hopkins earned himself an Oscar award. When asked about his Oscar, he said, “What about the nurses and the surgeons and the doctors in hospitals and the caregivers? Where are their awards? They saved lives.”
#8 Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna
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Charlize embodied the evil Queen Ravenna in “Snow White and the Huntsman”. But, she is an ally of the LGBTQ community and goes to Pride celebrations annually.
#9 Rachel McAdams as Regina George
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Rachel McAdams took on the role of Regina George referred to as Queen Bee and the original leader of the currently fallen Plastics. But in reality, she is environmentally conscious, and always looks for a greener.
#10 Christopher Lee as Saruman
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Christopher Lee starred as the cold and uncaring character, Saruman, in “The Lord of the Rings”. Many people surrounding him, assess that he is ambitious and determined but so kind.
#11 Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly
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Despite playing the icy-cold Miranda in “The Devil Wears Prada”, she is assessed as a nice person. Before filming, she gave Anne Hathaway a big hug and told her they would have the best time making the movie.
#12 Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey
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The sadistic and ill-tempered King Joffrey seems very far off from the real Jack Gleeson, an animal and dog lover.