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Reasons to Like 22 Celebrities You Love to Hate

Updated November 6, 2017 2.4k votes 395 voters 23.9k views22 items

List RulesVote up the stars who... actually, you kind of like now!

Tabloids, media, and sheer stupidity make it impossible to love all celebrity icons. But which celebrities have been the most unloveable? Maybe they said something you didn't like. Maybe you just don't care for their work or for their enthusiastic fans. Or perhaps they're just everywhere, and frankly you're sick of it. No matter what, it's guaranteed there are a few celebrities you'd be happy to never see again.

However, in many of these cases, these unlikeable stars are also good people, or are at least trying to be good people by helping the world around them with their wealth and influence. Some do charity work that really helps the community. Some take on causes that are personal to them. Some simply speak out on issues and try to shed light on things that we may not want to talk about for fear of judgment.

Other times, folks who've done wrong may realize that, and work to fix what put them in the dog house in the first place. No matter where they fall on the spectrum, this list intends to find humanizing moments and actions that may make you think differently the next time you see them on the tabloids and get annoyed. So check it out! Vote up the bad celebrities you can't believe you actually really like!
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  • Zooey Deschanel
    Video: YouTube

    No one can really pinpoint why they dislike Zooey Deschanel, but there's a large chorus of people who find her annoying. With her typically upbeat and off-center attitude, some folks just refuse to believe that this personality is the real her. Really, her greatest sin is playing the ukulele. 

    The reality is, Deschanel is a lovely person, and this clip shows exactly that, thanks to cute anecdotes about her disaster preparation as well as her love of her dogs - which turns out to be rather stalkerish.
    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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  • Julia Roberts
    Video: YouTube

    The Academy Award winner has always been a front-page headliner, which wearies a lot of folks who are over the whole celebrity culture. That she's also known for being particularly difficult on the sets of her films tends to give haters the validation they need for disliking her. 

    Regardless of all that, it's clear that she's a great mother and a very involved and loving parent. This clip from Ellen has a delightful, humanizing bit about her love of scaring her kids in the most adorable way possible. 
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America
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  • Lady Gaga
    Video: YouTube

    Lady Gaga exploded onto the scene with "Poker Face," and it was immediately known that she was going to become an outrageous character in the world of pop music. She famously used fashion to push the envelope (and people's patience) as far as she possibly could. From day one, folks either loved or hated her. 

    What only Lady Gaga fans know is her very close relationship with those fans. She's been very supportive of LGBT rights, going as far as creating the Born This Way foundation, which is committed to creating safe spaces for young people feeling like social outcasts for any reason.
    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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  • Katherine Heigl
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    After leaving Grey's Anatomy and playing a character that was intentionally disliked, fans associated her ego with that of her character's, and the hate followed her in film after film. It didn't help that the films she chose were largely vapid, uninspired rom-coms. 

    But there's a side of Heigl that folks don't really know much about. She's personally set up rescue programs to take dogs out of kill shelters and send them to places where there is a high demand for pets. She's also personally rescued multiple dogs, putting her money where her mouth is.
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: West End, Washington, D.C., United States of America
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