Meet Your Favorite Introverts

Being in the public eye is not an easy task for an introvert. It requires constant time around lots of people which means the need to recharge is vital. From award shows to movie sets, famous introverts are known to skip the after party or leave early just so they can save face.

Despite the reputation of being antisocial, these successful celebs prove that you can be an introvert who can skillfully manipulate the limelight.  Here are a few of my favorite inny’s:

Issa Rae

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If you haven’t heard of Issa Rae, then you’ve been living under a rock!  The main character of her web series “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,” was the epitome of an introvert.  We can all relate to that annoying moment where you see someone in the hallway and are faced with the decision of who will initiate the first hello.  Then you see them again and it’s like, “oh shit, it’s you again.”  This is my life, every single day.  Recently, Issa replied to a tweet asking her where she was. Again, her response is my life.

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington hasn’t met a movie or TV show she didn’t dominate.  With such a diverse acting resume, you’d think she’d be more about the Hollywood scene. “I’ll be honest with you. I’m a little bit of a loner. It’s been a big part of my maturing process to learn to allow people to support me. I tend to be very self-reliant and private. And I have this history of wanting to work things out on my own and protect people from what’s going on with me,” the actress once said.

Sza

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Sza is one of the most talented vocalist of our times.  Besides her being a skilled song writer, her range, delivery and overall presence is phenomenal.  The singer describes herself as an extroverted introvert but she was once quoted as saying, “Isolation seems like utopia; it’s the best thing I could ever ask for. It’s messing up my social skills.”

Barack Obama

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Bet you didn’t know our beloved 44 is an introvert.  Although he doesn’t seem like one, Barack Obama falls on the inny spectrum.  In the New York Times article, titled “Education of a President,” Peter Baker talks about Obama’s personality.

“Insulation is a curse of every president, but more than any president since Jimmy Carter, Obama comes across as an introvert, someone who finds extended contact with groups of people outside his immediate circle to be draining.” He continues, “[Obama] can rouse a stadium of 80,000 people, but that audience is an impersonal monolith; smaller group settings can be harder for him. Aides have learned that it can be good if he has a few moments after a big East Room event so he can gather his energy again.”

Well look at that.  I can be the president!

 

Donald Glover

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First of all, I love this guy.  He is a complete genius who manages to feel everything.  In an interview with I-D magazine, he referred to himself as sensitive, and that he is!  Sensitivity isn’t what makes this artist an introvert.  The rapper, actor, writer and comedian’s entire vibe is one of an introvert.  He strays from the public eye and seems to be more comfortable working behind the scenes. I proudly claim him as the president of the socially awkward, introvert club.