There’s no doubt that Hollywood has had its fair share of disappointing men. From Harvey Weinstein to Bill Cosby, Alfred Hitchcock and many more. But with that being said, we’re happy to see that Hollywood also has its fair share of incredible men who are proud supporters of women. Here’s our non-exhaustive list of Male Celebrities who are proud feminists.
Could this man be any more perfect? From taking his mother to the Oscars to thanking his wife and mother of his children Eva Mendes in his acceptance speech, Ryan has been vocal in his support and admiration of women.
“I think women are better than men. They are stronger, more evolved,”Ryan Gosling
“I grew up with women so I’ve always been aware of it. When my mother and I walked to the grocery store, men would circle the block in cars. It was very, very scary, especially as a young boy. Very predatory—a hunt,”Ryan Gosling
Dwayne The Rock Johnson
It doesn’t take much scouring of the internet to find the dotting dad videos of the Johnson family. One video in particular where Dwayne could be seen empowering his little girl Jasmine by repeating after him: ‘Girl Power’ has made the rounds. But in addition to being an amazing dad to his three girls, Dwayne has also been a vocal advocate for women.
“Girl power. To every woman out there ‘round the world – all ages and races – I proudly stand by your side to honor, protect and respect. Especially the loves of my life at home.”Dwayne Johnson
“I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my life, but after participating in baby Tia’s delivery, it’s hard to express the new level of love, respect and admiration I have for @laurahashianofficial and all mamas and women out there.”Dwayne Johnson
Harry Styles is many things: singer, songwriter, actor and model. And let’s not forget a proud feminist. Harry has been challenging norms and has been vocal for many years about his support of the feminist cause. He joined the #HeForShe movement by the UN alongside many other celebrities and has been quoted many times in interview in support of women.
“I grew up with my mum and my sister — when you grow up around women, your female influence is just bigger. Of course men and women should be equal. I don’t want a lot of credit for being a feminist. It’s pretty simple. I think the ideals of feminism are pretty straightforward.”Harry Styles
“To not wear (something) because it’s females’ clothing, you shut out a whole world of great clothes,” he added, “I think what’s exciting about right now is you can wear what you like. It doesn’t have to be X or Y. Those lines are becoming more and more blurred.”Harry Styles
Rege rose to fame after playing the Duke of Hastings in Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton. But do not be fooled by his character’s misogynistic ways in the show. From sticking up for Florence Pugh to commenting on the overturning of Roe V. Wade, Rege is just getting started and we love it.
“Take a look at yourself fellas. Then take a look at your mates and step up when it’s time to step up […] When the boys are out of line, have a word.”Rege Jean-Page
“The weird thing about misogyny is men actually listen to other men, so do your bit, cos [sic] the next few years, in particular, are gonna be a really good time to listen, and take some responsibility, for everyone’s sake.”Rege Jean-Page
You might know the actor for his breakout role as a dashing vampire in Vampire Diaries. But what you might not know is that the actor is a vocal feminist and has been involved with the ConnectHER film festival: “Through ConnectHER Film Festival, students use film and media to tell stories that bring awareness to critical issues facing women and girls locally and globally, and activate audiences to do something about it!”.
“We have made it acceptable that women are spoken for and that needs to change now […] Within the realm of advertising, marketing, fashion, technology and athletics, women are told where they fit properly and how to act once in their right place. It is beyond important that girls speak up, that they act fearlessly, that they fall in love with the timbre of their powerful voices — but that isn’t the complete solution. The men placed into positions of patriarchal power need a massive shift to correspond with women’s uprising and support this societal shift as a whole. Men need to acknowledge the evolution that comes along with embracing and championing the surge of powerful women worldwide. When we celebrate the true and irrefutable power of women, we can then truly celebrate the progress of men.”Ian Somerhalder
“When I’m out running errands, I always see a multitasking mother who truly blows my mind. This woman is nothing short of a comic book superhero. Strapped to her back she has a wailing new life, holding her hand is her intensely curious and super-fueled toddler, yet she maintains patience, creatively and constantly finds solutions and manages to execute 100 things simultaneously without losing any part of who she is. She is an absolute artist. There are incredible women like her all around us. Hollywood has enough attention. Let’s celebrate the women achieving the unthinkable in our local communities every day.“Ian Somerhalder
Last but certainly not least on our list of male celebrities that are proud feminists.
There’s more to Mark Ruffalo than meets the Hulk (forgive the tortured pun). Mark Ruffalo is an outspoken feminist and has commented on women’s issues on many occasions. In an April 2015 interview with Cosmo, Mark and Avenger co-star Scarlet Johansson even swapped interview questions to highlight how sexist many of these interviews tend to be. Mark was asked about what he wore to premieres and his fitness regime whereas Scarlet was asked about character development and stunts.
“There’s a common sense and a wisdom and a decency in women that needs to be upheld and doesn’t warrant being pushed back 30 years into the whole nightmare that brought about the abortion rights movement that we’ve fought for and created laws around … As a man, I see no wisdom in going backwards.”Mark Ruffalo
“My mother’s illegal abortion marked a time in America that we have worked long and hard to leave behind […] It was a time when women were seen as second rate citizens who were not smart enough, nor responsible enough, nor capable enough to make decisions about their lives. It was a time that deserved to be left behind, and leave it behind we did, or so it seemed.”Mark Ruffalo