Celebs With Truly Bizarre Addictions

A-list stars may be rich. They may have the world at their fingertips. They may be successful beyond comprehension. And yet, even celebrities have weird habits. Take Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, for example, who once told Conan O'Brien (via Today) that she regularly used "clean cat litter" to exfoliate her face. Lady Gaga once confessed to Ellen DeGeneres that she has a tendency to skip the PJs after an event and just fall asleep in whatever she happens to be wearing — and if you are familiar with Mother Monster's style, you know she doesn't exactly don the coziest of ensembles. Robert Pattinson gets a kick out of straight up lying to reporters, even admitting in GQ that he has a tendency to spin yarns in interviews.

And, of course, there are the stars who have truly odd addictions. No, we are not going to dive deep into celebrities who have struggled with life-threatening addictions or risky habits. Instead, we are going to focus on celebrities who have peculiar obsessions and impassioned interests that are as funny as they are fun. 

Ariana Grande is queen of Halloween

There is no other star who loves All Hallow's Eve more than Ariana Grande. The songstress is a die-hard fan of anything and everything spooky, even going through a haunted escape room on "The Late, Late Show with James Corden," where she shared, "I love Halloween. I love being scared, I think it's so much fun."

With such an affinity for Halloween, it makes sense that Grande goes all out when choosing her costumes. In 2019, Grande paid tribute to the "Twilight Zone" episode "Eye of the Beholder," the story of a woman who undergoes surgery to "look normal." In 2020, the star took a break from dressing up due to the coronavirus and posted a photo of a black kitten with bat wings and fangs on Instagram. The very next year, she outdid herself when she paid homage to the horror film "Creature from the Black Lagoon" by turning herself into none other than the creature itself.

When Grande did Us Weekly's "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" in 2014, multiple list items illustrated her love for all things scary. "I wish every day were Halloween," she told the outlet, while also mentioning her "sick obsession with horror movies" and that she "look[s] forward to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights all year." Oh, and she also gave this tidbit: "My mom thought I'd grow up to be a serial killer because I wore Halloween masks around the house."

Shay Mitchell is never without a bottle of hot sauce

"Pretty Little Liars" star Shay Mitchell loves to give whatever she's eating a little kick by carrying around her favorite hot sauce in her purse. The actor has an addiction to hot sauce, specifically Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, and can easily be called their No. 1 fan, telling Delish, "I put it on everything."

In 2017, the actor's assistant Sammy Rosenman spoke with People and shared the essential items she has with her at all times when with Mitchell. Rosenman said, "She likes this trifecta of hot sauce, depending on what she's eating ... there's a chili oil from Africa that we fly in, there's Tabasco, and there's Sriracha." In an interview for The Strategist for New York Magazine, Mitchell shared that certain items she can't live without included a portable charger, lip balm, and of course, her hot sauce, stating, "My food is just a vessel for my hot sauce." 

Mitchell also celebrates her addiction to hot sauce. On Instagram, she shared a photo of packets of Sriracha sauce and wrote, "THEY FINALLY GOT ALL MY LETTERS! Happy national hot sauce day also known as my own personal holiday." 

Scarlett Johansson will order the wings

In 2010's "Iron Man 2," Scarlett Johansson made her debut as Black Widow, a member of the Avengers. So, how does one prepare for the role of a superhero? As noted in The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson took on a strict workout and diet that "incorporates Olympic weightlifting and gymnastics work" to get in comic book heroine shape. Speaking about her intense workouts, she shared with Fox411, "The training is crazy, but you just suck it up and do it. There is a lot of strength training and agility training and fight choreography. You go in, and you just do it."

However, when the actor isn't in the gym breaking a sweat or sticking to a diet, Johansson revealed that she indulges in her chicken wings addiction. While talking about her hard work becoming the Black Widow, she also told Fox411, "Oh my god [I am obsessed] with buffalo chicken wings, I am addicted to them. You will have to roll me down the red carpet next time you see me." Talking about her favorite food must have made Johansson's mouth water as she stated after her interview, "I can't stop eating them. I just can't get enough."

Emma Watson and Hermione Granger aren't so different

Emma Watson and Hermione Granger have a great deal in common. Not unlike her driven and academia-obsessed "Harry Potter" character, Watson has shared that she has an "addiction to knowledge" and continued her education while making films.

Per Access, the actor once said, "I love learning. I'm just addicted to knowledge. It just like, makes me happy. It keeps me motivated." In 2010, Watson was promoting "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and attending Brown University in Rhode Island at the same time. Although being in the beloved films allowed her to learn about all parts of the world and work with acting greats like the late Alan Rickman (Severus Snape) and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), it still wasn't enough for Watson. She said, "I don't think that by doing these movies I know everything. I just feel like that's the point of being alive, to try and understand the world that's around you. And it just keeps me in touch with real life."

According to People, Watson graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a bachelor's in English literature. She even shared a photo on Twitter wearing her cap and gown and captioned it with a simple exclamation mark. 

Robert Pattinson loves this classic British show

Fans may have never guessed that "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson is a fan of the British television show "Antiques Roadshow." The show follows regular people bringing items they'd like appraised, getting approximate values for their items, and receiving a pretty cool history of their piece. 

Speaking to The Sun (via Marie Claire), Pattinson revealed his fixation with the show. "I used to love it, I think secretly every kid did, but it's not the coolest thing to admit," he said. "The Batman" star also added his favorite parts of the series: "I love the faces of posh people when they think that something is going to be valued at more than it is, and when it's under they are gutted. I also love the faces of the genuine people who have found something in their loft. When they find out what it is worth they are genuinely delighted and you know it's going to change their life." 

Watching his favorite show might not be complete without a Diet Coke. According to Glamour, Pattinson revealed that he found "300 cans of Diet Coke" in his trash while also sharing an addiction to Cinnamon Toast Crunch. "My addictions are pretty much the only things I consume," he said. Of course, this is all to be taken with a grain of salt, as Pattinson famously tells fibs in interviews.

Jennifer Aniston needs her yoga time

Jennifer Aniston loves staying in shape, and she can thank her addiction to yoga for that. The "Friends" actor has been working with yoga instructor Mandy Ingber for years and has been helping Aniston perfect her downward-facing dog pose and the star's overall well-being. 

And Aniston has only glowing things to say about the practice. Per Mandy Ingber's website, the actor shared, "When I started doing yoga with Mandy, I noticed many things: My legs getting leaner. My arms getting stronger, and most importantly, I noticed an inner strength." Speaking to Allure about Aniston's favorite move, Ingber revealed, "Tree pose. She is a balancer. It's funny because she's balanced as a woman, too." Ingber went on to share that the sitcom legend's balance is so solid that she "can hold [any pose] for quite a bit." The instructor continued, "Also, all of the balancing moves employ the core, and she has great abs. She's always looking to work out that area."

Aniston has been such a devoted yogi, she even starred in an instructional video for Ingber where she stated (via People), "She brought yoga into my life. It completely changed my life."

Daniel Radcliffe is a fantasy football pro

British-born actor Daniel Radcliffe is a huge fan of American football. The actor shared with The New York Times in 2013 that he is a devoted NFL fan after moving to the U.S. and had grown an even stronger obsession with the sport when he joined a fantasy football league. 

The "Harry Potter" star shared, "I watched it ever since I came over and was doing 'Equus' in the Broadhurst Theater. I got christened a Giants fan that year by the crew who were working there." Radcliffe's "level of obsession" skyrocketed after he was introduced to the wonderful world of fantasy football, telling the outlet that he felt compelled to "put some serious time learning" about the sport. And according to his account, this desire to understand ins and outs of football had less to do with feeling competitive and more to do with not wanting "to completely embarrass myself in this league." Radcliffe also revealed that he "makes sure there's absolutely nothing to do on Sundays" so he can watch the games.

In an interview with MTV in 2014, the actor proved just how addicted he was to football after impressively naming every quarterback in the NFL (and a few backup QBs) — that's over 30 names!   

Jason Segel is addicted to puppets

It is not a secret that Jason Segel is a fan of puppets. The puppet musical in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"? Why, that was based on a puppet musical he wrote before the flick was in existence. As he told Vulture, he believed "a lavish Dracula puppet musical" would be the key to his success. And there's 2011's "The Muppets," which he both starred in and wrote. When the movie was released, he shared with Vulture, "This generation, from zero to 12, they've grown up with no Muppet movie in their lives and that just seemed crazy to me, because it really influenced who I wanted to be." 

The actor also said that not only does he love the Muppets, but he keeps his very own collection of puppets. "Thank God I have a slightly bigger house now, so I have one room that's sort of dedicated to puppets," he said. "But for a long time, I lived in a one-bedroom apartment that was just crammed with puppets. It's why I'm still single." 

In an interview with The Guardian, Segel shared that he even has a puppet that looks just like him. "I have the ones I started out with as a kid and used to make films with. But now I have new ones too. When I did 'The Muppets' there was a Jason Segel Muppet, which I eventually got to keep. That's really the height of arrogance. To have a puppet of yourself in your own house."

Emmy Rossum won't go without her string cheese

If actor Emmy Rossum showed fans what's in her bag, they'd learn that the "Shameless" star loves to carry cheese. Speaking to New York Magazine's The Cut in 2015, Rossum shared her wellness tips, how she maintained her physical and mental health, and how she has an obsession with string cheese. 

When asked how the actor eats when she's by herself, Rossum shared, "I have a string-cheese addiction. I can't keep them in the house. It's not something I would eat with other people — it's not like I'll pull out some string cheese when I'm having a glass of wine with a group of friends. It's just something I like to have when I'm on the go, and I don't have to think about it. I guess it could be a lot worse."

Besides having a love of string cheese, the actor explained to The Cut in 2017 that while she eats "clean," she won't deprive herself of foods that she craves. "But other than that, I eat everything," she said, before listing specific food items she enjoys. Evidently, all roads lead back to cheese, as she took a moment to talk about her appreciation for Burrata before getting back to non-cheese items. "I want to take a Burrata-making class," she said. Sounds like the actor might also appreciate a string cheese-making class. 

Kristin Chenoweth collects change

If you need a few coins for a parking meter or to do a load of laundry, Kristin Chenoweth is your girl. The actor revealed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that she has an odd addiction to quarters and further explained why she loves to collect 25-cent pieces so much. 

"I obsess on saving them. I gotta have quarters. I gotta have them in my car. I have jars of quarters, and I stash them away, and the minute I get home from a shopping trip or any trip I put all the quarters away and I save the quarters and I don't know what it is," Chenoweth said, adding that she probably started her collection when she was a starving actor in New York and worried about not being able to do her laundry. She also revealed that she "gets a high" when needing to use one of her quarters and even "cleans them with Purell." 

Quarters aren't Chenoweth's only obsession. As she shared on Twitter in 2020, she's "addicted to Popeyes chicken sandwich." And in 2015, she tweeted about her appreciation for a certain Bravo reality series, writing, "I'm addicted to #southerncharm can't be helped." Reality TV seems to be a big part of her media diet. That same year, she told The New York Times, "I am obsessed with the following: 'Real Housewives' of any county — it doesn't matter. 'Vanderpump Rules.' 'Dance Moms.'" Needless to say, the Broadway icon has impeccable taste.

Marilyn Manson is a die-hard Eastbound & Down fan

In 2010, "Eastbound & Down" director David Gordon Green revealed to Interview that the biggest fan of Danny McBride's Kenny Powers is Marilyn Manson. About a decade after this conversation took place, a series of abuse allegations against Manson surfaced. Per Rolling Stone, the musician denies the accusations.   

"Yes, Marilyn Manson, he's f****** obsessed with the show," Green said in the aforementioned Interview feature. "He goes so far as to dress up like Kenny." Film and documentary director Adam Bhala Lough added, "Whenever I see Manson, he's repeating entire chunks of dialogue and dressed like Kenny. He just walks around dressed like this and f*****with people on the street. If a waiter or valet tells him, 'Have a nice day,' he'll respond, 'Don't tell me what to do.' Stuff like that. He's even dressed like this when I'm at his house watching Beatrice Dalle films and 'Hoarders.'"

According to TMZ, Manson got the chance to be in an episode of "Eastbound & Down" and looked unrecognizable as he portrayed a server in yellow shorts who waits on Kenny Powers and his wife, April (Katy Mixon). 

Mindy Kaling's go-to candy is licorice

Mindy Kaling is a lover of all things licorice. "The Office" star shared a three-minute video on Instagram that she captioned "My strange addiction" as she took fans on a taste test of her favorite kind of candy: Australian red licorice. 

Kaling goes through four brands of licorice, explaining where they are made (unfortunately, one was made in Minnesota, not Australia), and tries each one while also judging their color and appearance. She shared in her video, "When I tell people that I like Australian red licorice and then they show up to my house with like, the red licorice you get at like the gas station, I think that taste like eating birthday candles." During her taste test, Kaling compares the licorice to the Hemsworth brothers, who so happen to be Australian, explaining that choosing a brand of her favorite candy is as difficult as choosing one of the Hemsworths (even though she quickly chooses Liam). In the end, Kaling goes with a brand called Darell Lea as her favorite, but it's safe to say that the actor approves of them all. 

Fans of Kaling's know that she is a big foodie and even shares recipes and cooking videos on her Instagram, including the time she made The New York Times' take on chicken and curry.