Celebrities Talk About IMDb

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 02 Oct 2017

Read what celebrities have to say about IMDb and why it's the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV, and celebrity content.

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Felicity Jones

"IMDb is such an invaluable resource for everyone who goes to see films and everyone who works in films." — Felicity Jones

Joseph Gordon-Levitt at an event for IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con (2016)

"I love movies, so like everyone else, I use IMDb all the time." — Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Robert Downey Jr. at an event for Captain America: Civil War (2016)

"I think that IMDb is really important. For me, it’s The NY Post, it’s Rotten Tomatoes, and then when it’s time to get serious, it’s IMDb." — Robert Downey Jr.

Ben Kingsley

"I think it’s a wonderful resource for those amongst us who love film. It’s like a wonderful library. And an instant dictionary. And a reference point of so much extraordinary information. It’s a very great resource." — Ben Kingsley

Tom Hiddleston

"I use IMDb all the time. I’ve used it since its inception. I started using it as a student when I was 18, which is about the same time I got my first email address (about 1999). I was such a cinephile and such a movie lover by then that I loved making the connections and I loved looking up the 250 greatest movies of all time. Now, it’s a source of information. I’m probably on it every single day. I’m a subscriber to IMDbPro. I read the news. I look at what’s going on. I use it all the time." — Tom Hiddleston

Bella Heathcote at an event for The Neon Demon (2016)

"I use it everyday. I look at the Top News. I research whenever I’m going for an audition. I love IMDb." — Bella Heathcote

Clark Gregg at an event for Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"I use IMDb often on my phone when I’m at a restaurant and I see someone I worked with 8 or more years ago. And I’m quickly IMDb-ing to find out who the hell it is. I love that feature." — Clark Gregg

Cobie Smulders at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"[IMDb is] where I get all my entertainment news." — Cobie Smulders

Alice Eve

"I use IMDb every time I have a meeting with a director and to check the news. [I follow IMDb’s] Movie News." — Alice Eve

Donald Sutherland at an event for Forsaken (2015)

"I use [IMDb]. I’m writing some stuff down. I have to go back and look at cast lists and things and I find them there." — Donald Sutherland

Jackie Earle Haley at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"It’s just such a great industry tool as well as a fan tool. You can just get any answer [to any question] that comes up in your head. It’s really made dinner conversations a little easier. Everybody will sit there [saying]: ‘No it was this.’ And somebody’s over there going [pantomimes using IMDb’s mobile app]: “No. It was THIS [pantomimes holding up a cell phone]." — Jackie Earle Haley

Denis Leary

"I use it all the time in work. When I’m casting. You can check somebody’s resume. You can find out what they’ve done and therefore who they’ve worked with that you might know that you can call and say, ‘Hey is this person alright?’ It’s great for that. It really is. I use it everyday almost." — Denis Leary

Josh Hutcherson at an event for Escobar: Paradise Lost (2014)

"I go on there all the time. Anytime I’m going on a new project or when I’m meeting with somebody. It’s really a nice tool." — Josh Hutcherson

Tim Burton

"I use it to find out who I am, what I’ve done and what I intend to do." — Tim Burton

Julia Roberts at an event for The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)

"What do you have to do to get on IMDbPro?" — Julia Roberts

Woody Harrelson

"I look at IMDb all the time. And I say it all the time. Because when people say, 'So, can you tell me what you’ve done?' I just go, 'IMDB me.'" — Woody Harrelson

Armie Hammer at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"I even have my own page on IMDb! It’s the industry tool and standard." — Armie Hammer

Andrew Garfield at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"I only use [IMDb] to look myself up and check out what people are saying on the comments boards -- whether people like me or not. And if they don’t like me, then they’re idiots. And if they do like me, then they’re my friends. And they’re smart. I did use IMDb to look up myself when I first became an actor. I gotvery, very excited when I first did my first movie. And then the first comment [on IMDb’s message board] was mean. So I stopped. It was about my eyebrows. They said my eyebrows are too big. And maybe they’re right. I mean I have to live with them. I’m not going to pluck them for anyone." — Andrew Garfield

Robert Pattinson at an event for The Oscars (2015)

"I use IMDb for everything. I think pretty much every actor does. It’s like the only ... I don’t even know if there is another (entertainment) resource is there? It’s kind of amazing. I used IMDb before I even started acting. it’s a great site." — Robert Pattinson

Kristen Stewart

"IMDb: It’s the first place you go to know anything. Literally. It’s like, ‘I’m not sure, IMDb it!'" — Kristen Stewart

Hugh Jackman

"For someone who’s been in a number of movies and been around Hollywood a lot, I kind of am an ignoramous. People will say, 'Well you met such and such.' And I go, 'Who’s such and such?' I should know more. Maybe I should read the trades. I have the app for IMDb. I look it up. So I’m like, 'Yeah, I know what you mean. Oh, right, that person!' So yeah, I do use it quite a lot." — Hugh Jackman

Zoe Saldana at an event for Live by Night (2016)

"In Hollywood, I can’t live without IMDb." — Zoe Saldana

Octavia Spencer

"I like to see what’s going on and IMDb always let’s you know what’s going on in the film community." — Octavia Spencer

Harrison Ford at an event for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

"[I use IMDb] because I don’t know nuthin’ about movies. I just work there." — Harrison Ford

Viola Davis

"I’m addicted. I swear to you. 20 times a day. I’ll look at your page, I’ll look at mine. I love it. I like the STARmeter too." — Viola Davis

Jessica Chastain

"I like to watch the trailers. That’s my favorite thing – going on IMDb and seeing, ‘Ooh … Here’s the new trailer for this [film]." — Jessica Chastain

Bryce Dallas Howard

"I click on IMDb probably 10 times a day. That’s not an exaggeration. I use it for work. If I’m looking at a project or an actor, IMDb’s the source ... it’s where I go for all my information." — Bryce Dallas Howard

Olivia Wilde at an event for Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

"The funny thing is, I used to be a casting assistant so 90% of my day was spent on IMDb checking everybody’s representatives." — Olivia Wilde

Guillermo del Toro at an event for The Strain (2014)

"I check all the [actors’] credits there. Literally, if I’m going to hire someone, I go to IMDb and check [their credits] . . . I religiously avoid the message boards. Sometimes if I want to boost my self-esteem, I go to the movie I most admire ('Citizen Kane') and organize it by ‘Most Hated.’ And I go to the one-star comment and I go, ‘Well, it happens to the best. It happens to the rest.’ Every three or four months, with great trepidation, I check the status of Pan’s Labyrinth among the top 100 movies of all time and I go, 'Oh! 75! Ahhh!'" — Guillermo del Toro

Allison Janney at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"It helps me so much when I’m about to go meet a director for a movie or I’m going to meet a writer. I go on IMDb and find all these details that help to make the meetings more personal. Like, ‘I see you’re from Ohio like I am. You should cast me in your movie.’ You see who’s married, who’s not, what their wife’s name is. It’s a valuable resource" — Allison Janney

Cameron Diaz

"I use IMDb a lot to find out about other actors -- what they’ve worked on, who they’ve worked with. Also, whenever we’re casting a film or if we’re hiring a crew for a film, I use IMDb to look at (whether it’s a costume designer or set decorator) anybody in the business that I would be working with to see who they’ve worked with and what work they’ve done so I have a reference. It’s a great tool for everybody in the business to be able to understand who everyone is." — Cameron Diaz

Jon Favreau at an event for The Judge (2014)

"I can’t tell you how often we’re in a story meeting or something and somebody pulls up their lap top or their iPhone and they pull up information [on IMDb] on when a movie was made, what a rating on a film was, who worked on what, what films they collaborated together on. I don’t even remember how you would do that before IMDb. It’s been so much part of the Hollywood culture for so long. It definitely is the best resource that I know of to get information as accurately as there is." — Jon Favreau

Chris Hemsworth

"I use it all the time. If someone sends me a script or there’s a meeting with a director, they’ll also send me the link to IMDb. And I can look at it and go: ‘Oh, they’ve done this, this and this and that’s who they are and they’ve also worked with this person.’ It’s great. Big resource." — Chris Hemsworth

Kenneth Branagh at an event for Cinderella (2015)

"[IMDb] is indispensible for the instant, swift thumbnail version of things and then much more detailed if you need it to be. It’s one of those bits of the modern world that I genuinely wonder at. I’m interested in the history of everything we do so the ability to go back and find out the version you never knew existed [on IMDB] ... sometimes with Shakespeare films it’s the film from 1917 that you didn’t know about. It’s an amazing resource." — Kenneth Branagh

Kate Hudson at an event for The Oscars (2016)

"Especially when you’re more involved in the production side, IMDb Pro is very, very useful." — Kate Hudson

John Krasinski at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"I definitely use IMDb. It’s funny because my understanding [of IMDb] started out as a tool to use in the business. And that’s the biggest understatement that you can hear. It’s a HUGE, essential tool in this industry. Every time I go to meet someone that I might potentially work with – a director, a writer, a producer, another actor – it’s always very important to see what they’ve done to get a sense of who they are. At the end of the day, what we do is a fairy tale. We’re incredibly lucky to be doing what we’re doing. But behind it and behind most successes are these people who’ve worked really, really hard. And they have a great perspective on this business. It really is a community that you can learn from. The fist step is always finding out what they’re doing and what they’re up to." — John Krasinski

Jodie Foster

"I use IMDb constantly." — Jodie Foster

Ginnifer Goodwin

"I have the [IMDb] app. It’s how I look everyone up and see what everyone is doing and familiarize myself with people before I work with them. I don’t want to have any relationship to gossip. I like to stick to the facts." — Ginnifer Goodwin

Hilary Swank at an event for The Homesman (2014)

"Anytime you have a question about anyone in the [entertainment] business you’re obviously going to go to IMDb. It’s on your phone as one of those go to websites." — Hilary Swank

Wes Craven at an event for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

"I actually looked at [IMDb’s STARmeter] about midway through Music of the Heart (before it had come out) and saw this huge dip and it was exactly where I had been doing remakes but not directing myself. And that was a large part of my decision to start directing again and stop with the remakes business. We all know there was a huge financial crash. Part of that was just getting myself and my family back on our feet because they were good business propositions but I realized I was losing my audience in a way by not being the chief creative hand and not doing original material. I definitely felt that by looking at [IMDb STARmeter]. I said I have to either retire or get back to making movies yourself. I would attribute that [decision to return to directing] almost directly to seeing that [IMDb STARmeter]. It was so graphically laid out." — Wes Craven

Russell Brand

"It's an industry staple, IMDB. How did we cope without it? Did we cope without it? Was there a time before IMDb?" — Russell Brand

Jake Gyllenhaal at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

"I am an IMDbPro member and I use it for all different things. I don’t know a person who doesn’t use [IMDbPro]. It’s a tremendous resource for me in getting information and making creative choices." — Jake Gyllenhaal

Uma Thurman

"For those of us who don’t have encyclopedic memories (like some people I know) about cinema, [IMDb] is your encyclopedia of film. It’s a great tool." — Uma Thurman

Josh Brolin

"I use it a lot. I love you, IMDb ... a little too much!" — Josh Brolin

Blake Lively

“I actually use IMDbPro because it’s worth the extra money. It’s such a full encyclopedia of knowledge about films and actors. I know tons of people that aren’t in this business that have IMDb accounts and IMDbPro accounts because [this industry] is so much a part of our world. It’s such a part of our daily language and life. [IMDb is] your reference, your guide, it’s your movie Bible. Happy Birthday, IMDb! What would we do without you?” — Blake Lively

Danny DeVito at an event for The IMDb Studio at Sundance (2015)

“I go to IMDb more than you should. I go at least a couple of times a day. Sometimes many more than that. It’s because of the things I talk about with folks. I’m always dealing with actors, movies and what not. And I want to find out things about people and projects. It’s my go-to place to find out all kinds of information.” — Danny DeVito

Zachary Quinto at an event for Who We Are Now (2017)

“I think it’s just -- hands down -- the most comprehensive destination website for industry information” — Zachary Quinto

Kevin Smith

“I hit it everyday. It’s my homepage. It’s an insanely useful tool ... IMDb practically cured cancer ... IMDb gets people jobs.” — Kevin Smith

Kenneth Branagh at an event for People Like Us (2012)

“It’s hard to imagine any filmmaker who wouldn’t be using [IMDb] for the way it allows you to traverse the business. It’s a fine idea, well executed and much appreciated.” — Kenneth Branagh

Joe Dante in The Hole (2009)

“It’s the most amazing resource that film has ever had. And it didn’t exist 20 years ago.” — Joe Dante

Tobin Bell

“If you’re interested in birds then you go to Audubon. If you’re interested in entertainment, you go to IMDb.” — Tobin Bell

Eli Roth

"It was because IMDb had chosen my photo gallery and we got so many clicks that we became the #1 most viewed photo gallery that I was able to raise the rest of the financing for the film." — Eli Roth

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