PEOPLE’s 25 Most Fascinating People of 2021

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Hollywood had a lot going on this year. There were memoirs, concert tours, and movies about Barbie. Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Jeremy Allen White, Halle Bailey, Ariana Madix, Beyoncé, Colman Domingo, Donna Kelce, David Beckham, Margot Robbie, Lily Gladstone, Emma Stone, Pedro Pascal, Pamela Anderson, Prince Harry, Jacob Elordi, and Ashley Park were all part of the action.

Taylor Swift had a huge year, with her record-shattering Eras Tour and her new romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Jeremy Allen White, the star of The Bear and The Iron Claw, was surprised by his newfound stardom. Halle Bailey made a big-screen splash as Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and is now focused on her newest role in The Color Purple.

Ariana Madix emerged from a reality TV scandal with a long list of brand endorsements, a new book, and a spot in the Dancing With the Stars season finale. Beyoncé had a year of energy thanks to her high-fashion, disco-drenched Renaissance World Tour. Colman Domingo, an Emmy winner for Euphoria, had two meaty roles and may add an Oscar to his home office bookshelf.

Donna Kelce, known as Mama Kelce, bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie and doesn’t play favorites with her NFL superstar sons. David Beckham was the subject of a Netflix docuseries that showcased everything from his meticulously organized closet to a couple’s goal “Islands in the Stream” dance with wife Victoria.

Margot Robbie’s surprisingly subversive take on Barbie took the industry by storm, earning a whopping $1.4 billion at the box office. Lily Gladstone pondered a career shift from acting to agriculture before being cast in Killers of the Flower Moon, earning rave reviews and Oscar buzz. Emma Stone capped off her year with the Showtime dark comedy The Curse and the fantastical film Poor Things.

Pedro Pascal was a constant in this year’s social media froth, and Pamela Anderson revealed a touching vulnerability and a quiet strength in her bestselling memoir Love, Pamela. Prince Harry opened up like never before with his bestselling memoir Spare, revealing what he called “the good, the bad and everything in between” of life behind palace walls.

Jacob Elordi delved into even meatier projects this year, including the thriller Saltburn and Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla. Ashley Park starred in the raucous comedy Beef after her scene-stealing turn in Emily in Paris. All of these celebrities had a big year in Hollywood, and it was a year to remember.

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