Celebrities Revealed Their Public And Private Personas In This Alluring Double-Portraits Series

"I wanted to see if I could get a glimpse of their personality juxtaposing against itself."

Many people try to catch a glimpse of what celebrities are actually like in real life by watching their interviews, following them on social media, and searching for meaning in their candid, paparazzi photos.

Andrew H. Walker, a staff photographer at Shutterstock, decided to get his information straight from the source. During the Toronto Film Festival, he asked more than 50 celebrities to sit at an empty wooden table and strike two poses for him — one that showed how they present themselves to the public while the other showed what they're like in private.

"I am fascinated by the duality of the human experience," Walker told A Plus. "We live in the world and yet we also live in our heads. And actors deal with even more layers of existence; their public personas, their characters in their work and themselves as they understand themselves. I wanted to see if I could get a glimpse of their personality juxtaposing against itself, even in the contrived and admittedly impersonal circumstance of a film festival portrait studio." 



He used some marking tape to create a line that divided the celebrity from their two selves, but didn't direct them on which side is which. Therefore, public and private personas remain a mystery and it's up to us to guess which is which. 

Walker was surprised by the willingness of the celebrities to participate in his idea. "They were all game to play and I really didn't expect that," he said. "Actors love a challenge and I think that giving them a task made them more comfortable that simply sitting for a random vague portrait."

At first glance, it looks like some of the celebrities didn't change much about their expressions or body language between takes. But upon closer look, you might just notice some of the subtleties that speak volumes about the differences between the two selves. 

"I simply want people to be intrigued, as I am, about being human," Walker said. 

You can check out some of Walker's photos from the series below: 

Lupita Nyong'o

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Rami Malek

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Amy Adams

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

John Legend

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Anne Hathaway

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Gerard Butler

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock


Dakota Fanning

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Richard Gere

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Gael Garcia Bernal

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Elisabeth Moss

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Pharrell Williams

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Taraji P. Henson

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Sandra Oh

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock


Oscar Isaac

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Miles Teller

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Jane Lynch

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Cynthia Nixon

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Mahershala Ali

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

Jeffrey Tambor

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Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

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