Dwayne Johnson Leads Inaugural Top Actors on Social Media Chart

6:50 AM 6/6/2017

by Kevin Rutherford

The ‘Baywatch’ star debuts at No. 1 on the social media-driven new chart, presented with data from MVPindex.

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Dwayne Johnson
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson leads the first installment of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart not long after his new movie Baywatch debuts in theaters.

The Top Actors chart is a ranking of the most popular actors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart’s methodology blends social engagement on the platforms along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended May 30.

The chart’s entire top three -- Johnson (No. 1), Priyanka Chopra (No. 2) and Zac Efron (No. 3) – starred in Baywatch, which premiered May 25 in the United States, finishing third at the box office.

See the full top 10 below (and for the full 25-position chart, refer to the print version of THR dated June 7).

  • 10. Lucy Hale

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    On Instagram, the Pretty Little Liars actress showed off a new temporary pixie haircut, which helps drive 5 million favorites to her account as well as 65,000 new followers. “When @kristin_ess [stylist Kristin Ess] knows how to fake an even shorter haircut on you and now you want to actually do it,” she wrote. “One day ...”

  • 9. Kevin Hart

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  • 8. Ashley Benson

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  • 7. Hugh Jackman

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  • 6. Jennifer Lopez

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  • 5. Vin Diesel

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  • 4. Shay Mitchell

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  • 3. Zac Efron

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  • 2. Priyanka Chopra

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    Chopra’s biggest metric gain is 293 percent in Facebook likes, up to 2.4 million in all, as she documented the Baywatch press tour that wrapped in Berlin May 30. Chopra, best known in Indian cinema, made her live-action Hollywood debut in the film.

  • 1. Dwayne Johnson

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    Buzz around Johnson’s new movie – and his social posts promoting it – leads to an 8 percent bump in Instagram favorites and an 11 percent increase in Twitter likes in the tracking week, according to MVPindex. As part of his Baywatch promo, Johnson hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live for a fifth time (May 27), and was welcomed into the five-timers club on the show by fellow member Tom Hanks. In a photo posted to Johnson’s Instagram, the actor thanked Hanks, recalling the pair’s (faux?) declaration of intent to run for president and vice president of the United States, respectively, in 2020.

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