Donald Glover Retains Top Actors Social Media Ranking for Second Week

6:30 AM 5/19/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

The chart ranks the most popular actors based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

Emmy Winners List - 2017 - Donald Glover, Atlanta - Getty - H 2018
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Donald Glover poses in the press room during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  

Donald Glover holds the top spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart dated May 23 as more listeners discover his Childish Gambino song “This Is America” on YouTube. Glover also benefitted from the publicity surrounding the impending opening of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The Top Actors chart is a ranking of the most popular actors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with global 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 15.

Glover leads another actor with a new film to promote: Ryan Reynolds, who moves 3-2 the week of release for Deadpool 2.

Eugenio Derbez and Deepika Padukone additionally re-enter the chart’s top 10 at Nos. 5 and 7, respectively, while Tom Ellis debuts at No. 7.

See the top 10 below (and for the full 25-position list, pick up the THR issue dated May 23), and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter, check out the Top Comedians and Top TV Personalities charts.

  • 10. Cole Sprouse

    Last week: 7

  • 9. Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Last week: 9

  • 8. Zendaya

    Last week: 2

  • 7. Deepika Padukone

    Last week: -

    For the first time since early March, Padukone makes Top Actors (and hits the top 10 for the first time since February). She snagged a 661 percent gain in all chart metrics, assisted chiefly by 1.2 million Facebook post likes; she posted multiple photos from her time at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in France.

  • 6. Tom Ellis

    Last week: -

    The Lucifer star expressed his disappointment that the FOX show had been canceled after three seasons, tweeting May 11 that he was “gutted.” He’s since contributed his voice to the effort to save the show from cancellation, scoring 724,000 Twitter likes (up 3,325 percent).

  • 5. Eugenio Derbez

    Last week: 15

  • 4. Will Smith

    Last week: 10

  • 3. Mark Hamill

    Last week: 4

  • 2. Ryan Reynolds

    Last week: 3

    Reynolds reaches a new peak on the Top Actors chart (his previous peak, No. 3, came on the previous, May 16-dated ranking) thanks to a 69 percent boost in new Twitter followers (143,000) and 194,000 retweets (up 25 percent). His most-retweeted post was a May 10 video promoting the film that featured David Beckham. 

  • 1. Donald Glover

    Last week: 1