Ryan Reynolds Re-Enters Top Actors Social Media Ranking After Chris Hemsworth Birthday Wishes

6:45 AM 8/18/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

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

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George Takei scores a second week at No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart, while Will Smith rises to No. 2 on the list dated Aug. 22.

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 Aug. 14.

The chart’s top three – Takei, Smith and Lin-Manuel Miranda – all retain positions in the top five from the previous week, while Ryan Reynolds is one of the chart’s major gainers, re-entering at No. 4 after wishing Chris Hemsworth a happy birthday in a viral tweet (more on that below).

Meanwhile, Hemsworth, Alyssa Milano and Idris Elba re-enter the chart at Nos. 6-8, respectively, and Cole Sprouse breaks back into the top 10, rising from 18 to 9.

See the top 10 below (and for the full 25-position list, check out the THR issue dated Aug. 22), and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter, check out the Top Comedians and Top TV Personalities charts.

  • 10. Zendaya

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    Last week: 10

  • 9. Cole Sprouse

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    Last week: 18

    “It’s been a long time coming,” tweeted Sprouse Aug. 12. “I’ve worked since I was in diapers, studied hard, went to university, and I may have almost broken a couple times but I finally did it. I am: choice male hottie.” Sprouse’s tweet, referring to his win at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, scored 463,000 likes and 53,000 retweets.

  • 8. Idris Elba

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    Last week: -

  • 7. Alyssa Milano

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    Last week: -

  • 6. Chris Hemsworth

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    Last week: -

  • 5. Ricky Gervais

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    Last week: 9

  • 4. Ryan Reynolds

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    Last week: -

    Reynolds wished Chris Hemsworth a happy birthday on Aug. 11 with what became the top-performing tweet of the week by an actor, which racked up 457,000 likes and 82,000 retweets overall. The post discussed Reynolds and Hemsworth trading superhero roles (Deadpool and Thor, respectively), leaving fans clamoring for a crossover.

  • 3. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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    Last week: 2

  • 2. Will Smith

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    Last week: 4

    Smith wished Halle Berry a happy birthday on Aug. 14, writing that he “was googling for pictures of us together and this is all I could come up with.” The photo? A picture with Smith and Berry’s faces merged and Photoshopped onto one body. The post helped Smith to score 13.4 million Instagram favorites in the tracking week, up 55 percent.

  • 1. George Takei


    Last week: 1