Will Smith Rises to First No. 1 on Top Actors Social Media Ranking

10:00 AM 2/17/2018

by Kevin Rutherford

Smith takes over from Kevin Hart on the chart, which ranks the most popular actors based on data from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus.

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For the second week in a row, The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart has a first-time No. 1 as Will Smith reaches the top of the tally dated Feb. 21.

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 Feb. 13.

Smith only recently made the chart for the first time, debuting on the ranking dated Jan. 10 after kicking off promo for his latest movie, Bright. Seven weeks later, he’s atop the chart with a  42 percent boost in all social media metrics, according to MVPindex.

Kevin Hart, the Feb. 14-dated chart’s first-time No. 1, falls to No. 2, followed by Finn Wolfhard, Dwayne Johnson and Zendaya in the top five.

See the top 10 below (and for the full 25-position ranking, pick up the THR issue dated Feb. 21), and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter, check out the Top Comedians and Top TV Personalities charts

  • 10. Tom Holland

    Last week: -

  • 9. Dove Cameron

    Last week: 11

  • 8. Priyanka Chopra

    Last week: 9

  • 7. Deepika Padukone

    Last week: 6

  • 6. Ryan Reynolds

    Last week: -

    Reynolds vaults back onto the chart at No. 6, a new peak for the actor and his first time inside the top 10 (he previously reached No. 11 in August 2017). The Deadpool leading man’s 70 percent leap in Facebook shares comes due in part to his sharing of the latest trailer for Deadpool 2 on Feb. 7.

  • 5. Zendaya

    Last week: 4

    Though she drops a spot to No. 5, Zendaya nonetheless had the top-performing social media post by an actor in the Feb. 7-13 tracking week, thanks to a Feb. 9 Instagram video of her niece stealing one of the actor/singer’s fried zucchini sticks at a restaurant. The post earned 2.5 million favorites.

  • 4. Dwayne Johnson

    Last week: 3

  • 3. Finn Wolfhard

    Last week: 5

  • 2. Kevin Hart

    Last week: 1

  • 1. Will Smith

    Last week: 2

    “Some of y’all were roasting me … for not knowing the words to ‘La Bamba,’” wrote Smith in the caption of a Facebook video in which he proceeded to sing the song while riding in a car. It was the most-liked post on Facebook by an actor in the tracking week.