Top 8 Famous People with ESFP Personality

Famous ESFPs

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Definition of an ESFJ 

ESFP is the acronym used by the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to describe extroverted people who prefer to use their sensing, feeling, and perceiving preferences to receive information, make decisions, and interact with the outside world.  

Extroverts draw energy from the external world and they like to be around lots of people. They are friendly, talkative, cheerful, enthusiastic, energetic, charismatic, and expressive. 

Although extroverts have a frivolous, fun-loving nature, they are practical realists who prefer a hands-on approach to life. But they love their freedom which can make them impulsive and unpredictable. 


Famous People and the ESFP Personality

ESFP People
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It’s no surprise that many ESFP famous people are drawn to the entertainment industry. The whole world is their stage. They are comfortable in the spotlight, know how to draw a crowd, and are exceptional communicators.  

However, famous ESFPs are not just in the entertainment industry, they gravitate to any career that allows them to interact with people and make a difference in the world, especially politics. 

Unlike introverted famous people, famous ESFPs enjoy their celebrity status. They will eagerly pose for photographs, chat with fans, and talk about themselves in interviews. If they attract negative press, it doesn’t phase them. Any news story is a good story as it helps them to stay famous. 

ESFP famous people are not just talented performers, they are fashion trendsetters. They have a special aesthetic eye for colors, patterns, and textures, and will often be dressed in their own uniquely designed brightly colored outfits.


Sensing preference of ESFPs  

For ESFP famous people, their personality preferences are extremely important for maintaining their success. The sensing preference helps them in various ways, including:  

  • Memorizing scripts, 
  • Bringing complex characters to life,  
  • Remembering song lyrics,  
  • Working cohesively with musicians, dancers, and actors, 
  • Giving the best answers in an interview, 
  • Connecting with an audience and, 
  • Staying grounded in reality  



The feeling preference helps famous ESFPs to empathize with different people and know exactly how to respond to individual needs. 



As ESFP famous people work in busy, demanding careers, they rely heavily on their perceiving preferences.  

The perceiving preference helps them to make decisions under pressure, and adapt quickly to challenging environments and changing circumstances. 


Top 8 ESFP Famous People

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Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was the 40th president of the United States. As well as being famous for his contribution to thedemise of Soviet communism, he was the only film actor to have become president. 

He has appeared in newsreels during World War II and films such as Law and Order, Knute Rockne, All American, Hellcats of the Navy, Million Dollar Baby, Kings Row, and The Hasty Heart. 

In 1966, Reagan became governor of California, and he served two terms from 1967-1975.  

In 1981, Reagan won the presidential election by nearly one million votes, and he served two terms in office.  

On March 30, 1981, when he was leaving a Washington D.C. hotel, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr. One of the bullets struck Reagan in the chest and punctured a lung, and lodged 1-inch from his heart. He was released from the hospital 21 days later.  

ESFP characteristics 

Ronald Reagan was a great ESFP because he was friendly, funny, charismatic, down-to-earth, optimistic, and confident, but also humble.  

He was called “The Great Communicator” as he was a remarkably skilled public speaker, a peace-maker, and a clever mediator who talked on friendly terms with his political adversaries.   

Ronald Reagan was a popular president because he provided strong leadership in a time of crisis. He “united, inspired, emboldened, and protected” (Elliott, National Review, 2015) his fellow citizens.  

While he took his political responsibilities seriously, he didn’t take himself too seriously and was always ready to tell a joke. When a reporter asked him how he would perform in office as governor, Reagan replied, “I don’t know. I’ve never played a governor.” 

When the doctors were wheeling him to surgery after he had been shot, he said “Please tell me you’re all Republicans.” To which one of the doctors replied; “We’re all Republicans today.”  


“I want to be remembered as the president who appealed to people’s best hopes and not their worst fears.”

“For the sake of peace and justice, let us move toward a world in which all people are at last free to determine their own destiny.”


Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States. In 1993, Clinton became president after he defeated George Bush in the electoral college by a vote of 370 to 168.  

In 1998, he became the second US president to be impeached, but he was acquitted by the Senate in 1999. 

His candidacy for president was put into jeopardy due to the widespread press coverage of his alleged12-year affair with an Arkansas woman, Gennifer Flowers.  

Clinton’s biggest scandal was his affair with a 24-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He repeatedly denied the affair with Lewinsky until conclusive evidence came to light. In 1998, he publicly apologized for his “inappropriate relationship with Monica Lewinsky.”  

Clinton was known for his many successes. He created a free-trade zone for the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and passed 30 major bills relating to education, crime prevention, the environment, and women’s and family issues.  

In 2001 he founded the William J. Clinton Foundation, a philanthropic organization that addressed various global issues. 

He has written books; including an autobiography called My Life, Giving, How Each of Us Can Change the World, and Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy. He also co-wrote The President Is Missing and The President’s Daughter  with James Patterson.  

ESFP characteristics 

Bill Clinton is an ESFP because he is friendly, confident, charming, down-to-earth, and charismatic.  

From a young age, he was outgoing and popular and had an interest in public service. Throughout his political career, he was known for his empathy and tireless efforts to improve the lives of Americans.   

Although Clinton’s presidency was marked by political losses and moral failures due to his impulsive nature, Bill Clinton had an “uncanny ability to connect with people” and an extraordinary grasp of complex issues, which has made him “one of the most talented politicians and leaders of our time.” (PBS, Bill Clinton Biography.) 


“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.” 

“Character is a journey, not a destination.” 


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was a model and an American actress. She was a major movie star and sex symbol during the 1950s and is considered a pop culture icon. 

Her most well-known roles include All About Eve, Let’s Make It Legal, Love Nest, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, The Prince and the Showgirl, Some Like it Hot, and The Misfits.  

In 1962, Monroe attended a gala in New York City where she famously sang “Happy Birthday” to Pres. John F. Kennedy. 

After several months of living as a virtual recluse, Monroe died from an overdose of sleeping pills in her Los Angeles home. 

Her death was ruled a “probable suicide” which was supported by her history of drug use and suicide attempts. However, it’s still believed today that her death was due to the rumored affairs with the Kennedy brothers and that she had information linking the Kennedy Brothers to organized crime. 

Although her breathy speaking voice added to her sex appeal, Monroe used this technique to overcome a childhood stutter.  

Instead of Audrey Hepburn, Monroe was supposed to play Holly Golightly in 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  

ESFP characteristics 

Marilyn Monroe was an ESFP because she had a gregarious nature and was funny, charming, and positive. She loved to be the center of attention, have a good time, and was adored by her fans as she radiated warmth and kindness. 

She was more than just a sensual blonde bombshell, a victim of her abusive past, or a celebrity whose life was tragically cut short.  

Marilyn Munroe was a “shrewd businesswoman [and a] total power broker and trailblazer” who took control of her career. She also boldly spoke out about the sexual abuse of aspiring actresses in Hollywood. (Miller, Vanity Fair, 2022) 


“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.”

“Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”


Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and AIDS activist. 

She’s regarded as one of the greatest female screen legends, the most celebrated film star, and the last of the great classic Hollywood Cinema icons. 

Elizabeth Taylor was well known for her stunning beauty, unusual violet eyes, double dark eyelashes, and her passionate portrayal of volatile strong-will characters.   

She made her screen debut at the age of 10 and she has appeared in at least 46 films. 

Her most loved films are Lassie Come Home, National Velvet, Father of the Bride, The Last Time I Saw Paris, Giant, Raintree County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly, Last Summer, Butterfield 8, Cleopatra, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, the film adaption of The Taming of the Shrew. 

In 1991, she established the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.  

Her extensive jewelry collection included 1,778 pieces of jewelry and the items were sold for more than $150 million at Christie’s auction house after her death.  

Perfumes have been made in her honor such as White Diamonds and Violet Eyes.  

In 1993, she received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award and was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2000. 

ESFP characteristics 

Elizabeth Taylor was an ESFP because she was outgoing, friendly, charming, witty, fun-loving, adaptable, and courageous. 

While she described herself as a “committed wife”, she has been married eight times, which shows that she was led by her heart, not her head, which is one of the main ESFP characteristics. 

Elizabeth Taylor had an unhappy childhood, difficulties as a child star, a turbulent personal life, and a painful scoliosis condition, but she was optimistic, “generous and giving”, independent, and hard-working. (Liwag Dixon, The List, 2022) 


“So much to do, so little done, such things to be.”

“I feel very adventurous. There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”


Katy Perry

Katy Perry is an American singer, songwriter, television judge, actress, and a 21st-century pop icon. She is known for her catchy electro beats, anthem-style pop songs, and lyrics about self-empowerment and relationships.  

Perry is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 143 million records worldwide.  

After singing in church during her childhood, she pursued a career in gospel music at 16, but her debut studio album under her birth name Katy Hudson was commercially unsuccessful.  

She moved to Los Angeles to break into secular music and changed her surname to Perry which is her mother’s maiden name.  

In 2008, her album One of the Boys was hugely successful and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.  

Her most popular songs are I Kissed a Girl, Hot N Cold, Teenage Dream, California Gurls, Last Friday Night, Firework, Part of Me, Roar, Rise, and Smile. 

In 2011, she provided the voice of Smurfette in the film The Smurfs and reprised her role in the 2013 sequel.  

ESFP characteristics 

Katy Perry is a brilliant example of an ESFP. She is outgoing, friendly, vivacious, affectionate, playful, cheeky, confident, bold, adventurous, and incredibly creative. 

A natural performer, Katy Perry certainly knows how to put on a spectacular mind-blowing show. Her Witness tour was an “eye-popping spectacle” that [overloaded] the senses. It contained “highly choreographed dance routines, blindingly bright costumes, and a floor-to-ceiling multimedia display” (Halperin, Variety, 2017). 

Katy Perry’s songs are sometimes racy and controversial, and she is not afraid to speak her mind in interviews. She has a unique personal style which includes colorful cartoonish outfits and makeup, and varied hairstyles.   


“Find out what your gift is and nurture it.”

“If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything.”


Elton John

Elton John is an award-winning British singer, composer, pianist, and AIDS activist. A legendary best-selling musical icon, he has sold over 300 million albums over almost six decades. 

Elton John was a child musical prodigy and taught himself to play piano.  

After forming the band Bluesology, Elton John met his long-term musical partner, Bernie Taupin. For two years, they wrote songs for other artists, and John worked as a session musician.  

In 1970, Elton formed the Elton John Band and released his first hit single, Your Song. 

Among his 464 songs, his most celebrated songs include That’s What Friends Are For, I’m Still Standing, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, Bennie and the Jets, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Candle In The Wind, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, Crocodile Rock, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, and Sad Songs 

His revised song Candle in the Wind was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral, and it sold more than 30 million copies. 

In 2019, a biopic called Rocketman was made about Elton John’s life and rise to fame. 

In 1994, John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1998 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. 

Elton John has written an autobiography called Me: Elton John. 

ESFP characteristics 

Elton John is an excellent example of an ESFP. He is energetic, charismatic, creative, an amazingly talented entertainer, caring, and generous. 

Audiences are delighted by his catchy upbeat numbers, soulful ballads, stylistic showmanship, dynamic on-stage persona, and outlandish but fabulous outfits. 

ESFPs are often bold and brash on the outside but they tend to keep their secrets well hidden. But Elton John has broken the ESFP mold about personal secrecy as he has revealed much about his challenges.  

Earlier in his career, he struggled with alcohol abuse which caused his “erratic and unpredictable self-destructive behavior” (Beaumont-Thomas, Irish Times, 2021). He sometimes feels nervous before a performance. But once he is on stage, he is transformed into a legendary singer that is loved all around the world. 


“Live for each second without hesitation.”

“How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”


Will Smith 

Will Smith is an American actor, musician, songwriter, and producer. He’s famous for his rap music and acting versatility across multiple film genres: action, comedy, thriller, drama, and science fiction.  

In 1981, Smith began recording with schoolmate Jeffrey Townes (DJ Jazzy Jeff). Smith called himself “Fresh Prince” as it had a more hip-hop sound.  

In 1986, the duel released the album Rock the House, and the single Parents Just Don’t Understand won a Grammy Award. 

In 1990, Smith starred in the television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which made him a TV star. 

Will Smith’s films include Independence Day, Men in Black, for which he wrote the Grammy-winning title song, Enemy of the State, The Legend of Bagger Vance, I, Robot, The Pursuit of Happyness, I am Legend, Hancock, Seven Pounds, After Earth, Focus, Suicide Squad, Collateral Beauty, Aladdin, Gemini Man, and King Richard. 

In 2018, he hosted the nature documentary TV series, One Strange Rock. 

During the 94th Academy Awards ceremony comedian Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett-Smith’s shaved head. Will Smith then walked onstage and hit Rock, then swore at him. Smith later apologized to Rock. 

ESFP characteristics 

Will Smith is an ESFP because he is outgoing, gregarious, confident, charming, enthusiastic, optimistic, compassionate, and impulsive. 

A true entertainer, Will Smith is comfortable in the spotlight. He can improvise and think on his feet quickly, and he likes to make people laugh. 

He is a high-energy person, and many of his films show him driving fast cars, flying planes or spaceships, running, and using weapons. He also dances and sings in his music videos. 

Will Smith was described by fellow actor Tommy Lee Jones as being a generous person who “spreads joy…and he makes certain that everybody’s happy onset.” His co-star on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air show described him as “an explosion of energy…incredibly funny and a great storyteller.” (Kantor, Ranker, 2022) 


“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” 

“Don’t chase people. Be yourself, do your own thing and work hard. The right people – the ones who really belong in your life – will come to you. And stay.” 


Steve Harvey 

Steve Harvey is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author.  

He had his show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, and hosted Little Big Shots, the Miss Universe competition, Family Feud, and Celebrity Family Feud. 

Before he became famous, Steve Harvey sold insurance. In 1985, he won an amateur contest at a local comedy club, after which he decided to focus on becoming a successful stand-up comedian. He was a very popular comedian as his observational humor was drawn from his own life experiences.  

In the 1990s, he was part of the Kings of Comedy tour with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac. A film was made in 2002 about the tour called The Original Kings of Comedy. His other movies include The Fighting Temptations, You Got Served, and Johnson Family Vacation.  

Harvey has his radio show where he offers advice to callers about life and relationships. He has also written self-help books such as Act Like a Man, Think Like a Success, Jump: Take the Leap of Faith to Achieve Your Life of Abundance, Man, and 365 Stop Dreaming and Do It, A Precise Guide to Setting and Achieving Your Goals. 

The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation provides mentoring to fatherless young people. 

In 2013, Steve Harvey earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

ESFP characteristics 

Steve Harvey is the epitome of the ESFP Entertainer/Performer personality. He is extremely funny, friendly, enthusiastic, honest, and adaptable. 

He has spent his career making people laugh not just because of his observational humor, but also his unusual fashion choices 

Harvey is hilarious even when he is serious. In a recent article about his evolving career…he said, “he wants [his fans] to know that he’s a lot more “serious” and “cool” in his regular life. This includes sipping Cognac and smoking cigars as a “yoga experience”. One thing, though, he knows will never happen for him: high-top sneakers paired with a suit. He said, “It’d be taking the pimp out of me and I can’t do that.” (Vanderveen Cinemablend, 2022) 



“I’m going to take this God-given gift of being funny, and I’m going to spread it out like peanut butter on everything I do.”

“A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction. You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful.”



ESFP famous people show us what it means to be successful. Love people, work and play hard, don’t take yourself too seriously, stay positive, and learn from your failures. 

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