"Hollywood hunk"– it didn't come out of thin air. Chris Hemsworth didn't land the role of Thor without bulking up. Brad Pitt wouldn't have made Fight Club what it is without a chiselled physique and the toughest vibe in the world.
"How can I look as jacked as Chris Hemsworth playing Thor?" Muscle and Strength asked as it wrote an entire article on this actor's gruelling training regime. While the guys might be reading that with a microscope, the girls are hardly ignoring the finished product.
The Rock. His name alone dictates his status. Dwayne Johnson is muscles galore. Sweat-dripping, iron-pumping and with decades of wrestling behind him, this guy seems tough as they get. Then again, hop over to The Rock's IG, and he turns into the biggest softie ever.
Yes, the tough guy can be a softie. Even John Cena. Or Channing Tatum. Some men, like Ed Sheeran, couldn't be a tough guy if they tried. Yup, softies are cool.
Social media is basically changing everything. Hugh Jackman looks like he wouldn't hurt a fly. Chris Pratt might throw us a completely different vibe than he did back in his Parks and Recreation days, but the guy himself seems to melt at nearly everything. His son. His new fiancée.
The toughest guy in Hollywood used to come with a "takes no prisoners" vibe. He was the guy that nobody would mess with. By and large, the public swallowed it right up. In 2019? It looks like there are more softies than ever. Here are 17 of them (plus three guys who are still tough as nails).
20 The Rock: 40,000 Pounds Of Gym Equipment, Still The Biggest Softie Ever
For crying out loud, he's The Rock. In 2017, Dwayne Johnson thanked his entourage for putting together a mobile gym that Ask Men reported racking up to 40,000 pounds of iron. The strongest guy in Hollywood can lift anything. His IG? Well, it's this.
"I've seen a lot in my life, but witnessing my child being born was the most breathtaking of miracles. When you see something like that, you really do realize the strength of a woman."
As The Independent reports, this was Dwayne's IG caption as he welcomed another daughter. The toughest guy in Hollywood is a softie, through and through.
19 Chris Pratt: Guards Galaxies On-Screen (And Hearts IRL)
There isn't a bad bone in Chris Pratt's body. While that physique beefed up from Parks and Recreation sitcom star to Marvel icon, Chris himself isn't the tough guy we see on-screen. His recent engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger came with this caption:
"Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I'm thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go!"
The guy guards galaxies on-screen. In real life? Chris is a dad whose IG shows him going fishing with his son (and cozying up to his lady). The rest of the pics? They're either goofy or Chris spending time in the hospital with sick kids.
18 Justin Bieber: 4.9 Million Likes For Reminding Us Noodles Are Awesome, #TotalSoftie
Justin Bieber was a million miles from "tough guy" back in the day. A floppy-haired teen with boyish vibes was Justin way back, but The Biebs has grown up.
Bulging biceps and a pretty ripped look are what we get from Justin now, although his new wife seems to have landed the ultimate prize. Justin's IG showing us a softie guy eating noodles might not have come with a caption back in 2018, but it didn't need one.
This noodle selfie of Justin currently sits at 4.9 million likes on IG. Yeah, when the guy with a big heart is just himself eating noodles, we'll dig it.
17 Channing Tatum: 'Nothing Is More Important Than Protecting A Daughter'
Channing Tatum can come across pretty tough. While this actor is loved for his cheeky personality, let's not forget the Magic Mike role that he's known for. Channing works out like a pro, the pics kind of show it, but ones like these show something else.
"To me as a new father, nothing is more important or scary than protecting a daughter." Here is Channing with daughter, Everly.
As Celeb Baby Laundry reports, Channing proved to be the ultimate softie the minute he started talking about his daughter. He added: "I want her to have a grounded, beautiful life." Tough on the outside, soft on the inside.
16 Kanye West: Acts Tough, 'After Having [North], I Would Have A Million'
Kanye West doesn't come with the 24/7 gym vibes that a lot of Hollywood guys do. He goes down a different route. Snappy lyrics and statement rants are Kanye's edge on the tough Hollywood competition– get into an argument with this guy, and you're on your own.
"After having her, I would have a million.” As People reports, Kanye's hard rapper image is subject to evaporation the minute his daughter comes into the picture.
Kanye will become a father for the fourth time in May 2019. The guy acts tough (and gets a lot of bad press), but he's the biggest softie inside.
15 Tom Cruise: Pulls His Own Stunts, Tough As Nails
Poke fun at him all you like, he's still the stunt king. Tom Cruise has been pulling his own stunts on the Mission Impossible franchise for decades. Whether it's scaling high-rises in Dubai or sheer cliff-faces, this guy doesn't do doubles.
"The first time I registered him as a kind of stunt auteur was in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” (2011), when he scaled the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hovering 2,700 feet above ground."
When Variety covered Tom's stunt-filled career, it served as a pretty good reminder. This guy is tough as nails (and there isn't anyone quite like him).
14 Drake: Walks Into A Grocery Store, Drops $50,000 To Pay For Everyone's Carts
He's super slick. There's a side to him that's mysterious. "I wasn’t hiding my kid from the world/I was hiding the world from my kid." It took until 2018's Scorpion for Drake to even reveal that he has a son. Drake acts tough, but then this comes along.
"No one knew he was coming at all, we just came to do groceries. Cameras were being set up so we were all wondering what was to happen." Drake shelled out $50,000 to pay for everyone's groceries.
In 2018, Capital Xtra reported Drake's Miami grocery store visit. A little for himself, a lot for others. As the media outlet reports, Drake just paid for everyone's stuff. What a softie.
13 Vin Diesel: Flies The Flag For Tough Guy (Pics Show Otherwise)
In 2017, Vin Diesel said he would totally win against The Rock in a fight, The Daily Mail reports. In beef that's been "squashed," we saw this guy tough it up by saying he could "flex" on Dwayne Johnson. With Fast & Furious, Vin Diesel definitely comes across as tough.
"The craziest stunt I ever did? Fatherhood." That changes everything.
As People reports, Vin's fatherhood made him just another one of Hollywood's toughest celebs to find his soft side. Here he is being a doting dad with Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot. Also, seriously, that guy's IG. It's like his roles don't exist.
12 Travis Scott: 'Stormi Saturdays,' Calls Her 'The Illest Thing That Ever Happened'
Travis Scott doesn't need to put on a front. This guy's piercing gaze alone is enough to send shivers down your spine. Throw in the bad boy poses, autotuned sound, slick footwear and the fact that he's utterly unique, and there's no question– Travis Scott is straight-up tough. Except...
"We don’t let nothing come over Stormi time. Stormi Saturdays. We don’t [mess] around with those. She loves thermostats — you know those Nest things that spin? Oh, man.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Travis made it clear that his baby girl makes him melt beyond belief. Then again, if you're questioning that, just look at this pic of him.
11 Samuel L. Jackson: Takes No Prisoners
Literally, the toughest guy in Hollywood. "Who's tougher than Samuel L. Jackson?" Geeks asked. You don't really need an answer. There isn't one. In 2014, Style Magazine called this legend the "toughest" and "baddest" in Hollywood. Not wrong.
Nick Fury may be on your mind as Samuel L. Jackson's most recent role, but remember that this guy has been frightening the living daylights out of everyone in movies like Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane.
Simple as. You just don't mess with Samuel L. Jackson. If anything, you quote him when you're trying to win an argument with other people. This guy absolutely scares us (although he's a good-hearted dude).
10 Chris Hemsworth: The Daddy Behind The Mighty Thor
Bulging biceps. Long, flowing hair. That suit of armour. Chris Hemsworth as Thor basically brought us the updated Brad Pitt– seriously, we needed one. "It’s just a lot of heavy weightlifting, you know, isolated muscle groupings," he casually told W Magazine about training.
That's the on-screen Chris. A deep voice, strength that could probably pick up the Eiffel Tower with one hand and not someone you want to mess with. The interview didn't last long before Chris started gushing about his kids:
"Papa, Papa, did you go to work today? Did you fight the monsters like Thor, like Thor? Are you as strong as Thor? Will I be as strong as Thor?” Total softie.
9 Zayn Malik: "Blushed" When Taylor Swift Said She Liked His Album
He's the biggest softie in pop. Behind Zayn Malik's edgy street looks and gel hair, there's a shy introvert who isn't above admitting that he blushed when Taylor Swift complimented him. As The Daily Mail reports, Zayn said:
"I spoke a bit to Taylor... at Gigi’s house we briefly spoke and she told me she really enjoyed the album," he said, before adding, "She said she thought I was cool and I kind of blushed a bit and didn’t know how to take it."
Just, aww. Zayn is young. At the same time, he's a powerhouse of a figure. We know this guy, though. He's a softie (and we wouldn't have him any other way).
8 Zac Efron: Fan Breaks Phone, Zac Drops $950 For A New One
@dope_kid23 isn't Zac Efron's alter ego. It's the IG handle for the fan who so desperately wanted to snap Zac on the set of Baywatch, he dropped his phone and it broke. As IB Times reports:
"I ran after his car with no care in the world, did not care [whether] the police stop me or not, my phone fell on the ground and shattered [completely]. Zac said: Dude did [your] phone just break?"
It didn't stop there. "He allowed me to come on set to meet him properly. And also bought me a brand new phone. Which was $949.99 retail." Those blue eyes. That heart. We're in love more than we were five minutes ago.
7 Hugh Jackman: Caught Trying To Donate To Charity Anonymously
Hugh Jackman is The Wolverine. He comes with a tough name, a tough image and the kind of vibe that would intimidate most wrestlers. X-Men picked this guy for a reason, but there's something you should know about Hugh Jackman.
As Now To Love reports, Hugh was caught out trying to donate money to a children's hospital– anonymously. For all the celebs we see posing with their big charity checks, this one is a breath of fresh air.
As the newspaper reports, Hugh himself is also a skin cancer survivor. 2014 saw him undergo treatment for the third time. This guy gives back like the softie he is.
6 John Cena: Tough Outside, Believes Women's Hands Should Be Held
It doesn't get tougher than a career with the WWE. Dating Nikki Bella kind of changed everything for this guy. At any rate, it brought out a side of him we just didn't know. As 24 Wrestling reports:
“In the WWE, oftentimes you want people to think, like: Oh, I’m a tough guy." Followed by: "A tough guy is somebody who can hold a woman’s hand.”
The interview also saw John open up about playing the piano and quite a lot of talk about his work with the Make-A-Wish foundation. The guy is muscles galore, but there's the softest guy ever underneath them.
5 Justin Timberlake: 'It Is An Honour To Be Your Daddy'
Justin Timberlake has been pulling at our heartstrings since the 90s. Smooth moves, a cheeky smile and a look we've more than settled on our boyfriend "never quite having" make this singer a #GirlFavourite. Justin only has eyes for his wife and son, though.
"She just held up the pregnancy test, and we both started bawling. I ended the tour early so I could be at home and take care of my family,"
Pop Sugar quotes Justin saying. Silas Randall is now growing up. "It is an honor to be your daddy" are now Justin's IG captions. What a softie. Take note, men.
4 Ben Affleck: Even Hugh Jackman Calls Him 'A Tough Guy'
Ben Affleck will forever be an icon. Bulking up beyond belief for his Batman role, Affleck put the biggest #Envy on every gym-going guy across the planet. Personal problems show us a slightly different Ben now, but let's not forget what The Wolverine himself had to say about Affleck.
"He's a Boston Kid, right? He's a tough guy," Hugh Jackman told MTV News. When your signature roles include a superhero and Man of Steel, you aren't a lightweight.
Ben's general vibe echoes his roles. Not much gushing on social media, not much in the way of goofy selfies, plenty of tough guy vibes.
3 Ed Sheeran: Flies The Flag For Softie
Just look at that grin. Ed Sheeran has basically given every awkward, ginger-haired guy a little bit of hope (and with good reason). Super-chilled, slightly scruffy, but weirdly attractive, Ed is the man who comes with backstage demands that are so ordinary, they're literally kiddie drinks and orange sodas, Joe reports.
Ed's lady? Her name is Cherry Seaborn. She's his childhood sweetheart, her name couldn't be more normie and she isn't a Hollywood star.
"Got myself a fiancé" [sic]. That was all Ed needed to announce his engagement, as The Daily Mail reports. If you need any other reasons for Ed being a softie, it's called looking at the pic.
2 Jason Statham: Dangles Off Helicopters, 3,000 Feet Above The Ground #Tough
Jason Statham is action through and through. As LA Times reports, he's also quite happy to talk about it.
"The stuntmen asked me a hundred times: Are you sure you want to do this? They couldn't stress how important it was for me to realize they didn't want me to do it. That this was really something I was asking to do."
Dangling 3,000 feet in the air from a helicopter? This guy is fine with it. He added: "I have [damaged] all the tendons in my ankles. I have shoulder injuries. My wrists are screwed up." Just, wow.
1 Ryan Reynolds: 'I'd Walk Through Fire For My Daughter'
Ryan Reynolds isn't exactly Chandler from Friends. The Deadpool star has made his mark in the superhero world as a bit of a tough guy, but we saw through the cracks. It's called fatherhood. Ryan is married to Blake Lively. The kids? This guy's tweet speaks for itself.
"I'd walk through fire for my daughter. Well not FIRE, because it's dangerous. But a super humid room. But not too humid, because [sic] my hair."
A softie and a funny guy. Looks like Blake landed the perfect guy. Romper even reports Ryan saying he'd "take a bullet" for Blake. This guy is all kinds of goals.
New memo– softies are so in right now.
Sources: Muscle and Strength, Independent, Variety, LA Times, Daily Mail, Popsugar, Romper, LA Times, IB Times