45 Most Awkward Red Carpet Moments

Even celebrities can have embarrassing moments, and theirs are even worse than ours! Sometimes the mistakes aren’t exactly their fault, but they are still awkward moments that make us all feel more connected to the rich and famous, even when wearing super fancy and expensive clothing! 

1. Adam Levine Protects His Wife

When Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo’s dress fell down during a red carpet appearance, her husband Adam Levine was there to step in and make sure prying eyes didn’t see more of his wife than she intended.

2. Katherine Heigel’s Hold Up!

As she was accepting her award for Female Star of the Year, the strap just fell down, but the actress managed to catch it right in time and simply proceeded to laugh about it and continue with her speech. Now that's making the best out of a very embarrassing situation.

3. Michael Cera

Actor Michael Cera was on the 2013 Sundance red carpet when he experienced a mishap. He was having a bit of fun with his Magic, Magic co-star, Catalina Sandino, when he totally fell to the ground.

4. Little help from a friend

Margot Robbie had a dress issue at the Tarzan premiere but enlisted the help of co-star Alexander Skarsgard when her gown unzipped... awkward.

5.Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson suffered an awkward moment on the red carpet when director Luca Guadagnino allegedly had to stop her suffering an embarrassment. The unfortunate moment was captured on camera, where the director appeared to touch the actress’ breast as he attempted to hide the top of her dress.

6. Jennifer Lawrence Is Hurt, and It's Not a Game

Now, getting your toes stepped on is painful enough, but getting stepped on when you’re wearing high stiletto heels is just agony. Don’t worry, Jen; anybody would’ve pulled the same face!

7. Sarah Hyland

It was a near-disaster for Modern Family star Sarah Hyland at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. As she prepared to present an award with Skylar Astin, Sarah tripped and nearly flew head-first across the stage. Thankfully, she was able to stay upright.

8. Katy Perry Takes the Cake 

Katy Perry is known for giving memorable shows, and the 2008 MTV Latin America Music Awards was certainly unforgettable. Perry jumped into a giant, human-sized cake after the end of a song, and it was incredibly amusing. However, when she tried to leave the stage when the performance ended, she slipped on the cake remains.

9. Emma Thompson Tumbles 

While receiving her handprint in cement at the TLC Chinese Theater in 2013, Emma Thompson lost her balance while kneeling near the cement block and toppled to the ground.

10. John Travolta’s Awkward Duck Face

In 2015 at the Oscar’s, John Travolta who is best known for being the smooth-talking Danny Zuko from Grease got a little less smooth. He leaned into famous actress Scarlett Johansson’s neck and looks like he’s going in for either a kiss or an awkward selfie-face? He’s a pretty big guy, and the rest of his body is hidden behind Scarlett’s slim frame, which makes this an even stranger photo. 

11. Liang Jingke Goes Too Tight 

Liang Jingke falls on the red carpet at the premiere of 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy.

12. Resse Witherwrist 

Even though it wasn't exactly an embarrassing moment, it was certainly awkward. When attending a red carpet event, Reese Witherspoon and Felicity Jones shared a weird-looking wrist shake. Maybe it wasn't intentional, and maybe the two actresses went in for a handshake and just missed their mark.

13. Naomi Watts Near Miss

At the SAG awards in 2015 (that’s Screen Actors Guild Awards!) the cast of Birdman won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. That cast included the likes of Amy Ryan, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Zach Galifianakis, who all took the stage with co-star Naomi Watts. 

14. Stella McCartney Tears Up Rihanna's Dress

The famous fashion designer had to balance herself with the help of friend Kate Bosworth and even Rihanna herself. Otherwise, she would’ve ripped the entire skirt off!

15. Emma Stone Goes Feral 

Emma Stone is known for being an awkward, down to earth celebrity of the people. She was at the premiere of her almost-Best-Picture of the year, La La Land and later the Oscars of that season, 2016, and really reached her peak of awkwardness. She tried to hug the director, Damien Chazelle, but he had actually been trying to kiss his girlfriend and she ended up in a three-way hug that nobody wanted! 

16. John Travolta Invades Idina’s Space 

John Travolta seriously seems to have some problems with personal space. At the Oscars in 2015 he got way too close to Idina Menzel - whose name he famously mispronounced as well - and put his hands right on her face!

17. Rami Malek Falls Fast

Rami Malek won an Academy Award at the Oscars in 2019 for Best Actor, and when he got off the stage he, unfortunately, missed almost all the steps! He was so excited from his win that he forgot to look where he was going. 

18. Yulia Rybakova Exposed

Yulia Rybakova is a plus-sized model from Russia who is very famous for being an empowering model for women beyond the idealized version of thin that Hollywood traditionally favors. Unfortunately in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival an attendee tred on her dress - and a disaster resulted! 

19. Nicki Minaji’s Nightmare Moment

Nicki Minaji was on stage at the Video Music Awards doing her opening performance of “Bang Bang” along with Ariana Grande and Jessie J. She was giving the song her all when suddenly her dress split down the middle!

20. Camila Cabello’s Uh-Oh

Camila Cabello, who started off as a member of Fifth Harmony but eventually branched off for her own solo career was performing at the Grammys in 2019 when she had a bit of an outfit malfunction. Her miniskirt got caught around her waist! 

21. Dame Helen Mirren Trips 

At a film festival in Berlin, Germany, Helen Mirren took a tumble when her long dress got caught in her heels. Despite being 69 years old at the time, Mirren recovered gracefully.

22. Alysia Reiner Limps Out

Alysia Reiner got big on the show Orange is the New Black, but she came to the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards in bright red. It was a gorgeous gown that fit close to every curve of her body and then opened up at her feet, but it wasn’t open enough. 

23. Hayden Panettiere Falls Prey to Her Dress

Hayden Panettiere was wearing a gorgeous Tom Ford ballgown with a poofy skirt, and it led to a bit of an embarrassing event. She was at the Met Gala and she tripped while walking down the stairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

24. Jools Holland Scoots Around 

Jools Holland hosts a show on the BBC called Later... with Jools Holland. He’s a multi talented man, who works alternatively as a pianist and a composer as well. He’s usually very serious in his craft, but at the 2014 GQ Men of the Year Awards he was goofing around for sure! 

25. Elsa Hosk Recovers on the Red Carpet 

Elsa Hosk is a Swedish model who has worked for Victoria’s Secret, and she was attending a film festival in 2019 in Venice when she had a bit of a wardrobe problem. One of her earrings - which were no doubt expensive - fell out of her ears and onto the carpet! She had to bend down to pick it up while keeping a lovely smile on her face. 

26. Ariana Grande Gets Some Air 

Ariana Grande attended the Teen Choice Awards in 2012, and it seemed that it was a pretty windy day. She had chosen to wear a beautiful and lightweight dress with a poof and a net lining, and the wind loved it as much as we did. It grabbed and tossed at the short skirt! 

27. America Ferrera Freaks Out

The Ukrainian journalist prankster, Vitalii Sediuk, pulled one of his infamous pranks on actress America Ferrera at the premiere for the sequel of 'How to Train Your Dragon.' Not only that, Sediuk actually tried to get under Ferrara's dress to get some very inappropriate photos.

28. Tre Cool is Uncool

Tre Cool has a real name - Frank Edwin Wright - and he certainly didn’t earn his moniker of Cool in 2019. He was at the EMAs - better known as the Europe Music Awards for the red carpet when the Green Day drummer took a huge tumble out of his car. 

29. Amy Poehler and Tiny Fey Are Doing Their Best

You've heard the phrase "climbing up the stairs", right? Well, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey had to take this to the literal level while they went up to the stage at the 2013 Emmy Awards show. At minimum, at least they're wearing long ballgowns so they didn't have to worry about exposing too much.

30. Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie Word for the Wise

Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill stared together in The Wolf of Wall Street and were presenting at the Golden Globes in 2014. They were supposed to be showing a clip from Martin Scorsese’s new movie when they realized that there was a terrible problem with the teleprompter. 

31. Jennifer Lawrence Trips Big Time

2013 was a bi-year for Jennifer Lawrence - she won an Oscar for Best Actress after her incredible performance in 'Silver Linning's Playbook,' she wore an unforgettable ball gown that will never be forgotten, and she tripped at the Academy Awards! When going up the stairs to get on stage and accept the Oscar, Lawrence tripped and fell in front of everybody. It was probably the excitement.

32. Kanye West’s Spotlight Steal

No one could ever forget the infamous moment at MTV’s Video Music Awards back in 2009. When Taylor Swift was just an up and coming name in the country music world, and she won the best music video of the year award. 

33. Heidi Klum Trust Fell 

When she served as the host of the 2008 Emmy Awards, actress, host and model Heidi Klum fell during a skit that hadn’t been fully worked out. She was supposed to pretend to faint and fall into her co-host Tom Bergerson’s arms. But he didn’t catch her!

34. Cara Delevigne Spills All Over

Cara Delevingne found herself on her back at the 2014 GQ Man of the Year Awards in London. Luckily, Scottish fashion designer Jonathan Saunders was there to help her get up!

35. Jason Derul-oh no!

At the 2015 Met Gala, a rumor started that this man falling down the stairs was Jason Derulo. In reality, the man was just an unknown guest at the party who happened to take a rather embarrassing tumble down the red carpet.

36. Jessica Alba Can Do it All

Jessica Alba is known to be the queen of all: gorgeous inside and out and super talented. She was at the Teen Choice Awards in 2006 when she fell on the carpet in front of dozens of cameras and she still managed to make it look good! 

37. Jennifer Lawrence Skips a Step 

At the 2018 Oscars it seems Jennifer has given up at trying to be posh and classy and instead is letting her inner embarrassing normal persona fly. She wore a beautiful dress that looked stunning on her, but she also didn’t seem to mind simply hitching it up around her hips! 

38. Virginie Efiraget’s Helping Hand 

In 2019 at the Cannes Film Festival, this French and Belgian actress found herself in a tight spot. Her buckle on her gorgeous strappy heels had come undone, and if she had kept walking up the stairs she may have tripped and definitely would have lost her shoe. 

39. Kristen Stewart is Done With High Heels

Unless you've had the displeasure of having to walk around in high heels for an entire night, it's truly impossible to explain. This is why we completely understand why Kristen Stewart took off her Louboutin heels in the middle of the red carpet. Her feet were probably numb by that point, and she decided enough was enough.

40. Camila Cabello’s Horrified Face

Camila Cabello has seen quite a successful music career since leaving her former girl band, Fifth Harmony. However, she wasn't so successful at keeping her cool when she had an accident on stage at the 2019 Grammys. Unfortunately, her skirt, which was already very short, got caught around her waist, revealing far more of Cabello than she wanted.

41. Emma Thompson Tackles a Fellow Actress

Emma Thompson is not only an extremely talented actress when it comes to dramas, but she can also be incredibly hilarious. In the 2017 premiere of 'The Children Act,' in London, Thompson ran over and practically tackled fellow actress Hayley Atwell. The actress, although clearly surprised and a bit shocked, was also happy to see Thompson.

42. Sacha Baron Cohen Causes Trouble…Again

The reluctance comes from the 2012 Oscars when Cohen arrived dressed as his Colonel Gaddafi-style character from The Dictator and spilled ash all over Ryan’s suit.

43. Crazy For Clooney

When you're as big as George Clooney, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that you get fans freaking out at the sight of you everywhere you turn. You know what they say, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." And that's exactly what Clooney did.

44. Mayim Bialik Defends Her Intelligence

At the 2014 Sag Awards,  a journalist asked "The Big Bang Theory" actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, "Being on the Big Bang Theory, how many people—not that you aren’t a genius—think that you can solve calculus at the drop of a hat?"

45. Amy Schumer

The comedian and Trainwreck star may have not experienced “embarrassment” after her recent red carpet fall. Why? Well, because she fell at the Time 100 Gala… in front of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West… on purpose!