Celebrities Who Got Tattoos in Honor of TV and Movie Roles
These stars wanted their favorite filming experiences to leave a mark
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Emilia Clarke
The Mother of Dragons is keeping her flock close at hand. Clarke commemorated wrapping the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones with a delicate dragon tattoo on her wrist, an ode to her character Daenerys Targaryen’s beloved creatures. “MOD 4 LYFE!!!!” she captioned a joyful photo. “@_dr_woo_ made sure this mamma ain’t NEVER forgetting her babies.”
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Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner
Clarke isn’t the only member of the cast with Thrones-inspired ink. Williams has a “No One” tattoo on her upper back in honor of her character, while her TV big sister has House Stark’s direwolf sigil, along with “The Pack Survives,” on her arm. The real-life besties also have matching peach-colored tattoos that read “07.08.09.,” in memory of the date they were both cast on the show.
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Lea Michele
Michele memorialized her late Glee costar and boyfriend, Cory Monteith, with a “Finn” tattoo (his character’s name) and later a “5” (Finn’s football jersey number). She and her castmates also have matching ink: Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale all got the word "Imagine," and Michele, Ushkowitz and Amber Riley got stars.
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Avengers Cast
Five out of Marvel’s six original Avengers (Mark Ruffalo opted out) assembled to get tattoos together in honor of the franchise. “It was (Scarlett) Johansson’s idea,” Robert Downey Jr. told Entertainment Weekly. After he, Johansson, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner were all inked, the Iron Man star said they “bullied” Chris Hemsworth into getting one too.
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Tom Holland
Given how much his Peter Parker admires the Avengers, it’s no surprise that Tom Holland also got a tattoo in honor of his role in the Marvel universe. The English actor has the Spider-Man logo inked on his foot, which he has since admitted wasn’t the most practical location. But Holland is dedicated — he’s had the tat done three times to combat wear and tear.
13 Reasons Why Cast
Selena Gomez — who serves as executive producer on the hit Netflix drama — joined two of the show’s stars, Alisha Boe and Tommy Dorfman, in paying tribute to the issues raised in the show with matching semi-colon tattoos, meant to symbolize mental health awareness.
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Pretty Little Liars Cast
They’ve got a secret, and they’re keeping it. After wrapping the seventh and final season of PLL, stars Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse had their characters’ first initials tattooed on their pointer fingers. “We couldn’t not get tattoos to commemorate the show! And obviously on our ‘shh’ finger,” Hale captioned a shot of their matching ink.
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Shadowhunters Cast
Series star Katherine McNamara revealed that after the first season, she and her castmates got matching tattoos of the angel rune. "It's the first tattoo that shadowhunters usually get in their training,” McNamara explained to Seventeen. “It's a symbol of strength and means 'blessing,' and this show has meant all of those things to me.”
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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul
The Breaking Bad costars each marked their time on the show with tattoos; Cranston got the show’s logo on his right ring finger, while Paul got “No Half Measures” inked on his inner bicep. Cranston told GQ, “I wanted something [...] that would give me private personal pleasure, like when I pass by and catch a glimpse of a picture of my mom, or my old manager. People who are gone now. And it seemed appropriate. I mean, Breaking Bad changed my life.”
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Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Lilley and Rachel McDowall
The Mamma Mia costars picked an unusual salute to the friendships they built while filming: They tattooed the word “minge” on their feet. “In England, it means vagina,” Seyfried said on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “But in the U.S., which is where I spend most of my time, it just doesn’t mean anything. So we commemorated our friendship with ‘minge’ tattoos.”
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Lord of the Rings Cast
It’s the fellowship of the tattoo: Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, and Sean Bean all got “nine,” written in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Elvish Tengwar script, tattooed on their bodies while in New Zealand. Monaghan told EW, “It was one of those beautiful moments where we all felt like we had been through this war, this battle, together in a lot of different ways.”
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Mad Max: Fury Road Cast
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Zoë Kravitz, Courtney Eaton and Riley Keough survived a dystopia and left with tattoos. The actresses, who played the wives of tyrant Immortan Joe in the film, commemorated their work with matching ink. “We all got the same tattoo — three little dots and a triangle,” Eaton told Vanity Fair.
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Neil Patrick Harris
Count Olaf is watching. To celebrate the season 2 renewal of A Series of Unfortunate Events, Neil Patrick Harris adorned his ankle with the Volunteer Fire Department (V.F.D.) insignia from the Netflix series. Harris revealed on Instagram that the “#scampstamp” was his first tattoo.
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Suicide Squad Cast
In keeping with the spirit of their movie, some members of the cast of Suicide Squad — Margot Robbie, Cara Delevingne and Will Smith — went a step further than getting “SKWAD” tattoos. They gave each other (and various members of the crew, including director David Ayer) the tats themselves. Robbie did admit to making one mistake: While tattooing an assistant, she spelled “SKWAD” without the K.
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