Going Nowhere: All the Stars Who've Been Stuck in Elevators

Getting trapped in an elevator is a surprisingly common celeb occurrence

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Pope Francis

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Yup, it even happens to the Pope. According to the Washington Post, the 82-year-old pontiff was 25 minutes late for his address in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 1, 2019, and told the crowd he'd been stuck in the lift due to a "drop in voltage."

“Thank God the fire department came — I thank them so much,” he said. “After 25 minutes of work, they managed to get it working."

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Jason Momoa

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During an August 2019 visit to Vancouver, Canada, the actor, his dog and some pals got stuck in their hotel elevator for at least two hours, despite an attempt to escape. Thankfully, the crew had M&M's and beer on hand, and made light of the situation, joking about who they might eat first on Momoa's Instagram Stories.

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Pharrell Williams

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According to Page Six, the singer's tune "Happy" was playing (ironically) when his elevator suddenly stopped at The Grove in L.A. during an August 2017 premiere. After 30 minutes and some help from firefighters, Pharrell finally made it to the event — for his new Netflix animated series True and the Rainbow Kingdom — and joked with the crowd about the incident.

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It was a momentous occasion — her first live concert in nearly four years — but before she hit the stage at Summerfest in Milwaukee in July 2017, Pink and daughter Willow found themselves trapped backstage in an elevator. “Stuck in an elevator (it’s getting hot in here) (love in an elevator) (livin in a box) #help,” Pink, 37, captioned a photo of herself and Willow hanging out on an elevator floor, awaiting assistance. Thankfully, the two eventually escaped and Pink totally rocked the stage, like always.

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Miranda Lambert

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"Well folks, CMA Week is starting off right... stuck in the elevator at @CMT awards rehearsal," she wrote on Instagram in June 2017, two days ahead of the CMT Music Awards. "Don't worry I have airplane bottles of Tito's in my purse for emergencies. What is it about award shows? Always an adventure."

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Khloé Kardashian

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The reality star got an unexpected workout when she and her dog — who had recently had foot surgery and thus, needed to be carried — got stuck in the elevator in her building. "With my luck, we got stuck in the elevator,” she recounted on Twitter and Snapchat. "It ended up going back to the second floor. We got out somehow and I just decided to carry my dog down the stairs. Mind you she is older and has put on a few pounds. LOL what a morning and a workout lol."

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Hannah Jeter

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The supermodel, then expecting her first child with husband Derek Jeter, got stuck in an elevator for 30 terrifying minutes after a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue party, Page Six reported. Fortunately, she handled it better than any of us would. “While all the party organizers were freaking out, Hannah, when she emerged, was totally calm and thanked the firefighters for coming to her assistance," a source told Page Six. "But I was surprised Hannah didn’t have an escort with her. She came on her own.”

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Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest
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What would New Year's Rockin' Eve be without its host? We almost found out on Dec. 30, 2016, when Seacrest got stuck in an elevator on his way up to the Times Square ball to do press with Good Morning America. He Instagrammed the whole thing — the elevator never left the first floor, trapping Seacrest and his team inside — and eventually, the New York City Fire Department had to come help everyone escape. Thankfully, his second attempt to hit the top floor was successful.

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Demi Lovato & Joe Jonas

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In September 2016, the former Disney Channel child stars (and friendly exes) got stuck in an elevator somewhere in Los Angeles, according to Jonas's Snapchat. Fortunately, the two were freed before Lovato and DNCE's concert at L.A. Live that evening. However, things weren't exactly what they seemed; Jonas later told PEOPLE: "It was a lot less dramatic. It was a total prank and we fooled everyone. I made the video saying we got stuck in the elevator, but we really weren't. But I guess it's bad karma to say that because I don't want to get stuck in the elevator any time soon." We think he should take the stairs for a while.

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The Jonas Brothers

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Joe's prank was not his first encounter with a malfunctioning elevator: In 2010, the Jonas Brothers were leaving a free outdoor concert in Hollywood when they found themselves trapped in an elevator for "45 minutes," according to Kevin. "We were stuck in an elevator with eight people and Big Rob," added Joe, referring to the band's security guard. "It was a 21-person elevator."

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Kendall & Kylie Jenner

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If your "worst nightmare" is going to come true, you may as well be well dressed, so you can fashionably Snapchat the entire ordeal. While on their way to a New York Fashion Week event, the Jenner sisters, as well as Hailey Baldwin and Jordyn Woods, were stuck in an elevator — and got so freaked they rationed a granola bar. "We're actually stuck in an elevator in real life, I never thought this would actually happen, I'm genuinely so terrified," Kendall said in her Snapchat videos. Lucky, firefighters came quickly to rescue them.

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The Cast of Modern Family

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While on their way to headline a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City in 2013, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson got stuck in an elevator that just stopped moving. "Stuck in an elevator for 35 minutes," Ferguson tweeted, sharing a video of the crowd of 15 asking firemen to "Get us out!"

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Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell

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On their very first date together since Bushnell moved in with her Bachelor fiancé (now ex), something went terribly wrong: Higgins, on his way to get the car from the parking garage so Bushnell could stay warm and wait inside, found himself stuck inside the elevator. Bushnell recorded the ordeal on Snapchat, filming herself walking up to the elevator and repeatedly pressing the button to call it. When Higgins finally made it out and they were safe on the car ride home, he told Bushnell on Snapchat: "Date night one. I'm okay. Got stuck in an elevator on floor 2 in a parking garage." He later tweeted: "Traumatizing! I'll never forget our first Denver date."

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Solange Knowles, JAY-Z & Beyoncé

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Their elevator at the 2014 Met Gala didn't break down, per se, but we couldn't not include the Biggest Elevator Drama of the Century in a gallery about elevator drama. During their ride in the Standard Hotel elevator following the afterparty, surveillance footage showed Solange yelling at her brother-in-law before hitting and kicking him. #NeverForget

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