The idea that we can think our dreams into reality may seem questionable to some. But these stars claim otherwise. From Oprah to Drake, here are several celebs who swear by the law of attraction.
Oprah is practically the poster child for the manifesting phenomenon. A huge believer in the power of visualization boards, Oprah told Larry King that “the way you think creates reality for yourself.”
Oprah has said on numerous occasions that she credits her manifesting techniques for her role in Steven Spielberg's movie The Color Purple. She explained that she achieved this through visualizing herself as a successful actress and even as a part of the movie.
Jim Carrey's approach to manifesting was a little more practical than most. After successfully imagining himself as a successful actor, he decided to take it all a step further. And so, the then-aspiring star opted to give his vision a physical component.
Carrey told Oprah that he was so certain of his Hollywood future that he wrote a $10,000 check and wrote his name in the recipient section. A few years later, in 1994, he was cast as the lead in Dumb and Dumber and earned himself the right to cash the check in!
If it weren't for his manifesting ways, Drake would not be the rapper he is today. Well, that's what he says anyway. Rather than mind control, Drake put pictures of his dream house up as his desktop background to visualize the home he would have in the future. Years later, his desktop came to life.
On top of this, Drake explained he used to lease a Rolls Royce to get the manifesting laws of attraction going. After becoming one of the most famous rappers of all time, Rolls Royce gifted him this car, and his life had truly come full circle. Consider us impressed.
There's almost no aspect of Grande's life that the manifesting fairies haven't gotten involved in. From her acting career to her love life, Ariana attributes it all to manifesting. In 2011, the star tweeted that her dream was to play Glinda in Wicked. A decade later she. was announced as the role in the film adaptation.
Grande even manifested Pete Davidson into her life! We guess there's no limit on how much one can use it. In her song titled after the comedian, she wrote, "I thought you into my life." Although the pair ended up calling it quits, we can't help but admire the power of Ariana Grande's mind. She needs to teach us her ways. Now.
Like Ariana Grande, Tom Holland was blessed with the ultimate manifesting skills, applying them to his love life and career alike. His adorable relationship with Zendaya may have us all swooning, but perhaps we could be just as loved-up if we got to work on our mind control.
In an early interview, Holland revealed his huge crush on Zendaya. Now, he calls her his girlfriend. In addition, he said his dream role would be Spider-Man, and he would love to act alongside Jake Gyllenhall. By 2019, after the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, all his career dreams had come true. Superhero style.
Back in 2013, Dove Cameron took to Twitter to manifest her dream acting role. "I really just want to play Bubbles in a live-action Power Puff Girls movie," she told her then-limited followers. As with many famous celebrities, she tweeted her dreams into fruition.
It may have taken eight years to materialize, but in 2021, Dove was cast as Bubbles in the CW Power Puff Girls live-action series. Although the series was canceled before it hit our screens, these powerful tweets make us wonder how anyone fulfilled their dreams before Twitter came around…
Simu Liu can teach us all a valuable lesson: manifesting can sometimes work, even when it's unintentional. For instance, when Liu tweeted in 2014, "Hey Marvel, great job with Cpt America and Thor. Now how about an Asian American hero," he promised he had "no idea it was going to happen." Sure, Simu, sure.
In 2019, when he was announced as the star of Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, fans went mad for his Twitter manifestation skills. For anyone thinking this tweet put the idea into Marvel's heads, the movie's director revealed at the film's premiere that they discovered his post only "after he was cast."
In 2010, when the Camp Rock star tweeted, "One day, I'm gonna sing the national anthem at a Super Bowl," it likely seemed to many as an unrealistic pipe dream. But perhaps those people just don't understand the power of manifesting. According to Demi, it's basically science at this point...
Ten years later, the universe did what it did best. In 2020, Demi Lovato got up on stage at the Super Bowl LIV in Miami and performed the country's anthem for millions of viewers, live and at home. Not only that, but the performance was highly praised by critics.
Sometimes it's worth lining up for hours for a celebrity meet-and-greet because, as Kumail Nanjiani knows, photos can be a form of manifesting too. A huge comic-book fan, he waited patiently at Comic-Con 2012 for a chance to meet his idol, Stan Lee. Once the photo was taken, he knew he just needed to sit back and wait.
Sure enough, the universe did its thing, and in 2019 Kumail was cast as Kingo in Marvel's Eternals! The actor's backstage photos reveal the star got into incredible shape for the part. It seems that with just one picture, the man successfully manifested his dream role AND impressive physique. That's one powerful photo...
It seems manifesting can work for all types of dreams, no matter how big or small. So when Questlove admitted in a 2013 interview with US Weekly that it was his "fantasy to play a dead body on Law & Order," the universe seemingly had no choice but to abide, quicker than ever.
Just months later, the star took to his Twitter account to share a behind-the-scenes photo from the SVU set. Alongside the caption "SVU Behind the Scenes: This corpse looks strangely familiar," the image showed him fulfilling his wildest dreams - as a dead person. To each their own.
For those of us who have seen High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, we totally related to Jordan Fisher's tweet back in 2020 when he expressed his wish to "sing Start of Something New with @Olivia_Rodrigo AND @joshuatbassett." Moreover, he had us all manifesting a Jordan Fisher HSMTMTS cameo on his behalf.
We know the drill by now. July 20, 2021, Jordan posted a series of photos of himself alongside the HSMTMTS cast with the caption, "started with a Twitter interaction… words can't express how much I love this show, but mostly this unbelievably talented CAST. excited for you guys to meet Jamie."
Rachel Zegler wanted to be a Disney princess. In 2017, after playing Ariel in her high school production of The Little Mermaid, she was sure she had what it takes. And so, she decided she wasn't going to sit around and wait for the role of her dreams to come her way.
Knowing there was perhaps only one way to make that happen, the actress shouted her dream out into the Twitter universe. "I wanna be a real Disney princess," she wrote. Almost five years later exactly, the star was announced as Snow White in Disney's live-action remake.
In 2009, a young wannabe singer Christina Perri posted a picture of herself with a guitar standing in front of a car with a sticker reading "I love Edward Cullen." The Twilight fan had no idea this was all the manifesting gods needed to know to start getting to work.
Years later, Perri was given a record deal and asked to write a song for the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 soundtrack. Her song, A Thousand Years, has been certified nine times platinum and exploded her singing career. "Manifest your dreams, y'all," the star since wrote alongside a re-post of the iconic image.
Brie Larson may be a now-regular attendant at the Oscars, but once upon a time, walking the red carpet seemed like a far-off dream for the star. Even when her movie, Room, was released and started to create some Oscar buzz, Larson wasn't convinced. So much so, a fan had to take care of the manifesting on her behalf.
In 2015, a fan tweeted the actress saying, "the new trailer for @roomthemovie is amazing, @brielasrson. Do you know what you're wearing to the Oscars?" She replied, "Uhhh, usually I'm just wearing PJs at home on Oscar day. Should I start thinking more about it?" Do we need to say what happened next?
Before Twitter was created, Selena Gomez and her friends were practicing other valuable methods of manifesting. In her first-ever Disney Channel audition, she told producers, "me and my friend like to play around. I'm Selena, and you're watching Disney Channel. We like to draw [the Mickey Mouse Logo] all the time..."
Obviously, this manifestation worked like a charm. No pun intended. Selena Gomez was not only cast as the charming witch in The Wizards of Waverly Place, but it was hard to turn on the Disney Channel and not see her drawing those Mickey ears on our screen.
Manifesting is the new and improved way of shooting our own shots. Take Keke Palmer, for example. A massive fan of the show Insecure, the actress excitedly tweeted about the upcoming season five. Fortunately for her, fans misunderstood her comments and believed she was announcing her appearance in the show.
Making the most of the mistake, she tweeted, "Hey @IssaRae, there's been a mix-up, I posted about my excitement for season 5 of Insecure, and now everyone thinks I'm gonna be on it. We can't let them down, put me in to beat Condola's *** real quick." Her suggestion was accepted, and Keke appeared in the show's last season!
Like Beanie Feldstein, Emma Roberts got to work on manifesting her dreams from a young age. The star of the 2011 Scream 4 movie took to Twitter to show her fans how it all began and how she turned her young dream into a reality. No, it wasn't just because her aunt is THE Julia Roberts.
Sharing a photo of herself at the age of seven wearing a Scream mask, she captioned the photo, "Never underestimate your power to manifest your dreams, ladies..." After reading this list, it would be hard for us to underestimate it ever again. Just us?
It's January 2010, and Niall Horan has just sent off his application for the popular singing competition, The X Factor: UK. Unsure where this journey would lead him, he took to Twitter. "Applied for X Factor, hope it all works out," he wrote, with no clue what awaited him.
To say this tweet came true would be the understatement of the century. It didn't just "work out" for Niall Horan. The show connected him with Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis, and together they formed the successful boy band, One Direction. Now a thriving solo artist, Niall should be crowned the manifesting king.
As one of the main stars on Disney Channel's Shake It Up, Zendaya appeared on the pages of Seventeen Magazine in 2012. Of course, the star was grateful for the opportunity, but being the successful queen that we now know her to be, she had her sights set on something bigger.
"Had a blast @seventeenmag, hope I'm on that cover one day!! #muchlove," she manifested. Fast forward four years, and Zendaya graced the magazine's cover, described by the publication as a successful musician, actress, producer, and dancer. Another three years later, the star even made it to the cover of Vogue. Wow.
Years before Shawn Mendes began blessing our Spotify playlists with his incredible music, he had a vision for where he wanted his singing career to take him. No, not the Grammys - but The Ellen Show. "Dream: To be on The @TheEllenShow," he wrote on Twitter.
Once the star made it to the 2018 Time 100 List of Most Influential People, Ellen had no choice but to invite the star to her show and make his dreams come true. Multiple Ellen appearances later, it's safe to call this manifesting tweet a smash-hit success.
The art of manifesting may have its critics, but Will Smith is definitely not one of them. The star credits his grandmother for teaching him about the Law of Attraction from a young age and believes this is how he became the iconic Hollywood star he is today.
"Make a choice, decide what is gonna be, who you're gonna be, how you're gonna do it. From that point, the Universe is gonna get out your way," the star explained in an interview with Travis Smiley. "I believe very strongly we are who we choose to be," he concluded.
It's hard to remember a time when Kanye West wasn't the most talked-about rapper on the planet. But according to the star himself, he was a star long before the world knew it. It comes as a surprise to no one that Kanye West credits his own brilliant mind for his success with some help from the universe.
“I thought I was the best rapper in the world. I sat around and thought about it. Then I became Kanye West,” he is quoted to have said. West told BBC Radio 1 he believes that people are controlled and slowed down by their perceptions of themselves. Important life lessons from Kanye right there.
She may be the younger brother of the Academy Award-winning Jonah Hill, but it seems Beanie Feldstein had her sights on fame years before her brother found the spotlight! At the young age of three, she knew what she wanted her future to look like - and she knew exactly how to get it.
For her third birthday party, Beanie dressed up as Fanny Brice - the main character of the musical Funny Girl. Many years later, Feldstein was putting on the outfit once again. This time, to play Fanny on Broadway! "Sometimes dreams actually do come true," she said on Instagram. Does anyone have a Beyoncé costume we can borrow?
Megan Thee Stallion
The three-time Grammy-winning rapper, Megan Thee Stallion, knew she would make it big. So much so, in 2014, she put it out in the universe and tweeted, “I need a team bc I promise this rap **** gone take off for me.” Her confidence in her dream was so strong it was only a matter of time until she was accepting a Grammy.
Although it took five years to work its magic, the tweet turned into her reality when she first entered the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum with her song Big Ole Freak. From there, it was a runaway train of success, and her team very likely came in handy. Who would be there otherwise to carry all her awards?
Arnold Schwarzenegger famously said, "people don't become successful by accident." So what's the secret behind success? According to the actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, politician, and former professional bodybuilder, it's all about visualizing what we want as if we already have it.
“When I was very young, I visualized myself being and having what it was I wanted. Mentally I never had any doubts about it,” he told VYBO. In proof of this, Schwarzenegger told interviewers long before his success that he would be “the #1 box office star in all of Hollywood.” He went on to achieve this and more.
How did Lady Gaga become the household name she is today? Manifesting, of course! Speaking with Anderson Cooper, the Academy Award winner explained she repeatedly told herself she was famous long before anyone knew her name. Committing to this narrative, she turned that lie into her truth.
“You repeat it to yourself every day. […] And it’s not yet; it’s a lie. You’re saying a lie over and over and over again, and then, one day the lie is true.,” she explained. Fighting against all the haters and non-believers, Gaga pushed through and relied on the trusty Law of Attraction.
If we've learned anything by now, it's that we should never underestimate the power of fans to help give their favorite stars a push in the right direction. When Teyonah Parris was told she had scored the dream role of Monica Rambeau in the latest Marvel film, she knew she had her fans to thank.
Parris told The A.V. Club she was already familiar with the role because the fans had fan-cast her on Twitter as the character years before. It seems even before she believed in herself, the fans knew she would be the best Monica Rambeau - keeping it safe in the Twitterverse until she was ready.
Most celebrities dream of receiving an invitation from Anna Wintour to stand on the red carpet at the Met Gala. Although the actress was a big star in the eyes of her new Riverdale fans in 2017, Lili Reinhart understood her place in the celebrity pecking order and realized her chances of attending the event were slim.
“Are you going to the Met Gala?” a fan tweeted the Riverdale star. “Psh, I wish. In my dreams,” she replied, unaware of the fame her new role would bring her. Well, dreaming is the first step to achieving because in 2018, Lili’s dreams came true, and she made her debut Met Gala appearance as a guest of H&M.
Barry Keoghan is here to teach us that if we're a little skeptical about the powers of manifesting and the idea of simply stating what we want, writing a dream in the form of a request can also do the trick. More direct, but sometimes just as effective.
In an attempt to fulfill his dream of being a superhero, Keoghan tweeted at none other than comics legend Stan Lee himself. "@TheRealStanLee Stan Lee, Please Make me a SuperHero," he wrote. Sure enough, alongside fellow Stan Lee fan Kumail Nanjiani, Barry was cast as Druig in the Eternals!
In 2013, aspiring athlete Patrick Mahomes tweeted, "I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says "I'm going to Disney World" after winning the Super Bowl #Qbs." And in 2020, he got to experience this feeling for himself as he brought his team to victory!
In an interview right after the end of the game, an interviewer questioned the star, "You're the MVP of the Superbowl 54; where are you going?" Loyal fans of the athlete knew his inevitable response. "Something I've wanted to say my whole life... I'm going to Disney World!"