We’ve all have our own unique ways of coping with this era of social distancing. For some, snuggling up night after night to binge-watch the latest Netflix drop is a complete joy (here’s looking at you, Taurus). For others, being unable to travel, party, connect with their diverse circle of friends, and make new connections is pure torture, and by “others,” we basically mean air signs — especially Geminis.
Gemini, the third sign of the zodiac, ruled by curious messenger Mercury, also happens to be the ruler of the third house of communication. In other words, they’re astrology’s crowned royals of information overload. Geminis live for interpersonal interaction in whatever form they can get it — from striking up animated convos in-person to texting to posting TikToks. Seriously, it’s like their version of air.
As the mutable air sign, they’re known for being flexible and go-with-the-flow on their best days, flaky and flighty on their worst. While they can be tough to pin down (and they’re not the only ones with this rep — we’re looking at you, Virgos, Sagittarians, and Pisceans), they’ll make up for it by bringing all the ideas and curiosity and creative fun to the table. Mercury’s influence amplifies their mental energy to the max, and they excel at sharing their thoughts through any and all forms of self-expression — writing, singing, tweeting, etc.
All of that said, there’s quite a bit to learn from the sign of the Twins, under which lots of creative, communicative celebs were born. Consider Amy Schumer, who has built a super-successful career on her witty observations about everyday life or Venus Williams, one of the all-time greats of women’s tennis who has touted the power of training her mind as much as her body. Here, we’re honoring some of our favorite Gemini celebrities who are all about making the most of heightened mental energy, self-expression, and channeling their innate curiosity about the world into their work.
1. Angelina Jolie
Although the actress and actress, born on June 4, is deeply committed to her work and six kids, her energy is truly mercurial, evidenced by her personal style and public image taking a variety of forms over the decades. It’s clear that she’s been able to use her voice to create both humanitarian change as Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and a successful, artistic career as someone who’s frequently been named Hollywood’s highest-paid actress.
2. Octavia Spencer
The Oscar-winning actress, born on May 25, was known for various, generally comic roles before she caught the world’s eye as one of the lead characters in 2011’s adaptation of the book The Help. Over the past decade, the charismatic star has gone on to portray a bevy of memorable characters — many of them in period pieces like The Shape of Water and Hidden Figures. Making it clear that she’s ever the mutable air sign, she pivoted to a whole different genre with 2019’s Ma, a psychological horror flick. She’s also applied her self-expressive chops off-screen, penning two young adult novels.
3. Aly Raisman
The retired American gymnast and two-time Olympian-turned-activist, born on May 25, has been honored for using her Gemini-level communication skills to speak her truth, fight for justice, tirelessly campaign for survivors of sexual abuse, and tell her story, including in a memoir Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything. The badass Gemini previously shared with InStyle that she often keeps air sign-style busy by swimming, reading, watching documentaries, and cooking with vegetables and herbs from the family garden.
4. Amy Schumer
The standup comedian and actress, born on June 1, has been using her Mercury-powered communication skills to fuel her career since venturing into entertainment in the early ’00s. It’s no wonder she’s received nominations for Best Original Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America (for Trainwreck in 2015), published New York Times best selling memoir called The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, and been nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Comedy Album (for Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo and Best Spoken Word Album (for her memoir). She’s also lent her fearless voice to activism, frequently taking to social media to share her views and rally her troop of followers to a current cause.
5. Zoe Saldana
The Avengers actress and mom of three, born on June 19, is one incredibly successful Gemini, having become the second highest-grossing film actress of all time in 2019. And in true supercommunicator fashion, Saldana is also proudly multilingual. The Guardians of the Galaxy star said in 2014 that her kids will “of course speak the languages that we speak; my sisters and I grew up learning French and speaking English and Spanish, and because of that, we’re able to understand Italian and Portuguese. But I’m going to have to make a conscious effort to speak Spanish to my children, because I speak Spanglish.”
6. Adriana Lima
Best known as a former Victoria’s Secret Angel, the Brazilian supermodel has been the world’s second highest-paid model since 2014. Epitomizing Gemini self-expression through style, Lima’s successful career has spanned across a bevy of international brands from Barcelona-based Desigual to Italian brand Calzedonia to IWC, Puma, Maybelline, and Chopard. And she’s also committed to humanitarian work for children, supporting children in Instabul fighting leukemia and helping with construction and supplying clothing for an Salvadorian orphanage called Caminhos da Luz (Paths of Light).
7. Natalie Portman
The Israeli-born actress and director, born on June 9, is 100% the Gemini icon, as she’s been racking up IMDB credits since she was a kid, gracing red carpets in gowns that quickly trend, and using her platform to raise awareness around causes like animal rights and fighting poverty. A Harvard graduate and mom of two, Portman even channeled her inner bookworm and vivid imagination into a 2020 project called “Natalie Portman’s Fables,” in which she revised three classic children’s stories — “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Country Mouse and City Mouse” — to make them more gender-inclusive.
8. Idina Menzel
Born on May 30, the Tony Award-winning Broadway star and songwriter has been putting her mezzo-soprano voice to use on stage and screen for decades. If you didn’t already adore her as Maureen in Rent, she stole your heart as Elphaba in Wicked, or as the powerful voice behind Frozen‘s Elsa. Embracing Gemini’s youthful vibe, Menzel has been especially focused on charity work aimed at children, founding A BroaderWay Foundation with then-husband Taye Diggs in 2010 as a way to support young people in the arts. BroaderWay sponsors camp programs, theater workshops, and educational programming. The celebrated songbird has also lent her voice to LGBT rights, partnering with organizations like The Trevor Project and the NoH8 campaign.
9. Alanis Morissette
Plenty of Geminis are known for juggling two — or more — personas over the years, and this could absolutely be applied to musician, songwriter, and actress Alanis Morissette, born on June 1, who has made her mark on pop culture in a variety of ways for roughly three decades. When she was in junior high, she appeared on the children’s television show You Can’t Do That on Television for five episodes, later released two mildly successful dance albums in Canada, became world famous with her angsty, smash hit album Jagged Little Pill in 1995, and has appeared in various TV shows (Dogma or Sex and the City, anyone?) and films over the years, all while shifting and tweaking her musical style to move with the times and her journey. She also intermittently shares about her life on her website, penning heartfelt, revealing blog posts, one which famously touched on her battle with postpartum depression.
10. Heidi Klum
Model, television host, producer, businesswoman, occasional actress, and renowned social butterfly known as “the Queen of Halloween,” Heidi Klum, born on June 1, might just be the epitome of a multitasking Gemini. Bubbly, creative, and known for pulling no punches when she judges TV contestants on anything from performance art to haute couture, Klum has had no trouble pivoting from modeling to becoming a media personality force to be reckoned with. Gemini fashion sense is also unparalleled, so it’s unsurprising that Klum has become a major authority on not only what to wear — but how designers should dream up the styles we wear.
11. Venus Williams
One of the all-time greats of women’s tennis, Venus Williams, born on June 17, also happens to be a total trendsetter (she flaunted a quarantine makeover on Instagram). Along with her younger sister Serena Williams, Venus is credited with bringing a whole new level of excitement and feminist star power to women’s pro tennis. With over a million followers on both Twitter and Instagram, Venus is ever the social, curious, multi-talented, and outspoken Gemini, frequently interacting with fans and followers on everything from her recovery protocol to cooking and fighting racial injustice.
12. The Olsen twins
Although they were initially best known for their portrayal of Michelle Tanner on hit ’80s and ’90s sitcom Full House, Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, born on June 13, are yet another example of Gemini multitasking business savvy — particularly with a focus on style. They’re also a living, breathing example of real-life Gemini Twins! The businesswomen, who founded their own company Dualstar, are known as two of the wealthiest women in the entertainment industry. They’re currently the masterminds behind various fashion labels including The Row and Elizabeth & James.
Original posted at www.instyle.com