From the winter Olympics to the best in awards shows, and even New York Fashion Week, February was a busy month for celebs to see and be seen. Some A-listers have become ubiquitous with fame as of late (read: “Kardashian”) but for others, their names pop up at specific moments in time.
We’ll be compiling a monthly list of some of the more interesting celebrity searches of the moment to give you a glimpse of who’s on the public’s mind. Can you think of any one in February who seemed to be everywhere… but not in the search engines?
The Sochi Olympics are over but Ashley Wagners’s rise to the top is just getting started. The 2012 AND 2013 U.S. Champion didn’t medal individually in the 2014 games, but she did take home a team bronze along with Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds. After a controversy about the scoring system that gave Russian skater, Adelina Sotnikova a win over defending champion, Yuna Kim from South Korea, the 22-year-old, along with her U.S. teammates, publicly questioned the olympic scoring system calling the judging rules “too opaque.”
Another sports personality, Iverson makes the list this week because his Number 3 jersey was retired by the Philadelphia 76ers just a few days ago. Iverson retired in October with one of the team’s most impressive all-time records (he won four scoring titles during his tenure) although he never quite squeaked out a title. As the 2001’s NBA Finals MVP, Iverson is as integral a part of Philly as the cheesesteak.
3. Ellen Page
Ellen Page is best known for her roles in “Juno” and, more recently, “Inception”. Her delightfully-charming “coming out” speech at the Time to THRIVE event just a couple of weeks ago is undoubtedly what spurred so much recent interest in her endeavors. Fun fact? Page has lent her voice more than once to animated series…think: “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.”
Shirley Temple was the 2nd most-searched celebrity of the week because she unfortunately passed away on February 10th at the age of 85. One of America’s most recognizable child stars, she brought a smiles to the faces of a Depression-era audience in films like “Bright Eyes” (1934), “A Little Princess” (1939) and “Heidi” (1937). She parlayed her fame into a life of public service and was even appointed as an Honorary U.S. Foreign Service officer in 1988. Temple died surrounded by family and friends at her home in California.
1. Mila Kunis
Is Mila Kunis the most approachable, down-to-earth, gorgeous woman on the planet? Some say yes (including us). So, why are people so interested in Kunis now? Probably because she was rumored to be engaged to longtime love Ashton Kutcher (the two met on set during the taping of “That 70s Show”), a rumor that was confirmed via a giant diamond ring and a couple of publicists just this week. Mazel tov, Mila!
A few other familiar names were heavily searched this month. Harold Ramis, one of the stars of “Ghostbusters,” passed away at age 69 (and was subsequently honored at the Oscars) which caused a spike in searches. Also popular? Skier Bode Miller fresh off of his Olympic runs, LA Clippers player Blake Griffin, and of course, Jimmy Fallon, who recently started his run as the new “Tonight Show” host to much fanfare.
Let us know if you have any predictions of who’s going to be big in March – some are reliable (think March Madness or the Oscars) – but hopefully, we’ll also see some new faces and surprises!