All hail Leslie Jones, queen of the celebrity selfie

Carly Milne
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment & Lifestyle

While comedian and actress Leslie Jones has been a national treasure pretty much since birth, her star has been on a meteoric rise since she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2014. And yet, even as she herself becomes an A-list name, she can’t help losing it in the presence of other industry luminaries — and often gets selfies with them, which she promptly posts to Instagram and Twitter. It’s refreshingly relatable, completely adorable, and one of the many things we love about Jones.

Leslie Jones and Taylor Swift

What inspired us to pull these together is this gem: the comedian embracing Taylor Swift after the Reputation songstress’s big performance on SNL. “Um just hanging with my girl @taylorswift she is such a sweetie and sooooo tall!!” Jones captioned the pic. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Beyoncé

Jones tweeted this photo in October after Bey’s hubby, Jay-Z, performed on SNL. “I take the worst pics ever!!” she wrote. “Thank God Beyoncé is just f***ing beautiful!! Thanks for pic Queen B!! I was so nervous!!” To be fair, it’s hard to take a picture with Queen Bey and not look and feel stunned. Besides, Jones’s expression is what makes this image so awesome. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Jay-Z

Jones was able to keep it together a bit better in a picture she shared of herself with Jay-Z (although maybe that’s because she had practice in a picture she took with him last year?). “Jay Z is a lyrical beast!!!” she tweeted with the picture. “Thanks for the pic!! Again soooo nervous!!” Yeah, but she’s enjoying the hell out of herself, which makes us enjoy this picture even more. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Tom Hanks

Don’t they look cozy, with Jones in her red knit scarf and Hanks in his woolen coat? Jones looks decidedly more chill in this selfie than she does in others, but no less excited. Perhaps that’s the Hanks Effect — he is the nicest guy in Hollywood, after all. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

Leslie Jones and Bryan Cranston

“Omg you guys I met Mr White!! @BryanCranston he is the bomb.com!!” she wrote about the Breaking Bad star. Their differing expressions are everything. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Madonna

When one poses with titans of pop, as one does, it would stand to reason that at some point, things would get a little silly. And we love that they got silly with Madonna! As Jones once again cuts most of herself out of the photo — either by melting out of frame or melting into Madonna — the songstress sticks out her tongue at the camera. The fun has got a sleepover vibe to it. Who do you think they talked about while braiding each other’s hair and making prank calls? (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

Leslie Jones and the Rock

The shot is blurry, probably because Jones is vibrating with excitement at being this close to one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. Or maybe it’s because the buff star could crush Jones with one swift move. Regardless, both ham it up appropriately — and we would expect nothing less from the Selfie Queen. Move over, Kim K. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

Leslie Jones and Drake

No comment necessary, at least from Jones – she let the picture do the talking in this selfie, featuring her and Drake striking a moody pose in black-and-white. Both look badass. Both look like a force to be reckoned with. But you can’t deny the spark of joy glinting in Jones’s eye. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Drake)

Leslie Jones and Emilia Clarke

No list of Jones’s celebrity selfies would be complete without some representation of her Game of Thrones obsession, gleefully on display here with Daenerys Targaryen herself, Emilia Clarke. “Wait…OUEEN OF DRAGONS YALL!!,” Jones captioned the pic. “And literally one of the nicest people I ever met. She didn’t care I was geeking out” And neither do we — this is Jones at her best. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Eminem

All things considered, Jones looks pretty chill in this shot, despite the frantic excitement she must’ve been feeling, as evidenced by her caption: “Ok you know I’m freaking out right now!! Oh my goodness!! @eminem y’all know I totally fan girled out I know he think I’m a geek lol but I could not help it!! Omg!! This week is gonna be so pumped!!” This should be a testament to her acting abilities. As for Eminem? He looks very … Eminem. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

Leslie Jones and Sia

Jones is gleeful. Sia is hidden under a wig … but they apparently had a good conversation. Was it about how to move through the world with half of your face in hiding? Oh, who cares? These two are super-cute — individually and together. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

Leslie Jones and Lenny Kravitz

The caption that Jones gave this photo is simple and effective: “YAAAAAAASSSS.” The look on Jones’s face is … well, pretty much what we think we’d look like in a selfie with Lenny Kravitz — excitement bordering on explosion. And Kravitz himself is the picture of cool. Everything about this shot is perfection. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Chris Pine

There are a lot of amazing things about this picture: Jones’s “Can you believe this?” face, Chris Pine’s bemused expression as she squeezes his shoulder, but best of all is her caption: “Just met Thor!!” But he’s not that Chris, Leslie — didn’t you watch his monologue? (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and James Spader

With a simple caption — “I’m dying!” — Jones relays what it’s like to get a smooch from James Spader. Of course, her expression says everything. Looks like she, too, will forever remember Spader as hot jerk Steff from Pretty in Pink. Sigh… (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

Leslie Jones, Trevor Noah, and Ava DuVernay

It’s hard to decide what’s the best part of this pic, taken during the Time 100 celebration. Is it comedian and Daily Show host Trevor Noah looking happily surprised? Is it director and goddess Ava DuVernay looking gleeful as she points down to Jones? Or is it Jones herself, who — in her excitement — cut half of herself out of the picture? Let’s go with all three. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and John Mayer

“He said he had s gonna write a song about me,” Jones tweeted of her pic with singer John Mayer. “I think he should have sex with me instead am I wrong?” Yes, Leslie — just ask Jessica Simpson, Katy Perry, and your pal Taylor Swift! But kudos for a great pic — and a hilarious caption. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Twitter)

Leslie Jones and Chance the Rapper

We appreciate the use of perspective in this selfie. We also appreciate the way Jones and Chance peek into the shot in opposite corners. But best of all, there’s Jones’s trademark grin and sparkling eyes saying, “I just met someone I admire!” Too cute. (Photo: Leslie Jones via Instagram)

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