For some, 13 is an unlucky number, but not for Taylor Swift! The country singer's fans know all about her obsession with the digits, which she doodles on herself before performances and awards shows to bring good juju. "Thirteen is my lucky number for a lot of reasons. I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first No. 1 song had a 13-second intro," she explained to MTV News. And in her early days in the biz, every time she won an award she was "seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter." These days she's taken to wearing a "13" charm necklace, which is a more sophisticated — and less messy! — way to go.
Newly minted Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong'o has several lucky charms. The '12 Years a Slave'star's family totem is a frog, so she worked two trinkets featuring the amphibian into her outfit on Oscar night. Red carpet gawkers saw her stunning Nairobi blue Prada dress, but probably didn't realize she had a label sewn in it with her name and a bedazzled little Kermit. She also wore a dainty yellow-gold pinky ring which featured, yes, a froggie. And a few day before the Oscars, she celebrated her 31st birthday with… a frog birthday cake. Whatever makes her "hoppy" is fine by us!
Like Lupita, Penelope Cruz has a special ring that brings her a little magic. "Growing up, I always asked my grandmother to let me wear this ring," she told Marie Claire, referring to the red stone in a gold setting that she sometimes wears on her index finger. "[In 2001], she gave it to me. This ring has been through many movies — some characters wore it — and has been with me on the most special days of my life. It's my good-luck charm." Keep that in mind the next time you watch 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona' - when her character is snapping photos at the fountain, you'll see her real-life charm.
Perhaps there is no sweeter good luck charm than Ben Affleck's when he was on the awards show circuit with 'Argo' in 2013. He let his young daughters, Violet and Seraphina, decorate his hands with scribbled messages. As he stood onstage to accept his many trophies, you could see the secret messages from daughters to dad. And while it was impossible to decipher what they said, the meaning seemed to be more important than the actual words.
Rocker Pete Wentz has never been comfortable flying, telling Rolling Stone that a prescription pill problem he had in 2011 partially stemmed from his anxiety over boarding planes. Today, the Fall Out Boy bassist, who has a son with ex-wife Ashlee Simpson and a baby on the way with model Meagan Camper — uses something else to comfort him. "I take the Count from 'Sesame Street' on every flight as a good luck charm," he recently tweeted.
File this under "u" for unusual. Heidi Klum's special something is… a bag of teeth. Yes, choppers are the 'Project Runway' star's source of fairy dust, but she doesn't tote around just any old teeth. Apparently, her own baby teeth bring her luck. When she appeared on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno' in 2008, she brought the pouch of pearly whites and said that she collected them because she didn't have a tooth fairy growing up in Germany. "Those are my lucky teeth," she shared. "It's just a crazy thing that I do. Little ones, big ones."
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If you thought Heidi keeping her teeth was odd, wait until you hear this one. Steven Tyler often wears a necklace with four teeth hanging from it. "I wear it for good luck," the Aerosmith frontman told Parade magazine, explaining that the grinders are from a raccoon. One version of the story goes that he caught the animal as a child, as he used to "trap" the animals, and another is that he simply found the teeth on the ground while at play. We prefer to think it went down the more humane way.
When it comes to winning Academy Awards, Meryl Streep doesn't really need luck — her talent has already nabbed her three little gold men. But in 2012, the year she won Best Actress for 'The Iron Lady', she said that her her gold, open-toe shoes by Ferragamo were her good luck charm. The designer made all of Margaret Thatcher's footwear, so Streep thought walking in the same type of shoe might give her the edge. Looks like it did!
Perhaps Meryl should have helped Bruce Dern pick out his good luck charm? The 'Nebraska' star — who was up for, but didn't win, an Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG Award this year — carried a special something from pal (and Academy Award-winner) Jack Nicholson in his pants pocket throughout awards season. "It's a solid gold coin of a buffalo on one side and an Indian head on the other side and it's my good luck charm," Dern told People magazine. "He gave it to me at the Lakers game."
Colin Farrell actually hails from the Emerald Isle, but doesn't rely solely on the luck of the Irish. He had a lucky belt, which was given to him by his father, Eamon, that he wore everywhere, punching holes in it through the years as his weight fluctuated. However, in 2011 there were numerous reports that the belt went missing and he offered a reward to anyone who found it. While it's unknown whether he got his special belt back, he does have another clothing ritual that helps him go for the gold. In 2004, he revealed that he wears the same boxers whenever he starts production on a new film. He described them as "covered with shamrocks" and said the waistband was adorned with the words, "The luck of the Irish." Brilliant.