With 80 million followers on Twitter and 90 million on Instagram, it is not surprising that people have a lot of questions about Ellen DeGeneres. One question people wonder is whether or not Ellen is left handed.
Ellen DeGeneres isn’t left handed. Although she has not publicly said whether she is left or right handed, there are many videos of her writing and signing autographs with her right hand.
Continue reading to find out more about Ellen being right handed and what that means for her personality.
Right Handed Personality
Whether we are right handed or left handed is partly determined in the womb by a specific gene. The way children are raised to use their hands, however, also plays a part in which hand becomes their dominant one.
That being said, most people are right handed because our right hand is controlled by the left hemisphere of our brain. Each hemisphere in the brain is responsible for different things.The left hemisphere of our brain is the part that is responsible for speech and writing and we predominantly use our hands for writing. The right side of our brain is responsible for emotional functions.
Thus, there have been studies that say left handed people, whose hand is controlled by the right side of the brain, are more prone to depression and negative emotions. This does not quite apply to Ellen as she has struggled with depression before when she came out of the closet despite being right handed.
A popular belief about left handed people versus right hand people is that left handed people are more creative, more artistic or more musically inclined. There is little evidence to support this though and there are plenty of right handed creative, artistic and musically inclined people, especially in Hollywood.
Left Handed Celebrities
Ellen seems to value the written word. For example, she has multiple books like, My Point…And I do Have One (1995), The Funny Thing Is… (2003), Seriously…I’m Kidding (2011) and Home (2015).
Though she probably typed these books, much of the written planning and discussion was done with her dominant right hand. Similarly, Ellen has a section of her website where viewers can write a letter to Ellen either about life-changing events or people, their kids, ideas or questions for Ellen. On the show, she reads the hand written letters and replies to them. Although Ellen is not left handed, many of her celebrity friends and guests are.
One of the most notable left handed celebrities is Justin Bieber. Canadian singer Justin performed on television for the first time on Ellen’s talk show in 2009. This was before he had even released any albums. He has said that he would not be as successful now, if he hadn’t had his debut on Ellen. Justin has since been on the show multiple times.
Ellen even dedicated a week in 2016 to him called Bieber Week where the singer appeared in every episode for a week. The two seem friendly on and off the show still. Oprah Winfrey is also a famous talk show host, some may say even more popular than Ellen as she has been on television for much longer. Oprah is in fact left handed. The two have been on each other’s shows multiple times and are very friendly, despite many people putting them in competition with each other due to their similar jobs.
Niall Horan, a former member of the band One Direction, is also left handed. Not only has Niall been on Ellen’s talk show multiple times, many fans say the two look alike. Fans have created side by sides of Ellen and Niall and even done face swaps with them to exemplify how similar they look.
Although Ellen is not left handed, she has had many left handed guests on her show and is likely friends with a lot more.