What It Really Means When You Dream About A Celebrity

It's happened to many of us: there we are, snoozing peacefully, when suddenly a celebrity makes a surprise guest appearance in our dream. Whether we're finally cozying up to Brad Pitt or inexplicably enjoying a casual lunch with Taylor Swift, dreams about famous people usually make us raise an eyebrow upon waking, especially if there isn't an obvious reason for that person taking up space in our heads like having watched one of their movies before bed. But as it turns out, it likely isn't as simple as thinking a celebrity is sexy or recently seeing them in a movie that makes them show up in our dream world. The presence of a celebrity with whom you don't actually have a relationship tends to be more symbolic than you might assume.

When a celebrity appears in your dream, that person is usually symbolic of some aspect of your own personality or something about your opinions, feelings, thoughts, or memories of the celebrity in question. Like any person appearing in your dream, a celebrity is a personal symbol to you and holds their own meaning. For instance, if your sister dreams about classic heartthrob James Dean, it may not mean the same thing as when you dream about him (via Dream Bible). "A person dreaming about [a celebrity] is seeking inspiration ... or some characteristic that is associated with that celebrity," behavior therapist Shelley Smith told The Huffington Post.

What different celebrity dream scenarios mean

What the celebrity in your dream is doing and how you are relating to them matters as much as who they are. For instance, if you just spot a celebrity briefly, it could represent higher aspirations that you are chasing but have yet to attain. You should also pay attention to what that particular person is famous for, because that could signify a passion of yours that you are just beginning to unlock or a talent you want to continue to hone (via Bustle). If you dream of being friends with a celebrity, it could be an idealized version of a friendship you already have, or it could represent your self confidence (if Jennifer Anniston wants to have coffee with me, I must be pretty cool!).

Dreaming that you yourself are a celebrity might actually denote you are feeling the opposite, and that you are in need of recognition, praise, and acknowledgement from the people in your life. Consider if you've been feeling neglected in a relationship or under-appreciated at work. Lastly, the one we all hate to admit but love to experience: celebrity sex dreams. If you have a midnight rendezvous with a famous person, yes, it could just mean you're attracted to them and your mind is allowing you to live out a fantasy, but it's also possible that it's symbolic of your own drive for success, and all that... um... work is representative of actual effort leading to a... well... climax of the career variety (via Bustle).