What 15 actors took from movie sets

New Line CinemaZac Efron took his belt from the set of ‘Hairspray.’
  • Though it’s not always easy to take things from a movie set without getting caught, many famous actors have managed to take props home from sets to keep as mementos.
  • For example, Robert Downey Jr. said he took home a giant letter “A” from the “Avengers” set.
  • Emma Watson said she took a few things from the set of “Harry Potter.”
  • Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss’ leather jacket and boots from the “Hunger Games” set.
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Considering how much time they spend on set, it’s no surprise that actors make a lot of memories while filming movies. And so, it’s not surprising that some stars want to take home a few mementos to symbolise their time spent portraying a certain character.

Movie studios typically own the props that help make movies magical so it’s not exactly easy for actors to swipe things from set. But sometimes stars find a way to take home some impressive or strange props.

Here are some actors who took props home from their movie sets.


Zac Efron said he has taken a few things from a wide variety of his movie roles.

Disney ChannelZac Efron as Troy Bolton in ‘High School Musical.’

In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Efron said he’s taken a few things from movies he’s been in.

He said he took his board shorts from “Baywatch,” his basketball jersey from “High School Musical,” and the belt he wore as Link Larkin in “Hairspray.” He said he sometimes still wears the belt.


Ashley Tisdale said she took her character’s entire “High School Musical” wardrobe.

Disney ChannelAshley Tisdale played Sharpay Evans in the ‘High School Musical’ series.

In 2018, Ashley Tisdale, who played Sharpay Evans in “High School Musical,” told BuzzFeed that she took her character’s entire wardrobe from the first film.

“A lot of our clothes are in hall of fames and they didn’t have Sharpay’s stuff and Disney tried so hard to get the clothes from me and I was like ‘No, this is mine,” she told BuzzFeed. “So yeah, they don’t have any of the clothes from the first movie. I do.”


Jennifer Lawrence said she took home Katniss’ leather jacket and boots from the “Hunger Games” set.

LionsgateJennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games.’

From 2012 to 2015, Jennifer Lawrence portrayed literary hero Katniss Everdeen in the “Hunger Games” film series. Katniss was skilled at both hunting and archery and was rarely seen on screen without her brown leather jacket and boots.

In an E! News interview from the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Lawrence was asked if she took anything home from the final film set and responded, “I have the leather jacket – the leather hunting jacket – and my leather hunting boots.”

Read More: 12 surprising things you probably didn’t know about ‘The Hunger Games’


Robert Downey Jr. said he has the giant Avenger’s “A” from the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” set.

MarvelRobert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark.

The expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe can be traced back to its humble beginnings with “Iron Man” (2008), so it makes sense that Iron Man himself (Robert Downey Jr.) would want a piece of Avengers history.

“On Age of Ultron, there was a massive Avengers ‘A’ outside the Avengers center. I have it,” Downey said during a ” Jimmy Kimmel Live” interview for “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016.


Chris Hemsworth said he took home multiple copies of Thor’s hammer.

MarvelChris Hemsworth as Thor.

During a 2018 interview about “Thor: Ragnarok,” Jimmy Kimmel asked Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, if he got to take Thor’s famed hammer Mjolnir home.

Hemsworth replied that he actually took “a few … about five.” When Kimmel questioned where he keeps all of them Hemsworth said, “One’s next to the toilet, one’s on a mantelpiece somewhere.”


Chadwick Boseman said he took Kimoyo beads from the set of “Black Panther.”

Marvel/DisneyChadwick Boseman in ‘Black Panther.’

In a 2018 Jimmy Kimmel Live interview for “Avengers: Infinity War,” Kimmel asked the cast if they had kept any mementos from the Marvel sets.

“I kept the beads, the Kimoyo beads,” Chadwick Boseman said. “I have them on right now.”

Boseman wore the Kimoyo beads, an accessory made from Wakandan technology when he played King T’Challa in “Black Panther.”


Sir Ian McKellen said he took golden coins and a house key to Bag End from “Lord of the Rings.”

New Line ProductionsSir Ian McKellen as Gandalf.

Acclaimed British actor Sir Ian McKellen notably portrayed the wizard Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and the subsequent “Hobbit” films.

In an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit in 2016, McKellen wrote that he took some gold coins from the lair where the dragon in the film was hiding.

McKellen also wrote that he managed to take home the “front door key to Bag End, which I know [director] Peter Jackson is looking for, but will never find.”


Robert Pattinson said he took a few pairs of Edward Cullen’s underwear from the “Twilight” set.

Summit EntertainmentRobert Pattison as Edward Cullen.

Per CBS New York, at a 2012 press junket for “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” Robert Pattinson (who played the sulky vampire Edward Cullen) said he took home a few pairs of underwear from the movie set.

“I took a lot of underwear to be honest. I did that on all the movies,” Pattinson said. “They have the best underwear and I have no idea where they get it from. I use it every day.”


Kristen Stewart said she took home some rings from the “Twilight” series.

Summit EntertainmentKristen Stewart as Bella Swan.

In a 2012 interview with People, Kristen Stewart said she’s taken several of her character’s rings from the set of the “Twilight” movies.

In particular, she said she took a moon ring from Bella’s mother and the diamond-studded engagement ring Edward proposed to Bella with.

The rings “are really, really extremely important to me,” Stewart said in the interview. “I love those things.”


Gabrielle Union said she still has her “Bring It On” cheerleading uniform hanging in her closet.

Universal PicturesGabrielle Union as Isis (second from left).

In the 2000 comedy “Bring it On” Gabrielle Union played Isis, a young high-school student who led the East Compton Clovers cheer squad. Union’s green cheer outfit, striped with accents of orange and yellow, has become synonymous with the movie itself.

In an interview with People Style in 2017, Union said that she still has the cheer outfit in her closet, though she doesn’t wear it.


Daniel Radcliffe said he took home two pairs of Harry Potter’s glasses.

Warner Bros. PicturesDaniel Radcliff as Harry Potter.

Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter in the notable fantasy franchise that spanned eight films, said he took home two pairs of glasses from set – one from the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and another from the seventh, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.”

In an interview with Daily Mail in 2011Radcliffe said, “The ones from the first film are absolutely tiny now, but they are very sweet. They are all lens-less as well. There was rarely ever any glass in the actual glasses because of filming problems with reflections.”


In 2011, the late Alan Rickman said he took home Severus Snape’s wand.

Warner Bros.Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.

The late Alan Rickman played the grim Severus Snape throughout the entire “Harry Potter” series. In a 2011 interview with HitFix, Rickman said he kept Severus Snape’s wand.


Emma Watson said she snagged Hermione’s cloak, wand, and Time-Turner from the “Harry Potter” set.

Warner Bros. PicturesEmma Watson as Hermione Granger.

Emma Watson, who portrayed the highly intelligent witch Hermione Granger in all eight “Harry Potter” films, said she took home several things from the set that reminded her of her time as a Hogwarts student.

“I took my wand, I took my Time-Turner, and I took a cloak,” Watson said in her interview with Time for Kids in 2010.


Rupert Grint said he snagged a memento from Harry Potter’s old house and also tried to take a costly dragon egg.

Warner Bros.Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.

Rather than simply taking glasses or a wand, Rupert Grint said he and his co-stars who played George and Fred Weasley attempted to steal a golden dragon egg from the set of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

“I took the golden egg that was in the fourth film – a dragon egg. Apparently, it was worth a few thousand dollars. I put it in a pillowcase, it was with James [and] Oliver, it was a joint effort. But they tracked it down and got it off us,” Grint, who played Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley, told BBC Newsbeat in 2010,

In regards to a prop that Grint successfully took home, he told the Daily Mail in 2011 that he got the “number 4” from 4 Privet Drive, the house where Harry was raised by his aunt and uncle.

“Well, I kind of stole [it], I suppose,” Grint told the publication. “That’s quite a nice thing to keep.”


Simon Pegg said he took a Starfleet badge from “Star Trek: Into Darkness” but said he’d bring it back.

Paramount PicturesSimon Pegg as Scotty.

Per Female First’s reports, at a press conference for 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,”Simon Pegg talked about how difficult it was to take anything from the set of the “Star Trek” reboot in 2009.

Apparently, security was more relaxed on the set of the sequel because Pegg said he was able to take a Starfleet badge home when he reprised his role as Scotty.

“It was on my costume when I got back to my trailer and it’s a beautiful little brass thing,” Pegg said. “And I put it in my bag.”

Pegg then turned to the film’s director J.J. Abrams and joked, “Yeah! What are you gonna do?” before promising Abrams he would bring it back in for the next film.

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