July 5 is National Workaholic’s Day, and just to be clear, we’re in no way advocating workaholism. But instead of interventions, this holiday weekend we’re choosing to celebrate five of the hardest-working folks in the entertainment biz:
5. Pharrell Williams
Pharrell was a featured artist on two of the defining singles of this past year, “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines,” as well as releasing his first album since his 2005 solo debut. The soon-to-be "Voice" coach has been running the festival circuit and doing shows with Bruno Mars for the past several months and will begin his 20-date European “Dear Girl” Tour in September. Pharrell helped compose the music to “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” presumably during the four minutes a day that he brushes his teeth – because that is the only time our number crunchers can find when he’s not otherwise occupied.
4. Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler, who rose to fame alongside Tina Fey in one of the best “Weekend Update” line-ups in “SNL” history, will be releasing her memoir, “Yes Please,” on October 28, she has been producing and appearing in the new show, “Welcome to Sweden,” which will premiere on NBC on July 10, as well as working on a movie here and there and the final season of “Parks and Recreation." All this on top of being a mother of two, Archie and Abel, and one of the most beloved comediennes around is certainly earning her fan base.
3. Tyler Perry
Mr. Perry is responsible for just about every aspect of the media launched under his name, usually acting as producer, director, and writer, and often as an actor himself. The fall TV lineup will witness the returns of his OWN series, “For Better or Worse,” and his soap opera, “The Haves and The Have Nots” and the premiere of his new show “If Loving You is Wrong.” Also, his movie “The Single Moms Club” came out this May and the play “Madea’s Neighbors From Hell” debuted not long before. Clearly, he’s picked up a thing or two about maximizing his time from Oprah during his time at OWN.
2. Seth MacFarlane
Funded the Neil deGrasse Tyson-fronted resurrection of beloved Carl Sagan science show “Cosmos” this year. “Family Guy” and “American Dad” are both still on TV, with “Dad” making a shift from Fox to TBS this fall. MacFarlane also wrote and starred in the recent “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and is producing two new shows FOX’s “Bordertown” and the Patrick Stewart-starring “Blunt Talk,” which will be appearing on Starz in 2015. No cutaway gag here: MacFarlane’s the real thing.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
This year, Jennifer Lawrence reprised her role as Mystique in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and has finished her work on Serena and part one of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” both due out this year. She remains busy with filming part two of “Mockingjay,” the final installment of the franchise, and her role as the title character in “Joy” will round out the rest of her projects this year. In all of these films but the ensemble of “X-Men,” Lawrence is the undisputed center of the cast, in addition to being the queen of tumblr gifs. J-Law is inescapable, and we like it that way.