Can you imagine dodging paparazzi everywhere you go or having diehard fans scream your name when they see you? Sounds amazing, right? Those that live that life don’t always think so.
To some celebrities, that kind of attention is off-putting and scary. Can your favorite A-lister eat their food in peace?
From Kristen Stewart spazzing out on the paps to Johnny Depp comparing celebrity to living like a fugitive, here are stars that love their craft but hate the loss of privacy and the creepy attention that follows.
Even though she’s famous because her parents are major A-listers, Willow Smith is over it. In an interview with Girlgaze, Willow said, “Growing up and trying to figure out your life… while people feel like they have some sort of entitlement to know what’s going on, is absolutely, excruciatingly terrible— and the only way to get over it, is to go into it. You can’t change your face. You can’t change your parents. You can’t change any of those things. So I feel like most kids like me end up going down a spiral of depression, and the world is sitting there looking at them through their phones; laughing and making jokes and making memes at the crippling effect that this lifestyle has on the psyche.”
In 2012, K Stew made public statements about her dislike of fame. “People expect it to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing you want and making lots of money out of it,” she told Vogue U.K. in 2012. Two years later, the actress says she’s gotten used to it.
Fame has made the British actor more paranoid according to his interview with Loaded Magazine. “You know The Truman Show? Sometimes you’re not sure what’s real or not, especially when it comes to relationships. If you’re adored by millions, sometimes even on your own front doorstep you can become paranoid and constantly question, ’Who is he? Who is she?’ I know I’ve been guilty of it in the past.”
R Patz doesn’t want to be famous anymore. In 2012, he spoke to French magazine, Premiere, about having depression for two years after he rose to fame for his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga. “I went through a big time of depression between 23 and 25, I couldn’t go where I wanted to go. I was in the tabloids every day and I didn’t have access to the roles I really wanted. I wanted more, on every level.”
The British actor plans on leaving L.A. and moving back to England with his girlfriend FKA Twigs.
If anyone would attempt to quit fame, it would be Shia LaBeouf. In late 2013, his artistic integrity was attacked when he was accused of plagiarizing graphic novelist, Daniel Clowes. “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life. My love goes out to those who have supported me,” he tweeted in January 2014.
The following month on a red carpet in Berlin while promoting his film Nymphomaniac, he wore a brown paper bag over his head that read I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.
What’s up with Shia? His co-star Evan Rachel Wood call him “intense.”
“I am just not OK with it,” the Oscar winner told Vogue in their September 2013 issue. “It’s as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it.”
The f word that Shailene despises isn’t “fuck,” but “famous.” She spoke to iVillage in 2012 about why she disliked fame. “To me the C-word is ’celebrity,’ the F-word is ’famous,’ and the S-word is ’star.’ I despise those words. Unless you’re Tom Hanks or anyone of that caliber who can’t leave their house without being mobbed, I don’t think that those words should be used and applied to you. As far as the perks go, you know, it’s kind of one of the disgusting things about this industry. The more money you make, the more free stuff you get. I think that that’s weird, and I’m not a huge fan of it.”
Johnny Depp prefers the reclusive life. In his interview on Today in April 2014, the actor said he felt fame compared fame to living like a fugitive. “Everything has to be some sort of strategy,” he said. “To get you into the hotel, to get you out of the hotel, to get you into the restaurant, to get you out of the restaurant.”
Jennifer AnistonAniston has lived in the spotlight for over 20 years but still finds fame to be unhealthy. “All that stuff, it’s toxic,” the actress told the Associated Press March 2014. “It never gets un-jarring, but you do have to not let it imprison you.”
In his interview with Esquire UK in January 2014, Clooney talked about not being able to do the simple things anymore. “There are restrictions to this kind of fame. I haven’t walked in Central Park for 15 years. I’d like to, you know?” he says. “The truth is you run as fast as you can towards it because it’s everything you want. Not just the fame but what it represents, meaning work, meaning opportunity. And then you get there and it’s shocking how immediately you become enveloped in this world that is incredibly restricting. It’s the price you pay.”
Since taking on the role as James Bond in 2005’s Casino Royale, Craig says his life hasn’t been the same. “They are the fucking bane of my life,” says the actor of paparazzi. “I get people who just take pictures of me with their camera phone while I’m having dinner. I want to get violent and I can’t.”
Young and wildly popular, Stone is still troubled by the loss of privacy. “I hate to be that actress who says — in a girly voice – ’I don’t talk about my personal life,'” she told Yahoo in 2012. “I was such a fan as a kid and there were so many people that I wanted to know everything about. I understand it, but I can’t bring myself to do it.”
Evans’ interest in being a celebrity and actor is waning, and he’s gradually making moves towards directing. “I think when I first came out here I was very hungry to get to the top,” Evans told The Boston Globe in 2009. “Now I’m kind of at this middle road, and I’m looking around like, isn’t life pretty much as great as I want it right now? If you get too far, there’s no off switch. Once you’re Brad Pitt, you can’t not be Brad Pitt.”
“This publicity machine is out of control. It’s everything we didn’t sign up for,” the actor told Newsweek in 2009. “There’s this whole other entity that you get sucked into. You have to go and sell your wares. It’s something I never made my peace with. Somehow you’re not supporting your film if you don’t get on a show and talk about your personal life. It has nothing to do with why I do this.”
“This fame thing? Fucked me up for a really long time,” she told Elle UK in their October 2014 issue. “I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know how to engage with it. It stressed me out. And people would say, ’You just have to be yourself,’ and I was like, ’But I don’t know who that is yet!'”
The Hangover star thinks fame is downright stupid and would rather focus on his craft and keep it moving. “Being a celebrity is shit,” he said, during a press conference to promote his movie Birdman. “I’m not interested in it. I like to be an actor and that’s it. I’m just being honest. I would rather do my work and go home and watch Lifetime or something.”
In an 2013 Esquire interview, the actress compared fame to being bullied on a global level:
They all think we should shut the fuck up and stop complaining because you live in a big house or you drive a Bentley. So your life must be so great. What people don’t realize is that fame, whatever your [sic] worst experience in high school, when you were being bullied by those ten kids in high school, fame is that, but on a global scale, where you’re being bullied by millions of people constantly.
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