It is actually a little surprising that some of the hottest actresses and actors will absolutely not watch themselves on the big or small screen. It seems like people who look as good as they do and have that much talent should want to sit in front of the big screen and admire themselves. After all, they must have known they had talent plus looks or they wouldn’t have had the courage and determination to get to where they are now, right?Isn’t confidence part of the winning formula? Megan Fox says insecurity is a part of many actors’ mental makeup, so it seems being a celebrity can be bit of a mixed bag. With all of the fans, the special treatment and the paparazzi, one would think they would get past feeling less than amazing about themselves.But on the flip side, there are critics, younger talented actors around every corner and fickle audiences and studios who are ready to displace them. It’s a rough business.When we researched and found there were several A-list actors and actresses who wouldn’t dream of or rarely watched their own movies, we wanted to understand the specifics.One of the biggest reasons is because they are perfectionists and they see flaws in their performance and become frustrated that it is too late to do anything to improve the finished film. Another of the top reasons is because they actually didn’t like specific story-lines in some of their films. And, of course, one of the most common reasons actors won’t watch their own films is that they truly do not like what they see and hear. They are self-critical, particularly when seeing their gigantic visage and Dolby-projected voice. It makes them uncomfortable and enhances any self-doubt.Makes sense, right? Take a peek at this list of A-listers who avoid watching all or most of their movies to see if our selections surprise you.
10. Megan Fox
Megan claims she never looks at herself in photographs or movies. We’d like to believe that, but it’s a bit tough. She is reported as saying, “I never (look at myself), even in still photographs. I don’t look at anything. I panic if there is a monitor in the room I immediately go into like an anxiety attack. I’m insecure, I think most actors are pretty insecure.” Megan Fox is insecure – seriously? She hides it well.In a recent interview with Parents.com, Megan states she will not allow her children to watch television in an effort to keep them electronically pure. We’re wondering what they will say when they get their first sight of mom in Transformers.
9. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is a modest, humble, hot A-list actor. However, he does not completely live in that world, so our guess is that his explanation just about covers his viewpoint on watching his own films. Depp feels that seeing the final results would not be helpful and therefore, he does not. He prefers to keep his sanity. “I would rather stay as ignorant as possible about the result of anything because once you’re done playing that character, it’s really not your business anymore.” Depp also remarks, “I made a choice a long time ago, that I was better off not watching my films, which is a drag because you miss out on a lot of your freinds’ incredible work. But I feel like it would just harm me.”
8. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon has, on many occasions, stated that she finds it very difficult to watch herself in a movie. “I can’t watch myself. I don’t know who feels good looking at themselves? Nobody, right? It’s torture. Why would you want to watch yourself being stupid and pretending to be somebody else?”Reese has been in so many great movies, that we wish she could see what we see.
7. Nicole Kidman
Nicole is known for being a harsh critic and perfectionist regarding her own performances. After confessing that she was not pleased with her performance regarding a certain character in a movie she won’t name, so she just never watched it. “I can’t look at this movie and be proud of what I’ve done. I sat there and I looked at Keith and went, “Am I any good in this movie?” It is just impossible for me to connect to it emotionally at all.”
6. Connie Britton
“I haven’t watched it all back because I’m too scared. I’m just too scared … and I really want to. I’m going to get somebody and literally make them sit down and watch it with me from start to finish so that I cannot be so scared. I’m such a baby.”So she is talking about her role in the American Horror Story. But Connie is reported as not having the same problem with watching herself on Nashville, it’s just the scary stuff that keeps her away.
5. Zac Efron
This young leading man is growing into quite a hunky role model, but we’ve heard he is a perfectionist and constantly sees flaws in his own work. “As far as watching myself on screen, I tend to, especially the first time around, pick out every single flaw, or things I could have and should have done better. I’m more of a cringer, at first. And then, when it’s years down the road and it’s out of the way, I can look back and appreciate it somehow.”
4. Matthew Fox
One of the hottest stars of one of the most loved television series in the past couple of decades, Lost, is Matthew Fox. Lost enthusiasts would be hard pressed to believe that he has never watched one episode of the series. “I don’t really ever watch myself… I’ve never watched an episode of Lost. I can’t be objective. … I just really am not comfortable watching myself.”
3. Julianne Moore
“I haven’t seen any of my own movies… I can’t sit there for a premiere or anything. I like being in the movie more than I like watching them. That’s my big thrill, rather than seeing the finished product.” Julianne is one of a small group of actors who will actually walk the red carpet during a premier or screening and then leave before the movie begins.Moore has played a full range of roles and her acting is so intensely believable that we are surprised she has not been able to enjoy her own talent. We’ve heard that she truly doesn’t enjoy watching movies, in general. So perhaps she stays so busy in her daily life that she is busy making her own real-life home movies.
2. Tom Hanks
He has been in the business for over 30 years and has made some of the top movies in the business – movies that most people love to watch again and again. His take on it, “I don’t watch my own performances — who does that? That would be madness.”Tom Hanks was asked which of his films he enjoyed watching the most, when interviewed for ShortList Magazine. He responded, “Oh, I don’t watch any of my old movies. I’ve seen all the movies once, but I don’t need to see them again, because they don’t change.”
1. Angelina Jolie
“Most films I’ve seen once but there’s a film or two I haven’t seen. I like the process of doing them more than watching them. I don’t really like to watch movies. I love to watch Brad’s movies…”.Angelina is clearly not interested in seeing first hand the beauty and talent that we all see when she is on the big screen. “I never like to watch myself. I still haven’t seen Wanted. I heard it was fun. … You’ll have to ask Brad.”