It can’t be easy to have your every move watched, to not be able to date someone without it being scrutinized and criticized by the rest of the world, to constantly have cameras and reporters in your face. These are just a few of the things that celebrities have to deal with everyday – from paparazzi following them around everyday, to fans acting like crazy people just to get a little glimpse of them, to interviewers questioning them about their personal and private lives.
Most people argue that celebrities chose a life of fame and being an actor or a musician comes with all the spotlight. A lot of celebrities disagree – believing that their choice of profession has actually nothing to do with their personal lives. No matter the case, this is the reality they are faced with and some celebrities are not scared to openly complain about fame and their distaste for it. Some celebrities say they hate it, yet still go along with it, while others actually take steps into assuring they are kept out of the media as much as possible.
10. Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart probably doesn’t like the spotlight as much as the spotlight doesn’t like her. Known to be not exactly the most elegant public speaker, Stewart has never seemed comfortable in the limelight and doesn’t exactly know how to handle the fame she has been handed. She has also received a reputation for flipping off the paparazzi and is shown in many videos and pictures proudly giving them the finger.
9. Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig has put his attitude towards fame in very simple terms: “It’s a pain in the ass.” The star is known for playing one of the coolest movie characters of all time -James Bond – but wishes that he could go somewhere, anywhere, that someone won’t recognize him as such. Craig has told Vanity Fair that things have changed – he used to be able to go out occasionally without people watching his every move, but these days everyone just has a camera, which stops him from doing anything a normal person can do.
8. Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle has claimed to be a victim of his own popularity. He became famous very quickly when he started his own comedy show Chapelle’s Show in 2003 – but after only two successful years, he just unexpectedly walked away from it. Since then he has been keeping a relatively quiet life with his family, is staying away from big shows, and is sticking to making impromptu performances at stand-up gigs every now and then. Chapelle, his wife and their three children live on a farm in Yellow Springs, Ohio. You don’t get more low key than that.
7. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt seems like the type of guy that would like to be left alone, just wants to act and do his job and be able to go home. Pitt has said in interviews that the fame and the publicity is the one thing he didn’t sign up for coming into this business and feels that promoting a movie shouldn’t be having to go on talk shows and speaking about his personal life because the two are not related. Although he’s undeniably a fantastic actor, Pitt seems to be conveniently ignoring the fact that his relationship with Angelina Jolie has helped keep him in the spotlight and brought him unprecedented fame and fortune…
6. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson rose to fame very quickly once he landed the part of Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies – but reports have it that he has actually contemplated retiring as an actor for how much he can’t stand the celebrity. Which makes sense – since the end of Twilight, Pattinson hasn’t take any roles in blockbuster films but has been focusing more on independent movies and theater to get himself out of the spotlight.
5. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais has always been quite open about his dislike for fame – which doesn’t come as much of a shocker because he is quite open about almost anything. Gervais has written that he was actually very shy as a kid and never wanted to be famous, he just wanted to be the funniest person in the room. He says he has never really understood fame and that in his opinion, it is the worst part of the job. “I’ve never understood why anyone wants people to know who they are. That’s the thing I wish I could turn off,” he once told the Daily Telegraph.
4. Daniel Radcliffe
It seems that those British celebs are more the shy and retiring type… Daniel Radcliffe became famous very quickly and very young as the star of the Harry Potter movies and since then he has done almost everything to make sure he stays out of the spotlight, opting for theatre work and low-key independent movies. Radcliffe doesn’t use any social media – he doesn’t have a Twitter, Instagram or Facebook account – and has said that celebrities who are constantly tweeting about their life cannot expect people to respect their privacy.
3. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is an award-winning actress who says that she feels she is becoming more closed off as a person because of all the fame. She does not agree with the fact that choosing to be an actress automatically means that you are choosing your life to be scrutinized by the public. She has also recently been criticized for describing the celebrity and public attention as being sexually violated. People wanting to know everything about your life because they admire you and your work can be a violation of privacy and can become irritating, to say the least, but comparing it to violent sexual assault is probably a little insensitive at best…
2. Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley takes advantage of every moment she gets to complain about fame and openly states how much she hates it. She has come right out and said how much she hates red carpet events and that her profession is a horrific one. Every picture taken of her makes her feel like a part of her soul is being taken from her and she wishes she was an insignificant person. Those are pretty strong feelings and harsh remarks for someone who continues to attend red carpet events and takes on many commercials and ads – such as being the face of Coco Chanel.
1. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is one of the most reclusive celebrities of the moment – he tries to live a quiet life with his family away from all the Hollywood events, does not give interviews very often and tries to say the least about his private life as possible. Depp has recently compared fame to “living like a fugitive” because everything you do – going to the mall, getting back to your hotel – has a strategy to it. However, he has said in many interviews that he does not mean to complain and is extremely grateful for everything he has because of his status, but is still uncomfortable about it.