When we see them on the big screen or all glammed up on the red carpet, celebrities seem to be impossibly put together – their hair shines, their teeth sparkle, their skin glows. They seem like the embodiment of gorgeous, healthy individuals. It only makes sense that they would smell incredible as well. After all, they have access to the most expensive products and perfumes, anything their heart desires. They go through make-up and hair and then spritz themselves with their favorite scent before stepping out in front of the cameras, right?
Wrong. So, so wrong.
Sure, there are probably countless celebrities who smell as great as they look. Even if they don’t bother with cologne and perfume, they at least make sure that when they show up on set they smell clean and fresh – after all, there’s a good chance they’ll be getting up close and personal with at least one of their co-stars. They want to make the experience as painless as possible for everyone involved.
However, there are a few celebrity exceptions. Whether it’s because of environmental reasons, personal beliefs, research for a role or simply because they’re just too darn lazy to shower, there are a few celebrities who are known to smell a little ripe at times.
Here are 10 celebrities who allegedly stink.
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10 Robert Pattinson
Pattinson is most known for his role of Edward Cullen in the super successful Twilight film franchise, a role that thrust him into the public eye and into the hearts of teenage fans across the world. He’s also known for his particular… aroma. Pattinson has been completely forthright about his hygiene, and even told a tabloid in his native UK that he won’t wash himself or change his clothes until “it gets to the point where even I can’t stand the air around me.” He blamed his crazy schedule, but really, Rob – is it that hard to change a t-shirt or hop in for a quick five minute shower? Apparently, many who are forced to work with him have also had their nostrils assaulted by his offensive odor. It’s surprising that so many fans still lust after him – perhaps they just never get close enough.
9 Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is a bit of a free spirit, and over her many years in Hollywood, she’s become very comfortable in her own skin. She’s definitely not one of those celebrities who needs to wear a full face of make-up for the grocery store. However, she has some habits that are a little bit less admirable. Rather than denying rumors that she doesn’t always smell the freshest, Diaz has shared her philosophy. What exactly is it? Apparently, she’ll wear the same outfit for four days in a row, and then toss it out, never wearing it again. Not only does that seem wasteful, but particularly in hot California weather, clothing can get sweaty and smelly after being worn in the hot sun for a day – let alone four! It also doesn’t help matters that she’s admitted she hasn’t worn deodorant in 20 years.
8 Johnny Depp
Okay – you definitely should never judge a book by its cover, but looking at Johnny Depp, it may not be quite so hard to believe that he’s not always ultra fresh. His sense of style is definitely unique, but it’s not exactly a clean-cut, freshly showered look – it’s a bit more on the bohemian side. Depp is forthright about his habits, saying that he doesn’t really like showering very often. For his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, his hygiene became even worse as he stopped brushing his teeth for weeks. After all, Jack Sparrow had some pretty gnarly teeth – he was just getting in character. Is Depp just too lazy to shower, or is he constantly getting filthy in preparation for a role? Who knows.
7 Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey is known for his slightly offbeat habits, from wandering around shirtless to banging out a beat on some bongos. Something that doesn’t factor into his daily routine? Deodorant. Apparently, he hasn’t worn it in 20 years. The reason that he gave to People is a bit strange – he claims that he doesn’t like “to smell like someone or something else.” Well, his co-star Kate Hudson might have preferred him to smell like something a little less ripe during the filming of Fool’s Gold. She apparently got so desperate that she even offered to give him her own. McConaughey kept asserting that his smell was sexy and manly, saying that “women love my natural scent.” She probably agreed to disagree.
6 Russell Crowe
Aussie star Russell Crowe hasn’t been content to merely snag romantic leading man roles in his career, opting instead for meatier roles in films like Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind. His potential female co-stars are probably thankful for that decision, based on what’s been said about his scent. So how do we know he might not be the best smelling guy in Hollywood? Well, the late Joan Rivers always told it like it was, and she definitely told Crowe. According to Rivers, “he has a body odour problem. I prefer to sit downwind of him at showbiz bashes.” When people have to strategically position themselves in relation to you to avoid certain odours, you know it’s a problem.
5 Viggo Mortensen
This example is a little bit different, as Mortensen got down and dirty for a particular role, but nonetheless his odor definitely offended his companions in Middle Earth. Mortensen landed the coveted role of Aragorn in the hugely successful The Lord of the Rings films. He sensed it was an important role that would impact his career and he wanted to do the best he could, so he got into character. How, exactly? Well, during filming, he wouldn’t return to a hotel after a long day of work – he would traipse out to the woods and sleep there. Throughout the ordeal, he never showered – after all, where would Aragorn have found running water on his travels? There’s no definitive statement of how long Viggo maintained this particular practice, but the filming of the entire franchise took years – if he kept up his smelly mountain man routine for even a fraction of the time, it must have been awful for his co-stars.
4 Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt was once the poster child for clean-cut, All-American Hollywood leading man. He was clean shaven with carefully trimmed hair and conservative, classic clothing. When he met his wife Angelina Jolie, his style took a turn for the scruffy, and he favored looser clothes, scraggly facial hair, and more. With such a big family and packed schedule, Pitt apparently doesn’t always find the time to shower – and, as a result, often smells…. well, like pits. Things apparently got so bad on the set of Inglourious Basterds that co-star Eli Roth busted out the baby wipes (which Pitt likely has an endless supply of, considering how many children he has with Jolie) and showed Pitt how to quickly wipe down for a slightly fresher scent.
3 Julia Roberts
With her perfectly styled locks and mega-watt smile, Julia Roberts must smell incredible all the time, right? That’s what one would assume, anyway. However, some insider knowledge indicates that she doesn’t quite smell as nice as the cosmetics products she’s often the face of. According to Roberts’ former security guard, the A-List actress took a concern for the environment to a whole new level. In order to help the earth and conserve water, she apparently went days without showering. It’s admirable to want to help the environment, but come on – a super quick shower is more than enough to get rid of unpleasant odors without putting too much of a negative impact on the environment.
2 Britney Spears
At one point in her career, Britney Spears was one of the sexiest celebrities at any awards show. In her years of struggles, there were a few things that indicated maybe she was letting things slide when it came to hygiene, but it was all speculation. However, a few former staff members have discussed Ms. Spears’ not-so-sexy habits. A housekeeper claimed that she would not only pick up Spears’ clothing from all over the house, she would also sometimes find half-eaten junk food under the bed – not something that inspires confidence in one’s hygiene. A former bodyguard has made similar claims, saying that Spears often didn’t wear deodorant, didn’t shower for days, and didn’t brush her hair or teeth.
1 Orlando Bloom
It’s hard to know exactly what goes on behind the closed doors of celebrity houses. Sure, the public sees snippets of information in tabloids and in brief interviews or press comments the stars make, but we’re never sure. Orlando Bloom and supermodel Miranda Kerr haven’t let the public in on all the down and dirty details of their divorce, but perhaps Bloom's scent contributed to things. Apparently, Bloom would often wear clothing for weeks without washing it, a habit that Miranda was understandably grossed out by. She also allegedly asked him to improve his showering habits – namely, take more of them. If your supermodel wife begs you to do something, you immediately do it, right? Not in his case.
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