One of the biggest parts of being a celebrity is being camera-ready most of the time. When a famous person leaves their home (and sometimes even before they get out of the driveway), they know there’s a good possibility that paparazzi will take a picture and try to sell it to a publication for at least five figures. When a celebrity attends an event, they anticipate the hundreds of cameras that will be on site, taking pictures of them from every angle. While it may seem glamorous and exciting to get that much attention on a regular basis, there are some celebs who have admitted that the constant photographing can be daunting at times.
Of course, celebs whose pictures are all over the blogs and entertainment news broadcasts are likely thriving in their careers. That’s why it’s important for them to stay relevant and visible to their fans. So, as irritating as it may be at times to constantly be photographed, most celebrities know that the non-stop pictures are actually a good thing. When a famous person is no longer being chased by the paparazzi, this is often a sign that the celebrity’s star power is fading. Of course, there are also famous people whose names we are still familiar with, but we just don’t see many pictures of them anymore, for various reasons. Here are 14 celebs you don’t really see photographs of these days.
14 Debby Ryan
Disney star Debby Ryan, is known for her role as Bailey on The Suite Life On Deck and her starring role in the Disney sitcom Jessie. We’re pretty sure her young fans would love to see more pictures of her, but the stunning redhead has revealed that she gets anxiety when there are cameras flashing in her face. Ryan usually looks great on the red carpet, and due to her Disney star status, attends lots of events. However, she may have made a deal with the paparazzi when it comes to constantly photographing her, because her likeness isn’t exactly posting all over entertainment news when you think about it.
13 Woody Harrelson
The Texas-born actor will always be known for his role as Woody on Cheers, and also starred in the classic No Country For Old Men. Harrelson also recently showed up at an awards show in what looked like pajamas, which was likely to signify that he didn’t want to be photographed. But, of course, the paparazzi took this time to take all the photos of him they could. Overall, though, there aren’t many pictures of Woody Harrelson floating around these days, and he’s been known to get violent with paparazzi. One night as he was leaving a club, a paparazzo wouldn’t leave him alone, and he tried to choke the guy. When the cops showed up, they ended up taking Harrelson’s side. Perhaps they did so because he’s a celebrity—or maybe the cops understand how annoying the paparazzi can be at times.
12 Howard Hughes
Even though he passed away in 1976, Howard Hughes is still known for his disdain for the spotlight. Hughes was an aviator and business mogul who earned the title of billionaire. He was also obsessive compulsive—so much so that he designed a special under-wire bra for Jane Russell when he found a flaw in her blouse during a movie shoot. The constant celebrity proved to be too much for him, and he went into seclusion for long periods of time. He once locked himself in a room for four months, and in the 1950s, he refused to attend anti-trust hearings for his own company, Trans World Airlines. He passed away due to his self-imposed seclusion, and many believed that part of his behavior stemmed from his addiction to Valium. Even though this occurred decades ago, it’s clear to see that celebrities are still feeling a similar form of pressure that could be damaging.
11 Bill Watterson
Remember the guy who created the beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes? His name is Bill Watterson, and we doubt we’ll be seeing any recent pictures of him any time soon. Watterson retired the comic strip in 1995, because he didn’t want to deal with the constant deadlines and artistic pressure. He has also refused to make public appearances or do public interviews since then. However, the artist did start hiding his comic books in small bookstores, but when the store owners discovered them and started charging higher prices for the books, he stopped doing that, too. Watterson also received the Reuben Award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonist Society, for his outstanding work.
10 Chris Martin
Even though his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t seem to have a problem being photographed (after all, she is an actress), Coldplay frontman Chris Martin would rather maintain his privacy. We admittedly don’t see many photos of Martin unless they are promotional shots for his band, or unless he’s performing somewhere. While we’re guessing he’d rather not have these pictures leaked to the public, there’s not really much he can do about that. When it comes to private photos of him, Martin has been known to break the windshields and slash the tires of paparazzi in an attempt to get them to leave him alone. Martin and Paltrow also don’t release many pictures of their two children to the public, which is another indication that they’d like to maintain some level of privacy for the sake of their families.
9 Cameron Diaz
Yes, the name Cameron Diaz still rings a bell, since she is known for movies like There’s Something About Mary and Bad Teacher. Diaz also had a pretty serious relationship with Justin Timberlake back in the day (they starred in Bad Teacher together after their breakup and are reportedly still friends) and secretly married rocker Benji Madden, which makes her and Nicole Richie sisters-in-law. However, Cameron doesn’t like to be photographed, which is probably why we don’t see many pictures of her these days. Diaz has been known to snatch the camera right out of the hand of paparazzi, and has threatened to move to New York, where she feels she’ll be able to have more privacy. Diaz also used to be a model, so there’s a good chance that she’s just fed up with having a camera in her face.
8 Suri Cruise
Little Suri Cruise is the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, so she’s pretty much a celebrity by default. When Suri was born in 2006, the media went crazy, and there was rarely a time the tot was in public that she wasn’t being swarmed with cameras. That is, until Katie Holmes got sick of the constant harassment and made it clear that she didn’t want Suri to feel as though she had to be accommodating to the paparazzi. After all, she’s just a child. These days, we really don’t see too many photos of Suri, unless some sneaky paparazzo manages to get one in without Katie noticing. Suri and her mom still live in NYC as well, so it’s pretty impressive that Holmes’ star power has made the paparazzi lower their cameras when Suri is around—for the most part.
7 Jennie Garth
We rarely see photos of Jennie Garth running errands, getting coffee or grabbing dinner with friends. She’s been a star since the 80s, and is known for her roles in Beverly Hills, 90210 and What I Like About You, so her celebrity status is pretty much solidified. Garth was so serious about her privacy that when she and Peter Facinelli were married, they moved their three daughters a few hours north of Santa Barbara, just so that they’d officially be out of the 90210 zip code and could raise their family with a significant degree of privacy. Every once in a while the paparazzi catches Garth at an event, but that’s pretty rare, and she still manages to keep her children out of the spotlight on a constant basis.
6 Julia Roberts
Think about it. When was the last time you were bombarded with pictures of Julia Roberts, who is still known as America’s Sweetheart? Sure, she takes a picture or two when she attends an awards show, but that’s about it. Roberts and her husband, director Danny Moder, live on a ranch in New Mexico, which is why they can avoid the paparazzi for the most part. The couple decided to live in what is considered an obscure place for celebrities to keep their children out of the spotlight and allow them to have a normal childhood. Roberts has been in the business for decades, and is pretty much a Hollywood fixture, so she doesn’t need to be photographed constantly in order for people to remember who she is, which, in a way, is the mark of a true celebrity.
5 Sean Penn
Every once in a while, you may see a paparazzi photo of Sean Penn. However, most paps are afraid to get close to him, since Penn has been known to have angry outbursts when he’s not in the mood to have his picture taken. Sean Penn has been in the news recently due to his interview with infamous drug lord El Chapo, but there aren’t many recent casual photos of him floating around. He once dangled a paparazzo over his balcony, and has been known to hit and kick the paparazzi, so most of them have learned to stay away from Penn. While we don’t agree that this is the best method for not having your picture taken, we have to admit that it seems to be effective.
4 Dave Chappelle
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a picture of comedian Dave Chappelle. At the height of his fame, after signing a deal with Comedy Central for his variety program Chapelle’s Show, he left the show during the third season in 2005. Even though the show was a big hit, Chappelle couldn’t deal with the pressures and unrealistic obligations that came with fame, and fled to South Africa to live with a friend. Rumors started swirling that he was on the verge of a breakdown and was addicted to drugs. Chappelle was also rumored to be having creative differences wit Comedy Central producers, but explained in a rare interview that this, along with the drug use allegations, was a rumor. He now lives on a farm in Ohio.
3 Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Freddie Prinze, Jr. was one of the hottest actors of the 1990s and early 2000s. But, it’s been years since we’ve seen a recent photo of him. The I Know What You Did Last Summer actor has likely volunteered to be out of the spotlight, and there have been reports that he’s working on other projects. Prinze is a director and producer for WWE as of 2010, and has also done some voice work in recent years. He also starred in the Scooby Doo movie with his wife, fellow actor Sarah Michelle Gellar, but it seems that the couple would rather raise their family without the constant camera flashes, and the public has no choice but to respect that. Come to think of it, Gellar doesn’t get photographed much these days, either.
2 Josh Hartnett
Whatever happened to Josh Hartnett? After all, he was nicknamed Josh “Hotnett” for his smoldering good looks, and he’s actually a pretty good actor. Hartnett starred in movies like O, Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down, and he was in pretty high demand for quite some time. He was also asked to be in the remake of Man of Steel, and made just about every Hollywood Hottest Guy list. These days, Hartnett is more concerned with being an activist, and has lent his talent to a number of independent projects. This explains why we don’t see many photographs of him these days, and we don’t have that many details about his private life, but perhaps he likes it that way.
1 Johnny Depp
Most of his fans think it’s a shame that actor Johnny Depp isn’t photographed more, since he’s pretty much been one of the hottest actors in Hollywood for about 30 years now. Depp will always be known for his breakout role in 21 Jump Street, and he’s also known for his performances in Edward Scissorhands, the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Disney’s Alice In Wonderland remakes. Depp obviously doesn’t have a problem getting into costume, and there’s a chance he may be more comfortable when he’s all made up and hardly recognizable. Johnny Depp has long been thought of as a reclusive celebrity, although people say he’s really nice. He likes to keep his private life out of the public eye for the most part, which means he doesn’t want to have his picture taken, since that will get people talking about him, which compromises his privacy, and then the cycle continues.