If you have dreams of making it big in Hollywood, you may want to rethink that desire. Sure, Hollywood is full of bright lights, adoring fans, million dollar paychecks and glitzy red carpet events; but there is also a dark side to the industry. Publicity stunts, substance abuse, child abuse and horrifying tales from the casting couch are a few of the secrets Hollywood doesn’t want you to know about.
We’ve all heard rumors about the casting couch - a term that is used in reference to stars being awarded roles in exchange for sexual favors. Many male and female celebrities have come forward with their horrifying tales about their experiences, including actress Megan Fox. In an interview with “British GQ” magazine, the actress said some “Hollywood legends” have sexually harassed her. She even claims some industry execs scheduled appointments to meet her, but upon her arrival, she discovered that they had ulterior motives.
Publicity stunts are the easiest ways for celebrities and publications to garner attention from the public. Back in 2014, Kanye West was allegedly upset that “Vogue’s” editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, refused to put Kim Kardashian on the cover of the magazine. It sparked a mini-feud between Kanye and Anna, with gossip mags eating up the story and reporting the play-by-play of every verbal jab. But just a few months later, Kim and Kanye both graced the cover of the mag. Later, Anna practically admitted her feud with Kanye was nothing more than some made-up drama in order to sell more magazines.
Illegal substances are readily available at Hollywood events and private parties, but what the industry doesn’t want you to know is that drugs are also included in some box office film budgets. One Tinseltown rumor is that actor Jack Nicholson’s addiction to cocaine prompted the production company to include the drug in its budget so the actor could get his fix on-set. In a 1980 interview with “People” magazine, Jack even admitted, “Drugs ain’t no big thing. I still love to get high, I’d say, about four days a week.”
They say the camera adds 10 pounds, so it’s no wonder celebrities feel so much pressure to maintain a small frame and stay skinny. But what Hollywood doesn’t want you to know is that many stars go to dangerous lengths to get movie-ready and to lose pounds before hitting the red carpet. Actress Naomi Watts appeared at the 2015 Oscars looking more beautiful than ever, but she admitted to Ryan Seacrest that she was so hungry because she had to starve herself before the event. Actor Dennis Quaid also admitted he battled with "manorexia" after losing 40 pounds to play the sickly character Doc Holliday in the film “Wyatt Earp.” After the movie wrapped, he was still obsessed with his weight and counting calories. Things got so bad, he was forced to check himself into rehab.
Lastly, cheating on the set of movies has become more prevalent than ever. Actors spend a lot of time away from their spouses, so when they get on set with attractive co-stars, cheating is bound to happen. Many of these on-set relationships come to an end once production wraps, but other times, the cheating leads to public scandals and divorce. Brad Pitt admitted to falling in love with Angelina Jolie on the set of the 2005 movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” despite being married to Jennifer Aniston at the time. And Ryan Phillippe allegedly began dating Abbie Cornish on the set of “Stop-Loss” even though his wife, Reese Witherspoon, was waiting for him at home.
Which of these dark secrets is the most shocking to you?