We tend to put actors on such a high pedestal that we always assume the best. We glorify them and make them into perfect little creatures. But they’re not always perfect, are they? We hear these sick stories about actors all the time. We have the jokes, such as Jennifer Lawrence eating disgusting things before kissing scenes. We have Megan Fox farting all over the place, and then there’s Kevin Spacey just being a disgusting creep in general. Actors are people and people are gross. Sure, having crazy amounts of money allows actors to buy more expensive perfumes and colognes, and they probably buy more clothes in a week than most of us buy in a year, but that doesn’t mean that they all have amazing hygiene. Hell, the stories we’re reading are making us wonder if any celebrities even bathe at all anymore or if that’s now passé.
So, you want to know who’s the dirtiest of them all? Well, there are a lot of rumors out there. The problem here is that there are plenty of unverified stories circulating. A friend of a friend of a person who once sold shoes to Kevin Bacon‘s mom might say he’s got some halitosis, but that kind of thing just doesn’t interest us. Well, not always. While we are mostly interested in what stars have said about themselves or what other stars have said about them, there are occasions when someone close to a star gave out some information that was just too juicy to ignore. Most of these claims, however, are at least somewhat substantiated. Well, with that all behind us, let’s point our fingers at some dirty people and pretend we’re better them then. Here are 15 Actors Who Are Said to Have Disgusting Personal Hygiene.
15. Marilyn Monroe
Perhaps you’ve heard the stories about Marilyn Monroe. There’s really no saying if they are true or not, but ever since they showed up in print in David Bret’s Clarke Gable: Tormented Star, people have been regurgitating them. We’re talking about the now-famous quote that claimed Monroe was “flatulent, dirty, and ate in bed…Like Jean Harlow, she bleached all her pubic hair and never wore panties. She suffered from what today would be described as irritable bowel syndrome…She rarely bathed, slept in the nude, and ate a lot in bed — shoving what was left on her plate under the sheets before going to sleep.” Now, that’s a lot to take in. Some of it is just silly to mention. Oh no, gorgeous Monroe sleeps in the nude and bleaches her pubic hair? Most people would put up with a few crumbs or a half-eaten chicken leg in the bed to sleep next to her. The farts and the bathing might be a nuisance, but whatever. While we do know that Bret is one of the most unreliable sources in history, Monroe was said to suffer from severe depression, so these unhygienic practices might have gone on when she was at her lowest.
14. Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe doesn’t necessarily look like he would smell. No, Edward Furlong looks like he would smell. Johnny Depp, you might say, looks like he would smell. But Russell Crowe does look like the type of man who thinks that body odor is a manly smell and would flaunt it. But really, the “Russell Crowe Stinks” parade started moving when Joan Rivers spoke about the star, saying, “He has a body odor problem. I prefer to sit downwind of him at showbiz bashes.” Obviously, the comedian (Rivers) has been known to say some interesting things in the past, but we tend to believe her here.
13. Kendra Wilkinson
It’s hard to hear a stylist’s comments about an actor and take them as total truths. It’s even harder to consider Kendra Wilkinson an actor, but we’re doing both because the comments made by Wilkinson’s former stylist are hilarious and devilishly cruel. Of the former Playboy Playmate, the stylist said, “Kendra loves to look sexy, but she couldn’t care less how she smells. I don’t know if she has pets but she smells like urine most of the time. She almost never takes a shower and doesn’t use perfume either.” Maybe her perfume is urine?
12. Alicia Silverstone
There was once a rumor that Alicia Silverstone didn’t shower or bathe during the entire filming of Batman & Robin and her leather suit got pretty ripe and disgusting. Well, when preparing this list, we decided to investigate that rumor and it turns out that we may have invented it as children. Sorry, Alicia. But don’t go imagining her perfumed odor just yet. According to our sources, Silverstone is still pretty unhygienic. Since Silverstone is afraid of the harms that deodorants can do, she chooses to go natural. And by natural, we mean stinky. Silverstone claims that “protecting your pits with natural deodorant is an easy way you can go green & healthy,” but when Silverstone says natural deodorants, she probably doesn’t mean actual deodorant. Knowing her strange methods, she probably just rubs grass on her sweaty pits.
11. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson is one actor who has been accused a few times of being a smelling co-star, but he doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, he’s quite open about his filthiness. He’s been asked about this before, such as if the rumors that he doesn’t wash his hair for months at a time, were true. His response? “If you don’t care if your hair’s clean or not, then why would you wash it?” He went on, “It’s like, I don’t clean my apartment ’cause I don’t care. I have my apartment for sleeping in and I have my hair for just, you know, hanging out on my head. I don’t care if it’s clean or not.” You know, he’s got a point, just don’t share a hat with the guy.
10. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts has made questionable hygiene choices in public before, such as when she stopped shaving her armpits. Alright, maybe her pits were clean, but they looked disgusting. Well, we hope she changed that habit because the people who know Roberts say she doesn’t shower often and doesn’t use deodorants. Her former bodyguard, for instance, says Roberts doesn’t shower because she “likes to save water — she’s really green.” As for deodorants and stuff like that? Nope. “She likes the smell of her natural oils,” the bodyguard said. “She also says that she can’t wash her hair too often because it’s dry.” When speaking about Roberts and her husband, the former employee said, “Those two are the farthest thing away from Hollywood glamour. They’re grunge all the way.” In other words, they’re dirty.
9. Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf is an interesting person. He’s very talented, but he’s equally strange. To get into character, LaBeouf sometimes goes overboard. For Fury, LaBeouf spoke about the work he put in, saying, “David (Ayer, director) told us right from the gate: ‘I need you to give me everything.’ So the day after I got the job, I joined the US National Guard. I was baptized – accepted Christ in my heart – tattooed my surrender and became a chaplain’s assistant to Captain Yates for the 41st Infantry. I spent a month living on a forward operating base. Then I linked up with my cast and went to Fort Irwin.” Now, this stuff all makes sense. But LaBeouf did other things too. The actor added, “I pulled my tooth out, knifed my face up, and spent days watching horses die. I didn’t bathe for four months.” Now, Mr. LaBeouf, you probably could have had a shower and still stayed in character. The whole non-bathing thing got him in some hot water with other cast members who said the star was much too smelly to even work next to.
8. Cameron Diaz
Looking at Cameron Diaz when she’s all done up, it’s hard to imagine she smells like anything but roses. That doesn’t seem to be the case, though. Even if there are plenty of actors who don’t use deodorant, a group that Diaz has been a part of for more than 20 years, she seems genuinely confused about what’s happening with our bodies. “You’re stinky, because you use antiperspirant,” Diaz said. “It keeps all the stink in.” Nope. Not at all correct, Cameron. You’re stinky because the sweat is breaking down bacteria on your skin. If you sweat and your skin has bacteria on it and you’re not wearing deodorant, you’re going to stink.
7. Brad Pitt
It’s an open secret in Hollywood that Brad Pitt smells like a musty old sock. His ex-wife, Angelina Jolie, has called him out on his stink. His former castmates, such as Eli Roth (Inglourious Basterds), has called him out on it. And many others have commented. Pitt is one of those health freaks who think that everything that smells good is going to cause cancer and ruin the earth, so he avoids it. His friends and family are the ones who pay the price. His family even calls him “stinky dad,” which is them trying to tell him nicely that he reeks and they’re embarrassed to be out in public with him. When Roth called Pitt out on the stank, the actor said that he is too busy to clean himself properly. “I didn’t have time to shower,” he said and then added, “Baby wipes, man, baby wipes.” Yet, while Pitt’s pits may be cleaned temporarily by the wipes, the rest of his unbathed body is a cesspool of bacteria and stench.
6. Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis is one of our absolute favorites. He is one of the truly underrated actors of our time, but apparently, he’s a bit of a dirt ball. He may not even know it. When asked about his worst habits, Serkis admitted that it was “not showering every day, because I don’t have the time.” Now, that’s not that bad, is it? Plenty of people don’t shower everyday and still smell fantastic. Well, Serkis also admitted that he does the deed four or five times a day. Now, that’s both crazy and impressive. How does he have the time for that? But, think about that for a second. When you combine these two stories, you have a man who gets all s*xed up multiple times a day and doesn’t shower. Here’s an idea, Andy. Cut back on the intercourse by one and you’ll have time to shower some of that love and sweat off your body. Now, people around you don’t need to know and smell precisely what you’ve just done when they come out from your trailer.
5. Shailene Woodley
Of all the strange Hollywood types, Shailene Woodley might be queen. Go out and find the most-hipsterish dieting fad or cleanse or health-nut trend, and we bet Woodley’s already been there and done that. She is probably in the process of writing a novel on it on her portable typewriter before you even catch wind of it. This is a young woman who started eating clay because her taxi driver told her it was a good idea, so we don’t expect her to use Old Spice deodorant, but we do expect her to think of others. Now, Shailene probably doesn’t shower because that’s too mainstream. She probably spritzes herself in the happy tears of free-roaming woodland creatures to stay fresh. But we did expect her to throw on a dash of perfume here and there. But no, Woodley won’t even hug people if they smell like perfume lest it ruins the smell of her stinky essential oils.
4. Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey thinks he smells great because his mother told him he does. Well, sort of. His mother told him his smell “smells like him.” Well, Matthew, that’s about the most motherly way of saying you smell gross and should probably do something about it. Kate Hudson wasn’t mincing words like mommy does when she and he had to shoot with under the hot sun with McConaughey for Fool’s Good. Since the actor is so dead set on smelling naturally, Hudson even brought him some natural deodorants, but he wouldn’t budge. She nearly begged the man to cover up his stink, but he refused. According to McConaughey, he’ll only shower when the smell starts to offend his own nose.
3. Clark Gable
After Clark Gable allegedly went around slandering the good name of Marilyn Monroe (or David Bret in Gable’s name), it seemed only fair that he got a dose of his own medicine. Women used to swoon over the thought of kissing Gable. The reality of his kisses, however, were said to be much less tantalizing. According to Vivien Leigh, Gable’s co-star in Gone with the Wind, the heartthrob’s breath was disgusting. While not totally his fault–Gable suffered from a serious gum disease and had all his teeth pulled in his 30’s and replaced with dentures–there were still measures that could have been taken to make kisses more pleasant for his co-stars. When asked about how wonderful the kissing scenes were, Leigh didn’t pull her punches, saying, “Kissing Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind was not that exciting. His dentures smelled something awful.” Live by the sword, die by the sword.
2. Forest Whitaker
Even though Hugh Grant is the star that legend says has the worst breath of them all, we’ve chosen Forest Whitaker instead because there are actual stars on record speaking about it. Richard E. Grant, Whitaker’s co-star on Pret-A-Porter, had to share a kiss with the man and revealed that Whitaker “had breath like an open grave.” Even though that was possibly the clearest statement possible, Grant was prodded further. The interviewer must have been really intrigued. To this, Grant said, “I want to work with Forest, I just don’t want to kiss him again.” It’s like he’s speaking for all of us.
1. Uma Thurman
Alright, we said that we didn’t want to take the words of random people, but the story about Uma Thurman was just too good to pass up. When speaking about Thurman, a stylist once divulged that the long-legged beauty was not as prim and proper as she seems. “I worked with her on a shoot for a major fashion house,” the stylist said. “She’d often show up wearing clothes covered in crusty smelly food. I pulled a piece of shrimp off her back that I swear was two weeks old.” That, friends, is perhaps the grossest possible food to have stuck to your back. Of all the foods to have fused to your shirt, the shrimp is the least attractive.
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