Kristen Stewart: “Fame Is The Worst Thing In The World”
“Women inevitably have to work a little bit harder to be heard. Hollywood is disgustingly sexist. It’s crazy. It’s so offensive it’s crazy…Fame is the worst thing in the world. Especially if it’s pointless. When people say, ‘I want to be famous’ Why? You don’t do anything.”
Kristen Stewart has brutal first-hand experience in the nastiness of Hollywood (case in point: that time she was ruthlessly slut-shamed for her affair with much-older director Rupert Sanders while he got off scot-free), so it’s no surprise she mentioned how sexist the industry is in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar. When a celebrity churns out an air of humbleness in interviews, I tend to think it’s bullshit, but I totally believe K-Stew on her distaste for fame. Lest we forget, fame has many perks (ahem, $$$$), but I’d have to agree that nothing looks very fun about being chased around by photographers and having your every move scrutinized. It would probably turn me and most other people I know into either an anxious shell of our former selves or roaring ego monsters who’ve forgotten what reality means.
There is this elusive form of mid-level fame that I imagine is super great, in which you’re a person who’s known but not so huge that you’re in tabloid fodder territory, and are able to have a platform but also some semblance of a private personal life. That would be pretty rad. Large-scale fame, on the other hand, actually just sounds like my worst nightmare: you’re isolated by your high-security life of hiding from the paparazzi and fans, everybody knows you as a public persona that’s not the true version of yourself so you never get to start fresh when you meet someone new, and despite your life of semi-hiding you never get to be truly alone. Forever trapped in a glass house! NO THANK YOU. You sort of have my sympathies, Kristen, despite the whole “rich actress” thing.
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