Many people dream of living the lifestyle of a celebrity and there are many reasons for this. One of the predominant motivations is the financial security that a career in the film, television, or music industry can bring. They wish they were famous as they could afford a luxurious home, a fancy car, and a designer wardrobe. Others wish they could enjoy this type of life so they could take advantage of the power and status that celebrities enjoy. A further reason people want to be a celebrity is that they have a perception that celebrities are constantly attending glitzy events. However, once people achieve celebrity status, it is not always what they think and there are many famous people who do not enjoy this lifestyle. Here are 20 celebrities who hate being famous.
20. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais is an English comedian, actor, director, writer, producer, musician, and singer. He was born in Berkshire on June 25, 1961, and began his career as a performer in 1982. Despite his many roles within the entertainment industry, he does not actually enjoy being famous. Although there are many aspects of his job that he likes, he has repeatedly said in interviews that he cannot understand why anybody would want fame. Regardless of his views on his celebrity status, he has managed to forge a successful career within the industry. He originally performed with bands before turning to stand-up comedy and then television. He is most famous for his performance in the television series ‘The Office’ and ‘Extras’. Gervais has also starred in several films, including ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’. He has won many awards, including seven BAFTAs, five British Comedy Awards, three Golden Globes, and two Emmy Awards.
19. Zach Galifianakis
Just like Ricky Gervais, Zach Galifianakis has made a name for himself as a comedian. This actor, writer, and comedian was born in North Carolina on October 1, 1969. He is best-known for starring in films such as ‘Birdman’, ‘The Hangover’ trilogy of films, ‘The Campaign’, ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ ‘Masterminds’ and ‘Due Date’. He is also known for ‘Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis’ for which he won an Emmy Award. In terms of television, he is well-known for ‘Baskets’ on FX which he writes, executives produces, and stars. Galifianakis married Quinn Lundberg in 2012 and the couple has two sons together. However, Galifianakis prefers to keep his personal life out of the limelight as he does not enjoy the intrusive element of fame. He lives with his family on a farm in North Carolina and spends as much time as he can there when he is not working.
18. Shia LaBeouf
Shia LaBeouf became famous at a young age. This actor, filmmaker, and performance artist who was born in Los Angeles on June 11, 1986. He first appeared on television in 1996 and became well-known amongst younger viewers for playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel’s ‘Even Stevens’. For this role, he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003. He has since gone on to star in many successful movies, including ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’, ‘Borg/McEnroe’, ‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’, ‘American Honey’, ‘Nymphomaniac’, ‘Lawless’, ‘Fury’, and ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’. He has been in a relationship with Mia Goth since 2012. LaBeouf famously quit the public life via social media after he was criticized for his artistic integrity. Although he has been seen in public since making this declaration, he has acted in a strange and depressing way.
17. David Chappelle
Dave Chapelle was born in Maryland on August 24, 1973. He is an actor and stand-up comedian. At the beginning of his career, he had supporting roles in films such as ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’, ‘The Nutty Professor’, ‘Con Air’, ‘Undercover Brother’, ‘Blue Streak’, and ‘You’ve Got Mail’. His first leading role was in ‘Half Baked’. He then rose to prominence in 2003 when he got his own comedy sketch show ‘Chappelle’s Show’. However, it was at this point in his career that he decided he had enough of his career. He famously quit fame halfway through the third season of the show as he had simply had enough of life in the limelight. He took a five-year break from television and film and concentrated on his stand-up career. Chappelle then decided he missed some of the better aspects of fame and opted to return to the limelight.
16. Megan Fox
Megan Fox is another star who finds it difficult to cope with her celebrity status. She has said in interviews that people assume that because celebrities live in a big house and are earning money, that everything in their lives is great. However, she says that what they don’t realize is that when things are bad, it happens on a global scale and everyone is interested in the negative aspects of their lives. Megan Fox was born in Tennessee on May 16, 1986. She is best-known for her performances in ‘Transformers’, ‘Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen’, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, and ‘Jennifer’s Body’. She is widely considered a sex symbol. Fox has been married o Brian Austin Green since 2010 and has three children.
15. Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis was born in London, England, on April 29, 1957. However, he now resides on a country estate in County Wicklow in Ireland. When he is not making films, he spends most of his time at his country estate as a way of avoiding the limelight. While there, he enjoys horse riding, woodworking, and shoemaking. During the 1908s and 1990s, he starred in many films. These included ‘The Bounty’, ‘A Room with a View’, ‘My Left Foot’, ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, ‘The Crucible’, and ‘In the Name of the Father’. However, since 1998, he has made just six films as he prefers to keep out of the film industry as much as possible. His most recent film was ‘Phantom Thread’ which was released in 2017.
14. Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson is best-known for playing the lead role in the ‘Twilight Saga’ series of films. However, he has also had roles in many other movies, including ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Maps to the Desert’, ‘The Lost City of Z’ and ‘The Childhood of a Leader’, to name just a few. Recently, Robert Pattinson has decided that fame isn’t all it is cracked up to be and decided he has had enough. Although he is continuing to work as an actor, he has made the big decision that he doesn’t want to star in any more blockbuster movies in the near future. Fans of his need not worry too much yet as he is starring in two films that are being released in 2018; ‘Damsel’ and ‘High Life’.
13. Zoe Saldana
It is the lack of privacy that upsets Zoe Saldana about her celebrity status. She has complained in interviews that she is an American citizen who pays taxes just like everyone else and this gives her the same rights to privacy that other people expect. Saldana is a dancer, an actress, and a model who was born in New Jersey on June 19, 1978. She began her professional career in 1999 when she made her television debut in ‘Law & Order’. She then also began a film career and starred in movies including ‘Avatar’, ‘Columbiana’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, ‘Out of the Furnace’ and ‘Live by the Night’. She is now probably best-known for playing Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
12. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence was born in Kentucky on August 15, 1990. She has enjoyed an astronomic rise to fame since she joined the industry in 2006 as she is now one of the best-paid actresses in Hollywood. Her first major television role was on ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ between 2007 and 2009. The year after leaving this show she made her film debut in ‘Garden Party’ before landing roles in ‘Winter’s Bone’ and ‘X-Men: First Class’. She rose in prominence for playing Katniss Everdeen in the ‘Hunger Games’ series of films. Since then, she has starred in several high-profile and successful films, such as ‘Silver Linings’, ‘Playbook’, ‘American Hustle’, and ‘Joy’. Despite achieving such a high-level of success, Jennifer Lawrence isn’t enjoying the fame. She has said that she hasn’t been in the industry for long enough for it to seem normal to her and that she thinks it is unlikely that she will ever see the celebrity lifestyle as normal.
11. Katy Perry
Those working in the music industry can find things just as difficult as those who reach celebrity status in the film industry. Katy Perry is the perfect example of this as while she is not tired of creating music, she is tired of the fame. She has even described fame as a disgusting by-product of what she does for a living. To help herself to cope with the challenges of fame, she has had to try to make herself stop worrying about what other people think about her. Katy Perry has spent a lot of time in the spotlight, both through her music and through her personal relationships. Some of her hit songs include ‘Firework’, ‘Teenage Dream’, ‘California Gurls’, and ‘I Kissed a Girl’. Katy Perry had a brief but high-profile marriage to Russell Brand between 2010 and 2012.
10. Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford is an actor and producer who was born in Chicago on July 13, 1942, and began his career in the entertainment industry in 1966. He has starred in many blockbuster movies, including the ‘Star Wars’ series of films, ‘Blade Runner’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Witness’, ‘Patriot Games’, ‘Clear and Present Danger’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘American Graffiti’, and ‘What Lies Beneath’. He has won multiple awards throughout his career in recognition of his talents. Surprisingly, Ford does not enjoy the fame quite as much as you would expect. In fact, he says that he has never enjoyed it and wishes that he could have a private life. This is something that has been denied to him due to his celebrity status.
9. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is another actor who claims that fame is not what it seems. He described it as like selling your wares as he always has to sell part of his personal life in order to promote a film. He simply wanted to make films and not trade in on his personal life in order for a film to become a success. Despite his feelings toward fame and the film industry, the actor and producer has enjoyed a very successful career. Some of his best films include ‘Interview with the Vampire’, ‘Seven’, ’12 Monkeys’, ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ and its sequels, ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’, ‘World War Z’, ’12 Years a Slave’, and ‘Fight Club’. He has also been married to two equally successful actresses; Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie. As his wives were also celebrities, his relationships have received a lot of media interest.
8. Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig was born in Chesire, England, on March 2, 1968. He began his career in 1992when he made his film debut in ‘The Power of One’. He then predominantly worked in television, although he had some supporting roles in films. It was his performance in the 2000 film ‘Some Voices’ that attracted attention to him and led to him getting larger film roles. He went on to have roles in films such as ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’, ‘Road to Perdition’, ‘Munich’, and ‘Layer Cake’. However, he is best-known for playing iconic film spy James Bond. He made his first appearance in this role in the 2006 film ‘Casino Royale’. His other bond films are ‘Quantum of Solace’, ‘Skyfall’, and ‘Spectre’. Although he is now a huge success, Craig says that he despises the fame. He now splits his time between his two homes in London and New York City.
7. Kristen Stewart
Just like her ‘Twilight’ co-star Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Stewart hates being famous. IN fact, it was their shared hate of the celebrity status that drew the pair together and led them to have a relationship with each other while starring in the ‘Twilight Saga’ series of films. Kristen Stewart was born in Los Angeles on April 9, 1990, and she began her career as a child actress in 1999. She is best-known for playing the lead female role, Isabella Swan, in the ‘Twilight Saga’ series of films. However, she has also acted in many more movies, including ‘Panic Room’, ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’, ‘Still Alice’, ‘Adventureland’, and ;Into the Wild’.
6. Johnny Depp
As someone who has enjoyed such a prolific film career, it seems almost unlikely that Johnny Depp would hate fame, but he claims to despise the celebrity status. He says that all normal aspects of life, such as walking to the mall with his kids, is not even a possibility for him anymore. Depp has even described it as living like a fugitive. Jonny Depp was born in Los Angeles on June 9, 1963, and began his career as an actor in 1984. He has starred in an extensive list of films, including the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ series of films, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, Edward Scissorhands’, ‘Platoon’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Rango’, and ‘Finding Neverland’.
5. Emma Watson
Emma Watson is another actress who has struggled to find peace with her celebrity status. She is best-known for playing Hermione Granger in the ‘Harry Potter’ series of films and found it difficult to cope with the pressures of fame at such a young age. While filming this series of films, she continued with her studies as she is an academically bright woman and this put additional pressure on her to become a success. After the ‘Harry Potter’ films, she has continued to work as an actress and has starred in films in all genres. Some of her best films include ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘The Bling Ring’, ‘This Is the End’, and ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
4. Daniel Radcliffe
Just like Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe has struggled to cope with the pressure of the fame that came from starring as the titular character in the ‘Harry Potter’ series of films. Even those this role has brought him celebrity status, he makes every effort he can to avoid the limelight and keeps his private life to himself. He even has a girlfriend and has managed to keep her identity a secret for over two years. Radcliffe was born in London, England, on July 23, 1989. In addition to playing Harry Potter, he has also starred in many other films. These include ‘Now You See Me 2’, ‘Imperium’, ‘Victor Frankenstein’, ‘Kill Your Darlings’, ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’, and ‘The Woman in Black’.
3. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba was born in California on April 28, 1981, and began her career as an actress in 1994. She has become such as successful actress that she now has an estimated net worth of $340 million. Although she probably enjoys the money she has earned in the film industry, she is not so keen on other aspects of fame. One aspect of this is the invasion into her personal life. She recounts the tale of when she got engaged and the media knew about it before she had even told her parents. Alba has starred in many hugely successful movies, including ‘Fantastic Four’, ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer’, ’Sin City’, ‘Into the Blue’, ‘Good Luck Chuck’, ‘Honey’, ‘Barely Lethal’, ‘Machete’, and ‘The Love Guru’.
2. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron has openly discussed the fact that she does not like the term celebrity. Nor does she like the concept that if someone is a celebrity, then their life is up for grabs. She would love to buy her groceries without being followed and photographed but has found it impossible since she found fame. Theron was born in South Africa on August 7, 1975, although she now lives in Los Angeles and has dual South African and American citizenship. She began her career as an actress in 1995 and has starred in a string of hit movies. These include ‘Mighty Joe Young’, ‘Monster’, ‘The Cider House Rules’, ‘The Fate of the Furious’, ‘The Devil’s Advocate’, ‘Hancock’, ‘The Road’, ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’, and ‘Young Adult’.
1. George Clooney
George Clooney has famously become one of the most reclusive celebrities and has made his feelings about being a celebrity well-known. He was born in Kentucky on May 6, 1961, and became an actor in 1978. He first rose to prominence on television when he played Dr. Doug Ross on the medical drama ‘ER’. He has won multiple awards throughout his career and has stared in many major hit movies. Some of his best films include ‘Three Kings’, ‘Out of Sight’, ‘Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels’, ‘Confessions of a Dangerous Mind’, ‘Up in the Air’, and ‘The Descendants’. To avoid the limelight, he spends much of his time at his main home in Berkshire, England, with his wife Amal Alamuddin and their young twins. He also has a home in the United States and a lakeside property in Italy.