There are certainly plenty of perks to being famous, but it must also be a scary experience – stalkers are a possibility, and the media are constantly reporting on your life, while paparazzi follow you down the street. There must be some scary moments while in the spotlight, and these 5 stars have all said that they’re afraid of fame because they’ve experienced or seen how dangerous it can be.
Bruce says the constant attention can be daunting: “Being in this business can be a frightening experience – having photographers in your face and your life being reported all the time.”
Jada witnessed first-hand how damaging fame can be: ”When I think about what I had going on when I was younger, I do think I was really afraid of fame. I really worked hard to keep everything small. I saw how Tupac got devoured by having fame too fast. I watched what happened to him and, in all honesty, I think it scared me.”
Jennifer is afraid of her life changing too much because of fame: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m afraid some of the things that I love about my personal life are going to change. Things like fame and my career are at the bottom of my list of priorities. I’m worried that things on the top of my list will get changed. And that’s scary. It’s like I’ve become successful and I don’t understand how. I’m terrified and I have no confidence in myself. I see myself on screen and I think I’m a troll and that I’ll never work again.”
Kristen thinks social media has made fame more frightening: “Nowadays it’s harder because everyone is on Facebook and everyone knows where you are all the time, and everyone’s twittering. Like I’m going to die because somebody is going to say where I am and somebody is going to kill me. Someone’s going to Twitter my location and then it’s going to be like, boom. So, I actually think too much of anything can be scary, but at the same time it’s also an opportunity. I mean mass communication is a good thing. It’s actually a really great thing, it’s just scary.”
Shailene fears the cultural obsession with Hollywood actors: “There’s this obsession in our society and in our culture about actors. The magazines and the excess and red carpets and the heels, they’re kind of terrifying. I’m able to handle it and it’s fun and I can enjoy it, but it’s terrifying on a human level, just looking at our culture and thinking, ‘In 50 years are we going to look back to this moment in time and roll our eyes?’.”