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Whether consciously or not, we all receive a pretty high volume of exposure to celebrities' personal lives. Think of social media, TV and reality shows, the fashion and beauty industries, you name it, nothing has remained untouched by A-list bravado where celebs transform their fame into brands.

This comes in many forms, from selfie announcements and live videos to reactions and statements in response to current events. It seems like we truly are “all in this together,” as the celebs kept convincing us during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. But are we really? In order to find out more about celebrity culture that, in spite of our turbulent times, seems to be thriving, we spoke with David Schmid, an Associate Professor of English at University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences. So scroll down to see the insights he shared about it.

Below is an entertaining list with some of the lesser-known and very random facts about celebrities that make you wonder who these people are, that so many of us aspire to be like.

#1

Monica Lewinsky Is Very Funny; She's Always Making Jokes Like This On Twitter

Monica Lewinsky Is Very Funny; She's Always Making Jokes Like This On Twitter

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To find out more about why people are so fascinated with celebrity culture and when it becomes too much, we reached out to Professor David Schmid, who is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Schmid has published on a variety of subjects, including the book "Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture."

When asked why people are so fascinated with celebrities, Dr. Schmid told us that it’s “partly because our culture teaches us, both implicitly and explicitly, that celebrities are role models and we should strive to be like them. They are more attractive and successful than us, not to mention a lot wealthier, and so we should want to be like them.”

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#2

Natalie Portman Has Had Papers Published In Two Scientific Journals

Natalie Portman Has Had Papers Published In Two Scientific Journals

Her high school paper, “A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar,” was published in the Journal of Chemical Education, and while at Harvard, she co-authored a study called “Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy.”

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Guitar player Brian May had a paper based on his astrophysics PhD research published while Queen was topping the charts in the late 1970s, and wrote a version for "Nature" magazine. There are actually a lot of people who left science for showbiz, and made big bucks, including Mayim Bialyk and Dolph Lundgren. Yes, Dolph Lundgren left his Fulbright Scholarship studies in chemical engineering at MIT to make action movies.

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Helen Mirren At 25 And 70

Helen Mirren At 25 And 70

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The Obamas Didn’t Pay Off Student Loans Until They Were In Their 40s

The Obamas Didn’t Pay Off Student Loans Until They Were In Their 40s

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because they didn’t have rich daddies to smooth their path and open doors. Love these two.

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The professor explained further: “At the same time, we realize celebrities are ordinary people (especially when they mess up, go through a divorce, have problems with drink and drugs, etc.), and so part of our fascination with them derives from this contradiction: they are both exceptional and ordinary.”

During the pandemic, we spent more time on social media than ever, and that definitely increased our level of engagement with celebrities, Dr. Schmid argues. “The internet fosters a sense of intimacy with celebrities that we find very appealing; we feel like we share in their everyday lives and feel part of a community of people who also follow celebrities. This sharing and community are powerfully attractive forces in a culture where anxiety and isolation impact so many people,” he explained and added that celebrities compensate for the unsatisfactory aspects of our own lives.

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#5

During The Filming Of The Avengers Robert Downey Jr Hid Snacks Everywhere

During The Filming Of The Avengers Robert Downey Jr Hid Snacks Everywhere

The food he kept offering people in the movie was the actor's own personal stash - it wasn't written into the script, the actor just got hungry and would pull out food. The crew couldn't keep up with all his hiding places, so they finally gave in and let him do it.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I read that the scene where he eats the cheeseburger in Iron Man 1 came from this

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#6

This Was Danny Devito's First Tweet

This Was Danny Devito's First Tweet

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is true for most people over 60(minus the nuts on fire bit)

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#7

This Is What Morgan Freeman Looked Like When He Was A Teenager

This Is What Morgan Freeman Looked Like When He Was A Teenager

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For those who’re wondering if it’s possible to become too invested in the lives of famous people, in his opinion, Dr. Schmid confirmed that’s possible. “Everyone's familiar with the consequences of toxic fandom, including cyberbullying and even turning on your favorite celebrity when they disappoint or 'betray' you in some way.”

“Sometimes, our expectations of celebrities become unrealistic, and when that happens we can easily cross over from reality to fantasy, with all kinds of potential negative consequences,” the professor concluded.

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#8

Katy Perry's Cat Was Named Kitty Purry

Katy Perry's Cat Was Named Kitty Purry

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#9

Taylor Swift Has A Framed Picture Of Kanye West Interrupting Her At The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards In Her Living Room. It's Captioned, "Life Is Full Of Little Interruptions"

Taylor Swift Has A Framed Picture Of Kanye West Interrupting Her At The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards In Her Living Room. It's Captioned, "Life Is Full Of Little Interruptions"

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#10

Daniel Radcliffe Broke Over 80 Wands While Filming The Harry Potter Movies Because He Used Them As Drumsticks

Daniel Radcliffe Broke Over 80 Wands While Filming The Harry Potter Movies Because He Used Them As Drumsticks

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Steve Buscemi Used To Be A Firefighter

Steve Buscemi Used To Be A Firefighter

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everyone knows the story about 9/11, right? He was in NYC, and went back to his old unit to help out. Worked his ass off for the duration of the crisis.

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#12

Here's What Jason Momoa Looked Like In His 20s

Here's What Jason Momoa Looked Like In His 20s

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#14

Actor Woody Harrelson’s Dad Was A Hitman

Actor Woody Harrelson’s Dad Was A Hitman

Charles Voyde Harrelson (July 23, 1938 – March 15, 2007) was an American hitman and organized crime figure who was convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood Jr., the first federal judge to be assassinated in the 20th century

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#17

Leonardo Dicaprio's Mom Was Looking At A Leonardo Da Vinci Painting In A Museum In Italy When Leo First Kicked. That's Why He's Named Leonardo

Leonardo Dicaprio's Mom Was Looking At A Leonardo Da Vinci Painting In A Museum In Italy When Leo First Kicked. That's Why He's Named Leonardo

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a sewing teacher refuse to believe that's his real name. She even looked offended lol.

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#18

Nicole Kidman's Hair Is Naturally This Curly

Nicole Kidman's Hair Is Naturally This Curly

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When Lady Gaga Went To NYU, A Group Of Students Started A "Stefani Germanotta, You Will Never Be Famous" Facebook Group

When Lady Gaga Went To NYU, A Group Of Students Started A "Stefani Germanotta, You Will Never Be Famous" Facebook Group

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#20

Hugh Jackman Performed At Children's Birthday Parties As Coco The Clown

Hugh Jackman Performed At Children's Birthday Parties As Coco The Clown

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#21

Bill Murray Was Arrested When He Was 20 For Trying To Bring 10 Pounds Of Marijuana On A Plane

Bill Murray Was Arrested When He Was 20 For Trying To Bring 10 Pounds Of Marijuana On A Plane

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#22

Ricky Gervais - Young And Old

Ricky Gervais - Young And Old

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ricky Gervais has a stab at a pop career. He wanted to be David Bowie. Check out Seona Dancing.

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#23

The Weirdest Thing Daniel Radcliffe Ever Had To Do To Prepare For A Role Was Wax His Butt

The Weirdest Thing Daniel Radcliffe Ever Had To Do To Prepare For A Role Was Wax His Butt

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He had a scene in Equus where he was completely nude, I assume that’s why.

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#24

Well, Apparently He Retired At 19 With $40 Million In The Bank

Well, Apparently He Retired At 19 With $40 Million In The Bank

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2 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They should have included the original post from the neckbeard that prompted that great response. Without context this makes Frankie look like a douche.

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#25

Christopher Walken's Old Friends Called Him Ronnie. His Birth Name Is Ronald

Christopher Walken's Old Friends Called Him Ronnie. His Birth Name Is Ronald

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#26

Lorde Has A "Secret" Onion Ring Account Where She Reviews Onion Rings

Lorde Has A "Secret" Onion Ring Account Where She Reviews Onion Rings

Ah, the fish and chip shop ring. Humble, honest. Did I miss the crunch of a true battered ring biting into this? Perhaps. But it was perfectly seasoned, and brought joy. 3.8/5.

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#27

Matthew Perry Is Missing Part Of His Middle Finger

Matthew Perry Is Missing Part Of His Middle Finger

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did I never notice this? Why didn't they make Monica accidently chop off part of his finger rather than his toe?

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#28

After He Didn't Make The Cut For The Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick Was The Founding Member Of N'Sync

After He Didn't Make The Cut For The Backstreet Boys, Chris Kirkpatrick Was The Founding Member Of N'Sync

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looks like BSB didn't want it that way, but for NYSNC he was like it's gonna be me

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#29

Dennis Rodman Has 28 Siblings

Dennis Rodman Has 28 Siblings

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#30

Elvis Presley Was Actually A Blond

Elvis Presley Was Actually A Blond

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#31

Jennifer Lawrence Has H2o Tattooed On Her Hand To Remind Her To Drink More Water

Jennifer Lawrence Has H2o Tattooed On Her Hand To Remind Her To Drink More Water

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#32

Tom Cruise Has A Tooth That Sits Directly In The Middle Of His Face. Once You See It, You'll Never Un-See It

Tom Cruise Has A Tooth That Sits Directly In The Middle Of His Face. Once You See It, You'll Never Un-See It

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And he also has a black line in the middle of his face which I find quite fascinating.

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#33

Before Going Solo, Britney Spears Was In An All-Female Group Called Innosense

Before Going Solo, Britney Spears Was In An All-Female Group Called Innosense

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#34

This Is What Stevie From Malcolm In The Middle Looks Like Today

This Is What Stevie From Malcolm In The Middle Looks Like Today

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#35

Limp Bizkit Were Originally Going To Be Called Blood Fart

Limp Bizkit Were Originally Going To Be Called Blood Fart

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