35 Obscure, Interesting And Bizarre Facts About Celebrities That Aren’t Widely Known
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.
Monica Lewinsky Is Very Funny; She's Always Making Jokes Like This On Twitter
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.”
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.”
The Obamas Didn’t Pay Off Student Loans Until They Were In Their 40s
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.
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.
This Is What Morgan Freeman Looked Like When He Was A Teenager
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.
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"
Daniel Radcliffe Broke Over 80 Wands While Filming The Harry Potter Movies Because He Used Them As Drumsticks
Rami Malek Has A Twin Brother Named Sami
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
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
When Lady Gaga Went To NYU, A Group Of Students Started A "Stefani Germanotta, You Will Never Be Famous" Facebook Group
Hugh Jackman Performed At Children's Birthday Parties As Coco The Clown
Bill Murray Was Arrested When He Was 20 For Trying To Bring 10 Pounds Of Marijuana On A Plane
The Weirdest Thing Daniel Radcliffe Ever Had To Do To Prepare For A Role Was Wax His Butt
Well, Apparently He Retired At 19 With $40 Million In The Bank
Christopher Walken's Old Friends Called Him Ronnie. His Birth Name Is Ronald
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.