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Would You Want to Be Famous?

Would You Want to Be Famous?

Although she'll make an exception for a Vogue cover and interview, Carey Mulligan says she doesn't want to be a celebrity personality. She tells the magazine:

"I don’t want to be ‘known’ — I’m afraid of being a ‘personality.’ On a talk show, I feel I should just hold up a sign with the facts on it — and leave. It wouldn’t take more than a minute, and they’d have room for other guests."

Niche recognition would make the best fame if you ask me. Take This American Life's Ira Glass — he can still go grocery shopping for himself, but he (or his voice) might be recognized by a public-radio fan while he's checking out. Not too invasive, but still flattering. According to a recent poll, however, actor and actress rank highest on the list of dream jobs for Americans, followed by professional athlete. So a thirst for celebrity must come into play for lots of people. Would you welcome fame?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Rich, yes. Famous? Absolutely not!
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
I'll pass. I never liked a lot of attention, and I like my privacy.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
No. I would not like it. At all.
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
Lol I love Ira Glass... but back on topic, Maybe... it would have to be for something noble and worthy, not a sex tape, but maybe an invention or something.
zeze zeze 5 years
I would want to try it. I think celebs make it harder on themselves by being stupid. It is easy to enjoy the perks and none or little of the hassle - move away from Hollywood, avoid the paparazzi and be a decent person. Not all famous people live the life of Lindsey Lohan, my opinion is that even if people like her were normal they would be screw ups too - so you can be normal and famous too.
starbucks2 starbucks2 5 years
Hell no! What kind of life is that? I mean, imagine being Britney or Angelina. Not being able to go anywhere without Paparazzi following you. That stuff is scary. I really don't understand how that can even be legal. I do agree niche fame would be kinda cool. Like someone reading your name and saying 'aren't you that writer?' That would be flattering. But Hollywood fame would kill me!
Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 5 years
Honestly I would not like being famous. I like having a private life and not everyone knowing what I do when I do it and stuff like that. I just wanna live a satisfying life for me and make a difference in my own way, but fame isn't for me.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
I agree that niche fame would be awesome. As a writer or something where you aren't recognized regularly. I think that most people who would really like to be famous haven't thought it through very carefully.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
Maybe if I was famous for winning a nobel prize for accomplishing something great. I'd have that claim to fame, but most people wouldn't know who I was. I wouldn't want to be a celebrity. I think it turns people into characters. If they aren't behaving like it, they're still treated like it.
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