5 Celebs on How They Reacted to Their Own Fame

Ever wondered what it would feel like to never be anonymous or suddenly be thrown into the spotlight? These 5 celebrities have all spoken on their phenomenal fame and success, and how they’ve personally reacted to it. Some are still surprised to be recognized whenever they go because they don’t feel like the stars they are. Others say they weren’t at all surprised by fame because they knew what they were getting into. Some say they weren’t pursuing fame and were shocked when it became a real option for their lives because they never saw it coming. Each star feels differently about their rise to stardom, some feel positive about how their work has reached millions, while others are less happy about the huge attention they receive.

Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict continues to be surprised when people notice him for his fame: ”I thought, ‘Oh, I won’t get recognised here’. But the first café I walked into, the waitresses were like – ‘Oh my God! Aren’t you on television? Don’t you play Sherlock Holmes?’ It’s amazing the spread of that thing, it’s incredible.”

Jennifer Lawrence
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Jennifer is not shocked by fame and finds others who are strange: ”I always think it’s kind of strange when actors are shocked by fame, or claim to be disgusted by it. It’s kind of like, ‘Really? You knew what you were doing. You’re in movies’. You can’t put walls around yourself and say, ‘No, I’ll only let myself get this successful’.”

Simon Pegg
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Simon is always surprised when people know him: “I was in a pizza restaurant and a young waiter recognised me from Shaun of the Dead. “He laughed and said, ‘Shaun likes pizza’, which was strange, but nice. It shows how far films reach.”

Ellie Goulding
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Ellie never even thought she could be famous and has tried to stay focused: “I always imagined – in fact I planned – to have a job and get a house and a car because you don’t really go off and become famous from Hereford in Wales. I never thought fame was an option. But everything that has come along has helped me achieve it in some way. For example, about five years ago I woke up one morning and wanted to run. I just started running. And that helped me focus on what I wanted.”

Kerry Washington
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Kerry was afraid of fame and didn’t particularly go after it: ”I’m the daughter of a professor, so … well, I think acting’s not a real job. I come from this sort of academic, working middle-class family where you make something respectable of your life … I always loved acting, but I think for a long time, in my brain, the desire to be an actor was equivalent to the desire to be famous. I did not want to
be famous. I did not want to be that girl. I thought that if you wanted to be an actress, you had to want to be on the front cover of magazines, otherwise you shouldn’t do it.”

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