“It’s none of your business, you know? And it shouldn’t influence how you listen to voice and art. But it is. »
Being famous comes at a price — and a big part of that is living your life in the public eye. From red carpets and paparazzi shots to TV and magazine interviews, celebrities are constantly in the spotlight by media and fans alike. And while it might seem like a necessary part of the job, some celebrities are quick to say how much they don’t like it.
In fact, celebrities like Kate Moss and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have all made it clear what they enjoy least about their careers: doing interviews. Although talking to the media is sometimes unavoidable, these stars do their best to keep their lives private and skip interviews!
Here’s what these celebrities had to say about giving interviews…
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1. Nicholas Cage
It’s safe to say that Nicolas Cage isn’t a huge fan of interviews, as he went 14 years without appearing on a TV talk show. Although he occasionally chatted with magazines and conducted pre-recorded interviews, he never appeared on a talk show despite promoting numerous films over the years.
“It’s a big night for me. This is the first time in 14 years that I have appeared on national television in a talk show. I’ve been waiting for you and your audience,” Nicolas joked, during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live. »
The actor was sure to cause a stir for his late night comeback, chatting about his two-headed snake, being hounded by mimes and donating $20,000 in gambling winnings to an orphanage.
2. Marie-Kate & Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have become notoriously deprived of their lives since they were child stars. It’s not often you’ll read an interview conducted with one of them – and even their sister Elizabeth admits that her older siblings are “very low key”.
Asked about their decision to step away from the spotlight, Mary-Kate explained that it was partly because they were just “low-key people” and it was “how [they] have grown. In fact, the sisters don’t even want to be the face of their clothing lines and have always worked hard to “put the product first” in hopes that people wouldn’t associate them with the brand.
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At the start of her career, Beyoncé participated in numerous interviews, but over the years she has become more and more discreet. Following the release of her self-titled album in 2013, she almost entirely stopped giving interviews. And these days, when she contributes to outlets and publications, it’s usually a personal essay or something she curated herself.
She opened up about her decision in her 2014 documentary, “Beyonce: Life Is But A Dream,” saying she was constantly “struggling” with everything she revealed about herself. She even compared her choice to walk away from the media to that of Nina Simone, who has never shared much about her private life.
“When Nina Simone released music, you liked her voice. That’s what she wanted you to like… But you weren’t brainwashed by her everyday life and what her kid is wearing and who she’s dating and, you know, all the things that really – that none of your business, you know? And it shouldn’t influence how you listen to voice and art. But it is,” she said.
4. Taylor Swift
At some point in Taylor Swift’s career, she stopped doing interviews altogether. Although she’s definitely returned to the public eye since then, she once explained that her choice to walk away from the media was a conscious decision made around her “Reputation” album persona.
“At the very beginning of the album, I was quite proud to have invented the term” there will be no explanation, there will only be “reputation”. And so that’s what I decided the album would be. And I stuck to it. I didn’t come back to it. I didn’t try to explain the album because I didn’t feel like I owed it to anyone. . A lot of things have happened in a few years that have made me feel really, really bad. And I didn’t want to tell them. I didn’t want to talk about it. I just wanted to make music and then go on the road and tour stadiums and do whatever I could for my fans,” Taylor said in an interview with Apple Music.
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5. Kate Moss
Supermodel Kate Moss was open to interviews, but after numerous journalists twisted her words, she decided she would only speak to the media if she liked “the person or the project”.
” I hate that. When I was doing interviews a long time ago, I used to get really sick just worrying about them before they came out. I didn’t like that. When I started, I was doing press because I didn’t really know they were going to write something really awful, but they did, and I was like, ‘Oh no, I don’t want to go back.’ I think most of the time you walk into a room and they already know what they want to write about you, so it doesn’t matter what you are,” Kate told T magazine.
6. Franck Ocean
Frank Ocean has been incredibly elusive throughout his career, and for the most part, that’s how he liked to keep it. But in 2019, he decided to take his Instagram public so he could control the narrative around his life.
“I feel like there was a dissonance between how I was seen by the public and where I actually was, so that definitely contributed to the decision to make my Instagram public, of course. But there’s also the idea of dialogue, discourse and conversation, like theater where the audience can interrupt you compared to television,” Frank told GQ.
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7. Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix is incredibly passionate about acting, but he doesn’t like everything that comes with it. Although he once admitted that he “hates interviews,” he says he is sometimes willing to make an exception for one-on-ones or panel discussions.
“I don’t mind one-on-ones from time to time, or round tables where there is a discussion. It’s the TV stuff that I struggle with where it’s just sound bites – I hate that, and press conferences where you’re on a stage and people are constantly taking pictures, that’s is f—ing weird,” Joaquin told the Independent.
8. The weekend
The Weeknd may be one of the most famous musicians in the world, but he’s given surprisingly few interviews throughout his career. He says that, particularly early in his rise to fame, he simply didn’t feel comfortable around other musicians and preferred to keep an air of mystery – which ended up working in his favour.
“I was everything an R&B singer wasn’t. I was out of shape. I was not a pretty boy. I was clumsy as f—. I didn’t like the way I looked in the photos. I still have that insecurity when I talk to someone educated,” he told Rolling Stone of his early career.
But his lack of media appearances actually created intrigue and he decided to “run with this whole enigmatic thing.” He added: “We live in a time where everything is so excessive. I think it’s refreshing for everyone to be like, ‘Who the fuck is this guy?’ »
9. J Cole
For nearly four years, J Cole shied away from the media, only occasionally doing press interviews. The musician explained that he got to a point where he felt the interviews were superficial and unnecessary.
“Nobody ever asks anybody s—, that’s the fucking problem. It’s almost like we’re asking everyone – Hey, are you good? You good, you sure you good, man? Alright, cool. Everyone is f- –ing good. Well no, actually not everyone is good,” he told Vulture.