I always wanted to be famous. I always wanted that adrenaline rush of people knowing my name and wanting to take photos with me. I’d love the opportunities to help out those around me, to travel to see different cultures, to influence the younger generation, and to see myself (after the makeup and hair crew helped me out) on a movie screen (I know some of those reasons are selfish but whatever, sorry people).

This quote from Ashley Olsen’s interview with the New York Times makes me wish otherwise:

“Honestly, I’m a wreck. Every time I see a camera, I’m a wreck. I don’t tend to react as though ‘I have to do this, it’s my job.’ I am reacting as a woman who is 5-foot-1 whose space is being invaded by a bunch of men whose aggression I can literally feel. In L.A. it is even worse because they are running red lights behind you, and I worry all the time about something terrible happening, someone getting hurt because of me, how I could ever possibly live with that. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have kids in the back seat and have to go through this and pretend for their sake that you are not scared.”

(Ashley Olsen)

Here are some more frightening and ridiculously overwhelming photos of paparazzi madness.

(Britney Spears)

(Paris Hilton)

(Jim Carey and Jenny McCarthy)

(Mandy Moore)

(Katie Holmes and Suri)

This last one sort of breaks my heart.

 

**for links, click photos

 

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