Whatever your views are on celebrity culture, most will agree that it is in our human nature to want to feel valued and celebrated, and from an outsider's perspective, seeing talented artists live out their wildest dreams as we continue ours can often feel like they are winning at life while we are merely getting by.
However, by letting society indoctrinate us with this shallow idea of happiness and achievement, many continue believing that fame and wealth is a recipe for happiness when that isn't often the case. In fact, many celebrities have spoken out against this ignorant assumption because they hate being famous.
Here are 10 examples.
1. Kristen Stewart
Despite acting in movies at a tender age, the Twilight and now critically-acclaimed actress has never been comfortable with the spotlight, something she revealed to Harper's Bazaar U.K. in 2015. Perhaps still affected by the attention that came from starring in the global juggernaut Twilight, Stewart said, "Fame is the worst thing in the world. Especially if it’s pointless. When people say, 'I want to be famous' – why? You don’t do anything?"
Stewart also admitted to feeling vulnerable at press junkets. "Having that much human energy thrust at you and then being critically analyzed is obviously disarming."
2. Shia LaBeouf
The idiosyncratic personality has had his problems in recent years after a succession of hiccups, which included getting into a drunken altercation in a London pub and annoying the hell out of Brad Pitt on the set of the ill-fated war movie Fury, and this may just be because he can't deal with the pressures of A-list fame.
The former child star went as far as to wear a bag over his head in 2014 and declare he wasn't famous anymore, before stating he was retiring from public life.
3. Johnny Depp
While celebrities complaining about their lives can feel incredibly annoying to us regular folk, it's worth bearing in mind what Depp once said about being in the spotlight. Comparing the life of a major celeb to that of a fugitive, he told Today in 2014, "It's a little bit like living like a fugitive. Everything has to be some sort of strategy. To get you into the hotel, to get you out of the hotel, to get you into the restaurant, to get you out of the restaurant."
Chatting to Fox News in 2013, he expressed similar sentiments. "I don't mean this in a way that is whiny or complaining or anything like that because I know how lucky I am to have been around this long and to maintain this career... you got to pay the piper, as well, in the sense of anonymity."
4. Shailene Woodley
After starring in the box office smash, The Fault In Our Stars, it seemed as though Shailene Woodley would go onto become the next best thing to Jennifer Lawrence, but after heroically campaigning against a proposed pipeline through Dakota that could see many native American burials damaged by oil companies she got herself arrested. So yeah, it's fair to see Woodley isn't all that interested in fame.
In fact, she despises her celebrity status so much that she told W Magazine in 2011, "To me, the F-word is 'famous,' and the C-word is 'celebrity.' I hate those words with a passion."
5. Jennifer Lawrence
She's become everybody's favorite actress in recent years and often tops the Forbes actress rich list, but even that isn't enough to convince Lawrence that being famous is one of the best things in the world.
Instead, the Hunger Games star sees fame in a completely different light and believes the intensity of being photographed all the time should allow celebrities time off from being celebrities. "Oh, it’s my three months off. You can’t photograph me," she joked. "I would love to be able to control being photographed. Then I wouldn’t have a new headline out today that I wore the same jeans three days in a row. [Laughs.] I was like, “First of all, yes, I did. Second of all, f*ck you, yes, I did.”
However, Lawrence was quick to downplay her first world problems, insisting she wouldn't change anything. "But I hate the “movie star blues.” We are so lucky, and I love my life. I wouldn’t take any of it back for anything. So I don’t like complaining about it."
Well, you kind of did, Jen, but we'll let that one slide because you're fabulous.
6. Megan Fox
Megan Fox is one of the most desirable women on Earth, but with such adoration comes much unwanted attention, leading Fox to compare the intrusion to being bullied at school.
In an interview with Esquire, she said, "I don't think people understand. They all think we should shut the f*ck up and stop complaining because you live in a big house or you drive a Bentley. So your life must be so great. What people don’t realize is that fame, whatever your [sic] worst experience in high school, when you were being bullied by those 10 kids in high school, fame is that, but on a global scale, where you’re being bullied by millions of people constantly."
7. Zach Galifianakis
Zach Galifianakis is one funny dude who isn't afraid to discuss the shallowness of his very own fame, just like he did during a press conference promoting the 2014 Oscar-winning movie, Birdman.
"Being a celebrity is sh*t — it's dumb and I'm not interested in it," he revealed. "I like to be an actor, and that's it. The blurred lines are, I think, man-made. I think celebrity is a man-made thing. It's not innate in us. We have people telling us, "We should pay attention to these people," for all the wrong reasons, their personal lives and whatnot … I'd rather just do my work and go home and watch Lifetime."
8. Chris Evans
The handsome stud revealed that he had long strived to become the biggest actor in Hollywood when he first started out but then realized that the adulation and success he eventually attained was good enough, even if it wasn't on the level of Brad Pitt's.
In a candid interview with the Boston Globe in 2009, he said, "I think when I first came out here I was very hungry to get to the top. Now I’m kind of at this middle road, and I’m looking around like, isn’t life pretty much as great as I want it right now? If you get too far, there’s no off switch. Once you’re Brad Pitt, you can’t not be Brad Pitt."
9. George Clooney
As Chis Evans explained, there's no going back once you're Brad Pitt, and that certainly applies to being George Clooney, too. There's being an A-lister, and then there's being an iconic, global sex symbol even when you're in your fifties, so we can understand why Mr. Clooney finds the attention a little bit much at times.
In an interview with Esquire in 2014, the now married man and father expressed an ardent desire to walk unnoticed in Central Park, something he can't do despite people thinking he has it all. "The big house on a hill is isolating. There’s no other way to say it. There are restrictions to this kind of fame. I haven’t walked in Central Park for 15 years. I’d like to, you know?"
10. Robert Pattinson
The British actor became a household name after being cast as the beautiful vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, and ever since his life has consisted of running away from screaming teenage girls and photographers trying to find out where he lives.
Talking about the downsides to fame in more detail, he revealed to GQ in 2013, "You don't have a normal life anymore. You spend much time trying to fight it, but in the end, you find another way to live," before adding, "people don't realize how lonely you are. In any case, I feel fortunate because success didn't reach me very young, at least, I had the opportunity to have a life before."