Celebrities are people, too
Growing up, it was my belief that celebrities were the highest class of people. They were idolized for their talent, they had the nicest things (cars, clothes, houses, you get the picture), and they got to walk the red carpet. Side note: I always loved that no matter what the award ceremony was it was always called the red carpet, further adding to its wonder and exclusivity. I realize now, of course, that this idealistic belief that celebrities were gods among people was ignorant because as I have learned during my time in LA, no matter how brief, celebrities are people too.
Sure, they are on the TV screen and everyone knows their names. Their names and faces are on giant billboards, facing crowded streets and highways, advertising the next best movie. People flock to department stores to buy perfumes so that they can smell like them. But, they’re people too.
It wasn’t until the SULA group was invited to the taping of ‘Last Man Standing’ that I really got my first hand look at celebrities being themselves. Between takes the youngest daughter would dance to the music that played to keep the crowd hyped up. Hector Elizondo, realizing he had a few seconds before the next take, cleared his throat and then approached the crowd to dance salsa. And Tim Allen screwed up one of his lines with his co-star but was able to laugh it off and make fun himself when a writer offered him a script. And this gesture got the whole audience laughing as well.
The main difference between people and celebrities is that celebrities are performers. They can make it seem like they are the strongest, the smartest, the nicest, most confident, and most talented people in the world. When in reality, and anyone who’s been around them when the cameras are off can tell you this, they can actually be the rudest, most self-conscious, and most selfish people in the world. Celebrities aren’t perfect. They have needs, habits, desires, addictions, weaknesses, strengths, flaws, and imperfections just like the rest of us. But celebrities can also, and most times do whether positive or negative, serve as role models because of their work ethic, passion, and success during their lives.
Celebrity status isn’t unobtainable, as seen with the incredible and sometimes surprising, success of reality TV. It is something to be proud of, and something that should never be taken for granted as only a small percentage of people will ever have it. I’m just glad that I know that celebrities have problems too and that no one’s life is perfect.