Just because someone is famous doesn't mean they actually enjoy the lifestyle they've been forced to live. Once fame and fortune take hold, there's no saying where a star could end up.
Fans seemingly multiply, paparazzi are on their every move, and suddenly, unflattering photos and rumors are circulating the internet like wildfire. It's a life that not everyone expects and certainly one that not everyone enjoys.
Alternately, there are some stars that do enjoy all the attention as well as the dividends it pays in.
There's no right or wrong when it comes to dealing with being in the public's eye and that's the beautiful thing about Hollywood: no one celebrity is forced to feel one way or the other about their newfound fandom. Some may turn away from it while others thrive under the spotlight, and they're both accepted. While both aren't necessarily respected, some celebs have no problem making it known that they don't appreciate the constant attention.
In keeping with both lifestyles, we've found 20 celebs who have staunchly made their opinion known. Some may surprise fans, others might not be such news, but what we find interesting are their reasons: each star treats their life of fame uniquely.
20 Not A Fan: Shia LaBeouf
It's no surprise that Shia LaBeouf has spoken out against his reputation constantly being in the public's eye. While it's unclear as to whether or not he actually regrets being famous, it is quite clear that he thoroughly enjoys his privacy and doesn't particularly appreciate constantly being on-trend.
His sightings have been rare and when they do occur, he seems to be someone else and just not a happy person, period. After some legal trouble, LaBeouf was full-on in the eyes of the public and quickly decided to shut down and future attention. Via his Twitter, he famously declared it 'quits'.
19 Spotlight-Loving: Cardi B
Cardi B, famous for making solid use of her IG stories to share, well, some fairly intimate details, is definitely not one who dislikes the spotlight. While the star doesn't completely love being in the spotlight all the time, she has admitted that she loves the fact that she can take care of her family.
She was quoted by People magazine as saying, "one positive thing is that, my family, whatever they want, they get. Everything that I want to buy, I can get. I don’t have to worry so much about my future." She did go on to say that she does feel as though the 'world owns her', but this is definitely one example of turning a negative into something far more positive.
18 Not A Fan: Robert Pattinson
It's no real shock that after the Twilight saga made its big debut, Robert Pattinson was most definitely the main topic. Not only was his relationship with Kristen Stewart gossiped about, but fans wanted to know who he was.
He openly admitted to his co-star, in fact, who also despised the spotlight, that he wasn't a fan of fame or the attention it brought. The quiet actor is quite happy with his privacy, his music, and his personal life. So it came as no surprise when he backed out of acting and decided not to continue, completely opting against big-name movies altogether.
17 Spotlight-Loving: Paris Jackson
Paris Jackson is a unique case in the debate against whether or not fame is worth it because she ultimately decided to view it in a different light. According to People magazine, she was always a firm believer that being in the spotlight would eventually get you hurt—and that was something that admittedly scared her.
However, that all changed when she realized exactly how much influence she could have on her fans. Rather than view stardom as a negative thing, she now uses it to speak out and positively influence people. Jackson claims that rather than waste what she was born with, she'd rather use it in a far better way.
16 Not A Fan: Zach Galifianakis
It's no surprise that Zach Galifianakis isn't the biggest fan of living in the limelight. For this actor, acting is a bit of a catch-22: he loves the job but doesn't like the fame that comes with it.
In a press conference for the movie Birdman, he said, "Being a celebrity is... dumb. I'm not interested in it. I like to be an actor and that's it... I'm just being honest. I would rather do my work and go home and watch Lifetime or something.'' Which, hilariously enough, is how most of us feel toward our jobs. If only life really were that simple.
15 Spotlight-Loving: Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is a star who, while she hasn't admitted outright that she enjoys fame, has implied that she loves where she is now compared to where she used to be. According to People magazine, Swift admitted that when it comes to playing stadiums or simply walking down the street, she'll always choose to play stadiums.
The cut and dry explanation was that you can't pick two roads at once and clearly, she has made her decision and is perfectly happy with it. In the world of music, rising to fame is an enormous accomplishment and one that stars should be proud of. T-Swift is totally right in her choice.
14 Not A Fan: Daniel Day-Lewis
One person that we never seem to hear about is Daniel Day-Lewis. There's no arguing the fact that the man is a tremendously talented, not to mention accomplished, actor. The thing of it is that he enjoys his privacy and doesn't necessarily feel the need to be in the spotlight outside of his movie roles.
There's nothing but respect for a man who desires nothing but a quiet life outside of his acting, and that's exactly what Day-Lewis has chosen. According to Daily Mail, the actor remains on his remote Ireland property when he's not filming, engaging in hobbies such as shoemaking, riding horses, and woodworking.
13 Spotlight-Loving: Will Smith
It comes as no surprise that the Fresh Prince himself doesn't mind being in the spotlight too much. With all of his charisma and natural humor, it would almost be a crime if he didn't love his fans. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! the actor said that he's met a lot of people who consider fame to be a 'burden' and he 'just loves it'.
Smith is pro-recognition when it comes to fans spotting him outside of movies and that's a rare quality for a star who has spent so much time in front of the camera. From all the stories he tells, Smith is perfectly comfortable around those who love his work and has no issue with the fandom at all.
12 Not A Fan: Sia
It certainly comes as no surprise that singer Sia made this list, as her hair famously spoke for her when she decided to begin covering her face at public events. The tactic, she said, was to maintain some level of privacy as her singing really kicked off.
Sia admitted to Arizona Republic that she "didn't want to be a famous singer" and would rather not have her entire life picked apart by those who choose to notice her every move. She also pointed out the obvious—that most people do not have the pressure of fame, and it was one of her goals to live without it, too.
11 Spotlight-Loving: Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill, unlike many other celebrities, came right out with the brutally honest truth: he thoroughly enjoys fame. However, his reasoning behind it probably isn't quite what you'd expect from the Superman star. His reason for loving his lifestyle isn't because of the recognition; it's because of all the fortune that comes with it.
Cavill admitted that he enjoys walking into any store and being able to buy things, but also enjoys spending money on his family and friends. The actor said that any chance he gets to pay for dinner or a fancy vacation for himself and others is one that truly brings joy to his life.
10 Not A Fan: Evangeline Lilly
In a fairly recent podcast with The Lost Boys, Evangeline Lilly finally came clean when it came to her experience on the set of Lost. Interestingly enough, the actress said that going into the role was actually something she wasn't exactly aiming for. According to Lilly, it felt more wrong to her to turn down a once in a lifetime chance when something seemed to be pushing her toward it.
But she wasn't a big fan of her character and there were some scenes that were just plain uncomfortable for her. Much of the time, she felt as though her character was growing weaker rather than stronger. Although her life has changed now that she's part of the MCU, she still values her strength as a woman and an actress, and that doesn't include constant attention.
9 Spotlight-Loving: Woody Allen
Woody Allen is one of those celebrities that you simply can't fault for being brutally honest. He's not only okay with fame, but he's actually a hardcore lover of it. According to People magazine, Allen said "Because the perks are better. You get better seats at the basketball game, and you get better tables and reservations places, and if I call a doctor on Saturday morning I can get him. There’s a lot of things that you don’t get if you’re not famous."
He also went on to admit that while yes, it is "gross" in a sense and unfair to a certain extent, he can't truthfully say that he doesn't enjoy the things that come with it.
8 Not A Fan: Megan Fox
Despite how much the actress seems to love unique roles in films, Megan Fox is among the majority who feel more misunderstood than loved by fans. Although her acting has been very successful, landing her in several major action and comedic roles, Fox still isn't satisfied with how fans perceive her life.
"What people don't realize is that fame, whatever your worst experience in high school, when you were being bullied by those ten kids in high school, fame is that, but on a global scale, where you're being bullied by millions of people constantly," she said in an interview with Yahoo.
7 Spotlight-Loving: Chris Rock
Chris Rock, known for being outrageously hilarious, has had and continues to have a pretty successful go at fame. Landing roles in movies as well as hosting his own standup, Rock admits that he absolutely loves being famous.
Despite the humor he uses during many of his interviews, this is one thing that he's serious about. He describes fame in the words of David Spade and says it's 'like being [an attractive] chick'. On The Approval Matrix, he also stated that he thinks there's absolutely nothing wrong with people wanting to be famous. For him, it's great to be recognized and loved by so many people.
6 Not A Fan: Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt is one actor who is very honest when it comes to what he's chosen to do with his life. The star has been around the block a few times and has been under public scrutiny many times, but in reality, feels very strongly about the film industry as a whole.
He was quoted by NY Daily News as saying, "It's everything we didn't sign up for... There's this whole other entity that you get sucked into. You have to go and sell your wares... Somehow you're not supporting your film if you don't get out on a show and talk about your personal life. It has nothing to do with why I do this."
5 Spotlight-Loving: Charlie Sheen
Oh, boy. The only proof anyone needs as to why Charlie Sheen enjoys being in the public eyes is his YouTube presence between the years 2011 and 2012. Those were strange times for the actor, who never really seemed to be quite right when it came to having a firm grasp on reality.
Whether it was for publicity or something he genuinely believed in, we'll never know, but we can all admit that the guy is pretty funny when he wants to be. It's quite obvious that Sheen enjoys the spotlight, otherwise, he wouldn't intentionally be in it so much.
4 Not A Fan: Daniel Craig
Oddly enough, though he's a tremendous actor, Daniel Craig is not one for the spotlight in any way. He has admitted that he's tried getting out of his most well-known role of James Bond, but Hollywood simply won't loosen their clutches, so he's been sticking it out.
His reasoning behind it is 'business is business', according to Rolling Stone, and he's agreed to hang on for a little bit longer, luckily for fans. However, it doesn't mean that he needs to agree with or even enjoy a life of fame, and according to the actor, he utterly despises being famous and all that comes with it.
3 Spotlight-Loving: William Shatner
It's tough to not like a man like William Shatner. After he stole the world with his debut on Star Trek (ah, the good old days), he decided that fame was exactly the route he was going to take. Shatner certainly doesn't shy away from the spotlight and his natural charisma and ease in front of the camera is something that anyone would envy.
The actor fills up his time with outside projects as well, including appearing on panels for Comic-Con, where fans can finally have the chance to get up close and personal with the Trekkie they've idolized for so long.
2 Not A Fan: Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence is no stranger to the notion of being brutally honest—in fact, it's a quality that most fans love about her. When it comes to acting, she feels very different than they do, however. Lawrence was quoted by Vogue as saying, '"I am just not OK with [being famous]. It's as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven't been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I'm not going to find peace with it."
Her sense of normalcy is something that she tries to maintain in her personal life, and even in interviews, she's as down to earth as any other human being, fame or no fame.
1 Spotlight-Loving: Robert Downey Jr.
After a brief hiatus and some personal struggle, Robert Downey Jr. came back stronger than ever when he found his home in the role of Iron Man. The actor was born to be Tony Stark and his role in the MCU is something that he admittedly genuinely enjoys.
While prior fame may not have been something he was always comfortable or happy with, Downey Jr. has said of his new acting path that he's thoroughly enjoying the life change thus far. His fans are just as, if not more, enthusiastic about his role, with many seeing a superhero rather than just another actor.
Sources: Vogue, NY Daily News, Rolling Stone, People, Daily Mail, Arizona Republic