The magic that Hollywood brings is that it never fails to keep us entertained. We have a lot of options to escape the sometimes distressing world of harsh reality and we also relate to the different emotions that movies, television shows, and music deliver. Entertainment moves us and we all know life wouldn't be as bearable without it.
It's also a fact that Hollywood isn't as glamorous as it seems, and that celebrities have to go to great lengths to entertain us because that's what they do. In doing so, they have to do a lot of crazy things. You probably already know that women's challenges to stay in Hollywood are more difficult than men's, and this is just the tip of the iceberg because we'll get into very specific details on the surprising rules women had to do follow to stay in Hollywood.
21 Never Show Up On Set Wearing MakeUp
The cast of Stranger Things strictly follows a "No Makeup" rule, which means they have to come on set completely fresh and scrubbed. Per TheBinger, this rule started when Millie arrived on set covered in glitters, insisting she didn't know where she got them from. Makeup artists had to remove the glitters and add bronze makeup to her skin so that she's ready to embody her character as Eleven. The extra 45 minutes delayed production so the day's filming schedule was pushed back.
20 Live Together With The Leading Actor For A Month
Per Ranker, Director Derek Cianfrance had Michelle Williams live with Ryan Gosling for the movie Blue Valentine for an entire month, along Faith Wladyka, who played their daughter. Ryan Gosling said that they celebrated fake Christmas, brought birthday presents, fought all day and this helped add to the film's dramatic realism.
19 Work On An Actual Farm For 3 Weeks
Ruth Wilson played a grueling role of an abused woman in the movie Dark River. To prepare for the role, she had to work for three weeks. Per Ranker, Ruth said, "I went and stayed with this great couple called Malcolm and Hazel up in Yorkshire, and they taught me load of skills of what you need to do on a farm: dragging them around, shearing them, castrating lambs, clipping feet, dipping them. I had to do all of it ."
18 Never Express Political Views
Stacey Dash became famous when she starred alongside Alicia Silverstone in Clueless and after that, she became a Christian and a conservative. The actress told CNS News, "My acting opportunities have ceased because of my political beliefs. I'm being persecuted in Hollywood. I've been blacklisted. My agents have dropped me. I haven't auditioned in over a year because of my beliefs and what I stand for. But I know that this is what God wants me to do."
17 Break A Rib To Get Into A Corset
In recreating historical dramas, the most grueling experience for an actress is to wear a corset. Nicole Kidman revealed that she broke her rib in filming Moulin Rouge, trying to get into her burlesque-dancer corset. In an interview with Graham Norton, the actress said, "I re-broke my rib getting into it."
16 Breastfeeding Is Not Allowed
Lynn Redgrave is just one of the many actresses who got fired while filming a hit TV show. In 1981, Universal Studios announced that the actress left House Calls because they couldn't meet her salary demands. Per People, contrary to this statement, Lynn said she was fired for wanting to breastfeed her 5-week-old baby on set. This statement was even backed up by a call recording.
15 Pregnancy Is Prohibited
Stars like Robin Wright, Nicole Kidman, Jodie Foster, and countless other celebrities have lost their movie roles due to pregnancy, so getting scared of being pregnant - especially in the middle of filming - is normal for actresses.
In an interview with Sky News, Game of Thrones' Gemma Whelan who also appeared in The Crown said, "I was five months pregnant when I was doing 'The Crown' and I didn't tell them because I was too scared."
14 Take A 600-Question Psychological Evaluation
The Bachelorette, a hit reality TV show, requires a grueling psychology test with 600 questions. Per Ranker, one Bachelorette wannabee who almost made it said, "Filling out these questionnaires while locked up for hours, made me both ponder everything in my life. At some point I started going stir crazy and was bewildered by the questions. They must have asked me five or six times if I’ve ever thought about killing or harming myself. By the sixth time, I almost checked yes."
13 No Showing Of Bare Midriff
Producer Amy Sherman-Palladino created a rather unusual rule for that Gilmore Girls cast. They were strictly prohibited to show their bare midriff. Per HelloGiggles, costume supervisor Valerie Campbell said, "Amy did not like the fact that the tops were going up and all you saw was skin. Because if you were in Connecticut, in winter, you'd be freezing! You'd have a coat on, you wouldn't show that." She further said that Alexis and Lauren were fidgety at first, always trying to tuck down their shirt but after a while, they got used to it.
12 Pet A Puppy Dog Every Hour
This one we can get behind. 13 Reasons Why, a hit Netflix series, tackled a very sensitive topic about bullying so there were instances when scenes were emotionally draining. In full support of the cast, executive producer Selena Gomez required them to pet a puppy dog whom they refer to as therapy dogs. This helped the cast, most especially Katherine who played Hannah.
11 Pop Stars Have To A The Teaser Before A Single
Pop star rules didn't scare Ariana Grande. In an interview with Vanity Fair she said, "I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to do that men aren't. We have to do the teaser before the single, then do the single, and wait to do the pre-order..." While most pop women adhered to this rule, Ariana makes records the way that men do and further commented, "Why do they get to make records like that and I don't? So I do and I did and I am, and I will continue to."
10 Harassment Used To Be The Rule, Not The Exception
Lady Gaga was assaulted when she was younger and she wished she had expressed the topic sooner. During a roundtable with The Hollywood Reporter she said, "When I started in the music business when I was 19, it was the rule, not the exception, that you walk into the recording studio and be harassed."
9 No Looking At Colleagues For More Than Five Seconds
Netflix has a very strong regard for women and their rights but sometimes their rules can be too much. According to Sun, they have an anti-flirting rule which prevents casts and crews from looking at anyone for more than five seconds, lingering hugs or touch are not allowed, asking a colleague out after being rejected is a no-no, and no one is allowed to ask for a colleague's number.
8 Hollywood's Gender Pay Gap
Gender pay gap between men and women is a known fact that proves there is inequality in Hollywood. TheGuardian has cited that economists revealed that men earn $1.1m more per film than women of the same experience. Izquierdo Sanchez said, "The gap has been quite persistent. It is almost the same in 2015 as it was in 1980. It doesn't show any signs of improving."
7 Lip, Nose, Eyebrow, And...Other Piercings
To portray the character of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara went through a massive change. From a sweet-looking lady, she had to take the challenge of a disturbingly gothic look for the role through several piercings on her ears, lip, nose, eyebrow, and even her nipple.
6 Live Off Of Two Square Meals Of Dried Oatmeal A Day
Including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA, Anne Hathaway bagged a ton of well-deserved recognition from different award-giving bodies for her role as Fantine in Les Miserables. Behind her amazing performance, her diet was crazy! Per TheCut, she limited herself to two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day!
5 Gain 50 Pounds And Wear Facial Prosthetics
Gaining weight was the biggest hardship for Charlize Theron which was one of the many other things she had to do for her roles. In Monster, she had to gain 40 pounds and wear prosthetics. Then in Tully, she gained 50 pounds. Per MarieClaire, she said, "The sugar put me in a massive depression. I was sick. I couldn't lose the weight. I called my doctor and I said, 'I think I'm dying!'"
4 Learn To Speak Gorilla
It's one thing to learn German or any foreign language but learning how to speak gorilla is downright crazy! To play a real-life naturalist for Gorillas in the Mist, Sigourney Weaver spent several weeks in Africa with wild apes to learn their language. She told TheOneShow, "I really only knew a few phrases but I'm happy to impart them. One is 'uh-uhm' which is basically, 'I'm here,' a reassuring, gentle greeting."
2 Be Covered In 4,500 Gallons Of Sticky Fake Blood
In the movie IT: Chapter 2, Jessica Chastain shot a scene where she was submerged in 4500 gallons of sticky fake blood. Per Vanity Fair, Chastain said, "It was really disgusting. It's like lime, and it was up my nose, in my ears, and stuck on my eyeballs. I kind of did have some little fears, but I was happy to do it."
1 Keep Features As Is After 30
Actresses get anxious once they've hit 30 because there's too much pressure in keeping their features as is. While aging doesn't usually impact male actors negatively in their career, women should strive to keep their youth or say goodbye to romantic lead roles and say hello to supporting roles.
Amanda Seyfried is one of the many women celebrities who's terrified of aging. She told E!News, "I'm turning 30 and sometimes I think, 'God, where did the last decade go?' I would kill to be 20. Life is short. Every year I think more about my mortality."
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