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11th Dec 2011 from Twitlonger

Elizabeth Reaser talks about the fame of certain Twi cast members with Bullett magazine:

Interviewer: You’ve seen firsthand a handful of actors’ overnight rises to super stardom, and, to be honest, as an outsider looking in, I don’t think it looks like a lot of fun. What’s your take on it?

Elizabeth: I would agree. As someone on the inside, I don’t think they’re having a lot of fun, to be honest. I mean, at first it’s fun, because people are rolling out the red carpet for you, and you’re getting into restaurants and people are sending you jackets—

Interviewer: Back it up. They get jackets?

Elizabeth: [Laughter] People start sending you boxes of shit and you’re suddenly fabulous. But I’ve seen a lot of the joys of being young — running around and getting into trouble, walking down the street and ignoring the world — totally vanish.

Interviewer: Almost instantly.

Elizabeth: In this case, it was literally overnight. But this is the agreement we enter into as actors. You can’t complain about it. You just can’t. I’ve been involved in this industry for a long time, and I know that there are a lot of choices that are made along the way, choices that can form your day-to-day life. There are people who cultivate attention, and then there are other people who don’t. This is a conscious choice that you and I are talking. I don’t have to do it; I want to do it. So even though the contracts for celebrities have definitely changed, there are choices one can make that will inform everything going forward. I’ve seen people go different ways.

Interviewer: I hadn’t really considered the choices actors make after their initial rise to fame.

Elizabeth: Look, Angelina Jolie isn’t famous by accident. It’s not like, in spite of herself, she’s become a star. It’s a choice.

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