Celebrities. You either love ’em or hate ’em. Some can’t get enough of them, others quite frankly wish they would piss right off. I have to admit to falling into the previous category. I love ’em and can’t get enough of ’em.
Now I’m not crazy enough to want to be one of them but I am nosy enough to be a journalist (pot, kettle, black?!) so it’s fair to say they pique my curiosity. I’m partial to the odd gossip mag, my fave for years being Heat (I now find it impossible to go to London without changing my status too “I’m going to London… to buy Heat magazine) although some of the other weekly gossips are now just as deliciously scathing. I also confess to being a regular visitor to Heatworld.com and PerezHilton.com where the latest news and gossip is never but a refresh button away. Thanks to Twitter (and to celebs not being able to resist yet another avenue to display themselves to the public) it is now possible to stalk or ‘follow’ famous folk and get constant updates regarding what they’re doing and thinking. Who can resist? Not me.
Due to the copious amount of gossip mag reading, website surfing and Twitter stalking that I undertake all in the name of ‘research’ I like to think that my extensive knowledge of the world of celebrity is second only to that of Perez Hilton, who seems to get where water can’t. Within my circle of friends I am known as the go-too for celebrity news, whatever you need to know, when you need to know it. You can bet you can rely on moi.
Now I know there are some, who hide behind their broadsheet papers and roll their eyes at the mere mention of celebrities, because of course there are far more important things going on in the world. I mean who wants to know if LiLo is going to back to prison for the fifth time? What country Paris Hilton has been booted out of this week on yet another drugs charge? Who wore it best: The Hollywood actress or the British Pop Star? Who’s dating/cheating on who? Who’s star is on the rise and who’s career is on the skids? Who’s got malaria this time? Who wants to know?
Well, me actually.
OF COURSE there are more important things in the world and YES I am aware that the world of celebrity is about as real as The Hills, but as a form of entertainment this stuff is gold. Even the Eastenders scriptwriters couldn’t make up this drama and we all know that show is as far fetched as crap from Cairo. As long as it is taken with a pinch of salt, with the understanding that it’s all just a bit of light hearted fun, I don’t see any harm in being an avid follower of the Celebrity Soap Opera.
Now, professionally and journalistically my interest lies more with the women’s monthly glossies rather than the gossip weeklies as the monthly mags would give me more scope to put my features writer ambitions to use, however if opportunity knocked in the form of a job I definitely wouldn’t slam the door in the face of a weekly.
While I was interning with the features teams at Sugar & Company mags earlier this year I was present and involved while the writers organised interviews, brainstormed questions and researched various stars to include in the magazines. I have to admit that being a part of these tasks made me a teeny tiny bit excited at the thought of all these famous folk, especially when the acting features editor at Company trotted off to interview Christina Aguilera.
So no matter the glossies or the weeklies, if my life plan of becoming a ‘Jazz-handed-magazine-journalist-extraordinaire’ all goes smoothly (fingers crossed!) I will at some point in my career get the opportunity to interview and chat with the odd celeb or two. This got me thinking as to whom, in a professional capacity, I would like to interview if given the chance and I have to confess to being slightly disappointed as to what was on offer. There are not that many celebs at the moment that I would love to meet. Celebsville seems to be a bit thin on the ground where actual real celebs are concerned. Nowadays the term celebrity can be loosely applied to just about anyone if they have done a stint on a reality show or are prepared to turn up to the opening of an envelope.
But, I racked my brains and here are the ones that made the list:
I know she is dead, I wish she wasn’t. A true icon
J K Rowling
From depressed single mum on benefits to one of the worlds most celebrated authors and one of the richest women in England, all because she had an idea of a boy wizard called Harry Potter while on a delayed train from London to Manchester. Would love to sit her down and ask her about her work and life and where she found the inspiration and determination to change her life, and that of Harry fans the world over, forever.
What can I say? He’s northern, he’s funny, I ♥ him.
My favourite actress, loves her movies coz she only makes good ones.
Legend of an actor and he’s in two of my all time favourite films. The Prestige and A Muppets Christmas Carol. Enough said.
This one is for my friend Christopher. I promised that if I ever interviewed Zac I would take a picture so that Christopher could replace the one on his Facebook profile of the cardboard cut out Zac for one of the real thing. Known more for his looks than his acting ability I would probably ask about his beauty routine. And lets face it, it doesn’t exactly hurt your eyes to look at him.
And last but certainly by no means least is the starlet that I would most want to meet: Cheryl Cole
The highest honor had to go to Cheryl. You know I heart her. For those that don’t know go back and read my blog entry: ‘The nations Tweedheart’ Interviewing her would be well scary. But I’d do it then die of happiness later.
Even those celebs you love to hate bring some form of entertainment into your life. I defy anyone to pick up a trashy mag and not find at least one person within it’s pages who you can spend a happy couple of hours taking the pee out of. There are countless ‘celebrities’ that I would be happy never to meet here are an example of just a couple.
Katie Price & Kerry Katona
The question I would ask is: “Isn’t it about time you got a proper job?”
Absolutely nothing against this girl apart from the fact that I seriously doubt my self esteem could handle sitting in the same room as her.
There you have it, my celebrity wish list & my wish I never list.
Taking an interest in the celebrity world is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s glitzy, it’s crazy and it’s a million miles away from our day to day lives. Who can blame you for pressing your nose against the glass to get a better look? I’m sure that everyone at some point has had a celeb that they would love to meet. Following the famous folk is a good bit of harmless fun (unless your a stalker, then your crazier than they are.)
What’s your opinion, are you a celebrity lover or hater? Who would make it onto your wish lists? Get in touch and let me know.