With all the glitz and glamour associated with being a young celebrity in Hollywood, it’s hard to imagine there are any cons to fame and fortune. It’s safe to say that one of the more precarious aspects of being universally recognized is the fact that any time a celebrity does anything worth a tweet, photograph or snarky comment, they have the potential to generate many a headline.
The amount of news coverage a star commands depends, of course, on the level of public interest, for which the minute details in the lives of Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and the “Twilight” cast are of great importance.
A lot of the newer stars find out about their headline-generating factor the hard way, as has been the case with Kiowa Gordon and a batch of private photos that were posted to a pornographic website. Never mind the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the incident; by all appearances, Gordon is doing his best to resolve the matter and move on. The “nude photos discovered” headline is so prevalent in pop culture that it’s almost expected.
Speaking of expectations, because there are so many ways in which a young celeb might be photographed doing something naughty — they’re teenagers, for cryin’ out loud! — I think we can all take a moment to appreciate the fact that on the whole, the entire “Twilight” cast has done an excellent job in upholding the ideals associated with their role-model statues. There have been a few leaked photos here and there but no evidence of any kind of truly inappropriate behavior that is often associated with young stars. It really is an amazing feat when you think about how many young actors we’re talking about and how scrutinized they are. When I think about some of the dumb things I did in my teens, I thank my lucky stars that Facebook and Twitter were not around. I can’t even begin to think about how difficult it would be to navigate as a young celebrity.
So as much as we love to obsess over our favorite stars, let’s try to not sweat the small stuff and appreciate them for being worthy of our continued admiration.
Why do you think the “Twilight” cast has largely avoided the typical pitfalls of young fame? Let us know in the comments or tweet me @karawarner!