September 15, 2010

Flashing Lights

What is it about celebrities that draws us in?

Their mass appeal can be equated as follows: money + power + fame + beauty = greatness.

People want to get closer to those qualities and be in the presence of people who live a life beyond the everyday. We may feel we know the actors and actresses that we let into our homes, or give 2 hours of our time to in a dark theatre.

In September when The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) rolls around, our city becomes a mini Hollywood and the streets are filled with stars. I understand the excitement. I have actors I'd love to cross paths with (*cough cough James Franco cough*) and I believe it's completely okay to be a fan.

However, I have a problem with fame obsession.

Last weekend I went to the TIFF screening of 'Everything Must Go' with my sister. I watched the crowds of people standing around a swanky hotel, waiting and hoping for a glimpse of [insert famous actor here]. I watched as a mother with her two toddlers stood around in the cold, even though her husband urged them to leave. I'll admit we stood around too, wondering what the fuss was about. Nothing happened until people started screaming because a not-so-famous-soul-singer came out of a restaurant. I cringed. People shouted in a frenzy, and charged at his car despite the fact that most people admitted they didn't really know who he was. That was my cue to my sister, "Let's go home."

Why don't people stand outside hospitals waiting to catch a glimpse of the doctor who just removed a brain tumour from a child? Why don't we want to get closer to that degree of greatness? 

The people who risk their lives or spend their days trying to make the world a better place don't get nearly the same amount of recognition that a rom-com actress gets.

Please don't mistake me, I love films. I want to write them one day. I enjoy getting lost in a story or a great performance. I love reading well-written profiles in magazines. I love the behind-the-scenes. I just don't see the point in stalking someone outside a restaurant, unless they're going to buy me a plate of spaghetti bolognese.

After meeting with the fabulous Ruth Tal in Yorkville (interview below) I asked Stefania to quickly take my photo for fun. I had just found this old vintage bag in my closet that I bought for $6 awhile back and never wore. While she was taking my photo, a curious man came up to her.

I shouted, "I'm nobody."

Correction: I'm not a nobody. We are all somebody, whether the most recognized face in the world, or the man who sells hot dogs on the street.

Be Your Own Celebrity.


  1. Great bag! So on trend right now.

    I agree 100% with your comments about celebrity obsession. Sure, I think James Franco and Matt Damon (both in Toronto for TIFF) are gorgeous, but that doesn't mean I'm going to hang around restaurants and hotels downtown hoping to see them.

    People need to get over celebrities. They're just normal people. Lucky, but normal, for the most part.

  2. yaaaaaaaay! Love this, I think family and friends are the BEST celebrities. I think we are both celebrities that lunch on King St. E eating pizza :) let's do it again!!!!

  3. I absolutely agree with this outlook. & Often think about things such as celebrities and where us "normal" people fit in it all. Why should we be any less of a human being, right? Anyway, love, love, love your bag. xx

  4. When my mom was in Yorkville on TIFF day 1 shopping, the man at the store told her how he was watching all these people crowd around a hotel. These people were soo stuck on seeing someone come OUT of the hotel that they missed Catherine Zita-Jones saying her "excuse me's" and walking right in. If you are going to be a stalker at least be a good one.

  5. Great comments! Thanks! I loved reading these!

  6. such an amazing entry!

  7. I have sat next to celebrities in restaurants more than once. I would never want to let them feel that I was watching them or approach them - very uncool. Maybe it is a Canadian thing to think of celebrities as just another person who would probably like to eat their food in peace.