20 People Share Stories About The Misconceptions They Had About Certain Celebs

Published 8 months ago

Even though it’s hard to admit it, sometimes we can be blind to the real face of people. This can usually go one of two ways. Like looking at a wolf in sheep’s clothing we can be misled into thinking someone bad is actually good, or it can be that someone that looks thuggish can actually turn out to be an angel in disguise. 

One Redditor sparked an interesting discussion when they brought up this question in relation to celebrities. PerspectiveMedical71 asked the ever-responsive online community, “What’s something a famous person has done that just completely changed how you viewed them?” The thread received almost 4k answers and we’ve found some of the most popular and insightful to share with you below. 

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#1

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Ashton Kutcher started advocating for trafficking victims. Like hardcore dumped nearly all his life’s worth into it and basically continues to pursue his career so he can keep dumping more into it.

He went from a vapid pretty boy narcissist actor to one of my most respected role models nearly instantly.

#2

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Allison Mack. I kinda had a crush on her back in the Smallville days (I was 13 or 14 when the show came out) but she always seemed nice. Then I learned how she was helping traffic young girls into a sex cult. Absolutely bizarre.

#3

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Sinead O’Connor. She had a popular song on the radio. Thought she was going places. Then she tore a picture of Pope John Paul II on stage. I thought she was a nut job. Turns out she was on to something protesting sex abuse cases.

So basically a 360 on her, or two 180s.

#4

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Steve Buscemi was always a talented actor, but his unheralded deeds at Ground Zero humanized him in such a way that I knew at heart he was just a friend who wanted to help people.

#5

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I was a child when the Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton thing happened. I remembered how everyone seemed mad at her, so I just never questioned it.

She did a TED talk about that intense, public scrutiny, and how she eventually learned from it.

That level of continuous strength is so inspiring to me. It definitely reshaped the image I had of her as a child.

#6

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Eddie Murphy. The way he denied his child with Mel B and tried to portray her as a stalking groupie. His ex wife was the one who reached out to her so their children could connect. And initially, even after a positive DNA test, he still didn’t step up. Lost all respect for him as a man.

#7

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When John Mulaney cheated on the wife he acted like he worshipped, I lost complete respect for him.

If he never had held her up as some paragon of perfection, I likely wouldn’t have cared so much. But don’t act like some awesome catch of a husband and then turn 100% douchey overnight.

#8

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Never was a huge fan of Taylor Swift, but when she gave Ke$ha $150,000 (pretty sure that amount not certain however) to get out of her abusive record deal. Definitely made me look at her differently. Then when Demi Lovato left some petty tweet after the ordeal, made me hate them even more.

#9

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Pretty much everything Keanu Reeves does. Finding out about his kindness and activism made me see him as something other than the “surfer dude” I had in my mind.

#10

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ODB saving that little girl who was trapped under a car after an accident, them visiting her in the hospital EVERY. DAY. under a false name so no one would know.

Really humanized him outside his thug-hip-hop persona.

#11

Bill Cosby. Such a disappointment.

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#12

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Tom Cruise – Scientology

#13

Pretty sure any time I’ve learned about anything Dolly Parton has ever done has only generated more respect for her.

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#14

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During the filming of Matilda, Danny Devito and Rhea Pearlman took care Mara Wilson while her mother was battling breast cancer.

Basically Danny Devito is the complete opposite of Frank Reynolds IRL.

#15

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Ludacris: look up what he did after the earthquake in Haiti. My friend is his pilot, and he flew 14 straight days bringing in relief supplies and medical personnel!

#16

I wasn’t a Britney Spears fan until I saw how human she is. Britney Spears. I don’t listen to her music but I root for her.

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#17

I’ll never forget watching the oscars and seeing all the people give that standing ovation for Roman Polanski, knowing damn well what he did. Forever disgusted. And Whoopi Goldberg saying it wasn’t “rape rape.” And Quentin Tarantino excusing it because she was a “party girl.” I know he has since apologized for that but it’s hard for me to forget. I don’t know how an apology makes up for a grown man who should know better saying something like that in a public forum. The story is too close to home for me.

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#18

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Every actor or director who signed a petition to have Roman Polanski forgiven for drugging and violently raping and sodomizing a teenager. Unfortunately there are quite a few of them and they’re all disgusting.

Edit: my wife just corrected me. She wasn’t a teenager, she was 12.

#19

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Met Bill Pullman at an after-premiere party at more or less the height of his fame (my wife worked at the studio for the movie we had just seen). People always talked to me at these things until they found out I worked in the lowly service industry, and then would immediately terminate the conversation and get the hell out of there (since I could be of no use to them). Bill Pullman was the opposite. He actually got excited that I was not one of these “phony a******s,” but instead a real person, and talked to me for a good while, just shooting the s**t about whatever, asking me about what my work was like. You would not believe the stories I have about people my wife worked with, former classmates, etc, behaving like I may as well be rolling in a sewer to be working a regular job and doing my art on the side, instead of climbing a ladder somewhere. It was nice to have someone way more successful than any of them coming from the opposite direction, and I always thought I would give him public props if I ever got the chance, so hopefully this doesn’t get too buried.

#20

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Shaq: I served him many times at a restaurant in downtown Portland. He was so nice to the kids that saw him, he would leave the bar area for signatures since the kids could not come in that part. I saw him run across the dining room to catch/help an old lady get on a bar stool. For comparison sake, I saw Dirk drop a gum wrapper on a table while a family was eating there. That soccer guy pg for lakers(forgot his name) would have 5 young girls with him and hide his face.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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