A lot of the choices actors make in Hollywood really go over my head and boggle my mind. Of course, I’m not an actor myself, so maybe I’m simply not supposed to understand, but I enjoy sticking my nose into other people’s business so I’ll go ahead and overanalyze. And one of the most interesting things an actor can do in my mind is to not watch his or her own work.
I understand feeling self-conscious about watching yourself, even if you are an impossibly beautiful person. But if you put time and effort into creating something like a movie or a TV show, wouldn’t you then want to see the result? Not only is it worth it to see what you and your peers — with whom you presumably worked very closely — have created, but it might also be helpful to see yourself acting so you can get better. But apparently not, at least for these nine actors who’ve said they don’t watch their own projects.
1. Johnny Depp
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What he said: “In a way, once my job is done on a film, it’s really none of my business. I stay as far away as I possibly can… I don’t like watching myself.”
I don’t really see how it’s not any of his business how a film he worked on turns out. I’d argue it’s definitely more his business, literally speaking, than it is ours. But it’s not like his performances have suffered for lack of viewing. Plus, I suppose it’s better if he never sees The Lone Ranger.
2. Angelina Jolie
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What she said: “Most films I’ve seen once but there’s a film or two I haven’t seen. I like the process of doing them more than watching them. I don’t really like to watch movies. I love to watch Brad’s movies…”
So apparently Angelina doesn’t just dislike watching her own movies; she dislikes watching movies in general. Even non-actors like watching movies, so that’s kind of unusual. But I guess it’s possible to love acting in movies without loving movies? Maybe? I give up.
3. Andrew Garfield
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What he said: “I don’t want to be aware of what I’m doing. As soon as I am, I’m less open.”
I’ll admit this explanation is actually pretty interesting. When you’re self-conscious about what you’re doing in each moment because you know exactly what it looks like onscreen, I can see how realism could be lost. Andrew admitted that he was made to watch The Social Network, however, but it sounds like he otherwise avoids viewings at all costs.
4. Matthew Fox
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What he said: “I don’t really ever watch myself… I’ve never watched an episode of Lost.”
Obviously he’s read the scripts so he knows the story from that, but can you imagine being a part of a show like Lost and never actually sitting down to experience it the way fans do? That’s crazy to me.
5. Megan Fox
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What she said: “I never (look at myself), even in still photographs. I don’t look at anything. I panic if there is a monitor in the room I immediately go into like an anxiety attack. I’m insecure, I think most actors are pretty insecure.”
Another Fox who won’t watch themselves. This goes beyond just not liking to look at yourself or worrying you’ll ruin your performances and into real anxiety. Megan also revealed later that she watched Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen but had to get drunk to get through it. Well, so did most people. Badum bum!
6. Julianne Moore
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What she said: “I haven’t seen any of my own movies… I can’t sit there for a premiere or anything. I like being in the movie more than I like watching them. That’s my big thrill, rather than seeing the finished product.”
I just think it’s crazy that these people have so much self-control. How do they not succumb to curiosity?
7. Andrew Lincoln
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What he said: “I did it for a while, I watched it, and it’s a self-conscious thing of watching myself and going, ‘Oh I like it when I do that. That’s kind of cool.’ And then, ‘Oh, I don’t like it when I do that.’ And that defeats the object of what I want to do as an actor, which is to try and be in the role and not be self-conscious.”
This is Andrew talking about why he doesn’t watch The Walking Dead. It’s pretty much the same explanation as Andrew Garfield’s, and I do find it interesting. But how he avoids all those marathons AMC airs I’ll never know.
8. Peter Dinklage
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What he said: “I don’t have HBO.”
Guys, Peter Dinklage is just like us! Or at least, those of us who don’t get HBO and would prefer to watch things legally.
9. Connie Britton
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What she said: “I haven’t watched it all back because I’m too scared. I’m just too scared … and I really want to. I’m going to get somebody and literally make them sit down and watch it with me from start to finish so that I cannot be so scared. I’m such a baby!”
Aww, even Connie Britton is scared of American Horror Story! Adam Levine, who guest-starred in season two, also said he was too scared to watch, but I’m not sure the world is ready to call him an actor yet, so we’ll leave him off the list for now.