Schwimmer: “It made me want to hide under a baseball cap”
David Schwimmer has admitted he felt like hiding from everyone after becoming famous, claiming the experience was “pretty jarring.” The actor also revealed that his status often “messed with his relationships” and it became harder to connect with others.
He explained to The Hollywood Reporter: “It was pretty jarring and it messed with my relationship to other people in a way that took years, I think, for me to adjust to and become comfortable with. As an actor, the way I was trained, my job was to observe life and to observe other people, so I used to walk around with my head up, really engaged and watching people.”
The former Friends star admitted that finding himself again proved difficult.
“The effect of celebrity was the absolute opposite: it made me want to hide under a baseball cap and not be seen. And I realised after a while that I was no longer watching people; I was trying to hide. So I was trying to figure out: How do I be an actor in this new world, in this new situation? How do I do my job? That was tricky.”
Schwimmer had previously stated that fame was rather painful, adding: “I remember very well when celebrity first came to me. It was not something that made me comfortable. It was almost painful. I didn’t like being treated differently than who I was.”
He recalled his earlier years and the way people’s treatment changed merely because of his celebrity status.
“I just didn’t respond well to it. I didn’t understand why people were treating me as if I were special. I found that painful because I hadn’t changed. I didn’t like the idea that someone could suddenly get special treatment for doing nothing other than being on TV.”
Other Hollywood stars have also been through similar situations, including Kristen Stewart, who often puked due to the excessive amount of attention.