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  • Writer's pictureJessica Taylor Yates

Stars That Bit The Hand That Fed Them

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

"I'd rather be having a croissant in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City!"

She thinks she can throw a party and just not invite me? Source: Paramount Pictures

Look. We all can be a bit embarrassed about things that happened in our past (blonde streaks and flares, anyone?) But one thing I find a real turn off is celebrities who have a go at the people or places where they got their start. Like, they invented you! Stay humble! Some who forgot the memo include:

Lulu Popplewell (played Daisy in Love, Actually)


Whilst not a household name, Lulu is best remembered as Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman's daughter in the much-loved 2003 rom-com, Love Actually (made our list, that's for sure). Despite beating a casting call of what would have been thousands and landing her a prime gig, Lulu chose to talk shit about the film, stating, "Look, softly be it spoken I think it's a shit film. I think it's aged badly...On re-watching, it's not great." Like, you can think what you want - but maybe don't talk shit about the opportunity you were given to the press? Off it.

Melissa George

Source: Today Italy

Melissa George is an Aussie actress. I didn't really know what she'd been in, but Google did -

she's had stints on Grey's Anatomy, The Good Wife and The Slap, was Golden Globe nominated for In Treatment, and has done a string of films in the US as well. Hey, good on her - but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be happy about your big break, (which was on Nikki's dream job show), none other than Australia's beloved Home and Away. After being called 'Home and Away actress' Melissa George on Aussie tv, she cracked it, stating, "I don’t need credibility from my country anymore, I just need them all to be quiet. If they have nothing intelligent to say, please don’t speak to me anymore. I’d rather be having a croissant in Paris or walking my French bulldog in New York City. I’m not going to be a good Aussie anymore. I’m going to speak out. I’ve just had it. It’s disgusting. I’ve never spoken out about it because I have to be the loyal good Aussie who goes away and comes home but I’m really hard-working and people have to respect me for what I’ve done.” Girrrl! Get a grip!

Miley Cyrus

Source: Teen Vogue

Whilst not fully terrible, Miley hasn't always looked back on her Hannah Montana years, her springboard to fame, favourably. She told Girlfriend in 2019 that, "The minute I had sex, I was kind of like, I can’t put the fucking wig on again," she added. "It got weird. I grew up." Sorry you got super rich off the show, then? Girl, I'd love to be on a pencil case!

Various Australian Idols

Source: Music Feeds, Who Magazine

Look, this one can be two-fold, because while it is arguably how many artists from the show got fame, many had zero experience in the spotlight and how it would affect them. After appearing on the show in 2007, Australian singer Matt Corby told Music Feeds that going on the show was "A big fucking mistake." He also stated in an interview for Newscorp that, "When you are young, you think being serious is how you get taken seriously. It’s probably a post-Idol thing...I am someone who looks more to the negative than the positive as well, so I took all the negatives out of that and thought, bugger, I’ve ruined everything." Did he, though? Would we know who he is without it? (Still hot though). Sidenote - I missed his season because I was living overseas. My mum was OBSESSED, with both the show and Matt. Like, she votes and shit. The day I got home, we went to a restaurant and he was inside. Mum Lost. Her. SHIT. Fan girling like a 13 year old. I was jet lagged as hell and it was...intense.

Moving on.

Similarly, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Season 2 winner Casey Donovan lamented that, "Winning Idol was a pretty big thing, and thank God my stepdad made me enter, but to be honest, some days I do wish I hadn't won." But girl, then who would we have to win I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here?!

Megan Fox

Source: Page Six

A pretty unknown actress at the time, Megan Fox got her big break (and is still most well know for) appearing in the global blockbuster Transformers. However, she told the media that the director Michael Bay, "...wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is, so he's a nightmare to work for." She retracted it, but the damage was done - she was swiftly replaced in the sequel.

Katherine Heigl

Source: Vanity Fair

Girll! Once touted as the next big movie star thanks to roles in films like 27 Dresses and Life As We Know It, Katherine was also big on the tv circuit thanks to her role in a little known show called Grey's Anatomy. Instead of being thankful for her big break when she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the show, she withdrew her nomination, stating, "I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination and in an effort to maintain the integrity of the Academy organisation, I withdrew my name from contention." it was quite the slap in the face to the writers of the program. They retaliated - by writing her off the show.

Daniel Craig

Source: Insider

Ugh, this guy's privilege annoys me. You get arguably one of the most coveted roles of men all over the world as 007, James Bond. Yes, the hours and press must be gruelling - but you also get what, $50 million for it? Shut the fuck up! Instead, he whinges about it everywhere he goes, even going so far as to state to Time Out when asked if he would do it again, "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists...We're done. All I want to do is move on." I want to move on from you as 007 from those comments, too. #bringbackpierce #idriselbaforbond

Robert Pattinson

Source: Page Six

Aside from an appearance in Harry Potter, R. Patz was not really famous before Twilight, the movie that put him into the stratosphere. Yeah, the fame may have been overwhelming, that's fair, but you know...cry into your millions, instead of stating, "It’s weird kind of representing something you don't particularly like" and that you would have ...mindlessly hated" the series had he not appeared in it. That's just vish to Stephanie Meyer.

Anyone else?


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