One of my favorite television series of all time is “Alias.” This explains my ambition to someday become a secret agent in the CIA, but also explains one more thing: my one and only Hollywood crush, Bradley Cooper. In “Alias,” Bradley Cooper played Will, Jennifer Garner’s trustworthy, adorable best friend and all-around amazingly nice guy. A few years later Bradley Cooper began to star in leading movie roles and last year, People Magazine named him the hottest man of the year. You can imagine my jubilation! I grabbed my phone and was intent on tweeting to my Hollywood crush a simple “congratulations,” when I discovered….gasp… he did not have a Twitter handle!
I was shocked! In a time when television shows are accompanied with hashtags in the bottom of the screen and celebrities’ quotes are pulled from their Twitter handles, it was surprising to find star without Twitter. In a way, it made me respect Bradley Cooper even more. As someone who is constantly in the media spotlight I can understand why a celebrity would not want to be on Twitter as well. There is an expectation to share personal parts of your life with fans and in the least, keep up with tweeting daily.
This caused me to investigate even further. Were there more celebrities out there who refused to open their lives up to social media? An article from almost two years ago in USA Today outlines six celebrities who, at the time, openly refused to get Twitter.
Today, Drew Barrymore is the only celebrity from that article without a verified Twitter handle.
In an interview while promoting his movie “Limitless”, last year, Bradley Cooper said, “For me, maybe I’m old fashioned, if I know so much about you and you’re playing a character in a movie then that’s a lot of work I’m gonna have to do to forget who you are so that I can believe the character and therefore enjoy the movie.”
As much as I would love to follow my Hollywood crush on Twitter, but when he puts it like that….I don’t think anyone could argue.