The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned the world upside down over the past two years. However, for some celebrities, mask mandates are actually a blessing because mask-wearing has served as a disguise for the paparazzi. English actor Robert Pattinson is one celebrity who appreciated the freedom a mask gave him to remain anonymous in public.
Read on to learn more about Pattinson’s take on mask-wearing, what other celebrities have to say, and how mask mandates have hurt paparazzi activity throughout the pandemic.
Robert Pattinson is pro-mask
Pattinson rose to prominence in the public eye after portraying Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. His fame quickly skyrocketed after landing Edward Cullen’s gig in the dusk film series. Pattinson, 35, has been dealing with the paparazzi and mega-fame since his early 20s. Having had to find ways to hide from the paparazzi over the past decade and a half, Pattinson actually found relief with the emergence of mask mandates that began during the pandemic.
During an interview with GQ, Pattinson explained how wearing a mask throughout the pandemic has given him a sense of anonymity that he thoroughly appreciates when going out in public. Pattinson went on to say, “It’s funny with all this anti-mask stuff, because I’m like, I’ll be wearing a mask for the rest of my life. I think I gained a few years of life for lack of stress. It’s ideal when everyone is wearing one too, so it’s not like I stand out. It’s amazing.” All things considered, it’s safe to say that Pattinson is definitely pro-mask.
Many celebrities have found the masks comforting
Pattinson isn’t the only celebrity enjoying the anonymity that wearing a mask provides. During the pandemic, many celebrities have shared how masks allow them to do normal things without people recognizing them. Singer, actor, and TV personality, Cher is one celebrity who seems to enjoy wearing a mask in public.
According to Vanity Fair, Cher told a fan via social media: “OF COURSE I LIKE WEARING A MASK. I CAN JUST RUN TO THE MARKET, RUN AROUND SEPHORA AND GO TO DRS. ,& NO ONE KNOWS WHO I AM . [Pray] 4 DAYS WE DON’T NEED TO WEAR THEM [sic].” From this post, it’s clear that the 75-year-old is just as pro of the mask as many of her fellow celebrities.
Wearing a mask really gives some celebrities privacy
Over the past couple of years, it seems many celebrities, just like Pattinson and Cher, have taken advantage of the fact that paparazzi can’t spot them as easily when they’re wearing a mask. According to the Sunday Mail, celebrity trainer Dion Jackson has said that since the start of the pandemic he has been able to train his superstar clients on hiking trails, beaches and in public parks without anyone else being notified. when they wear their masks. The Sunday Mail reports that Jackson, who has trained the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Jim Carrey, said:
“No one knows who they are! Probably the only benefit of this horrible thing is that celebrities go where they want without anyone harassing them.
It seems mask-wearing has been a blessing for celebrities while being a hindrance to the entire paparazzi business. The Sunday Mail also reports that Randy Bauer, the co-founder of the Bauer-Griffin Photo Agency, has opened up about how mask-wearing has hurt his paparazzi business. Bauer went on to say, “We misidentified a lot of people. It was so complicated to know who someone was. Now we need to identify celebrities more by their gait, their mannerisms, their voice.
Only time will tell how long celebrities can hide behind their masks. Regardless of how things go, it looks like Pattinson is one celebrity who plans to wear a lot more masks in his future, both in his personal life and on the big screen in his next big role as Batman.
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