Taylor Schilling Slams “Celebrity Kim Kardashian Culture” In Elle Canada
Kardashian comes up when Schilling speaks about why she isn’t a fan of social media, which many stars have adopted as a way to interact with fans. The “Orange Is The New Black” star has Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, but objects to the pressure she feels to use them. “It has almost become a defiant thing at this point because I do not believe this celebrity Kim Kardashian culture is what I signed up for,” says Schilling. “I’d rather create something honest than try to create something for a social media account.”
“I feel that there is a part of the acting world that has gotten mixed up in the world of celebrity – as if they’re the same thing,” says Schilling. “If you’re someone who is interested in a creative profession, then you’re also required to cultivate this celebrity. They are not one and the same. I don’t know if you get more jobs if you have more Instagram followers; that hasn’t been my experience.”
Schilling further says, “There is something so sad about going online and seeing almost everyone shouting ‘Notice me, notice me!’ Which is such a human desire — to be acknowledged. But me responding to that with some sort of ‘You’re noticed, you’re seen’ only perpetuates the loneliness. Because I’m not seeing you; I’m not noticing you. And whoever you are, you so deserve to be noticed and valued. I feel lucky to have not grown up with the Internet because it forced me to get out, struggle and be so messy.”
The actress also reveals another reason why social media makes her uncomfortable. “My brain is just way too fragile for both,” she tells the magazine with a laugh. “I am susceptible to what people think; I think we all are. So it’s just easier for me to not engage with it too much.” What do you think of Schilling’s comments?