Celebrity stylist calls Jennifer Lopez and Katherine Heigl the worst to work with

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Do you remember when it looked like quarantine would dry up all the gossip? I thought we’d have to bide our time with failed Imagine videos and Zoom reunions until the lockdown divorce news started. But I guess people are going stir-crazy enough to spill the tea about who pissed them off the most. Ellen DeGeneres’ employees certainly saw an opening (it’s about time!). Now, a celebrity stylist by the name of Tamaran is dishing on who is the absolutely worst when it comes to diva behavior. Tamaran, who worked as an assistant to several stylists to the stars from 2008 to 2017, unloaded about her former clients and those at the top of her Sh*t L*st are Jennifer Lopez, Katherine Heigl and Jessica Alba – oh my!

On JLo: I knew this one for years. There’s a reason why she can’t hold down a costumer or a seamstress. In order to talk to J Lo you can’t look at her. In order to talk to her you have to talk to God.

On Katherine Heigl: If 2020 was a career, it would be Katherine Heigl. Friends of mine who have worked on set with her and photoshoots have told me that she is extremely difficult and always mad.

On Jessica Alba: If 2020 was an attitude it would be Jessica Alba…she’s not nice. She loves to rub hummus on her dress, play mind games with you, [and] she does this thing where she talks to you while not talking to you.

On Alexis Knapp: There’s some celebrities who pay, some who take forever to pay, and some who just don’t pay because they think their name is enough. And out of the Pitch Perfect cast, that was Alexis Knapp. (Of her 2015 MTV Movie awards look) This was one of the most difficult looks to put together. Whilst being fitted in this dress, Alexis decided it would be wonderful to eat a slice of chocolate ice cream cake. Part of the cake melted onto the dress, and guess who had to clean it? Oh, but it gets better, (a designer lent Alexis $1,300 worth of jewelry) And let’s just say that she couldn’t “find it”. When my boss asked for payment, Alexis responded with, “I needed to pay you?”

On Marisa Tomei (whose appointment was at 9:30): Marisa didn’t wake up until 12:30 p.m., barely says hello, and proceeds to eat her breakfast of yogurt and granola

[From TikTok via Socialite Life and Daily Mail]

We often hear about celebrities who insist on no eye contact. I heard from a person in The Biz that there is some reasoning behind it beyond just flat out ego. People on set very much want to befriend the big names on set. But those actors have jobs to do and don’t always have time to stop and chat or, sometimes, they just want to detox after a crappy day at work. The easiest way to avoid a conversation is to avoid eye contact, thus, the rule. But that only applies to walking around on set, I can’t imagine being in close proximity and physically working on JLo without being able to look at her. How does that even work? “Here. Put these on *throw clothes in the direction of JLo’s voice* and tell me if you think they look good. Okay, duck because I have to throw some bangles your way!” I don’t think any of us are surprised by Tamaran’s comments about Katherine, her attitude cost her her career. I’m not particularly surprised about Jessica either. The bummer for me is Marisa Tomei, who I really like. So does Tamaran, for the record. She said she went easy on Marisa for her transgressions as a result. I want to believe this was a bad day for Marisa, but who knows. When I’m grumpy I don’t talk to anyone either (mainly because what I would say would be mean). But I cannot brook lateness, especially to that degree, without a phone call or apology. Everyone’s time is valuable, regardless of their job or position. Things happen, I get it, but if you can’t be bothered to let me know you’re running late, then forget it.

Tamaran wasn’t all negative – those are just the most fun. She had nice things to say about Jacob Elordi, George Clooney and Ariel Winter. She said Carrie Underwood is “the sweetest person on the planet” whereas Selena Gomez is, “one of the most professional human beings in the industry.” Both women acknowledge the folks around them and thank them for their time and work. I’ll add to Tamaran’s list: my friend works as an animation director at BUF and said that Ariana Grande was an absolute professional on the video they worked together on (unlike the video’s main director who was apparently a beast). From my former life as a Meetings/Conventions coordinator, my favorite celebrities with whom I worked were John Cleese and Harry Belafonte. Both men were not only professional, but extremely affable. But the celebrity I hold above all others from working with them was Celeste Holm, the classiest woman I have ever met.

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  1. Alexandria says:

    I think Jessica Alba is the worst for me if she plays mind games. If you’re outright nasty that’s clearcut, you either fight or flight. Mind games is a different level of cruelty.

  2. Feedmechips says:

    I know someone who is a big wig in the entertainment business. They had nothing kind to say about Jessica Alba.

    • Alexandria says:

      I’ve never heard about Alba’s attitude gossip. This is interesting gossip! Nice post Hecate.

      • Lea says:

        She worked really hard on her image, probably around the time she started the Honest Company, to appear wholesome, fun and relatable. But back before the birth of her eldest, she had quite a reputation for being moody, never smiling and for not being very nice to other people.

        I never thought she was a good actress. Her success relies mostly on her looks (I think she is genuinely beautiful, and she is basically not aging).

        As for Jennifer Lopez, it’s common knowledge. Katherine Heigl too, that’s why she’s been blacklisted for years.

    • Original Jenns says:

      So much gossip about Alba, her shi++y attitude and how rudely she treats people. In the rare cases she’s nice, due to her reputation I’m willing to believe it’s because she thinks the person can do something for her or she’s trying to get some good press.

    • lucy2 says:

      Considering she is a pretty terrible actress and, IMO, was lucky to work as much as she did, she should have been kinder and more grateful to those around her.

      • KL says:

        That’s the thing — weirdly, it’s often those who lack actual talent who have the worst attitude. Because they’re trying to distract people from their lack of talent and the suspicion of whether or not they deserve to even be there. (Maybe even distract themselves.)

        Alba also got worked over good as a very young actress by very manipulative older men, so that might also be part of it. It’s no excuse for bad behavior as an adult with her own power, but you have to wonder how many people are abusive because they too were abused, and putting themselves on the top of the “heap” is the only way they feel safe even years later.

      • Sara says:

        @KL – I was an event coordinator in Washington, D.C. for several years and it’s the exact same thing in the world of politics. In my experience, people of actual importance career-wise are chill and treat staff with respect. Those who are trying to climb and prove something are consistently nasty, arrogant and ungrateful.

    • Alyse says:

      I wonder if her awful attitude has anything to do with entering the industry so young? She started v young, and I don’t know that there was a super solid/sheltering family presence when she was young in LA (from what I’ve heard).
      Doesn’t excuse it, but may help explain it.

    • holly hobby says:

      Before Jessica started her successful company there were stories about her being a brat (not outwardly quoted but that’s what I got out of the tidbits). I am not surprised about her. It’s also no wonder why her career sort of dried up and she had to find a second one.

      Although she is in a buddy cop series with Gabrielle Union on Fox this fall so maybe she’s forgiven.

  3. Lena says:

    Maybe there was some kind of mix up with Marisa Tomei? Like, someone gave the wrong time or forgot to change a meeting time or something? And, used to crappy treatment the stylist didn’t say anything and so they didn’t realize that it was a miscommunication? But yeah, maybe she was just rude and inconsiderate.

  4. Valiantly Varnished says:

    J.Lo has had a bad reputation for YEARS behind the scenes. And I honestly wonder if that’s why she was really snubbed at the Oscars for Hustlers. It’s why I have never been a huge fan. Ive heard way too many stories of her just being an absolute b-tch to people. And this behavior started around the time of Selena. When she was JUST becoming famous. Remember that catty interview she gave where she basically dissed every other working actress in her age group?? Many of whom are part of the Academy?? Yeah. Or that time she demanded to be driven half a block from the hotel she was staying at to a restaurant?? I do!

    As for Jessica Alba – she has had a bad rep for years as well dating back to her Dark Angel TV show days. And we ALL know Katherine Heigl is an a$$hole. No surprise there.

    • Alexandria says:

      That is a good point about the snub. But I wonder if difficult male assholes also get the same snub.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        nope. Heigl’s career is mostly dried up…

        …and yet there are men who have physically abused women, raped women, been absolute horrible people on set, etc…and they still get work. ALL THE TIME.

        Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Mark Wahlberg, the list goes on and on. Weinstein derailed so many women’s careers by deeming them “difficult” to work with (due to them not complying with his advances) yet he had no problem with Affleck who used to come up behind people sitting down and put his testicles on their heads. “boys will be boys” but women must be puritanically perfect.

      • ItReallyIsYou,NotMe says:

        I think *some* men get called out but not nearly as often as women. Wasn’t there a thing on Denzel Washington on this site a while ago?

    • Noki says:

      I read that she also used to put ‘white kittens’ on her rider. I dont know how true that is but its ridiculous. I guess all the a**holes are getting nervous maybe this is the next movement to out horrible bosses and clients.

    • crogirl says:

      @VALIANTLYVARNISHED
      LOL I loved that interview, wish more celebrities would talk like that

    • LadyMTL says:

      I had totally forgotten about the interview where J-Lo slammed other actresses! I remember thinking how lucky she was that it didn’t torpedo her career. I don’t love her or hate her but I’m also not surprised by the news that she could be a horrible person IRL.

    • lucy2 says:

      I forgot about that interview too. I can’t really say I’m surprised. I admire her work effort and achievements, but there is never a reason to treat people like that, especially those working to HELP YOU in your career. Of course, this is the same woman who had the gym open up for her early on in the pandemic.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Yes, I’ve heard Jennifer Lopez has been horrible to people for many years, even when she was starting out.

    • Natters5 says:

      In that interview with JLo I also remember she had just had a manicure and wasn’t satisfied with it. She had the manicurist come back and said something like, “is this a good manicure?” Thing is that she said this in front of a journalist and is completely tone-deaf to how she comes off. Last week she and ARod were at a restaurant in Soho right by my home (you know SHE doesn’t think SHE should quarantine as she flies back and forth from Miami to NYC) and you think from her airs that she was the Queen of England who I am sure is way more modest and humble than Jlo. ARod was acting like her manservant. Narcissistic Nouveau Riche people are so clueless on how others see them. They really deserve each other.

  5. Lilly (with the double-L) says:

    I’m an acknowledged JLo fan in a big way. I kind of get it too, where you don’t want to get chummy, when people may take it too far, but there must be a balance. Once my niece was waiting for an autograph from JLo (we by chance happened to be where filming was being done) and she burst into tears thinking she might not get one – JLo was super kind to her and wrote “love” not just a signature. That doesn’t erase others experiences, of course, but I’ve always loved her since then.

  6. MarcelMarcel says:

    I’m disappointed about J. Lo (I grew up in the era of Maid in Manhattan).
    I do think it’s interesting how some celebrities consistently work with the same stylists & designers whereas others don’t ie Audrey Hepburn’s lifelong friendship with Givenchy, Fran Drescher hiring Brenda Cooper for multiple projects, Dita Von Teese’s long-standing creative collaborations with Mr. Pearl and Louboutin.

  7. tifzlan says:

    I’ve always been curious about Katherine Heigl: I’ve heard all the nasty stories and know how that has affected her career. What I want to know is why she got too big for her britches? She was on an ensemble show and granted, was somewhat of a favorite. But she’s not a beauty of the ages or a thespian by any means. What inflated her head and ego so much?

    • Deb says:

      FWIW….I’ve always heard it was her mother’s doing for the way she is. Her mother has a rep as the manager from hell. Supposedly, she’s always filled Katherines head with how she’s too good to be just part of an ensemble, how she could be the biggest star on the planet if she left tv and went into movies, stuff like that. Like mother, like daughter maybe? Or maybe Katherine just heard that crap so often she started to believe it.

      • Natters5 says:

        Funny, I heard Blythe Danner is responsible for Gwen’s inflated sense of ego while her father used to try to bring her down to earth.

    • lucy2 says:

      I think she got a lot of praise in the first season or 2 of Grey’s, and expected to be a big star.
      Or maybe she’s just a sour, unhappy person? A friend of mine is like that, which is why I stopped hanging out with her. She has problems with EVERYONE. Every friend, every co-worker, every family member, rude to waiters, etc. Some people are just miserable and spread it around them.

    • Kate says:

      My husband was friends with her brother, Jason (the one who passed away when she was little). He said that it was no secret even then that their mother was the absolute “momager” from hell type, and was totally single-mindedly focused on her daughter’s career. So she apparently grew up with that from the beginning…not that it’s an excuse to behave that way as an adult. I’ll give her credit for her charity work but that’s about it.
      (ETA: I just asked him about it, and he said her siblings were super-nice, nothing but good things to say, and that it was 100% the mom that everyone disliked even then.)

    • L84Tea says:

      She was the equivalent to Shelly Long. She made a name for herself with a couple seasons of Grey’s and then did a couple movies. She happened to be in 2 box office successes–Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. After that, she thought she was too big and important for small time tv and burned all her bridges. Too bad every movie she did after that was a bomb and then her career tanked.

    • holly hobby says:

      She was easily the breakout star of the ensemble. She won the Emmy and she was riding a white hot career. It just got worse and worse when she started acting like a jerk. I know some of her fans here say she was punished for being a woman but in this case, that’s not true.

      Alba is getting a second wind on acting. She’s on a new buddy-cop series with Gabrielle Union on Fox. So if you can play the office politics, you can get your career back.

      Katie can’t because what she’s done to the crew and the people in power is just too much to overcome. That’s why she was reduced to selling kitty litter and menthol rub on tv.

  8. Sarah says:

    J Lo and Jessica Alba are notorious a$$holes, ugh. And it boggles my mind that Heigl CONTINUES to act like this. With the sharp decline of her career, you think she would have learned her lesson or engaged in some self reflection on how and why her downfall occurred but apparently not.

  9. Lori says:

    I mean kinda low hanging fruit here with these reveals!?! We all knew these.

    • smcollins says:

      Very true, except Marisa Tomei, that one’s kind of surprising (and hopefully an “off” day for her). I also don’t get Alexis Knapp’s alleged entitled attitude. Other than the PP movies and being one of Ryan Phillipe’s baby mamas, what is she actually famous for?

      • lucy2 says:

        I had to look her up to see which PP actress she was.

      • schmootc says:

        That’s what I thought about Alexis Knapp. My theory would be that she’s been that entitled from birth. Assholes gonna asshole if their parents/society/someone didn’t teach them there are other people in the world and you gotta pay people and stuff.

      • Jess says:

        From what I can tell from this article, all Marisa did was eat breakfast. Not really gossip-worthy bitchiness. If she was 3 hours late, I’m pretty sure she would have paid everyone for their time, so what’s the problem?

    • Here’s a few from production friends and some I have met.
      Rob Lowe is a total prima donna asshole of the highest order. Also Republican.
      Dolly Parton is the saint you think she is.
      Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were the nicest people I have met in my life-you want them to adopt you-but met their son Ben Stiller many times (especially before he got famous) and he’s an entitled jerk. Terrible reputation in the business for treating people like dirt.
      John Cusack is an entitled monster too. These guys think A LOT of themselves.
      Mel Brooks, Billy Wilder, Carl Reiner, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon. ALL GENTLEMEN OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. Lovely, lovely people.

  10. Anna says:

    Have to admit I would be terrified to work with any of them

  11. Noki says:

    I am not giving a pass to anyone for being a jerk,but there are some celebs who you can understand why they have a bit of a Diva to them….but Katherine Heigl ????? Did i miss something,she waa never a huge star,I Just remember her in My Father the Hero. Greys was her first real break,she should have been very humble.

  12. Nelly says:

    I had a friend who worked at Tory Burch and she said Jessica had a funky attitude. No need for attitude when the person working there is trying to make a living running around picking your clothes.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Seriously! I’d be sucking up really hard to the stylist and all their people so they’d make me look good on the red carpet!

  13. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Do you know what, I am at a point in life that I just don’t care for these kind of stories. It is normally females celebs being dragged for not being kind, never the male celebs. There is a different expectation for women, they must be everyone’s friend, be kind, be humble, have sage advice for everyone, never have needs or take up too much space, their time is up for grabs by anyone who thinks they deserve special attention.

    After the Weinstein era of him spreading stories in the tabloids about who was difficult to work with (ie: escaped his clutches) and ending the careers of many talented women, and the bystanders who colluded in this and knew these women were not difficult to work with, I have no more fudges to give about who is “difficult” I would be difficult too if I had to spend my workday trying to figure out who was going to assault me next.

    • Lilly (with the double-L) says:

      Well said, Zapp.

    • Kalana says:

      I wonder if JLo’s narcissism actually protects her in a way.

      And true, where are the stories about difficult men?

    • tig says:

      i see it just a little differently. I, too, worked in the industry for a number of years and found both the nicest to work with and the biggest divas/jerk were men. The women always seemed like they were aware of being judged ALL OF THE TIME and were more distracted, rather than just being. More like just guarded in dealing with assistants.

    • KL says:

      Maybe you’re only reading the stories about female celebs? I have seen and heard PLENTY about rude, entitled dudes in Hollywood.

      Weinstein’s stories were spread to other people in the business, not gossip outlets — and that’s why he was so dangerous, he worked on a level that PR couldn’t reach. It is actually possible for a bunch of people who have excessive amounts of money and whose careers are often couched in external validation to have bad attitudes, you know.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I’m going to disagree with you. I do think that women are held to a much higher standard than men. However, we also have to acknowledge that, like Ellen, a woman’s abusive behavior can VICTIMIZE WOMEN. An abusive person doesn’t have to be male to be abusive.

      The power structure in the entertainment industry leads to a lot of very passionate, vulnerable people being taken advantage of and abused in different ways. If a celeb is verbally abusive and treating others like they are subhuman, it needs to be addressed. Otherwise it will continue and more people will be harmed.

  14. nicegirl says:

    I have likely told this story already, but it warms my heart so much here it is again. Whenever I think of assface actors I’ve met, I’m always reminded of the opposite.

    I was once loudly berated on a set by a 2nd. I was booked as an extra and bumped up to stand in, it was my very first time standing in and I was also doing extra work, it was a confusing shoot. The loud diatribe of shit talk from the 2nd AD was obvious to everyone and I was using every skill I could muster not to burst out into tears while this angry little man mean mugged me from less than 2 ft away. It was very disconcerting, and to top it off, it was a PTSD anniversary date for me and I had been thrilled to receive the booking for that specific day, thinking I could swap the trauma date for this cool experience day. So, I’m trying not to cry. I can’t walk to the ladies to collect myself bc I’m awaiting the crew setting up the next shot that I’m needed for blocking purposes. I’m trying SO HARD not to cry and I’m humiliated bc I know everyone even off set heard the crud bc they’re all wearing headsets.

    All of a sudden, the most handsome, kind smiling face pops up between me and the tiny mean AD. It’s Cary Elwes. I’m also standing in for him that day ( on apple boxes lol). It’s like he knows I’m gonna cry and am holding on by a thin thread. He extends his hand, SMILES and says, “Hi, I’m Cary. Thank you so much for standing in for me today.” He ignored the 2nd AD who sputtered some words, responded to the PA nicely and walked on past that nasty AD and went to work. And that was it. I immediately felt BETTER. Of course I’m a huge Princess Bride fan (also my dad and grandpas are named Wesley) it was awesome.

    I’ve worked with a few reality stars turned tv actors who are super vain and rude. I’m thinking, “OK Road rules dude”. Lol. Love this post, thank you Hecate

    • lucy2 says:

      I just read his book about the making of Princess Bride, thank you for sharing this story! He seemed like a lovely person, good to have it confirmed.

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      I wish that hadn’t happened but omg Carey Elwes stepping in to help makes my day. It’s such a heartwarming story because I was a PB fan too! (I even read the book it was based on. William Goldman is a genius).

      I hope you get the best experience ever next you have that PTSD anniversary. PTSD is hell to navigate and I’m so happy you’re still here!

      Thanks for sharing that story. Small acts of kindness always renew my faith & hope in humanity.

      • nicegirl says:

        MarcelMarcel, my most sincere thanks to you for your comment. I am still here and I cannot tell you how much it warmed my frozen heart that you noticed. Thank you very much, celebitch amie. Live long and prosper !!!

    • Caitrin says:

      …David Giuntoli?

      ::perks up::

      But seriously, that’s a great story about Cary Elwes.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      That’s such a lovely story! I really like kind people. Good to know Cary Elwes is one of them. I’ve recently discovered his Twitter account, and he seems to be a good egg.

    • LAR says:

      Oh, I love this. What a kind thing to do.

    • Lindy says:

      I hate that you were treated so badly but I love that Cary Elwes was so kind and lovely.

      I have a good Cary Elwes story, too! When he was filming the movie Glory, one of the locations was a little island in Savannah, GA–the island on which I grew up. My friend and I rode bikes to the filming area which was taped off, and watched the scenes being shot.

      During a break, Elwes came over to us, said hello, and asked if we had questions about making movies. Then he spotted a book in my bike basket (I was a big nerd and always had a book with me). He said he loved to read, and that I must be very smart, and that everyone thought movies were a kind of magic, but that those of us who know better know that it’s really books that have all the magic. Because books didn’t do all the imagining for you, they let your own imagination grow and create.

      The way he said “those of us who know better” made my awkward, nerdy 11-year-old self feel special, as if I were part of something important. It meant the world to me and it was just purely kind.

      None of the other actors came over that day, just Elwes. To this day that memory makes me smile.

      • Turtledove says:

        That is SUCH an awesome story. I have always been a fan, but had no idea how lovely he was as a person. So nice to hear!

      • nicegirl says:

        Oh Lindy, that’s a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing! We love Cary.

        He and his wife even gave a PA on set a beautiful panoramic photo all framed beautifully as a thank you for watching their dog whilst on location- after careful listening that this gal was a photography lover.

        Kindness rules!!!

  15. ce says:

    I do a job similar to what this stylist does and I’m surprised she allowed her name to be printed – very risky for this industry. Marisa tomei is horrible yes, and the Katherine Hegel thing I was surprised to find out was that her momager is a big source of conflict – making insane demands all the time when Katherine works. But I’ve worked with Jennifer Lopez twice now and I know that much of this is untrue. Yes, she’s a little stand-offish but very kind to the people she interacts with. Way meaner people are out there, trust me. Also, not true Jennifer can’t hold down long-term crew. I know someone who dressed her who was on a texting basis and requested for private events to boot.

    • H says:

      @ce, I’m sad about Marisa. I’ve loved her since she was on As the World Turns. Any other stories about her?

      • ce says:

        My husband did a job with her, and every day it was one terrible thing after another. Just disrespectful of people’s time, and especially people ‘beneath’ her – also always late, ugh. I can’t get into too much detail for my husband’s sake but yeah, she keeps it quiet but she’s terrible!

      • Alexandria says:

        The tea on Marisa here is surprising to me too!

      • holly hobby says:

        Maybe the Marisa news is surprising to us because she’s good at hiding it but it also maybe true because her career didn’t exactly bloom after she won the Oscar. She was basically off the radar for years and now she’s getting mom parts.

  16. Savu says:

    What kills me is the condescension to people “lower” than you. They are making a teeny tiny fraction that you haven’t lived on in decades. The absolute LEAST you can do is be pleasant. Even “I’m sorry I don’t feel like being chatty today” “I’m sorry I’m late” and regular “please” and “thank you” could be appreciated by the people working for you. It’s just not that hard.

    Edit: or you could pay everyone around you $1,000 an hour. You can talk to me however you want if it means by the end of one day I can pay my mortgage for three months!

    • Storminsteacup says:

      Absolutely this, there’s no need to be so cruel and uncouth. Just be kind and direct, everyone has a job to do at the end of the day.

    • tcbc says:

      But as Zapp said so well upthread, the standard for “kindness” is so much higher for women than it is for men. How often are women being labeled “difficult” or “b*tchy” when they are merely being quiet or distracted?

      • smcollins says:

        I’m a quiet person by nature, not very chatty or good at small talk. I don’t know how many times I’ve been told after someone gets to know me that their first impression of me was that I was snobby or stuck up. It always amazes me how often shyness or quietness is interpreted that way. I don’t think that’s always the case with some of these celebrities, probably more times than not they really are just acting like entitled assholes.

    • Jules says:

      So true. Celebrities live in their own little bubbles of self-absorption. But they get famous because of us, we need to stop the celebrity worship. As for this article, is anyone really surprised by any of this?

  17. Storminsteacup says:

    I think a celeb demanding no eye contact is pure dehumanising snobbery. Beyonce said she doesn’t like or do this, she likes to look people in the eye because she needs to trust you if you’re working for/with her. She’s bigger than all these women put together.They’re busy not gods. It’s dehumanising to the employe and probably brings out the worst in them.

  18. superashes says:

    Jennifer Lopez I can understand, simply because she has been so major for so long and likely a target for so long that it probably is just safer to have a standard operating procedure to create some distance in general. Katherine Heigl I don’t understand at all, and I also don’t get the deflecting that it is her momager that is the problem. She is old enough to know she is an a-hole and is just choosing to continue to be one. I just assumed Jessica Alba was a jerk because her career seemed somewhat stalled despite her looks and talent.

  19. Coco says:

    When I was a child, I believed part of the fun of acting and being in magazines was that anything you wore onscreen or on the page was gifted to you. That was apparently Alexis Knapp’s belief as well.

  20. schmootc says:

    I’ll never understand treating people in the service industry badly. Word gets around. I guess famous people get to the point where there’s always someone new willing to take your crap, so it doesn’t matter on a practical level? Clearly, it still matters on a karmic level. I personally like to stick with the same people to give me haircuts and do my brows and such. I’ve missed two appointments with my brow aesthetician over the years and I always apologize and then pay for the time I missed, as well as for the rebooking appointment. Her time is worth money, same as mine.

  21. Whatever says:

    JLo did say that she was very very insecure and suffers from low self-esteem.

    I’m not making excuses but I can see how she comes across as being rude.

    That said, JLo has had the same makeup artist for decades!

    • Alexandria says:

      I would think a good makeup artiste that works great for you would be hard to find. I kinda understand why celebs generally stick to the same.

      Makeup is such an art, I’m so bad at it.

    • Naddie says:

      Every celebrity is very insecure and shy deep down *eye roll*. Probably because they have 5 minutes of day when they don’t feel like gods.

    • Sid says:

      She also treated that makeup artist badly by nearly destroying his career after she wrongly fired him. Then later had to have her then-husband Marc Antony go begging for the makeup artist to come back because no one else could do the “JLO Glow” look that had become her signature. Barnes is a much kinder, forgiving person than I am because I would have hung up the phone.

      • Jenn says:

        Wow, I didn’t know about this. Apparently she thought he was the leak who’d blabbed about her secret wedding to press. (Well, Barnes does seem… chatty.) He wasn’t, and she eventually rehired him and, mortified, never mentioned it to him again.

        Honestly, as bad as I feel for Scott Barnes — LOVE him, what a genius — I might’ve done the same thing. You’d be a little paranoid if you didn’t know who you could trust, and I get the feeling JLo has been burned before.

    • J says:

      You didn’t hear it from me, but she’s apparently very sensitive about her nose. I knew a company that passed up work on one of her music videos because they would’ve had to edit her nose by hand in every single frame. So I can certainly understand why she’d want to keep a good makeup artist close.

  22. kimberlu says:

    am i the only one who had to google the Knapp chick? I’ve seen PP millions of times and never paid attention to her…she was just film filler like boring , old, dry, white bread crumbs…

    • Sara says:

      I just came here to say that I have no clue who that person is.

    • holly hobby says:

      Yep I didn’t know who she was. I guess she played the loose girl? I don’t remember who Stacie is. I’ve watched PP a dozen of times too.

  23. ravynrobyn says:

    HECATE, PLEASE spill about Celeste Holm. I LOVE her!!!

  24. Meg says:

    Am i misunderstanding the hummus part of the alba story? Would she blame it in the stylist or just did it to make the stylists job difficult?

  25. L84Tea says:

    The two nicest celebs I ever met were Bon Jovi–so friendly, and Tommy Tune–the sweetest, kindest, most humble person EVER!

  26. Mel says:

    I’ll also add my story, though I probably already shared it. Wonderful experience with Celine Dion. After an entire day of press, she was late for a greet and meet that I got to win by participating in a radio contest (with many other people). The delay was not her fault. We were her last « job » for the day. She stuck around super long, talking to everyone (even the parents and siblings who had kinda infiltrated the meet and greet). She took her time with pictures and autographs, posing as long as needed, joking around. She was very funny and down to earth. She has the « diva » aura with none of the rudeness or mean streak. Even after I outgrew her, I admire and respect her deeply still.

  27. paddingtonjr says:

    Yay for the Celeste Holm shoutout! She is so talented and a true class act!! In another life, I worked as a costumer’s assistant on one of J.Lo’s first movies. The diva attitude was very present even back then. Later, I worked with a makeup artist who was a former NFL cherleader and knew one of the Fly Girls from In Living Color; the MUA met J. Lo at the dancer’s wedding and said J. Lo was stand-offish and was constantly looking around for someone better when talking to anyone who wasn’t a celebrity. I am disappointed to hear about Marisa; even if she had a late night shooting, partying or whatever, ONE of her team could have called to reschedule or say Marisa was running late.

    There really is no excuse for being rude or difficult: everyone, from the driver to the stylist to the MUA to the talent, is trying to get a job done under time and budget constraints. A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into making everything look effortless!

  28. Flying Fish says:

    I am disappointed to hear this a Jessica. Buying her shit is no longer an option for me.

  29. Mina_Esq says:

    A few years back, I sat next to a woman at a wedding in Montreal who had been Renee Zellweger’s assistant and said that Renee was very nice and generous and apparently sent her a fancy new couch as a gift when she left to start university in Montreal.

    • Jenn says:

      Renee Zellweger is an extremely normal person with money and talent. Everyone who knows her says she is an absolute sweetheart.

    • Natters5 says:

      I was at a farmer’s market in the Hamptons trying to pick fruit and she actually struck up a conversation with me about what fruit was good for baking which she totally didn’t have to. She was so sweet and normal.

  30. Fani says:

    Celeste Holm … Yaaaaaasssssss Queen!!!

  31. Otaku fairy says:

    I’m not surprised at all to see that her experience with Ariel Winter was positive.

  32. matahari33 says:

    See this is the kind of gossip I want!

  33. Eeeeeeetrain says:

    My roommate used to work for one of the big fashion houses and I remember a particular story about…Zac Efron. He sent her out for an egg white omelette while she was prepping him for an event. I almost didn’t watch his Netflix show bc of that old memory.

  34. BarbN says:

    I am happy to add some sweet tea to this thread – about 16 years ago, I worked at a private school here in Southern California, as a co-director of the kindergarten after-school care program. At the time, John C. Reilly, Anthony Edwards, and the now-late Glenne Headley had children enrolled in the school. All three (and their spouses) were lovely people and never showed any diva-ish performer attitudes, ever. They were all so supportive of our work, appreciative and kind, and were easy to talk to and be around. They also had sweet children, no spoiled-brat behavior at all!
    Another story – my brother worked the music business for many years, and said that one of the kindest, nicest, most approachable performers he met was Amy Grant. He couldn’t say enough good things about her.