The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned the world upside down over the last two years. However, for some celebrities, mask mandates have actually come as a blessing as mask-wearing has served as a disguise from paparazzi. English actor Robert Pattinson is one celebrity who has enjoyed the freedom a mask has given him to stay anonymous out in public.
Read on to learn more about Pattinson’s views on mask-wearing, what other celebrities have to say, and how mask mandates have hurt the paparazzi business 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 the gig of Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie series. Pattinson, 35, has been dealing with the paparazzi and mega fame since his early 20s. Having to find ways to hide from the paparazzi for the last decade and a half, Pattinson actually found relief with the emergence of mask mandates that started during the pandemic.
During an interview with GQ, Pattinson discussed how wearing a mask throughout the pandemic has given him a sense of anonymity that he quite enjoys when going out in public. Pattinson went on to say, “It’s funny with all these anti-mask things, because I’m like, I will be wearing a mask for the rest of my life. I think I’ve gained a few years of life from lack of stress. It’s ideal when everyone else is wearing one as well, so it’s not like I’m standing out. It’s incredible.” With all things considered, it’s safe to say that Pattinson is definitely pro-mask.
Many celebrities have found masks to be comforting
Pattinson isn’t the only celebrity that enjoys the anonymity that wearing a mask provides. Over the course of the pandemic, many celebrities have been vocal about how masks allow them to do normal things without people recognizing them. Singer, actor, and television personality Cher is one celebrity that seems to love wearing a mask out in public.
According to Vanity Fair, Cher told a fan via social media, “OF COURSE I LOVE WEARING MASK. I CAN JUST RUN TO MARKET ,RUN AROUND SEPHORA,& GO TO DRS. ,& NO ONE KNOWS WHO I AM. [Pray] 4 DAY WE DONT NEED TO WEAR THEM [sic].” From this message, it’s clear that the 75-year-old is just as pro mask as many of her fellow celebrities.
Mask-wearing truly gives some celebrities privacy
Over the last two years, it seems that many celebrities, just like Pattinson and Cher, have taken advantage of the fact that paparazzi can’t spot them as easily when sporting a mask. According to the Sunday Mail, celebrity trainer Dion Jackson has said that since the pandemic began, he has been able to train his superstar clients out on the hiking trails, at the beaches, and at public parks without anyone being the wiser when they are wearing their masks. The Sunday Mail reports that Jackson, who has trained the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Al Pacino, Jim Carrey, has said,
“Nobody knows who they are! Probably the only upside of this awful thing is that celebs go anywhere they want with nobody hassling them.”
It seems that mask-wearing has been a blessing to celebrities while also 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 spoken out about how badly mask-wearing has hurt his paparazzi business. Bauer went on to say, “We wrongly identified a lot of people. It was such a big hassle to figure out who anyone was. Now we have to identify celebrities more by their gait, mannerisms, voice.”
Only time will tell how long celebrities can hide behind their masks. Regardless of how things play out, it seems like Pattinson is one celebrity that plans to have a lot more mask-wearing in his future, both in his personal life and on the big screen in his next big role as Batman.