Monday, May 2, 2016

Topic Of The Day: What Defines Overexposure?

Hello, Bloggers. Welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. Recently, I was watching an episode from the Youtube channel SchmoesKnow about actors who are overexposed. Watching that really got me thinking about what defines overexposure or what forces an actor to be labeled overexposed.

To me, somebody who is overexposed is someone who headlines about a few big movies each year while also attracting public attention off screen, appearing on almost every magazine and trending on red carpet events. Exhibit A would be someone like Jennifer Lawrence who has got her franchise work yet it still feels like you can't escape her with how she tends to trend on Twitter or Facebook whether it'd be for her tumbling on red carpets, the phone incident with the foreign reporter at this year's Golden Globes, and her wage gap essay.

There's also Benedict Cumberbatch who has been in film after film recently with Cumbermania happening off screen. A couple of years ago, during his awards run for The Imitation Game, he was practically everywhere: Appearing on the big screen, doing cover stories, pulling the "I'm engaged and I'm about to be a dad!" card, etc..

While names like Amy Adams and Jessica Chastain are like machines, making film after film each year, the reason I wouldn't call them overexposed is because they attract little attention off screen. Although Chastain is active on social media, other than that, we never hear much about her personal life. Same with Chris Pratt. He's in two popular franchises yet he uses social media to promote good causes or photograph himself visiting children at hospitals while in his Star-Lord costume.

So when it comes to actors having a fear of being overexposed, it's all about how much anonymity you have off-screen. If you make and promote your movies, then go home or are active on social media but use it for certain promotional causes, then you should be fine.

Whether you agree or disagree, please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!