Adam Driver and 19 other actors who hate watching themselves on screen
20 stars who hate watching their own projects
Adam Driver made headlines this week for walking out of an NPR podcast interview after host Terry Gross wanted to show a clip of him singing in his upcoming film Marriage Story. The actor famously hates listening to or watching himself in his own movies, saying on the same podcast in 2015 that he can "drive myself and the other people around me crazy with the things I wanted to change or I wish I could change."
But Driver is far from the only actor with an aversion to seeing themselves on screen. Check out EW’s galley to find out why acclaimed performers like Meryl Streep and Joaquin Phoenix would rather stay away from their own movies.
Helena Bonham Carter
Sweeney Todd, The King's Speech, The Crown -- Bonham Carter has been in plenty of acclaimed projects, but the actress is too focused on her next role to dwell on what she's already done.
"It's not like I am going to do exactly the same part next year, so what's the point?" she said. ''I love acting because I love doing it. You do it so that other people can watch it if they want to watch it."
Lost's Naveen Andrews and Matthew Fox
Even without watching the whole series, Fox said he's a fan. "I loved the story. I got it all from the script," the actor said during an Emmys panel. "I just really am not comfortable watching myself."
The Walking Dead star famously avoided watching his own show — including episodes that didn't even feature him — as he focused too much on his own mistakes. "My job here is just to be as truthful as I can in this role," he told EW in 2013. "It’s the same thing as not reading press or reviews. You can’t do both. You can’t get good stuff and not get the bad as well."
Count The Social Network and Zombieland star among those who do not like watch their own work once it goes from acting in front of a small crew to the big screen and a large audience. When reflecting on his Lex Luthor role in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Eisenberg told Business Insider, "I really like thinking that you're working in this bubble and I can experience these personal emotions without thinking that it's going to be scrutinized by, in some cases, a lot of people."
Eisenberg's Zombieland: Double Tap costar hated watching herself in her breakout film Easy A so much that she had to leave. "I went to a friends and family screening to see it and I had to get up and walk out," she said in Variety's Actors on Actors last year. "Who wants to watch themselves for that long?"
Other actors leave the theater to escape their faces on screen, but Kidman literally left the country after watching her 2008 film Australia. She "squirmed" in her seat during the Sydney premiere, then immediately left "straight on a plane." It was only the second film she starred in that she's watched, along with another Baz Luhrman picture, Moulin Rouge.
Even after winning an Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, Leto said he hadn't watched the film. "You have so little input and control of the final product once you’re done that I feel like I just would rather leave it alone," he said in 2014. And given all the flak Leto caught for his Joker portrayal, maybe it's for the best he doesn't watch 2016's Suicide Squad.
James Van Der Beek
"I’m not as invested in that because it was something that I did, not something that I wrote," he said in 2017. "I was a part of it. I felt like a passenger on the whole thing."
The Spanish actor, who nabbed an Oscar for his No Country for Old Men role, said he can’t get over his appearance on screen. "The fact that I like to make characters doesn’t mean that I like to watch my characters being made, my performance," he told GQ in 2012. "I can’t even watch that f—ing nose, that f—ing voice, those ridiculous eyes. I can’t handle that."
Fox has said she freaks out when faced with her own films, in addition to photographs. "I don’t look at anything," she revealed. "I panic if there is a monitor in the room. I immediately go into, like, an anxiety attack." It was so bad that the starlet could only stomach Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen after chugging champagne.
Depp admitted that there are cons to not seeing his own movies, saying "you miss out on a lot of your friends' incredible work." But ultimately, the actor wants to protect his own sanity. "It would just harm me," he said of screening his own stuff. "I would rather stay as ignorant as possible about the result of anything because once you’re done playing that character, it’s really not your business anymore."
The actor has previously said he doesn't bother with watching himself, likening it to "self-flagellation." But he did have to watch himself for the Twilight DVD commentary and his reactions were hilariously honest. "I didn't actually know they were rolling when we were doing this scene," Pattinson recalled at one point, "I was just kinda cold."