Denzel Washington: Fame is ‘overrated’
Denzel Washington thinks fame is "overrated".
The ‘Magnificent Seven’ star doesn’t like the term as he believes it doesn’t necessarily equate to success as his father – who worked 50 years for the water department – was successful too.
He told the New York Post’s Page Six column: "My father worked 50 years for the water department, he was also a minister and he worked three jobs all the time.
"He made it, he was successful. Celebrity is really overrated – we don’t want anything to do with celebrity. I am an actor."
His comments come after he recently shared the secret to his long lasting marriage to Pauletta – marrying someone who "knows about love".
Denzel – who has four children, John, 32, Katia, 29, and 25-year-old twins Malcolm and Olivia, with his wife of 33 years – said: "I didn’t know everything there was to know about love, but I married a woman who did and how to share that."
And Denzel recently opened up about how he has "lived" through the diversity issue in Hollywood.
He shared: "I’ve heard everything. And what I hear keeps changing because they used to say it didn’t sell over here, and it does. Then they said it doesn’t sell in the South and it does. Well, it doesn’t sell in Europe, and it does …
"I don’t have to think about it. I’ve lived it. I’ve been the guy at the Oscars without my name being called. I’ve been the guy at the Oscars when my name is called. I’ve been the guy at the Oscars when everybody thought they was gonna call my name, and they didn’t. I’ve lived it."