Most celebrities understand that there is one very important thing you should never do on the Internet: Google yourself. According to some, reading blogs and comment streams related to your personal and professional life can be "dangerous," "vain," and very "scary." However, some celebrities don't bother following these rules and end up learning way more about themselves than they wanted.
In a new interview with Vogue magazine, Emma Stone revealed she was surprised by what she found out after Googling her name, but she's hardly the first. Below, here's what other famous faces learned when they looked themselves up on the Internet.
Why she Googled herself: Curiosity?
What she learned: People think she's a "Basic Bitch."
In a new interview with Vogue magazine, Jason Gay writes: "Stone's not being falsely modest. She is the rare person in public life who will straight up tell you that yes, she has Googled herself. 'I don't usually like what I find,' she says. 'But some of it is really funny.' Stone mentions Internet comments that referred to her as a 'Bland Basic Bitch,' which was probably meant as a dig, but she found it hilarious, to the point that at dinner she now begins to refer to herself as 'That Bland Basic Bitch.'"
Why she Googled herself: To get inspiration for her Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards acceptance speech. "I thought it would be a nice, fun approach to this evening to do something different," she told the audience. "So I Googled myself and read the comments section, thinking I would get some tidbits on what people really think of me and share that with you for humor."
What she learned: She is "way past 40," in a love triangle with Julia Roberts and George Clooney, and is a mediocre actress who is "not particularly attractive."
Robert Downey Jr.:
Why he Googled himself: "It's a hoot."
What he learned: "Some people overstate their support, like they know you," he said during Newsweek's annual Oscars roundtable. "Other people are busy doing something else and just want to go on this chat site and say some despicable character assassination, which I honestly think they kind of nailed it. I do have that shortcoming. It's really fun."
Why she Googled herself: To "see what an idiot" she looks like when she gets lost in her car.
What she learned: She does look like an idiot when she's photographed getting lost in her car. "You can just Google 'Kristen Stewart, lost, directions.' Or put the date in," she said in an interview with Allure magazine. "I can't believe I'm giving away how to Google me."
Why she Googled herself: For amusement.
What she learned: It's a great way to stay out of the tabloids. "Adele is terrified of appearing in [tabloids], claiming she's giving up the party scene to instead 'stay home, watch films and Google myself,'" the Los Angeles Times reports.
Why he Googled himself: For "promotional purposes."
What he learned: Googling is an ideal method for damage control. "Sometimes [I Google myself], but mainly for promotional purposes," he told Look magazine. "Or if I think I’ve said something stupid, I check to see what the backlash is about. It’s mostly just damage control all the time."