When it comes to the rich and famous in Hollywood, it’s interesting how celebrities can experience such a difference experience in regards to public opinion. Some people relate public opinion to the type of roles an actor takes because an endearing character can win over fans. A great example is how Julia Roberts has been coined “America’s Sweetheart” since her roles in films like Steel Magnolias and Pretty Woman have shown her with a heart of gold. Yet, it’s not always film portrayals that can alter the public’s perception of an actress. Oftentimes, their behavior behind the scenes can influence how the public perceives them and it’s not always favorable. While they can do an amazing job in their roles on the big screen, the public can be quite fickle and there is a thin line between getting exposure and being overly exposed.
Celebrities in young Hollywood aren’t exempt from the public’s criticism, but not every young celebrity has fallen victim. With it being incredibly difficult for adults to cope with the stress that comes with fame, it can be exponentially more stressful for young celebrities. The intense scrutiny of the media and the pressures of the job can be too much for some to bear. Oftentimes, young celebrities are known for lashing out and going the extreme in their behavior. Yet, there are some that have been able to maintain a sense of who they are and have ultimately earned the public’s love and respect. Check out our list of the 8 most hated young female celebs in Hollywood and 7 most loved.
15. Horror: Kylie Jenner
When Kylie Jenner was first introduced on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, she had a baby face and completely different facial features than any of her sisters. People began criticizing her looks because they didn’t think she sized up to her Kardashian half-sisters or her supermodel sister, Kendall. People commented online on when she was going to finally “grow up” in regards to her baby face, but then the criticisms came out tenfold once she started to alter her appearance. Nowadays, you’d be hard-pressed to find a publication that hasn’t criticized her massive plastic surgery obsession and it seems like she just keeps adding fuel to the fire. From glamorizing young pregnancy to stealing other people’s creativity with her makeup line, it seems like there is no shortage of haters for Kylie Jenner.
14. Darling: Chloë Grace Moretz
While there are some actresses that seem to have difficulties in choosing just the right films to further their careers, Chloë Grace Moretz never seemed to have that problem. Instead, she seemed to have an uncanny ability to choose roles that really showed off her acting ability and it made the public think highly of her as a serious actress. From Kick-Ass to Let Me In to Carrie, it became obvious that she wasn’t just another pretty face looking to have an easy career on the big screen. On top of her amazing talent, people got to see glimpses of her personality behind the scenes and they loved what they saw. When she was “Punk’d,” television audiences loved her sweet and innocent demeanor and her relationship with Brooklyn Beckham has always remained tasteful, instead of sloppy. She also put Khloe Kardashian in her place on Twitter and she earned amazing points in the eyes of the public.
13. Horror: Miley Cyrus
When Miley Cyrus emerged as the beautiful daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, she won over fans with her Hannah Montana portrayal and unique voice. People thought that she had a great comedic style and that she had an amazingly glamorous look on the red carpet. Yet, she wanted to evolve her persona and steer away from the same old Disney child star stereotype. In doing so, she went to the extreme and claimed that she was starting “a movement.” However, it wasn’t really seen in the same way that she seemed to intend. Instead, people became utterly disgusted by her onstage antics and she lost the support of her young fans. Parents no longer wanted to take their kids to a Miley Cyrus concert and she became hated by adults thinking she was a bad influence on their children.
12. Darling: Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley has been in a number of memorable films, including the award-winning George Clooney film, The Descendants. Yet, many people remember her for her portrayal of Beatrice Prior in the Divergent film series. Yet, she is often heralded for her ability to sink her teeth into roles with much more depth than the standard box office blockbusters. From The Fault in Our Stars to the most recent HBO drama, Big Little Lies, Woodley has definitely gained the respect of the public. While other celebrities were making headlines for party hopping, Woodley chose to spend her personal time fighting for injustice. During the controversy regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline, Woodley set out and protested to stand on the side of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Although she was ultimately arrested for criminal trespassing and engaging in a riot, she earned the respect of the public for her conviction to fight against injustice.
11. Horror: Emma Roberts
When Emma Roberts emerged as part of young Hollywood, the public had high hopes for her as the niece of Julia Roberts. People expected Emma “America’s Sweetheart” like her aunt, but that’s not exactly what happened. Instead, rumors began swirling regarding her diva-like behavior on the set of American Horror Story and then there was that domestic violence incident involving her and her boyfriend, Evan Peters. In 2013, Roberts and Peters were staying in a Canadian hotel when police arrived after getting reports of the couple fighting in their room. After witnessing Peters with a bloody nose, Roberts was arrested for domestic violence. Her public persona took another major hit and she still hasn’t recovered from it. People think of her as an entitled brat with violent tendencies and that’s not exactly a good look.
10. Darling: Britney Spears
When Britney Spears first emerged as a pop star, the public instantly fell in love with her pigtails and catchy tunes. She became an instant favorite and her relationship with Justin Timberlake only helped to create an endearing persona in the public eye. Yet, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Spears in her personal life. From her public breakup to her mental breakdown, it seemed like she was going through a downward spiral due to the pressures of fame. While the public is known to turn on celebrities that fall from grace, everyone seemed to rally around Spears. People wanted so desperately for her to get back on her feet and her fans are intensely protective of her when it comes to how the media portrays her.
9. Horror: Taylor Swift
When Taylor Swift emerged as a singer/songwriter in country music, people loved seeing her amazing talent and those angelic ringlet curls. Yet, things started to change once she started dabbling in pop music and adding a few names to the list of men she began dating. It seemed like Swift was constantly flitting from one relationship to the next and that didn’t exactly paint her in the best light. When she started her Girl Squad gimmick on the red carpet, people began seeing her as the mean girl of young Hollywood and the feud with Katy Perry didn’t help things. It became a game of she-said/she-said and things became even more complicated once Calvin Harris started to weigh in on the behind-the-scenes details of Swift’s true nature.
8. Darling: Vanessa Hudgens
When Vanessa Hudgens was first introduced to the world, fans fell in love with her as the Gabriella Montez character from the High School Musical film series. The infatuation furthered once she began dating her heartthrob co-star, Zac Efron. While the couple didn’t wind up making it down the aisle, the split was amicable and the breakup wasn’t damaging to either of their public personas. Instead, Hudgens threw herself into her work and consistently performed in roles that slowly gained the respect of the public. Yet, the biggest boost to her public persona came when she starred as Betty Rizzo in the TV special, Grease: Live. With the Fox event being filmed live, people wondered whether or not she would be able to pull off the performance with her father dying from stage 4 cancer just hours prior. Not only was she able to perform, but her performance was heralded as a huge success.
7. Horror: Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne was first introduced to the public through her squeaky clean portrayals in Disney Channel shows like Shake It Up. Yet, she didn’t maintain that persona for long and she soon started going to the extremes in regards to her look and behavior. From revealing nipple piercings on social media to the over-the-top makeup and hairstyles, it seemed like she was trying way too hard to provoke the public. One hugely damaging event to her persona was when she was photographed being groped by Scott Disick at the pool when it wasn’t even official that he was no longer with Kourtney Kardashian. People looked at her like she was encroaching on Kourtney’s baby’s father and they didn’t like the incredible age gap between them.
6. Darling: Emma Watson
When Emma Watson starred as the know-it-all in the Harry Potter film series, she was seen as the super cute student at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While she wasn’t the only girl at the school, she stood out for her friendship with Harry and Ron and her uncanny ability to use her brain to help out in sticky situations. Her character evolved with every new film and people couldn’t help but remark on how beautiful she was becoming as a young lady. While other actors in the Harry Potter film series seemed to fade away once the films concluded, Watson was able to transition as a true leading lady in Hollywood. Her most recent portrayal of Belle in Beauty and the Beast only furthered the public’s opinion of her and people are still rooting to see her succeed as a serious film actress. Did we mention she’s also an activist? It’s wondering to see a young actress use her fame for the greater good.
5. Horror: Megan Fox
Megan Fox was still seen as an up-and-comer in young Hollywood when she landed the dream job of being the leading lady in a blockbuster film franchise with the acclaimed director, Michael Bay, and the executive producer being Steven Spielberg. Yet, she didn’t seem to see it as an incredible opportunity to prove herself as an actress. Instead, she seemed to take it for granted and even criticized the director in a public format. In a 2009 interview with Wonderland Magazine, Fox referenced Michael Bay and said, “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is.” She was almost immediately fired and replaced and her public persona has yet to recover. People took her comments as being anti-Semitic and they didn’t like the way she was quick to throw away such a huge opportunity in her career.
4. Darling: Kate Upton
There have been a number of models that have had the honor of appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, but it was Kate Upton that really seemed to stand out in the eyes of the public. She wasn’t the typical Hollywood size zero and people loved seeing a curvy woman that was unapologetic about her figure. Yet, she became even more enduring once she showed off her quirky personality through dancing videos online. She attended a Clippers game in Los Angeles with a friend and a video of her doing the “Dougie” created huge headlines. She seemed completely down to Earth and absolutely fun in a way that most supermodels aren’t People consistently root for Upton, whether it’s her endeavor to appear in films or find love.
3. Horror: Anne Hathaway
There was a time when Anne Hathaway had a squeaky-clean image that came with her film portrayals like The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted. Yet, she didn’t pigeonhole herself in her film choices and seemed to have a great mix of provocative and complex roles as her career progressed. From Brokeback Mountain to Alice in Wonderland, it seemed like Hathaway could take on any role that was thrown her way. Yet, something happened during the time when she was portraying Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and Fantine in Les Miserables. The public quickly turned on her and the Internet began being filled with comments about how people were mad that “she thinks she’s ‘America’s Sweetheart.’” After a while, Hathaway decided to take some time away from the limelight and she even admitted that the public needed a break from her.
2. Darling: Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence may have started out as a television actress but that didn’t stop her from gaining the respect of everyone in Hollywood once she transitioned to the big screen. From her performance in Winter’s Bone to her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series, she quickly became a favorite on the silver screen. She proved that she could act in a number of different roles with ease but it was her portrayal in Silver Linings Playbook that ultimately earned her an Academy Award. On top of the acclaim and awards from her professional career, the public has completely fallen in love with Lawrence on a personal level. Falling on the steps of the Academy Awards and the jokes she’s cracked during her talk show appearances have made her seem more relatable and it quickly earned her the title of one of the most beloved young celebs in Hollywood.
1. Horror: Ariana Grande
When Ariana Grande first emerged on the music scene, there were many that compared her vocal ability to Mariah Carey. She seemed to be able to carry out those amazing high notes that Carey became famous for and she had a similar twist to the pop/hip-hop genre. Yet, Grande didn’t take this comparison as the huge honor that people hoped for and, instead, she seemed to get offended. Her responses came off as cold and very snobbish and the public didn’t like it. With Mariah Carey having a huge fanbase, the “lambs” took to the Internet and definitely let Grande have it. Even more hits to Grande’s public persona came when details about her personal behavior behind the scenes started to leak online. People talked about how she refused to change her hair, demanded to be photographed only on one side of her face and had crazy demands for appearances.