In the wonderful interview linked above, Fly High blogger Maria Garza asks celebrity photographer Sarah Dunn to describe several of her famous clients in one word. Dunn’s word for Richard Armitage?
Here’s how Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word~
Unaffected: (adjective) 1. Not influenced or changed mentally, physically or chemically. 2. Free from affectation; genuine. Synonyms include: real, simple, unpretentious, sincere, natural, unassuming, unspoilt. First known use: 1586.
I was very pleased to see Ms. Dunn chose this word to describe RA–pleased, but not one bit surprised. After more than six years of seeing/reading his interviews and watching him in behind-the-scenes footage, it’s how I have imagined him to be in real life.
A few fans have expressed fears that making big blockbuster films and getting the additional media attention that comes with that might cause Richard to “go Hollywood.”
Personally, I didn’t and don’t foresee that happening. Unlike, say, Justin Beiber, he’s not a 19-year-old kid who spits on the heads of his fans from a balcony and eggs his neighbor’s house (thank goodness!). Richard is a mature, seasoned man who’s worked hard for decades in a profession that is undeniably tough–few people actually make a living at it–striving to always improve himself, going from strength to strength.
I don’t think he’s the kind of person who would ever forget the so-called “little people,” because frankly, I don’t think he sees them as little people.
He’s mentioned the Golden Rule before, and he seems to practice what he preaches–he treats others the way he himself would like to be treated. We see that, time and time again, in how friendly, approachable and courteous he is with his fans Even when he’s got to be tired of smiling and signing and posing.
Is he more media savvy, more polished these days? Sure. But I don’t think the fundamental core that *is* Richard Armitage has changed.
Many “reality stars” who became famous for–well, for what, I am not exactly certain–come to have an inflated view of their own importance. Some actors begin to believe their own press. It goes to their heads.
I don’t believe our unassuming, unpretentious, unaffected Armitage is in danger of that.
Edit by Fernanda Matias at FB. From a screencap of Cinemax interview with TH cast.