Justin Bieber’s ears must have scorched off some time ago, and recent weeks have brought more flak. But he does have some defenders, and Evan Rachel Wood is one of them.
The 19-year-old’s latest Believe tour escapades, that included being photographed leaving a brothel in Brazil; surfacing in an online video filmed by a porn star without his consent; and charged with vandalism for graffiti. Then in Argentina, his mishandling of two national flags at a show kicked off “outrage” from its citizens and ignited fresh criticisms of the teen star.
But, despite the gnashing and some rather heavy-handed reproaches, Woods offers a rare voice of perspective on what it might be like to be the focus of so much negative attention.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to be him,” Evans mused when asked about the pop star in a recent interview with The Daily Beast.
She went on to say,”When you’re a teenager in an adult career, people expect you to be perfect and expect you to never make mistakes or to be a reckless teenager.”
To the Charlie Countryman star Bieber’s mistakes (or any other young person’s), can be put down to the indiscretion and — in a way, the purpose — of youth.
The 26-year-old actress-singer continues, “And then when you are [reckless], they give you such a really hard time for it. You have to remind them that you’re still a kid.”
Throwing in some criticism of her own, Evan asks, “Like, do people remember when they were that age? On this global level, people freak out. They like to be high and mighty and say, ‘Oh, look at that person. I’ve never done anything like that.’ She adds, “But yes you have. Everyone’s been a crazy kid.”
Woods, who débuted as a leading film actress at just nine in 1998’s Digging to China but acted in TV before then, told the site she also faced finger-wagging from others when she was younger.
“I was never a Bieber or a Cyrus, but I think the judgment was there, sure,” she admits.
Woods comments follow songstress Ariana Grande’s recent robust defense of Justin and Miley.
In a sit-down with Reuters, the 20-year-old passionately suggested those who find Cyrus’ up-front sexuality too much should simply on focus on something else. Moving onto Bieber, the Yours Truly star was equally blunt,
“He’s doing the same thing as every other boy in the world right now,” Grande said, adding, “He’s just under a microscope and he’s being scrutinized by people who don’t know him. I know him and he’s a good person. He really is. He’s a nice person. He’s a good guy, and he doesn’t deserve what he’s going through.”
Do you agree with Woods and Grande, or do you think Bieber brings the heat on himself?