It takes pride for someone to compare anything about themselves to Princess Diana, but Sharon Stone might be right.
“We became famous in the same generation,” the 63-year-old actor and longtime Hollywood sex symbol says in a new interview. with The Rake magazine.
In fact, Stone’s statement might need some clarification. Diana became world famous a decade before Stone, when she married Prince Charles and joined the British royal family in 1981. Stone struggled to break into Hollywood in the 1980s and only became world famous only when the erotic thriller “Basic” was released. Instinct”, in 1992.
It was then that Stone gave a singular performance as a beautiful, mysterious, sexually confident writer and suspected serial killer who kept an interrogation room full of cops and prosecutors mesmerized by her infamous “crossed leg.” “.
After the film’s release, Stone became a household name and, as she told The Rake, she couldn’t go anywhere without being chased by hordes of paparazzi and fans.
“‘Wherever anyone would go who was famous, like Diana, or me at that time, hundreds, if not thousands of people would show up wherever you went,'” Stone said. in a restaurant, for example, by the time I was in the entrance, there would be hundreds of people outside the restaurant.”
Stone also said crowds were the norm: “Not sometimes, every time.”
The attention was neither exciting nor flattering, Stone said. It became frightening, an experience Diana no doubt understood in the years before her Paris traffic death in 1997, when her car was being chased by paparazzi.
For Stone, leaving a building surrounded by fans and photographers would require “an army of bodyguards to lead me to the car.” Another “army of guards” had to hold people back, she said.
Stone told The Rake that she also felt responsible for the people accompanying her, saying she would let them go first for their safety. “At the time I went there, I had to dive headfirst into the small hole that was left to get into a car, and sometimes the bodyguard had to climb out the window so as not to be sucked in by a violent mob” , she said. .
“Sometimes the crowd would pull the bumpers off the car, the mirrors, the license plates, sometimes the crowd would get on top of the car,” Stone continued. Meanwhile, Stone said she would have to lie on the ground while her friends and a bodyguard were on top of her, “in the hope the car wouldn’t fall apart.”
Stone hasn’t said if she still has to deal with this level of intrusion when going out in public, but it’s well known that her film career and level of fame dwindled in the mid-1990s after starring in Martin Scorsese’s film. “Casino” and earned him his first and only Oscar nomination.
It’s often been said that Hollywood doesn’t know how to capitalize on Stone’s unique talent. It became harder for Stone after she hit her 40s and tried to work in an industry that had long believed audiences didn’t care about stories about women of a certain age.
Stone, a mother of three, has never stopped working, most recently in television. She’s also a model, posing nude for a 2015 issue of Harper’s Bazaar and striking sexy poses for the cover of The Rake. She’s also still making headlines, like when she recently slammed Joe Rogan for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 on his Spotify podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.”
As for her sex symbol image, Stone told Oprah Winfrey in 2014, when she was 56, “At some point you start to ask yourself, ‘What’s really sexy?’ It’s not just the elevation of your breasts, it’s being present and having fun and loving yourself enough to love the person who is with you.