Bo Derek’s sultry role in the blockbuster romantic comedy “10” was more than three decades ago, but she’s still remembered for that famous nude swimsuit and those cornrowed blonde braids. It was Derek’s breakout role, and it catapulted her to sex symbol status seemingly overnight. Suddenly, the then-20-something beauty went from an unknown actress to one of the most sought-after women in the world. But to hear Derek tell it, she never had her sights set on fame.
Speaking with Oprah for an episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, Derek opened up about her meteoric rise in the spotlight.
“It was fairly chaotic,” Derek says in the above video. “I wasn’t prepared for it mentally.”
Following “10,” Derek appeared in more movies, graced the cover of many magazines, posed for “Playboy” and made countless public appearances. The attention and lifestyle, she says, was difficult to adjust to for one key reason.
“I think if you want to be a star, you’re more prepared if you should be lucky enough to become one,” Derek continues. “Since I didn’t even want it, it was pretty daunting. The scrutiny, the attention, lack of privacy… But it was a great adventure at the same time.”
Today, of course, there is an even brighter spotlight on celebrities, thanks to both new technologies and social media. The way people put themselves out there, posting personal photos and sharing so many details of their private lives, is something Derek can’t even fathom.
“I don’t understand celebrities having social media to begin with,” Derek says. “I prized and took such care of my private life. It was important to me. Now, the idea of not having one is crazy… And not wanting one. It’s strange.”
Also in the interview: Derek tells Oprah why she “never took beauty seriously.”
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