With the nationwide unemployment rate hitting 9.8 percent in November, the jobless can have the comfort of knowing that there are many other workers in the same boat. However, it may sometimes seem that certain demographics remain untouched by tough economic times. Though many hold idealized notions of Hollywood and its stars, celebrities occasionally face job loss, too.
Actress Thora Birch, best known for her roles in "American Beauty" and "Ghost World," was recently fired from a Broadway production of "Dracula," The New York Times reports. The circumstances surrounding the firing were controversial, with the production team and the actress drastically differing on the reasons behind her job loss, which took place a mere four days before the play's first performance. Birch reportedly expressed that she was in "a state of shock" following the firing, a sentiment many jobless Americans can undoubtedly relate to.
Lance Baxter, who was known for his work as a voice-over actor on Geico commercials, was fired after leaving a controversial voicemail with the Tea Party-associated political activism group FreedomWorks, according to the Huffington Post. Many jobless have had the experience of watching what they say on social networking platforms and other public forums, as certain controversial statements can result in career-related consequences if made public.
The many American workers who hold multiple jobs know the difficulties of juggling their career responsibilities. Last year, "Twilight" series actress Rachelle Lefevre was replaced in the trilogy's conclusion with Bryce Dallas Howard. She told Access Hollywood that Summit Entertainment chose to recast her role due to a perceived scheduling conflict. The firing reportedly took her by surprise.
"I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me," she said.