What Happened There? The Origins Of Celebrity Scars
We all have permanent marks or scars on our bodies that tell a story from our lives and celebrities are no different than the rest of us. Here are the origins of these well-known celebrity scars.
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige has always shared the highs and lows of her life with her fans but when it comes to how she got the scar right below her left eye, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has been cagey. One story claims the scar is a reminder from a fight with another woman in Blige’s younger years. Another story claims the scar is from a traumatic event in the “Just Fine” singer’s childhood that she refuses to discuss. Though she hasn’t confirmed either tale, Blige did speak about loving her imperfections, including the scar on her face. “If I don’t accept the scar on my face, the lips that God gave me, the big giant feet, the long legs, whatever it is that I’m deformed with, I got to love it so everybody else can love it. And I started loving it.”
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has been in the movie-making business for a while but it is his portrayal of freed-man-turned-slave Solomon Northup in 12 Years A Slave that finally made him a household name. But tragedy struck Ejiofor early in his life and actually almost killed him. An 11-year-old Ejiofor was involved in a serious car accident that claimed his father’s life. The accident also left a prominent scar on his forehead.
Michael K. Williams
Michael K. Williams terrorized his neighborhood as the gun-slinging, drug dealer-robbing gay thug Omar on HBO’s “The Wire.” While his scar was never addressed on the show, it added a sense of danger to his character. In real life, when he was 25 years old, Williams went out to celebrate his birthday and was nearly killed. While hanging out at a bar with some friends, they got into a fight with another group and Williams was sliced with a razor on his face and neck.
Actress Sanaa Lathan is one of Hollywood’s most gorgeous and eligible bachelorettes and she certainly has an interesting story to tell her would-be suitors. The 42-year-old stunning beauty has a slight imperfection on her right cheek. While the details are sketchy, the smooth scar is the result of a childhood accident with Lathan’s face, an oven and some Play-Doh. The scar certainly hasn’t stopped Lathan from appearing on the silver screen. Lathan can currently be seen in The Best Holiday.
Singer Seal certainly has a distinct singing voice but he also has distinct scars on his face. The “Kiss From A Rose” singer suffered from discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) as a teenager, which left scars on his face and scalp. DLE is a chronic skin condition with sores that cause scarring on the face, ears, scalp and neck. In an interview, Seal confessed he initially had a hard time dealing with the scars: “I got really depressed about [the scars] at first, as you can understand. Now I really like them. If I could design something, I don’t think I could do it better.”
Being an international superstar certainly has its perks but one of the downsides can be the endless supply of false rumors that are spread around. Singer Rihanna has had her fair share of rumors circulating about her. One such rumor concerned the small scar on the “We Found Love” singer’s lip. Word started to spread that the mark was a herpes outbreak so Rihanna finally cleared everything up — sorta. Although she has never revealed where the scar came from, it’s not a result from an STD. “It’s a f—ing scar on my lip,” Rihanna stated. “That’s there every day of my life.”
Rapper Maino is enjoying his freedom now and pursuing his passion and love of music but there was a time when the Brooklyn native wasn’t so free and he has the scar on his face to prove it. Locked up serving a ten-year sentence for robbing and kidnapping a drug dealer, Maino’s face was slashed by a fellow inmate in retaliation.
Tina Fey’s “30 Rock” character Liz Lemon prefers the right side of her face because the actress that plays her suffered from an injury when she was younger and now has a permanent scar. The faint scar on Tina Fey’s face runs from her cheek to under her mouth and is a result of a childhood slashing when a very young Fey was approached by someone who left what she thought was a pen mark across her face and turned out to be much worse. Understandably, the funny woman doesn’t like to talk about incident. ”It’s a childhood injury that was kind of grim,” Fey has said. “And it kind of bums my parents out for me to talk about it.”
Sometimes it’s more interesting to make up a story about a scar than tell the truth, especially if it’s boring. That’s allegedly what famed actor Joaquin Phoenix has been doing regarding the scar between his nose and lip. Reportedly, the Gladiator star, who was born with the scar, blamed the mark on an act of God saying while his mother was pregnant with him, she felt a sharp pain one day, and he was born with a mark on his lip. Phoenix was actually born with a cleft lip and the scar is a result from the corrective surgery.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi once infamously licked BBQ sauce off of her thigh in a hot and steamy Carl Jr.’s commercial so we know the tv personality isn’t shy about her body and that also goes for the seven-inch scar on her right arm. Two months into her modeling career, Lakshmi and her parents were involved in a serious car accident and doctors had to repair her shattered arm. Despite the permanent scar, the Indian beauty had a very successful career and appreciates the scar. “I love it because it makes me a person who has an interesting past, and it reminds me that I can survive any pain,” said Lakshmi.
J.R. Martinez enlisted in the army as a teenager and in 2003 just a couple months into his tour in Iraq, the 19-year-old drove his Humvee over a landmine. With burns over 40 percent of his body including his face, Martinez’ career in the military was done and he had a long road to recovery ahead of him. Switching careers, Maritnez joined the cast of ABC’s soap opera “All My Children” in 2008. He also traveled across the country to speak to wounded veterans about his experience and has said he gave them hope and they gave him purpose.
The permanent scar on Harrison Ford’s face is so famous it has been written into some of his movies. As Indiana Jones, the scar was a result from a whip, while it was the result of an ear piercing gone wrong in Working Girl. However, the real story about the scar’s origin is slightly ironic. Ford was trying to put his seatbelt on while driving and lost control of the car, probably one of the few times a seatbelt has ever caused an accident instead of saving lives in an accident.
After she started dating Prince William, Kate Middleton was thrust into the limelight and her entire life was examined with a fine-tooth comb. But while virtually her whole life was an open book, folks didn’t find out about the scar on Middleton’s left temple until t was exposed when she once wore her hair away from her face. Middleton’s spokesperson confirmed the scar was caused by a serious accident from her childhood but refused to reveal any more information stating it is a private matter.
Hollywood make-up artists are always looking for ways to conceal actors’ scars and marks but there’s one actress who would prefer to proudly show hers. Catherine Zeta-Jones has a one and a half inch scar on the front of her neck. As an infant, Zeta-Jones suffered from a viral infection that caused breathing difficulties. Doctors had to perform a tracheotomy and as a result Zeta-Jones was left with constant reminder of what saved her life. “I don’t want to hide it,” she has said. “I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t have this scar.”
Jonah Hill is a successful actor now who stars in some of today’s funniest movies but when he was a teenager, for a while there Hill seemed to be heading down the wrong path. Acting out after his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Hill’s grades began to slide and he started smoking marijuana. Sneaking out one night with a friend, Hill was riding shotgun with his arm hanging out of the open window when the car flipped over on its side and skidded down the street on top of his arm, which is now permanently scarred. Hill used that experience to get his act together. He turned his life around and continues to make his parents proud. “I look at this scar every day,” Hill said. “That reminds me to work hard.”