Ruby: I knew when to leave the celebrity party

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The American actress said: “When I lost my fame it was painful.

“I always knew to leave the party before it left me, so I jumped when it was time to go to the next chapter of my life.”

But she said she had not fallen into the trap of trying to cling on to celebrity, instead opting to study psychotherapy for a Master’s at Oxford.

She said: “So many once-famous people try to hold on long after they hit their sell-by date, begging, ‘Please keep me on the screen, I’ll do anything, send me to an island and I’ll eat my young’.

“But you have to find out what really captures your imagination – I fell in love with studying the brain. I had the joyride of a lifetime doing those shows, but I’ve got something you can’t take from me. That wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t exit television.”

In an interview for Radio Times, the chat show host and star of sitcom Girls On Top, said:

Destructive “Celebrity gets potentially destructive and harmful when all you’re famous for is sunbathing by a pool wearing a piece of dental floss as a swimsuit.

“If you have no skill to practise, as in acting, you depend more and more on followers. Inevitably, the fans will leave you to follow the next fresh piece of meat.

“The withdrawal of attention when that spotlight moves on is like cold-turkeying off a hardcore drug.

“If you want fame for the sake of being famous, there’s a price. You still expect to get special treatment when people have no idea who you are any more.”

  • In her new show, When Ruby Wax Met… she looks back at some of her celebrity interviews on BBC2, Sunday at 9pm.

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