Boy Meets World star Rider Strong claims when he worked with the 87-year-old Hunger Games star on the 1993 thriller Benefit of the Doubt, he was informed, “Nobody can make eye contact with him.”
No one really knows what the 'no eye-contact' rule is all about. It has been linked to ego and being a diva.
But with celebrities feeling every aspect of their lives is on display and public property, perhaps it could be seen as a self-preservation technique?
So where did the no eye-contact rule originate? We dig back through the rumours to try and pinpoint who was the first star to decide they didn't want to be looked in the eye without consent.
Jessica Alba, 42, is now an A-List actor herself, know for her roles in Honey, Fantastic Four and Sin City. But despite her fame and fortune, the 42-year-old actor does not have a problem with making eye-contact.
However, back when she was starting out, she landed a supporting role as a pregnant teenager in Beverly Hills 90210 back in 1998.
As a minor character, she has revealed she was told not to look the main stars of the show - including Luke Perry, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Jason Priestley - in the eye.
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She said: "On the set of '90210' I couldn't even make eye contact with any of the cast members, which was really strange when you're trying to do this scene with them."
She added she was told she would be "thrown off set" if she broke the rule.
Alba speculated: "I don't really know why. Maybe because the leading characters were so popular they didn't want other actors looking at them.... You wouldn't be allowed to talk to them unless they spoke to you first. It was bizarre. But I guess that's what happens when you become a big star."
For many years the Mission: Impossible star was linked to the 'no eye-contact' rule. He famously does not like being out of control, as illustrated when he was pranked on the red carpet back in 2005.
But as many showbiz reporters who have met 61-year-old Cruise will tell you - he has a habit of fixing people with an intense stare as part of keeping charge of interviews.
Read more: Tom Cruise denies that crews can't look at him on set (Indie Wire, 2 min read)
And director Chris McQuarrie recently told The Sunday Times that when he asked Cruise what was the "weirdest" story he had ever heard about himself, the Hollywood action hero laughed that it was a "myth" that people "were not allowed to look me in the eye."
An entertainment journalist called Steve Heisler claimed back in 2010: "I was an extra in The Lake House when Sandra Bullock was in it, and we were told that we were not allowed to make eye contact with her unless she initiated the eye contact."
But other rumours circulating online claim the 58-year-old Oscar-winning actor say that the crew on one of her movies started the 'no-eye contact' rule on her behalf, and when she found out about it she threw a big party for the cast and crew to clear things up.
According to a leaked rider in 2011, the Firework singer and Trolls movie star has a rule that her drivers "are directed not to stare at the backseat through the rear view mirror."
They are also not permitted to start a conversation with the 38-year-old singer or ask for autographs and selfies.
The Wolf Of Wallstreet star, 48, began his acting career when he was just 17 and after starring in numerous blockbusters has become almost as famous for enjoying dating younger women as appearing on screen.
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The Hollywood Reporter claimed in 2019 that on the set of Quentin Tarantino's One Upon A Time In Hollywood: "Some crewmembers on were instructed to avoid making eye contact with him."
Chat show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, 65, spoke out and apologised after multiple reports that her staff and crew felt mistreated and found the show a toxic place to work.
One of the ways in which her staff felt disrespected was being told they could not look her in the eye.
According to Page Six DeGeneres told staff in a Zoom call addressing the reports: "I don’t know where it started. Please talk to me. Look me in the eye.”
The Austin Powers star has been the subject of multiple claims of 'diva behaviour' on set of his films, including Dr. Zeuss kids movie The Cat In The Hat.
A bodyguard who worked with the 60-year-old actor on The Love Guru in 2008 has claimed he was fired for looking at Myers in the eye.
He revealed he had been told not to look the Shrek star in the eye, but accidentally made eye-contact while allowing him into his trailer.
The bodyguard tweeted: "Within an hour I get a phone call letting me know that I'm fired, and I have to get off set because I broke this weird rule."
Myers denies the claims.
The Rocky star, 77, allegedly had a rule in his home that not only staff could not look him in the eye — if he entered a room they were in, they must back out and "vanish immediately".
The claims were made public in 1999 when five staff, including butlers, maids and cooks, sued him for unfair dismissal, claiming they were fired for accidentally breaking the rules.
Stallone's lawyers dismiss the claims as "fictional".
Rider Strong recently revealed on Pod Meets World podcast: “I did a movie with Donald Sutherland [in 1993] and he has an eye-contact rule.
“If you’re in the scene with him, you could make eye contact with him but his whole thing was that every crew member has to look away.”
Boy Meets World co-star Will Friedle observed: “That’s ridiculous... A stupid, egotistical power trip.”
The 81-year-old chart-stopping singer and movie star is a renowned diva - famous for controlling which side of her face can be filmed, controlling her image and demanding everyone is done to her exacting standards.
One lasting rumour goes that when she stays in hotels, staff must turn and face the wall when she enters the room.
It would seem it's impossible to trace back the first celebrity who came up with the 'no eye-contact' rule. But one thing is for sure - when it starts circulating, you know you've made it.
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