How Ian Harding Mastered How to Be a Celebrity… and Live a Normal Life, Too

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You might think it’s easy being a celebrity. The notoriety, the hot people, the money… Doesn’t sound too shabby, right? But, time and time again, celebrities reveal the dark sides of stardom: the alcohol, the drugs, being “too fat,” being “too thin”… The struggle can be very real — like with any job. Fortunately, there’s one celebrity who seems to have found the key to a healthy (yet famous) lifestyle. And that celebrity is Ian Harding.

The best Pretty Little Liars guy is currently on the promo circuit for his first book, Odd Birds, which is “a coming-of-age story in which Ian wrestles with an ever-evolving question: How can he still be himself while also being a celebrity?” So, we caught up with him on the date of the publication’s release to ask him just that. And, TBH, he makes it sound quite simple… for him, anyway.

“This is, like, such a sweet spot of fame in that no paparazzi care about me,” he revealed to “It’s fantastic. In, like, the few times that happened, it’s almost been novel. I’m like, ‘Wow, look at this.’ […] I’m like, ‘Wow, you know my name.'”

His trick: “I think you need to have one foot in and one foot out,” he explained. “I have social media… to a point. But then, after a while, you just go, ‘No, I can’t. I need to separate, I need to disconnect.'”

“And also, don’t dress like a big, big celebrity,” he added. “It’s weird. You can turn it down slightly. […] You can dress normally, you can do normal things and it’s as if people don’t notice you.”

“I usually just look like a 45-year-old dad from Oregon,” he claimed. “That’s usually my style choice.”

Odd Birds is available now. Stay tuned for more from our interview with Ian Harding!
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