In between shooting for blockbuster movies and generally doing what super-rich and famous people do, your favourite celebrities find time to communicate with the dead. Yes, you read that right.
High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens recently joined the ranks of celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Keanu Reeves by admitting in an interview that she’s had a lot of run-ins with spiritual beings and has “accepted the fact” that she sees and hears things. Hudgens admitted that her “abilities” scared her when she was younger but as she grew older, she realised she had a gift and that she must “lean into it”.
To aid her in her ghost chatting efforts, the actress revealed that she uses a “spirit box” that lets her analyse “radio frequencies really quickly”. To the uninitiated, radio frequencies are ghosts and other paranormal creatures’ preferred mode of communication.
Hudgen’s fellow Disney contemporary, Demi Lovato is another celebrity who can communicate with the Other Side. Through her TV show Unidentified With Demi Lovato, the popstar takes their viewers along with them on their ghost-hunting adventures. They hit gold when in one episode, a ghost chose to communicate solely with Lovato because the ghost had trauma and did not like men. Lovato sang their hit ‘Skyscraper’ to pacify the ghost and got a ghostly standing ovation in return, through radio frequency of course.
Another pop sensation who claims to have a direct line to the dead, Kesha recently announced her new TV series Conjuring Kesha, in which she would go to the most haunted spots and hope to capture something spooky on camera. If you thought that was the end of the celebrity ghost hunting TV show trend, then know that you’re wrong because Kristen Stewart also revealed recently that she’s been working on developing a ‘gay ghost-hunting reality show’ with a friend that she described as a “paranormal romp in a queer space” which is the only detail that has been revealed about Stewart’s ghost-hunting mission. The actress has, however, admitted in the past that she can sense ghosts, especially when she’s shooting in “small towns and weird apartments”.
Aside from providing these celebrities with fruitful business ventures, ghosts have also been known to dispense helpful acting advice to actors. When Helena Bonham Carter was preparing to play the role of Princess Margaret in season 3 of Netflix’s The Crown, she decided to reach out to the notorious royal’s spirit through the help of a Medium, as you do. Turns out, doing so was a great idea because not only did Carter get approval from the royal to play her on-screen, she also gave the actress some helpful advice on nailing the specifics of her character because accurate on-screen representation is a big deal beyond the grave. “Get the smoking right. I smoked in a very particular way ... the cigarette holder was as much a weapon for expression as it was for smoking,” said the ghost of Princess Margaret to Carter, reportedly.
Emily In Paris actress Lily Collins has also admitted that she received some support from the victims of Ted Bundy while she was shooting for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile, a movie based on the life and crimes of the serial killer. Collins revealed that she felt supported, rather than scared, because of the ghostly encounters.
While no former supermodel came to give supermodel-y advice to Gigi Hadid or Kendall Jenner from the afterlife, the two models have gone on record to admit that they’ve experienced paranormal activities around them ever since they were children. Actor Keanu Reeves, too, encountered a ghost child when he was about six or seven years old, and in typical Keanu fashion, his reaction was “Okay, that’s interesting”, while Matthew McConnaughey apparently stood his ground and told the unpleasant ghost who was haunting his house that he was not going anywhere. Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale has also casually admitted that her roommate is a ghost, a friendly one at that.
Not all ghostly encounters are pleasant, however. In a 2013 interview, pop sensation Ariana Grande recalled her encounter with a demon when she was visiting one of the seven gates to Hell on Earth in Kansas City. This, sidenote, sounds like a fruitful trip, in my honest opinion, because if you go to one of the gates of hell, the least you can expect is an encounter with a demon, so excellent service on Hell’s part.
Grande said, “I felt this sick, overwhelming feeling of negativity over the whole car and we smelled sulfur, which is the sign of a demon, and there was a fly in the car randomly, which is another sign of a demon. I was like, ‘This is scary, let’s leave.’ I rolled down the window before we left and said, ‘We apologize. We didn’t mean to disrupt your peace.’ Then I took a picture and there are three super distinct faces in the picture—they’re faces of textbook demons.”
So if you’re a ghost reading this, which is a long shot because ghosts have infinitely better things to do than to read accounts of them being spotted on a website, keep up with the good work!