Chris Pine, who has worked with Lindsay Lohan in the past, saw firsthand how the actress got so tangled up in fame and celebrity. And that was what frightened the actor the most.
The two actors met on the 2005 set of Just My Luck, where Lohan was an 18-year-old actress who easily demanded $7 million paychecks with her name alone. Meanwhile, Pine was a 24-year-old no-name actor who was thrilled to just be there on such a big set.
But ironically, today in 2014 the two actors have swapped roles in the Hollywood world. Lohan is no longer acting regularly and struggles to convince the world she still has a real career, while Pine is one of Hollywood's hottest men. It's funny how things work out.
"It was a real cyclone of insanity, like being around The Beatles," Pine told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview. "It was fascinating to watch, and in hindsight it's really a distinct moment in someone's life when you see what's really wonderful about what we get to do and what's really dangerous about it."
But while Lohan soaked up all the attention and spotlight she could get while on the set of the movie, Pine ignored it by turning his head and just getting his work done.
"Hollywood is like living in a weird bubble," Pine continued on to say. "A bunch of people take care of you and get you stuff, and you're the center of that little microcosmic world. You start believing that it is real and ... you deserve it."
But although Pine is famous for his work in the Star Trek movies, bringing in $853 million worldwide with the 2009 film and the 2013 sequel, the 33-year-old actor still keeps a very low-key profile. He refused to even talk about his love life because it was his personal business and not anyone else's.
"They f---ing suck," Pine said about the paparazzi who chased him once news broke out that the actor was dating the reality star Audrina Patridge. "The light of my flame was really bright after Star Trek [in 2009], and I had that bizarre convergence of everything's so intense for about a month, and then it died down. During that time, they're f---ing chasing you, and you're driving at speeds you shouldn't be driving at. Thankfully, I don't really have much of that anymore."
Since the actor is so private with his love life, he certainly doesn't want to be a part of social media where privacy does not exist. "What am I going to tweet about?" he asks. "My sneakers? Or, 'I have 14,000 friends on Facebook.' What does that even mean? I find it to be a waste of time. The Internet is so caustic; just a place where people get to spew nonsense and bullshit."
And ironically, the actor who is so against the Hollywood lifestyle was actually raised in it. With well-known acting parents Robert Pine and Gwyne Gilford, it seems he could have taken the attention and run with it like Lohan did. His father is most famous for his role as Sgt. Joseph Getraer in the NBC series CHiPs. But Pine wasn't exactly blinded by the light.
"There was nothing romantic about the industry," Pine said about his childhood exposure to show business. "I grew up in a family where sometimes work was good, sometimes great, and sometimes there was no work. I learned a lot by osmosis, just by being around them."
Pine has found himself working in that world at last, starring in movies and running from paparazzi. Still, Pine's friends say that the actor is not interested in celebrity, only in the work itself. And that is what makes Pine different from his fellow acting peers.
Pine has finished filming in his latest movies, Into the Woods and Horrible Bosses 2, which both will be released at the end of 2014.