Amal Clooney is 2014's Most Fascinating Person (for all the wrong reasons)

Also, Scarlett Johansson opens up in a rare interview and Jennifer Aniston responds to the pressure to have kids

By Jamie Khoo | Published: 16 Dec 2014

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Amal Clooney is 2014's Most Fascinating Person for absolutely ridiculous reasons
Barbara Walters does a list of the 10 Most Fascinating People every year which have, in the past, included luminaries such as Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela. This year, Amal Clooney tops the list as Barbara's most fascinating person.

The defining reasons that got her there? Not because she's one of the world's top human rights activists and lawyers, not because she's represented Julian Assange and Cambodia (yes, the whole country), not because she's now advising Greece (yes, the whole country) on reclaiming Parthenon marbles from the British Museum. No, Amal is this year's most fascinating person because she's a looker and she married George Clooney, a man who once declared he would never marry again.

Don't get us wrong. Amal is absolutely fascinating and she does work for the world that many of us could only aspire towards. But it seems that in 2014, a girl's nuptials is more likely to feature among "the greatest achievements in human history" than say addressing the violence in Gaza and protecting children from sexual violence.

Others on the list include Oprah Winfrey, George R.R. Martin, Chelsea Handler, Neil Patrick Harris and Taylor Swift. Though we're not quite sure how much of an honour it is to named there anymore. 

Scarlett Johansson opens up in an interview with Barbara Walters
Also on the list of 2014's "Most Fascinating People" was the very private Scarlett Johansson, who did an intimate interview with Barbara Walters, where she opened up about her life, from the time she was an aspiring child actor to motherhood today. The Internet is now blowing up over Scarlett's comments about her body, which she regards as "an okay body, I guess" and that she doesn't like her thighs and midsection.

But uh, in case the world hadn't noticed, there's also plenty more to this incredibly talented actress than what she has to say about her thighs. (What is it with this list this year?). Scarlett had lots of interesting stuff to say about wanting to be an actor since she was three, how she "kinda… always thought it was their loss" when she was rejected for roles as a kid and her love of singing (she had actually wanted to be in musical theatre when she was younger).

She also talked about nursing her three-month-old baby herself ("the love is just unbelievable") and about being in therapy. Therapy? But she's a big star, she's just had a baby... "It's the perfect time to be in therapy," she tells Barbara. "When everything is going well." See the full interview here.

Jennifer Aniston speaks about the pressures on women to have children and to always look good
In other news, Jennifer Aniston has also spoken up for women the world over when she talked about the unnecessary pressures she's faced for not having children. "I don't like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women – that you've failed yourself as a female because you haven't procreated. I don't think it's fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering – dogs, friends, friends' children."

As a celebrity who's long been under the scrutiny of tabloids for her appearance and relationships, the 45-year-old actress is now making a strong stand for gender inequality, particularly in her profession.

Jennifer's most recent role in Cake, where she plays a woman suffering from chronic pain and takes on a very different, bare-faced look, has already earned her a Golden Globe nomination and may well land her an Oscar one too. Of course though, much of the talk has been about what she looks like in the film. In this same interview with Allure, she openly calls this attention on women's looks "sexist" and adds, "A woman going physically unattractive is where you get recognition and some sort of respect," she pointed out. "You read things like, 'Oh, finally, she's acting!'"

Also, finally, at a time when celebrities are proudly rejecting feminism, Jennifer reminds us not to be so damn block-headed. She thinks it's become overcomplicated "Because people overcomplicate it. It's simply believing in equality between men and women. Pretty basic."

Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé dance it off together at a concert
A Justin Timberlake concert is always a spectacle in itself, but his 20/20 Experience World Tour concert in New York on Sunday leveled up quite a few notches. Not only was he joined on stage by collaborator Jay Z for Holy Grail, but he had a pretty star-studded audience dancing along to the show.

His wife, Jessica Biel was there of course, along with Taylor Swift and Beyoncé – music royalty and oh, only two of the biggest bestselling, record-breaking female artists of the year (decade / ever). That's some pretty heavyweight star power for one concert and it's great to see them all just hanging out together. You know, as stars do.


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