Table of Contents
- Does Rumer Willis Really Sing? This ‘Empire’ Star Is A Triple Threat
- ‘Empire’: Rumer Willis on Amy Winehouse Inspiration, Working With Mom Demi Moore
- 20 Rumer Felt ‘Innately’ Unlovable
- 19 Probably From All The Tabloid Name-Calling
- 18 Rumer And Perez Had A Calling-Out Moment
- 17 Tallulah Had Body Dysmorphia
- 16 While Scout Is Utilizing Her Body For Protests
- 15 Rumer Isn’t A Big Fan Of Phones
- 14 The Girls Didn’t Like Where They Grew Up
- 13 Tallulah Has Had Some Similar Struggles To Demi
- 12 And It Looks Like Scout And Rumer Did, Too
- 11 Rumer Can Actually Really Sing (Why Didn’t We Know?!)
- 10 Tallulah’s Art Isn’t A Big Secret…
- 9 But Her ‘Gremlin Brain’ Is
- 8 911 Was Rumer’s Prerogative When She Was Younger
- 7 Like Mother Like Daughter: Rumer Might Have Had Surgery
- 6 Everyone LOVED Ashton
- 5 Rumer Feels Like The Family Pulled Through For Her
- 4 While Tallulah Felt A Lack Of Trust
- 3 Her Art Came From A Place Of Necessity
- 2 Rumer Was Called A Traitor
- 1 The Family Feels A Little Fractured
- Rumer Willis Shows Off Singing Voice On ‘Empire’
- Rumer Willis, the Individual
Last night, we saw the most shocking elimination on The Masked Singer yet! The Lion was unmasked, revealing her true identity, Rumer Willis. Today, Rumer took to Instagram to answer fans’ questions about what it was really like being under the Lion mask.
Her answers give an inside look at the show. Here’s what she had to say, including when we can expect new music from her!
First of all, a lot of people wanted to know about the costume and how heavy the mask was. Rumer responded, saying:
“It was about 12lbs so yeah super heavy…It was so hard !! I couldn’t see anything below my eyes and it was so heavy!”
But to clarify, she said she didn’t get to keep the costume and mask, even though she wishes she could have that mask on her wall! When talking about her favorite performance from the show, Rumer said “Diamond Heart” by Lady Gaga.
Rumer was also asked what she would’ve sang in the Finale if she hadn’t been eliminated. Here’s what she said:
“My finals song was Total Eclipse of the Heart and I was really sad I didn’t get to do it cause the creative design for the performance was amazing!”
I’m honestly bummed we didn’t get to hear that either. I’m sure it was an incredible production! And again, mostly just shocked she didn’t make it that far. She’s been a standout singer since before the season even started. The Masked Singer used her performance to tease the whole show! And with that, the guessing game began.
Secrecy is obviously another difficult part of the show as well. When a fan asked if any of her family members or friends called her out before she was unmasked, she had to admit that it did happen!
“So many people asked and I felt so bad I had to lie to them”
We even wrote about her denying it at the Screen Actors Guild Awards a few weeks ago! Finally, Rumer was asked about new music. She first said she would love to release the songs from the show on Apple Music. And as far as an album?
“Hopefully by the end of the year!!”
So fans of the Lion, don’t fret! We’re sure Rumer isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Be on the lookout for new music from her soon.
Two costumed contestants were revealed at the conclusion of Wednesday’s The Masked Singer semi-finals, when The Rabbit was identified as NSYNC singer Joey Fatone and, in a truly shocking outcome, The Lion was also voted off, and revealed to be Rumer Willis.
Willis had commanded the stage with her vocal prowess and magnetic presence during the last eight weeks of the competition, proving time and again how powerful and versatile her singing skills truly are. The Lion’s enduring popularity made her elimination all the more surprising.
Willis sat down with ET’s Nischelle Turner on Thursday, where she dished on her time on the show, her reasons for signing on to compete and why she choice the amazing Lion costume, which was arguably one of the most impressive costumes of the first season.
“In the beginning, when we had one of the first couple of meetings, they had a bunch of pictures of all the different costumes, and was immediately the first one ,” she recalled of the regal outfit, dreamed up by Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina. “I just was immediately drawn to that one.”
Willis — who famously got a lion tattoo on her shoulder when she was younger — said being a Leo played a part in the decision, but it was the power and attitude The Lion costume evoked in her that truly attracted her to it.
“I just all the gold, and I thought it looked strong and confident,” Willis shared. “I love the whole gladiator vibe of all of it.”
While Willis rocked the extravagant and luxurious Lion outfit with grace and style, the actress said wearing the incredibly heavy ensemble during the production was physically exhausting.
“It was so heavy, the mask alone was 10 or 12 pounds and that huge big fur cape was probably five or six,” she recalled. “By the end of it, I wanted to curl over.”
Participating in a reality competition show isn’t something new for the 30-year-old performer — after all, she is a Dancing With the Stars Mirrorball trophy winner after claiming victory with partner Val Chmerkovskiy during season 19.
However, she admitted that the unusual premise for The Masked Singer — which is an American take on the massively popular South Korean game show King of Mask Singer — gave her pause.
“I just thought it was a crazy idea,” she admitted. “I definitely had to think about it, because I had to think about, ‘Is this right for me? Are they going to be able to do it? Obviously, the show worked , but how is it going to work over here?'” She explained. “But at the end of the day, I just thought it was a fun opportunity to be able to sing without anyone’s prior judgment.”
According to Willis, that sort of anonymity while performing is truly “what is so cool” about being a part of the show. “It’s just solely based on your talent not based on what people know about you,” Willis added.
While she enjoyed getting the chance to see without anyone in the audience knowing who she was, it wasn’t long before viewers at home had a pretty good idea that it was Willis behind that elaborate golden mask.
Willis’ name was one of the first major guesses Twitter detectives came up with, and that was all the way back near the start of the show. With each week, the clues just piled up and it was almost a lock that she would turn out to be The Lion.
In fact, with a few rare exceptions, Twitter detectives have been right on the money with their predictions each week, as more and more masks come off, and Willis thinks that the show is going to have to get trickier when season two premieres.
“Everyone has been guessing so correctly! I feel like maybe for next season they’re going to have to tone down the clues because people got everyone so fast,” Willis said, adding that secrecy is also going to get more difficult.
According to the actress, producers were able to keep the contestants’ identities secret during the first season because no one knew what the show was going to be like, and it was under everyone’s radar. However, with all the attention it’s been getting, keeping the masked celebs under wraps is going to be a bigger challenge.
The final three costumed contestants — The Bee, The Peacock and The Monster — are still set to face off when The Masked Singer season finale airs Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s jaw-dropping costumes and the process behind their development.
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Let’s be real for a minute: If you haven’t figured out every single celebrity on The Masked Singer by now, you’re not even trying. Either that, or you’re one of the judges. (Angela Lansbury? Really?!)
La Toya Jackson’s name was in our gallery of clues and predictions long before she was unmasked as the Alien on Wednesday. In fact, so was Ricki Lake (the Raven), Tori Spelling (the Unicorn), Margaret Cho (The Poodle) and Terry Bradshaw (the Deer), most of which we felt safe confirming via the delicate science of… Googling their heights.
Speaking of which, we can’t help but wonder if Fox will drop the heights entirely for The Masked Singer Season 2. “We put them on as a graphic thinking, ‘Oh, this doesn’t mean much,’ but it’s not fair to because they don’t know the heights,” executive producer Izzie Pick Ibarra told TVLine. (For more answers to all of our burning Masked Singer questions, .)
Considering how obvious the clues about the Bee, the Lion, the Monster, The Peacock and the Rabbit have become, it’s actually kind of hard to believe they have any factoids left to tease in the coming weeks. (Really, Lion, tell us more about your Empire.”) Needless to say, we’re more confident about our guesses than ever.
Browse our gallery of predictions — you can for direct access — then drop a comment with your own below: Do you disagree with any of our guesses for the final five?
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Does Rumer Willis Really Sing? This ‘Empire’ Star Is A Triple Threat
It’s kind of hard to be on Empire (as a special guest, especially) and have not one iota of musical talent. Eventually, everyone on the show has to sing or at least try, so if you can’t do that, well, you better take some lessons or be prepared to shell out for some really good auto tune. Rumer Willis is the newest star to have a stint on Empire, playing singer-songwriter Tory Ash. So can Rumer Willis really sing?
Tory is a washed-up singer/songwriter who Jamal meets while he is in rehab for his addiction to painkillers. She binged on heroin and had a breakdown during a show, leading to the demolition of her career, despite her markedly good musical talent. Luckily for Jamal, Tory encouraged Jamal to break out of rehab to get the song he had in his head out. Hell, they broke out together so that he could lay down the track. Willis’ casting initially surprised me because I had no idea that she had any sort of musical capabilities. Of course, one long, dark trip through the Internet taught me a lot about Willis’ musical prowess. Bruce and Demi made one talented daughter, I have to tell you.
Willis is a triple threat. Not only can she act and dance (she brought home the Mirrorball trophy on Dancing With The Stars Season 20 with Val Chmerkovskiy), the gal can sing, too! She’s been on stage on the cabaret circuit for years, singing classics, standards, and updated tunes with her own signature, bluesy style. Here’s a glimpse of Willis at New York City’s Café Carlyle. The videographer here? Her proud stepmom, Emma Heming Willis.
Willis also does a mean Amy Winehouse cover, as evidenced by her rendition of “You Know I’m No Good” that she performed on radio show Sway In The Morning (skim to 15:00 for the song in the video below).
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Willis’ Empire character is actually reminiscent of Winehouse. Tory looks a lot like Winehouse, and she has a similarly bluesy, sultry voice. She even has her demons and the addiction issues that plagued Winehouse throughout her tragically short life. My hope is that Tory can have a redemptive arc on Empire, rather a sadly familiar one.
There have been enough problems in the Lyon family, so it would be nice if someone (especially Jamal, because he is my favorite) could catch a break and get some good news. Maybe he and Tory can record a song together to redeem both of their careers and get back on top. Together, Jamal and Tory can work together musically and personally, and someone can have a temporary happy ending. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
‘Empire’: Rumer Willis on Amy Winehouse Inspiration, Working With Mom Demi Moore
When Rumer Willis’ Tory Ash debuted in Empire’s midseason premiere, it didn’t take long for her troubled past to surface.
When she was introduced as Jamal’s (Jussie Smollett) newest and closest rehab confidante, both Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) quickly began discussing the heroin-induced meltdown that led to her stripping naked at Fenway Park before she was later found in a coma in a seedy motel.
“She was a big star, brilliant too,” said Cookie. “But that heroin knocked her ass right out of the sky.”
It’s a story that is unfortunately rings all too familiar in the music business, with heroin overdoses claiming the lives of Dee Dee Ramone, Sid Vicious and Janis Joplin, among many others. However, Willis says it was a much more recent figure that drew her to the recurring part.
For Willis, it was also the opportunity to mix acting and music that appealed to her. For years, she had moved from one to the other and then back again. In addition to her onscreen roles, which included comedy (The House Bunny) and horror (Sorority Row) films, as well as recurring roles on dramas such as 90210 and Hawaii Five-0, she also made a name for herself as a performer. After first showcasing her vocal talents playing Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago, Willis turned heads and earned rave reviews during a spring 2016 stint at the famed Cafe Carlyle. She then took her act, in which she performed covers of Britney Spears, Fiona Apple and, yes, even Winehouse, on the road in the fall.
“I’ve been singing since I was super little, but I’ve always struggled to find which avenue exactly I wanted to do,” she says. “Being able to do music as well, and the way they do music is such a dynamic, classy way, so I was really excited.”
Willis said the show has also helped her stretch herself musically. “When I was able to hear some of the music they were writing, I was just so excited and blown away,” she says. “They played stuff that was something that I never really would have thought to go to or do but something that felt so right and sounded right in the place that I wanted to go. It was a perfect, happy turn of events.”
The Amy Winehouse-inspired role also was particularly fitting given that Smollett had brought Willis to Empire’s producers after seeing a video of her singing a Winehouse song on social media. “Rumer brings something so special to the character. She’s so effortless, she’s not making a caricature of what it is,” says Smollett. “I love working with her.”
However, Willis cautions there’s much more to Tory than the headlines and scandals suggest. “I think it’s less about the drug use. You have to really find what’s someone trying to cover up with their drug use and why they might be feeling like they want to use it as an escape, because I would say the majority of the time, people don’t just get into that position,” she explains. “I didn’t want to model it or imitate anybody or someone else’s life so when I got to Chicago, I sat down with the writers and asked them about what their thoughts were. She’s also evolving as the season goes on, so I’m excited to see where it goes.”
Looking ahead, Willis is also excited because of a certain guest star appearing in the season three finale. Her mom, actress Demi Moore, will make her Empire debut in that episode and will heavily recur in the upcoming fourth season of the hip-hop drama.
Although the two haven’t yet shared any scenes together, Willis says she enjoyed showing her mom around the Chicago set. “It’s a dream come true.”
Empire airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
They’re the most famous family that nobody really thinks about as a family. While the Kardashians are thought of as a cohesive unit, this family isn’t quite a one-unit status.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis were, for quite a while, a really good pair. They also created some really great children! The three we’re going to be focusing on are Rumer, Tallulah, and Scout, obviously. These three are as thick as thieves when it comes to taking on the world. Have they always been that way? Not necessarily, although there is some debate when we start to get into the nitty-gritty of their past. Which is exactly what we’re about to do here.
We’ve gone through and found the big secrets that Demi Moore and Bruce Willis hoped would stay on the DL about their daughters. Sorry, mom and dad: secrets are out!
20 Rumer Felt ‘Innately’ Unlovable
One of the secrets we found made us actually really sad. Nicki Swift explains how Rumer Willis, at one point in her life, felt really unlovable. This came as a surprise to us, as we always thought Rumer was the most confident and secure one. Turns out there was a reason for her mixed up thinking, though.
19 Probably From All The Tabloid Name-Calling
It seems like Rumer’s low self-esteem/innate unlovability (as she thought) was actually a byproduct of growing up with super famous parents and getting followed by the paparazzi. Nicki Swift goes on to explain how the tabloids really hurt Rumer, mostly due to the fact that they commented on her appearance so much.
18 Rumer And Perez Had A Calling-Out Moment
She did get a moment of retribution, though, when Rumer Willis called out Perez Hilton for some of the mean things he said when she was a kid. Huffington Post explains that Rumer caught up with Perez at a party and called him out. His response? Apparently very nonchalant, which doesn’t particularly make us like him any more…
17 Tallulah Had Body Dysmorphia
It wasn’t just Rumer with self-image issues. Tallulah also has gone on record as admitting she has body dysmorphia. Heavy explains that she really struggled with this illness, and has been working hard to get better from it. Luckily she has noticed improvements and is a happier and healthier person now.
16 While Scout Is Utilizing Her Body For Protests
One sister who’s facing off with her body in a different way is Scout. Scout is an outspoken activist, especially for bodily rights. Think #freethenipple. CNN discusses how she frequently has been seen protesting social media body censorship by walking around her city topless! That’s certainly a protest that will get people talking.
15 Rumer Isn’t A Big Fan Of Phones
And it turns out Demi Moore isn’t either, although no one would be able to guess. Huffington Post tells us about how Demi Moore had set a no phones at the dinner table policy, but she’s usually the one who breaks it. Rumer grew up embracing the idea of no phones, though, and frequently unplugs to keep herself aware and in the world.
14 The Girls Didn’t Like Where They Grew Up
Then again, nobody does. No matter what city we grow up in, we’re going to have some issues with it. It’s always going to feel too small, too limiting, or too familiar. For Rumer, these feelings were justified though, as BoomsBeat points out that Demi Moore moved them to a legitimately small town for a “normal” childhood, which Rumer really hated.
13 Tallulah Has Had Some Similar Struggles To Demi
Nicki Swift describes some of the big secrets the girls have, but we want to be clear: no matter how pervasive they were, they aren’t necessarily issues anymore. Tallulah definitely makes posts openly admitting her own struggles with addiction, rehab, and recovery, and celebrates how far she’s come in the last few years.
12 And It Looks Like Scout And Rumer Did, Too
Based on a handful of social media posts that the Heavy linked us to, it seems pretty safe to say that Rumer and Scout also have their own struggles with addiction. Both of them have hit some pretty big sobriety milestones. While we’re not sure if it was done in solidarity with mom and Tallulah or for their own benefit, either way, it’s awesome news.
11 Rumer Can Actually Really Sing (Why Didn’t We Know?!)
Anyone who’s been watching the new reality tv show, The Masked Singer, will know about this fact. We were honestly really surprised though, as it wasn’t something Rumer has ever put on display before. While she’s good at using her voice, singing is something we hadn’t heard from Rumer. It was worth it, though!
10 Tallulah’s Art Isn’t A Big Secret…
We know that Rumer has been on reality TV shows and acting in movies since she was a kid. But what about the other sisters? Tallulah might have tried her hand at non-visual arts, but drawing and painting are truly where her strengths seem to be. She’s amazing at it as well, and we love looking at what she posts on social media about it.
9 But Her ‘Gremlin Brain’ Is
Even a great artist like Tallulah Willis seems to get caught in the gremlin brain trap. For those that don’t know, the gremlin brain is that little voice that tells us all the ways in which we’re bad or unworthy. Tallulah’s gremlin brain is apparently strong, but not strong enough to keep her from expressing herself (thank goodness).
8 911 Was Rumer’s Prerogative When She Was Younger
Demi Moore’s addiction struggle brought a whole lot of sadness into the family, it seems. Not only did they find that she was often out of touch with reality, but Nicki Swift describes how Rumer Willis was often the family member left to call 911 when Demi Moore, her mother, was in too much of a state.
7 Like Mother Like Daughter: Rumer Might Have Had Surgery
There have been whisperings of Demi Moore getting surgery, but who knew that Rumer was also potentially on that surgeon list? Rumer and Demi Moore look incredibly similar. Looking at the photos, it’s hard to believe just how identical they seem to be. Especially looking at younger Rumer. Did she really grow up this much?
6 Everyone LOVED Ashton
Like, posters-in-their-bedrooms kind of loved Ashton. One of the weirdest things that happened in the Willis sisters’ childhood was when Ashton Kutcher became their stepdad. BoomsBeat discusses how they all had to take down those poster-sized photos of Kutcher as his character, as it was too weird to see him up there AND making their breakfast every day.
5 Rumer Feels Like The Family Pulled Through For Her
While there was tension in their lives, Huffington Post outlines Rumer’s feelings, “she’s candid about how much of a positive influence her actor parents have had on her life and explains the deep affinity she has with her mom, Demi.” However, not all of the sisters feel this way about their famous fam.
4 While Tallulah Felt A Lack Of Trust
Tallulah was one of the three who didn’t appreciate Demi Moore’s influence. According to Nicki Swift, Tallulah felt like she needed more vulnerability from her mom. And since she didn’t get that, she didn’t quite feel like she could trust her. Not to mention all the other stuff that went down.
3 Her Art Came From A Place Of Necessity
Tallulah majorly struggled, but it seems like she still came out on top. Her visual art is really interesting and popular, and it’s no surprise why. Tallulah tells the Heavy that her art journey started because she was bored, and she wanted to do it for fun (rather than goodness or results).
2 Rumer Was Called A Traitor
But not by the paparazzi. While the tabloids had a field day with her when she was growing up (we already went into that), they weren’t the ones who called her a traitor. That was her family, which Nicki Swift explains called her a traitor for talking to Demi Moore when the rest of them cut her out.
1 The Family Feels A Little Fractured
At the end of the day, it’s no surprise that there’s some struggle to get the family back to a baseline of normal. While things have been okay for the last few years, everyone seems to be affected just a little bit from the years of negativity and hardship. Honestly, who knows if it’ll ever be fully fixed; they seem to be on the right track, though.
Sources: allure, heavy, huffingtonpost, nickiswift, etonline, cnn, boomsbeat
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Rumer Willis Shows Off Singing Voice On ‘Empire’
On Wednesday’s episode of “Empire”, guest star Rumer Willis wowed viewers with her vocal talent.
Willis plays Tory Ash on the musical drama, a troubled Amy Winehouse-like musician who has had a series of unfortunate public appearances. Recovering from a heroin addiction, she’s looking to become a star once again.
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“Empire” fans were so in love with her voice, Twitter began asking Willis to put out a debut album:
So, when is Rumer Willis putting out an album? #Empire
— Lobos’ Trap Queen (@AshleyShyMiller) April 27, 2017
Wait can Rumer Willis really sing?! If so, give the people an album!!! For the culture. #Empire
— Ashley (@_thegoodonesgo) April 27, 2017
Listen say what you want about Tory but the fact remains, Rumer Willis can SANG #Empire
— Kate (@katelakyra) April 27, 2017
#Empire Rumer Willis can sang!!! #loveher
— Tniese (@Tannahwashingt3) April 27, 2017
“I was on tour, and I had a layover day in New York. My agents had reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, there’s this role on Empire to do this Amy Winehouse-type rock star,’” Willis revealed to The Hollywood Reporter about landing the role. “I was like, ‘I don’t need to see anything else. I’m going in. I don’t care if I’m tired’” she said.
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As Tory Ash, Willis is finally bringing her two passions, singing and acting, together: “Being able to do music as well, and the way they do music is such a dynamic, classy way, so I was really excited.” Willis got the role of the hit series because of one of the show’s stars, Jussie Smollet came across a video of Willis covering Winehouse and brought it to the producers. “Rumer brings something so special to the character. She’s so effortless, she’s not making a caricature of what it is,” Smollett said. Watch Willis’ performance of “Crazy Crazy 4 U” above.
Although it’s tough to guess any of The Masked Singer performers, a new statement from singer Rumer Willis just made the mystery surrounding who the lion is ten times more difficult.
If you’ve read our theory about The Masked Singer’s Lion, you’ll know that Rumer is our top guess – and pretty much everyone across the internet agrees. Everything about the roaring mammal matches with Rumer: her height (5’6″), her birthday (August 16, which falls under the astrological sign Leo), her female “pride” (Rumer has two sisters named Scout and Tallulah Belle), and her “Hollywood royalty” family (Rumer is the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis).
But even though all of the clues fit perfectly with our theory … Rumer shook our confidence to the core this week when she straight up told People that she isn’t the Lion.
“I am not,” she revealed. “All of a sudden when it started airing, I started getting all of these things in my Twitter feed and I said, ‘Oh, okay. Well, maybe I have to watch this and see what’s happening … It’s pretty cool.”
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Despite her blatant denial, fans think that her poker face isn’t convincing enough. All in all, Twitter has overwhelmingly made it clear that they still believe it’s Rumer. Besides, she’s not going to outright say she is the Lion — it would kind of ruin the whole point of the show/probably get her in trouble with Fox.
Besides, the latest clue says “her voice will take you hostage.” Rumer appeared alongside her dad in the 2005 flick entitled, you guessed it, Hostage. It’s either a crazy coincidence that every single hint matches up … or Rumer is lying. Our money is on the latter.
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Rumer Willis, the Individual
The eldest child of actor Bruce Willis and his ex-wife, actress Demi Moore, Rumer Willis has had a spotlight shining upon her ever since she was born. Indeed, that spotlight has only grown with her, especially as she follows in her parents’ footsteps and navigates the world of show business.
Having first debuted on the big screen at age 7 alongside her mother, Demi Moore, in the film Now and Then (1995), she has since then appeared on Broadway as Roxie Hart in Chicago, played Juliet and Mia in Love Actually Live, and has been involved in a number of movies and TV shows, most notably season 20 of Dancing with the Stars, which she won, and FOX’s hit drama Empire, where she played singer Tory Ash as a series regular. An actress, a dancer, and a talented singer in the vein of the late Amy Winehouse, she’s a verifiable triple threat, a charismatic performer who is as comfortable on stage as she is in front of a camera.
However, growing up in the spotlight isn’t easy for a child. Despite her parents’ high profile and her privileged upbringing, according to Willis, she was a target of persistent bullying as a child, a situation which had a long-lasting negative impact on her early life. Of course, over the course of her career and her life, the 30-year-old actress has learned to adapt to the intense and inescapable scrutiny that comes with being a celebrity in the public eye, particularly in the age of social media, where access to people’s lives has never been easier and where everyone’s comments and opinions, no matter how innocuous or vile, are only a click away. Her circumstances and her past experiences as a victim of bullying, though, enabled her to develop a thicker skin over time, and to “hold value for yourself.” Adds Willis, “It’s really difficult to have any sort of happiness in your life if you base the value that you hold for yourself on other people’s opinions. To me, you have to hold value for yourself regardless of what anyone else has to say. That’s one of the most important things you can do.” However, despite her confident demeanor, her success and her strength of character, it’s evident that the abuse that Willis suffered as a child left deep scars in her – the kind that sometimes may never fully heal.
“It’s really difficult to have any sort of happiness in your life if you base the value that you hold for yourself on other people’s opinions.”
That said, her personal experience with abuse has contributed to the development of her social consciousness, to a sensitivity for the struggle of the innocent and the vulnerable. In her Instagram profile, Rumer Willis lists herself as an activist, among other things, and a quick scroll down her page reveals post after post in support of a number of current social movements, including #MeToo and Time’s Up, gun control, environmentalism, and animal rights. She has supported the Art of Elysium, an arts organization that aims to bring about social change by supporting artists that provide their services to those in need, and is looking to come up with a more concrete campaign that she could possibly work on with them. With countless fans and a wide range of connections in the entertainment industry, she has a larger platform than most, on which she can and does advocate for social and political causes that she deems important. The fact that she is willing to speak out in support for the causes that she believes in on social media – whether it be gun control, Planned Parenthood, or supporting Idaho Democrat Paulette Jordan’s gubernatorial bid – means that those causes reach a marginally wider audience, some of which might not have come across those causes otherwise. Here comes the question, though: Do celebrities and public figures have a moral obligation to use their large platforms to advocate for social reforms and to speak up in support of what they believe? To Willis, that would be an unfair imposition on people. “I don’t think anyone should ever feel pressure or obligation,” she says. “Because when it becomes work, people tend to maybe shy away from it. I think it’s really individual. I think that if it’s something that’s important to you and that if it’s something that you want to talk about and you support, then you should. I would never tell someone, ‘Oh, you have to do this,’ or ‘You should do this,’ but I think it’s great when people do, but I would never tell people to do it.”
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Rumor has it that Rumer Willis is behind one of the elaborate disguises on the new hit show The Masked Singer. For weeks, many have suspected that Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter is the voice behind the gorgeous gilded lion costume.
We can see why everyone came to that conclusion. During the first episode, the feline noted: “Some might say I’m Hollywood royalty, but now I’m standing on my own,” before performing a rocking rendition of “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.”
For the second appearance, the lion revealed, “For me, using my voice to help others has always been very important. I tell my pride you have to be strong and stand up for what you believe in,” before she belted out “Feeling Good.”
These clues all seemed to point in one direction: “The Lion is Rumer Willis!” one viewer tweeted. “She dressed like a lion cause she has a lion tattoo on her body. In addition, family royalty is Bruce and Demi, and group of girls clue: she only has sisters.” Another noted her zodiac sign is a Leo, which of course, is a lion.
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The reasoning is sound, but the Empire actress has officially shut down speculation she’s on the show. Rumer told People at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards that “I am not” the lioness.
She did note, however, that the theorizing convinced her to tune into the competition. “All of a sudden when it started airing, I started getting all of these things in my Twitter feed and I said, ‘Oh, okay. Well, maybe I have to watch this and see what’s happening,'” she said. “It’s pretty cool.”
Now that another hypothesis has officially been debunked (though we’re not sure we can fully trust anyone’s denials), the possibilities of which celebrities are behind the costumes are wide open. To find out who’s identity is revealed next, watch The Masked Singer on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on FOX.
Jennifer Aldrich Editorial Assistant Jennifer Aldrich was the editorial assistant for CountryLiving.com.