The Scene: The Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, when Hugh Hefner sits in his red smoking jacket and black silk pajamas next to a bottle of Diet Pepsi and a plate of cookies.
I wonder how much rejection drives people to become stars.
Or repression. I think that without question, you know, rejection may be a part of it, but primarily it comes even earlier than that.
So for you, it came from being raised in a home without affection?
Yes, although there was a point in time that my mom said she was really sorry, and that she herself had been raised in a very oppressive home, so she had been unable to show that affection. And I said to her, "Mom, anything that you may have done that was less than ideal was a blessing. It motivated me to create the world that I have created and accomplish what I have accomplished."
So sometimes it’s the sand in the oyster that creates the pearl. You need some irritation. You need some repression or some conflict. And my life would have been much less satisfying if I didn't have that.
From Everyone Loves You When You're Dead. Copyright © 2011 by Neil Strauss. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.
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