Thursday, November 04, 2010

'I Have Found It a Real Challenge To Be a Public Person'

There's a simple solution to your dilemma, toots. Stop giving interviews to anyone who asks. Stop making public appearances with Sean Penn and stop spinning wild tales about your alleged life as a covert agent. You don't want publicity? Then you and your media whore husband need to STFU and move on with your lives.
She's posed on the red carpet at Cannes in a flowing designer gown, at Deauville in a sleek black bustier and palazzo pants. She exchanges e-mails with Naomi Watts. Sean Penn hung out at her house. Not for nothing have they called Valerie Plame Wilson the Glamorous Spy.

And yet for years, she lived a life of secrecy that most of us would have trouble fathoming, unable to tell her best friends what she actually did for a living, or her own husband where she was flying off to in the middle of the night.

How do you go from one life to the other? Not very easily — still, she says, as she prepares for another round in the spotlight with the release Friday of "Fair Game," the movie based on her infamous 2003 "outing" as a CIA agent.

"I have found it a real challenge to be a public person," Plame Wilson said in an interview this week from Santa Fe, N.M., where she now lives with her husband, former ambassador Joe Wilson, and their 10-year-old twins. "I was in a world where discretion was good. All of a sudden that changed overnight. That was not easy at all."
Now with a movie and what are sure to be gushing reviews she'll be all over the place, struggling to handle the real challenge of being a media darling.

Life must be so tough.
And to those critics who claim she's thoroughly enjoyed profiting from that celebrity — red carpets, photo shoots, book and movie deals — Wilson has this to say, her voice hardening slightly: "Listen, I loved my job. If none of this had happened, I'd still be overseas working, happily, right now. But that wasn't the card I was dealt."
Of course as a paper-pusher at Langley, she never was working "overseas" to begin with, but why ruin a good fantasy life?

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