More celebrities doing ASMR: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Julia Garner, Chloë Sevigny, Sadie Sink

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityJake Gyllenhaal (actor in Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler) does a short interview with W Magazine which includes ASMR triggers.

He whispers about his day, plays with an old style camera, and twists bubble wrap.  He also bangs a chisel into wood with a rubber mallet, which may not be so ASMR-inducing for many individuals.

On the YouTube channel, Miu Miu, several actors join forces to create individual and collaborative ASMR videos.  The clips are less than a minute long and mostly involve whispering or quiet talking.

The Miu Miu team includes Sadie Sink (Stranger Things 2, Annie), Dakota Fanning (I am Sam, War of the Worlds, Charlotte’s Web), Elle Fanning (We Bought a Zoo, Maleficent), Julia Garner (Ozark, The Americans, We Are What We Are), and Chloë Sevigny (American Psycho, Big Love, American Horror Story).

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2 thoughts on “More celebrities doing ASMR: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Julia Garner, Chloë Sevigny, Sadie Sink

  1. Some more examples to illustrate how ASMR isn’t merely about stimuli directed towards the recipient. I can get it from someone emptying my office trash or even a man adjusting something on the electrical panel. They are not pretty. They didn’t speak to me. My mother didn’t work on electrical panels. What matters is this person is very calm, competent, worth my trust and unhurried. I’m not in their picture. They are not giving me attention, sounds, etc. I just know my needs are being taken care of and I’m comfortable. I suspect it is that deep inside I know all of my needs are taken care of (and this is all we can really link to ASMR). It isn’t something I’m meditating on or thinking about. I could be writing code or an email, and they just trigger this response without anyone’s intentions.

    The A stands for Autonomous. The closest I can get to purposely experiencing ASMR is watching an episode of the Cosmic Barber on youtube. That is only about 50% of what “the hum” can be when it is completely outside of my will. The M stands for Meridian – a peak experience. Again, a person can feel relaxed watching the ASMR intended videos, but is it a peak experience unlike any regular emotion? True ASMR is a powerful sensation. While Jennifer Allen talks about willfully engaging in ASMR, I have to wonder how full of an experience it is. Perhaps it is only the instant coffee version compared to true espresso. We have no objective measurements to compare by, but there is room for this to be watered down and made into a wide-appeal topic for some purposes.

    The danger of generalizing and popularizing the topic is you lose sight of the fact that this is very unusual. It is so rare and unusual that we are only learning it exists since the Internet allowed large numbers of people to share experiences. In my prior experience mentioning it to people, I would receive puzzling looks and a comment about doing drugs or wacky new age concepts. So I learned to not mention it. I call it “the hum” because it seems like my brain is running on a very level frequency or something. I’d love to see someone monitored for brain waves when encountering true ASMR.

    The idea that companies are using ASMR techniques in marketing is odd. We’re talking a very small percentage of people who are capable of experiencing true ASMR. Don’t know what percentage, but perhaps only 1 in 1000 or 1 in 100,000. You can’t sell that way. Now you can try to make people feel “warm and fuzzy” in marketing – companies like Coca-Cola have done it for years. Treating the marketing recipient like an infant could help sell some products, but it isn’t ASMR.


  2. The focus on ASMR has gone for pop culture exposure and “everyone’s doing it” hype. In reality, when I mentioned my experiences, I could not find anyone else who knew what I was talking about. My brother is the only other person I’ve met who experiences “the hum” as I call it. This stuff about soft whispers and so on misses the point. Everyone has a different trigger, which I believe goes back to their infant experience. Vacuum cleaning, by someone else, has triggered “the hum” for me. Nothing soft there. The point is, focusing on the nature of the trigger for everyone isn’t possible. If you ask what color a door is, more people will agree. So the focus shouldn’t be on playing around with a Universal ASMR trigger with an assumption ASMR is universally accessible. I think it is a small percentage of people who experience it, and when it happens, it isn’t something you sit down “to do”. It just comes in like a tide, without our control.


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