Emma Stone has spoken about her experience with anxiety. Image via Getty
She’s been in major blockbuster films since she was a teenager, is a red carpet regular and is now starring on Broadway, but for Mamma Mia actress Amanda Seyfried, the thought of getting up in front of large audiences has always been paralysing.
So paralysing in fact, that she admitted in a 2012 interview with David Letterman that she had “never done a live interview before noon without some sort of liquid courage.”
Confessing she was drunk at the time, it was that interview that proved to be a turning point in Seyfried’s life. She vowed to begin dealing with her anxiety.
“[The drinking] made it fun for me, but then I watched it and was like this is not what I want to promote about myself,” she recently told US Vogue.
Not long after, she started seeing a counsellor to seek help in getting over what had become a debilitating fear. (Post continues after video.)
“I have a lot of anxiety that I’ve been struggling with my whole life,” she says.
“So I have been working through it. I’m terrified, but this is exactly what I wanted.”
The 29 year-old has spoken about her anxiety before, revealing in a 2013 interview with UK morning show Lorraine how important she believes it is to raise awareness about it.
“You know, I wish I knew it was possible to get through it, because at one point I didn’t think there was another side. I mean, you can be.. .it can paralyse you,” she said. (Post continues after gallery.)
“Fear, unrealistic fear. But we’re human, and we’re really strong,” she concluded.
Unfortunately, Seyfried is not alone. Anxiety disorders affect 1.3 million Australians each year, with almost half a million sufferers aged between 16 and 24 years-old.
Several other celebrities have spoken about their battles with anxiety, including Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson.
Stone revealed in a previous interview with Vogue that her panic attacks started when she was just eight years-old.
“I was just kind of immobilised by it,” she said.