Actress Emma Stone talks about how she is coping with anxiety, an emotion that, in her case, is debilitating. The La La Land star recalls being incredibly shy as a child, but her shyness was taken to the extreme.

Emma Stone, recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her struggle with anxiety. The actress says “It’s just the way I’m wired”, mentioning that ever since she was a child she was extremely shy and anxious. At that time, she learned how to cope with it through acting classes. “My parents saw that acting was the thing that made me fulfilled and happy”, the 28-year-old says.


Emma Stone has always been open about her struggle with severe anxiety.
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Stone says that as an adult, she has learned how to better deal with her anxiety. She has identified her triggers – being lifted in the air, horseback riding, and playing sports – and is trying to avoid them. There is one other trigger, though, that cannot be avoided, unfortunately for her. Her celebrity status compels her to talk to the press, which makes her very agitated. “Before any interview, I have to sit with myself for five minutes and breathe and get centered, because I get so nervous”, she reveals.

Even though she has figured out how to live with her anxiety for the most part, Emma admits that there are times when she goes into full-blown panic attacks. One episode was in 2014, when she snapped during the filming of Birdman. “I just got to a point where I snapped”.

This is not the first time that the actress has been open about her struggle with anxiety. Back in 2012, she was revealing that she had suffered from panic attacks since she was 8-year-old. Therapy and acting helped her cope. “Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches.”