5 Celebrities Who Admit to Suffering From Stage Fright
These 5 celebrities have all opened up on suffering from stage fright which they say doesn’t always happen on stage! Some freeze up in front of the cameras and find it hard to continue as normal as their nerves get the better of them, while others find being on a literal stage more daunting and often end up a nervous wreck when they have to step out on one. Thankfully trying to overcome what they’re afraid of, some have learned to control their stage fright over time by working on it, while others continue to still feel wobbly but hope they can banish their nerves in the future – the show must go on!
Hugh says that while he loves filming, he gets so nervous when the cameras turn on him: “I like everything about filming except the acting. I’m wonderful in rehearsals, but I’ve never been very good when they actually switch the cameras on. In recent years, I’ve had really bad attacks, where I totally freeze up. I thought, ‘Well, if I’m going to get stage fright, then I’m packing it in.'”
Keira says she resolved her stage fright problems by working on theatre and now she can overcome her fears on camera too: “(I discovered) that a lot of what I was suffering from on film sets was stage fright… It’s easier for me now (after having done theatre), and even if I do freeze, I know how to deal with it.”
Lana Del Rey finds it difficult performing on stage and often takes a while to settle down and get used to it which she says explains her breathy short performances:”For some reason whenever I start each set I feel really nervous, so I’m completely breathless for my first song and a half, which is always interesting.”
Salma was playing Princess Jasmine in ‘Aladdin’ when she had a difficult moment on stage: “I didn’t know I was going to be so terrified but when it was time for me to come out… I freaked out and I ran out of the theatre. They had to catch me and they threatened me, the Mexican owners. These thugs put me on this bed and held me down and said, ‘One, two, three, go…’ and they ran on the stage (with me)… It was so frightening.”
Scarlett may be amazing in front of the camera, but when she’s taking to the stage she says she ends up crippled: “I would love to work on Broadway, but I don’t know that it would manifest itself in musical theatre… I have terrible stage fright that I’d have to get over. (It is) crippling. Not as a kid. It came on when I was a teenager, and I think it somehow sticks with you.”